"The Colorado Medical Society (CMS), founded in 1871, is an association of physicians which: 'Promotes the science and art of medicine, the betterment of public health, and the welfare of the medical profession and the patients it serves; and promotes the similar interests of its components and district medical societies.' Members of the Colorado Medical Society are, first of all, advocates for their patients in all matters of health and medical care. These physicians are among the highest caliber physicians in the state, many of whom are recognized nationally for their contributions to the fields of science and medicine. The Colorado Medical Society is the advocate of its physician members, acting as a conduit for continuing medical education and a physician liaison with managed care and health maintenance organizations and health insurance providers. With frequent publications, CMS also educates and informs its members of changing requirements in the practice of medicine. The organization works to make the physicians practice more efficient and cost effective, and to help physicians navigate the rapidly evolving practice environment."