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Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Medical Marijuana
The authors of the two competing medical marijuana proposals and Gov. Mark Dayton reached a compromise on May 15 that is poised to make Minnesota the 22nd state to allow the use of cannabis for medical conditions. Read more here.
Governor Approves APRN Legislation
On May 13, Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation expanding the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses. The bill passed the House 119-13 and the Senate 64-0. Read more here.
Bill Poses Many Restrictions on E-Cigarette Use

E-cigarette use could be significantly restricted if a bill that passed through the Health and Human Services policy omnibus conference committee this week continues to progress toward the governor's desk. Read more here.

Tanning Bill Appears Ready to Go to the Governor

A key legislative priority for the MMA - prohibiting minors access to artificial tanning devices - worked its way through the Health and Human Services policy omnibus conference committee earlier this week and now goes for final approval in the House and Senate. Read more here.

Bill Enhances Use of Prescription Monitoring Program

A bill that calls for enhancing the state's Prescription Monitoring Program in an effort to cut back on prescription opioid abuse moved through the Health and Human Services omnibus conference committee on May 13 and is set for consideration by both bodies. Read more here.

MMA Seeks Committee Volunteers

The MMA is seeking volunteers to serve on its policy committees for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1. The MMA is accepting committee applications until July 15. Read more here.

Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Work Group to Form

The MMA is looking for physicians to serve on a new working group that will develop recommendations for reducing the burden associated with prescription drug prior authorization. The group will convene this summer and complete its work by early 2015. If you are interested in helping to tackle this growing problem for physician practices, contact Janet Silversmith, MMA director of health policy, 612-362-3763.

Guidance on Minnesota's APCD Needed

Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton calls for the formation of a work group that will develop recommendations for the 2015 Legislature on how Minnesota should best leverage its all-payer claims database. The MMA will recommend two individuals to serve on this group. If you are interested in helping shape the data use, organizational structure/governance, and access, privacy and security issues associated with this rich source of data, please contact Janet Silversmith, MMA director of health policy, 612-362-3763.

Budding Filmmakers: Contest Launched to Promote Choosing Wisely

In an effort to help promote the Choosing Wisely campaign, the MMA is holding a video contest. Members are asked to submit videos (five minutes or shorter) by July 1. Participants must simply promote the Choosing Wisely campaign to a physician audience. Read more here.

Networking Event Scheduled for Residents, Fellows, Young MDs

Residents, fellows and young physicians are invited to an afternoon of networking and fun on May 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pinstripes in Edina. Attendees can bowl, play bocce ball or simply relax with colleagues around an outdoor fire pit. Sponsors Dave Denniston, CFA, and Roger Anderson, CFP, from the Capitol Advisory Group are providing appetizers and activities at no cost to physicians and a guest. A drawing for a $100 gift card to McCormick & Schmick's will be held at 1:15 p.m. Spots are limited so register early.
Minnesota Medicine

May 2014     

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