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CMS Launches Site Listing Payments to MDs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched its Open Payment website on Sept. 30, revealing that drug companies and medical device manufacturers paid $3.5 billion to U.S. physicians and teaching hospitals during the second half of 2013. Read more here.
State Epidemiologist Recommends Physicians Prepare for Ebola
As yesterday's news from Dallas illustrates, early recognition of Ebola infection is critical for infection control and optimal care. Health care providers should be alert for patients who may have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and consult the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414 (or 1-877-676-5414) if they have a suspected case. State Epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield, M.D., recommends that physicians in Minnesota prepare for Ebola. Information about diagnosing and treating patients as well as about protecting yourself and your staff is available on the CDC website.
Save the Date: Day at the Capitol is March 11
The MMA'a annual Day at the Capitol, an event at which physicians meet face to face with their state senator and representative to advocate for pro-medicine legislation, has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 11. Because of the extensive renovation underway at the Capitol, the 2015 event will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St Paul Downtown. Watch future editions of MMA News Now for more details.
MMA's Political Action Committee Endorses Dayton
MEDPAC, the MMA's political action committee, recently endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton in his re-election campaign against Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner. Read more here.

HCMC Doc Receives Medical Student Leadership Award

On Sept. 25, the MMA Foundation presented its 2014 Medical Student Leadership Award to Rishi Kumar, M.D., MBA, MHA, an internal medicine resident at Hennepin County Medical Center. Read more here.

AMA Leader Meets with Bemidji Physicians

Steven Stack, M.D., president-elect of the AMA, visited several physicians at Sanford Bemidji on Sept. 24 to discuss AMA priorities and receive feedback on issues that matter most to local doctors. Read more here.

Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention Webinar Set for Oct. 14

The third in a series of webinars examining violence prevention in health care workplaces will take place Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon. This installment focuses on how several facilities have developed and implemented educational programs for their staff on violence prevention, risk mitigation and management of aggressive patients. The first two webinars are available on the Minnesota Department of Health's website. A gap analysis to assess safety and security in clinics, long-term care facilities and surgical centers is available here.

Keep Advocating for SGR Repeal 

With the days leading up to the November election, the AMA is encouraging physicians to remind candidates for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives that repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) needs to continue to be a top legislative priority. For more information on the SGR repeal effort, visit

Learn How to Maximize Your Time with Patients

The MMA is teaming up with the world-renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis to offer physicians two free half-day workshops at the theater on Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Oct. 30 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Read more here.

Losing Sleep Over a Patient?

Minnesota Medicine is interested in knowing about the last time you lost sleep over a patient. What was going on? Why were you concerned? Were you able to resolve the situation? Send us your story and we'll enter your name in a drawing for Minnesota Opera tickets. Click here to submit.
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