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MMA Meets with State Workforce Commission
Jeremy Springer, M.D., chair of the MMA's Primary Care Physician Workforce Expansion Advisory Task Force, appeared before the newly formed Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission on July 22 in St. Paul to discuss the looming primary care physician workforce shortage. Read more here.
Call for Panelists - MMA Annual Conference
MMA is currently seeking panelists for two sessions during its Annual Conference on Sept. 19-20 near Brainerd. Participants will be asked to give a five-minute opening statement on the topic, participate in the discussion that follows, and answer questions from the audience during a 10- to 15-minute Q&A session. Each panel will consist of three or four participants. Read more here.
Telemedicine Forum Scheduled for Aug. 6
The Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) and Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center will host a forum on telemedicine on Aug. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Olsen Theilen & Co. in St. Paul. Read more here.
Sharing Ideas at the Annual Conference

The 2014 Annual Conference will offer physicians the opportunity to share their opinions on telehealth and Minnesota's health care workforce. In addition, physicians can submit ideas for review for an "open issues" forum. Register early for the conference and save. Read more here.

Clinic Leadership Luncheon Series Continues Aug 19

Clinic managers and practice management staff are invited to a free luncheon discussion titled "5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Mandated Quality Measurement and Patient Experience Data" on Aug. 19 at the MMA/Twin Cities Medical Society offices in Minneapolis. Read more here.

MAPS Seeking Nominations for Patient Safety Awards

The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety is seeking nominations for its 2014 Patient Safety Awards, which will be awarded at its 2014 conference on Oct. 23 and 24 at Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. Read more here.

Member Highlighted in Metro Business Publication

Member Maya Babu, M.D., is among a group of Minnesota honorees in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's Diversity in Business 2014 section. The magazine points out: "Dr. Maya Babu has shown political and neurosurgical prowess in the world of health care, and she's only 31." Congrats, Dr. Babu!

Clinician and Group Surveys on Quality Now Available

Results from the recently released 2013 CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Clinician and Group Surveys are now available online. The results are based on voluntary submission of survey data to the CAHPS database by health systems, medical practices, and other survey sponsors administering the CAHPS Clinician and Group Surveys. About one-third of the database consists of Minnesota providers. This is the survey that Minnesota clinics use every two years for the Statewide Quality and Reporting Measurement System. Providers can use this database to benchmark their results.

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.

Save the Date: Malpractice Discussion Oct. 2

The MMA will host a discussion on malpractice on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at a site to be determined in the Twin Cities. "Defending Your Practice Against Malpractice" will feature Shelly Davis, BSN, JD, senior claims manager at MMIC. Stay tuned to MMA News Now for more details.

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.
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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