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Two MMA Members Attend State of Union Speech
MMA members John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, and St. Cloud family physician Julie Anderson, M.D., were both invited as special guests to attend President Obama's State of the Union speech on Jan. 28.

Fight to Repeal SGR Enters Critical Phase

According to the AMA's legislative team, if Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula is not repealed in the next few weeks, it likely will be around until 2017 or beyond.

Physician Sought for Mental Health Advisory Council

Gov. Mark Dayton's office is looking for a family physician to serve a four-year term on the State Advisory Council on Mental Health. The application deadline is Feb. 25.

New Campaign Launched to Promote HPV Vaccination Rates

In an effort to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates, the Minnesota Department of Health is launching a public awareness campaign geared toward families of adolescents that includes a direct mailing with vaccination reminders and education opportunities for health care providers. These efforts are made possible through a $600,000 grant that was awarded to MDH by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mayo Physician Wins Palliative Care Award

Elise C. Carey, M.D., FAAHPM, chair of the Section of Palliative Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, has received an early career physician award as part of the 2014 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards.

CMS Unveils New Registry for Reporting Data

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a new reporting mechanism called the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for eligible providers. The registry, which can be used for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program year, collects medical and/or clinical data from providers and submits it to CMS. In addition, the QCDR may collect and report on quality measures across multiple payers and is not limited to the measures in PQRS.

Free Webinar Available on Organizational Performance

A free webinar on using the CAHPS database to compare, report and improve organizational performance is now available on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website. The webinar offers a demonstration of the CAHPS database, a web-based platform for viewing results from the CAHPS health plan survey and clinician and group surveys. It also provides two case examples and an explanation of how survey users can participate in the free, voluntary program.

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.
How does MMA affect your practice?

MMA ValueBy protecting your relationships with patients

MMA preserves the patient-physician relationship by aggressively protecting the practice of medicine against corporate or government interference. Recent examples include standing with the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center medical staff in its court case against administration, which is now before the state Supreme Court.

Being an MMA member is part of being a physician.

Check out this one-minute video message on the importance of being a member.
The MMA Podcast
The MMA Podcast
If you prescribe opioids, you will want to attend a free seminar on Feb. 8 at the University of Minnesota. Jaime Olson, MMA's manager of continuing education, details what will be learned at the half-day event, where CME credit is available.
 
Listen to the podcast here.
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