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Physicians, Med Students Discuss Single Payer in Minnesota
More than 60 physicians and medical students gathered on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus on Aug. 19 for an MMA policy forum on single payer and whether it's right for Minnesota. Read more here.
MMA Launches Live Stream Service to Better Engage Members
Nearly 50 members in greater Minnesota were able to "attend" the MMA's single payer forum on Aug. 19 thanks to live stream technology. Read more here.
Registration Open for Malpractice Event
Registration is now open for the MMA's malpractice discussion taking place Oct. 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center in St. Paul. Read more here.
St. Cloud Docs Gather to Discuss Opioids

Thirty-five concerned physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other citizens met in St. Cloud on Aug. 18 to discuss the Stearns Benton Medical Society's effort to deal with prescription opioid abuse in central Minnesota. Read more here.

Clinic Leaders Learn About Quality Measurement

On Aug. 19, the MMA and the Twin Cities Medical Society co-hosted "5 ways to get the most out of your mandated quality measurement and patient experience data," the second in a three-part series of free clinic leadership lunch discussions. Read more here.

Webinar on Surgical Site Infection Set for October

The MMIC and Minnesota Hospital Association will host a webinar on Oct. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. on surgical site infection, the most common and costly health care-acquired infection. Read more here.

Digital Innovations Panelist Added for Annual Conference

Steven Waisbren, M.D., Ph.D. a general surgeon at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Minnesota, has been added to the roster of speakers at this year's Annual Conference, Sept. 19 and 20, at Madden's on Gull Lake near Brainerd. Waisbren developed a program to provide post-op visits using remote video technology. To assess the need and benefit of these visits, Waisbren and his team surveyed more than 200 veterans. During the panel discussion he will share the results of the survey, plans for implementation, and the veterans' response to the program. This work, initiated prior to the recent news events of scheduling delays at the VA, will be incorporated into possible solutions and challenges in improving the flow of care for VA patients. Find more conference information online.

Come for the Programs, Stay for the Fun

This year's MMA Annual Conference at Madden's on Gull Lake near Brainerd offers physicians a weekend of education, policy discussions and family fun. Participants can take part in such activities as: education programs discussing leadership, burnout and digital innovation; CME credits; and networking with colleagues. The conference adjourns at noon on Saturday, so there is plenty of time for family fun in the Brainerd area including: golf, tennis, indoor swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas and the Spa at Madden's. See the conference program for complete information.

Open Payment Survey Open Until Aug. 22.

The deadline for physicians to complete the AMA's Open Payments survey is noon on Aug. 22. The survey is designed to gather information about physicians' experiences with registering in the Open Payments system and reviewing their data. The AMA wants to know what physicians think about the Open Payments System. Once the survey is completed, the AMA asks that physicians e-mail their stories/anecdotes to OpenPayments@ama-assn.org. For more information on the Sunshine Act and Open Payments system, visit the MMA News Now archives.

Foundation Greets Incoming Medical Students

MMA Foundation Chief Executive Dennis Kelly addressed incoming medical students at the recent University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities campus White Coat ceremony. On Aug. 23, Kelly will attend the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus White Coat ceremony and hand each student a copy of Becoming a Doctor: Reflections of Minnesota Medical Students, as a gift from the MMAF. The Foundation provides four-year partial scholarships to 10 medical students at Mayo Medical School and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine - Duluth and Twin Cities campuses.

Member to Speak at Health Care Reform Symposium

Jeremy Springer, M.D., chair of the MMA's Primary Care Physician Workforce Expansion Advisory Task Force, will speak at "Health Care Reform Implementation in Minnesota: Mission Advanced But Not Accomplished" on Oct. 24 at the Hamline University School of Law's 2014 Symposium. Visit the Hamline website for further details.
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