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Registration Now Open for 2014 Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the MMA's 2014 Annual Conference taking place Sept. 19 and 20 at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd. Read more here.
Much-Delayed ACA Medicaid Payments in Process
According to the Department of Human Services, eligible physicians can expect to receive a bump in Medicaid managed care payments for primary care by mid-August. The increase was mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Read more here.
New E-Cigarette Restrictions Take Effect

As of July 1, e-cigarette users have fewer places to vape. The nicotine ingestion devices are now banned in schools, hospitals, clinics, most government-operated buildings, facilities owned by the University of Minnesota or Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and licensed daycare facilities. Read more here.

Campaign Leads to Fewer Pertussis Cases in St. Cloud Area

A campaign designed to eliminate whooping cough in the St. Cloud area appears to be working well, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health. Read more here.

Minnesota Health Care Spending Growing at Lower Rate Than Nation

A recent report by the Minnesota Department of Health shows that health care spending in Minnesota is growing at a lower rate than in the rest of the country. From 2011 to 2012, Minnesota spending increased by 4 percent to $39.8 billion. Read more here.

MMA Urges End to Health Care Violence, Offers Webinar

The MMA, along with five other health care groups in the state, is urging members to "make workplace violence prevention a top priority." Read more here.

REMS Webinar on Opioids Prescribing Still Available 

Prescribers of extended-release and long-acting opioid medications still have access to a free webinar on opioid prescribing. The MMA-sponsored webinar will be online until February 2014. CME credit is available. Register here.

Poster Session Set for Annual Conference

Medical students, residents and fellows are invited to share original research or clinical vignettes at the MMA's Annual Conference. This is an excellent opportunity for doctors-in-training to discuss their work with practicing physicians. Posters will be displayed both days. The MMA asks participants to be on hand to answer questions from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 19. A $100 "People's Choice Award" will be awarded during the President's inaugural dinner, which will be held at 7 p.m. that evening. Registration is free for students, residents and fellows. Contact Mandy Rubenstein at 612-362-3740 with questions.

How to Submit a Policy Issue for Annual Conference

Have an issue to be considered at the Annual Conference? Go online for more information on how to submit it. You can submit as an individual member or through your component medical society or specialty society. FYI, submissions received after Aug. 22 may not be considered this year.

Workshop on DSM-5 Set for July 30

The Minnesota Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association will host a workshop on "DSM-5 What You Need to Know" on July 30 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Nystrom & Associates, Ltd. in New Brighton. Register online.

Seen an Unusual Case Recently?

Minnesota Medicine would like to know about it. We are highlighting unusual cases or medical "zebras" in the October issue. We are interested in stories about patients with illnesses rarely seen in Minnesota or challenging diagnoses or about encounters that are noteworthy for another reason. We will publish short case studies (approximately 500 to 600 words not including references, tables or figures). You should briefly describe the case and discuss its significance. If you have one to share, please send it to Kim Kiser. Deadline is Aug. 11.
Digital Rounds - The MMA Blog
Digital Rounds MMA's Blog
The e-Health Summit may be over but its lessons on EHR, data analytics, connectivity and interoperability continue to inspire. Read more here.
The MMA Podcast
The MMA Podcast
Now that the use of medical cannabis has been signed into law, Minnesota physicians need to prepare for what happens next. MMA's Policy Counsel Teresa Knoedler, J.D., discusses the topic and what physician can expect. Listen here.
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