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Single Payer Discussion Set for August
The MMA, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians and the Minnesota Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Plan will co-host a forum on single payer health insurance on Aug. 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center in St. Paul. Read more here.
MMA Foundation Launches Physician Volunteerism Program
The MMA Foundation kicked off the pilot phase of its new Physician Volunteerism Program this week with the launch of a new website for physician volunteers and others. Read more here.
Policy Discussions Set for Annual Conference

Physicians looking for lively policy discussions on important health care issues will have three opportunities to have their voices heard at the MMA's Annual Conference. The conference will feature policy forums on the expansion of telehealth, the future of the health care workforce and an "open issues" session discussing pre-submitted topics. Join us for the 2014 MMA Annual Conference, Sept. 19-20, at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd. Read more here.

Medicare Billing Training Set for September

National Government Services will host two, single-day seminars on "All Things Medicare" in Bloomington and Duluth this September. Read more here.

Online Mental Health Resource Wins Award

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently awarded the Minnesota Psychiatric Society with the 2014 District Branch Best Practice Award for its Fast-TrackerMN online tool. The APA annually recognizes one branch for its leadership in developing innovative projects that can be repeated in other branches. is a free online mental health resource and referral database.

Obesity Toolkit Created for Primary Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently published a toolkit for primary care physicians to use in management of obesity, particularly in rural areas. It includes resources for staff education, waiting room surveys, BMI protocols, and information on chart documentation.

LSMS Awards Scholarships to Med Students

Robin Sautter and Sarah Virnig, two students at the University of Minnesota Medical School - Duluth campus, recently were awarded 2014 Tilderquist Scholarships from the Lake Superior Medical Society (LSMS). Each year, the LSMS awards one or two first-year medical students at Duluth $1,000 scholarships for their second year of medical school. Applications are judged for interest in rural medicine, either volunteer or paid experience in rural medicine, and efforts to complete the application with creativity and professionalism. Sautter is a native of Lanesboro; Virnig grew up in the Lake Mille Lacs area.
The MMA Podcast
The MMA Podcast
Despite Minnesota's reputation for first-rate health care facilities and innovation, we are lagging behind in terms of health disparities. Policy Analyst Juliana Milhofer discusses the June 17 forum the MMA is hosting on the subject. Listen here
Digital Rounds - The MMA Blog
Digital Rounds MMA's Blog
Nowadays, physicians are often encouraged to work toward standardized care. Standards are important and add value to health care. But, personalized medicine relies on the relationship between the physician and the patient to really understand what treatment makes the most sense. Read more here
Minnesota Medicine

Minnesota Medicine June 2014     

Reinventing the internist
Internal medicine residency programs change up the way they train physicians.



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