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Report: Health Care Homes Deliver Quality at Lower Cost
A University of Minnesota study released today shows that the MMA-backed health care home concept, which emphasizes preventive and coordinated care, is working to transform primary care in Minnesota.
Physicians Still Unclear on ACA; Resources Available
Nearly 85 percent of physicians say they don't have enough information about the Affordable Care Act to answer patients' questions or understand its impact on their practices, according to a recent survey. To help counteract this, the AMA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the MMA offer resources to help ease the transition for your patients and practice.

ICD-10 Implementation Getting Costlier, AMA Study Shows

A new study released by the AMA shows that costs to implement the ICD-10 code set by Oct. 1 may turn out to be nearly three times more than previously estimated.

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation to End of March

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the date by which all physicians who must attest for Medicare Meaningful Use in 2013 to March 31.
Do You Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana?
With 21 states and the District of Columbia now allowing the use of medical marijuana and legislation pending in St. Paul, marijuana is a hot issue. Minnesota Medicine would like to know whether you think it should be legalized here. Please click here to share your views. And then plan to attend the March 4 policy forum on the topic at the Eagan Community Center.

MMA Begins Leadership Nomination Process

Nominations for MMA's 2014-15 leaders will be accepted starting Feb. 25 and continuing for two months. The following roles need to be filled: president-elect, three board of trustees and two AMA delegates and two alternate delegates. One of the trustees must be from the North Central Trustees district; the other two can be from anywhere in the state.

Bringing MMA Information to Practice Managers

Practice managers and physicians can learn about the value that the MMA can bring to their clinics by stopping by Booth #319 at the MMGMA Winter Conference, being held March 4 and 5 at the Depot Renaissance in Minneapolis. MMA's outreach staff will be on hand to talk about upcoming events, programs for your clinics and the benefits of MMA membership.

Mentors for "Shadow a Physician" Needed

Physicians in all specialties are being recruited to serve as mentors to first- and second-year medical students through the "Shadow a Physician" program sponsored by the Twin Cities Medical Society. With this one-day commitment you'll provide a brief opportunity for a student to observe and interact with a practicing physician. If you are interested, please complete the online form. For more information, email Nancy Bauer or call 612-623-2893.

Webinar on Opioid Prescribing Online

A free webinar that offers a new protocol for the care and treatment of patients in acute pain is now available on the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement website. MMA has partnered with ICSI to develop an evidence-based acute pain assessment opioid prescribing protocol.
How does MMA offer value to physicians?

MMA ValueBy ensuring physicians influence health care decisions.

Do you want nonclinicians making health care decisions that affect your practice? MMA helps shape the direction of health policy by ensuring that physicians have seats on committees, community groups and key boards (such as the Board of Medical Practice and MN Community Measurement). In addition, our members frequently testify before the Legislature.

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
Marijuana has been approved for medical use in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Is Minnesota next? Legislation has been introduced, says Dave Renner, MMA's director of state and federal legislation. He discusses the topic and the March 4th policy forum on medical marijuana being hosted by the MMA in the latest edition of The MMA Podcast.
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