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Thank You, members  


What a year we had; 2013 was filled with great events, new beginnings and progress on many of the important issues that impact physicians' practices every day.  


Thank you for being a part of the MMA. We are only as strong as our members. Without you, we would not be able to effectively champion the medical profession in Minnesota.  


We accomplished many things this past year - our efforts at the state Capitol resulted in increased access to health care coverage through the expansion of Medical Assistance and an increase to the tobacco tax which has already had an effect on tobacco consumption in Minnesota.  


The MMA also hosted a series of forums on prescription opioids, organized a summit on the primary care physician workforce shortage and is putting changes into place that will lead to a more inclusive, engaging Annual Meeting in 2014 and beyond.  


We have an interesting road ahead. Our legislative team anticipates a fast-paced session. We will continue to advocate for physician-led team-based care to address the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses' drive to expand their scope of practice. We will also craft regulatory legislation on e-cigarettes and work to improve the state's Prescription Monitoring Program in our fight against prescription opioid misuse. In addition, we have a full slate of special events planned including our new policy council, policy forums, and listening sessions with physicians and clinics across the state.  


We look forward to another year working on behalf of the physicians of Minnesota.  



Robert Meiches, M.D.  


Free Opioids Prescribing Seminar Planned for Feb. 8
Prescribers of extended-release and long-acting opioid medications should plan to attend a free seminar on opioid prescribing from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center.

New Young Physician Leaders Named 

The MMA's Young Physicians Section has selected its leaders for 2014: Dionne Hart, M.D., a psychiatrist at Federal Medical Center in Rochester, is chair; Meltiady Issa, M.D., internal medicine at Mayo Clinic, is vice chair; Neel Shah, M.D., internal medicine at Mayo Clinic, will act as the YPS representative on the MMA's board of trustees; and Monjur Alam, M.D., family medicine at Sanford East Grand Forks, is member-at-large.

AHRQ Seeks Feedback on Three Projects

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking feedback on three projects. The first concerns questions regarding a proposed research project on bipolar disorder treatment. The questions proposed are efficacy and comparative effectiveness of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments for adults with bipolar disorder. Input is due Jan. 10. The second is a draft report on the comparative effectiveness of imaging techniques for the surveillance, diagnosis and staging of hepatocellular carcinoma. This report looked at 251 studies that evaluated the test performance of ultrasound, CT, MRI and PET for staging hepatocellular carcinoma. The results suggest there are several imaging modalities that are reasonable, but there are potential differences in performance as it relates to sensitivity. The third is a draft report on the state of practice and literature around transition care for children with special needs. Few studies were identified and those found did not include comparison groups. Further research is needed, including an accepted way of measuring transition success. Feedback on both draft reports is due Jan. 15.

Choosing Wisely Webinar Available Online

A free 60-minute webinar on the Choosing Wisely campaign is now available on the MMA website. The program, with CME available, provides background on the initiative and includes videos that help educate Minnesota physicians on how they can decrease harm and improve outcomes by reducing unnecessary tests and procedures.
Minnesota Medicine

Minnesota Medicine December 2013   

When it comes to our state's history of caring for people with mental illnesses and physical deficits, quite a bit.



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