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Health Care Workers Urged to Prepare for Ebola
Although the confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States are few, state and federal health officials want to make sure physicians are prepared. Read more here.
Save the Date: Forum Scheduled to Discuss Ebola
The Twin Cities Medical Society has scheduled a forum to address issues related to the Ebola crisis. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a site to be determined. Presenters include Aaron DeVries, M.D., MPH, medical director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division of the Minnesota Department of Health; Peter Bornstein, M.D., an infection disease physician from St. Paul Infectious Disease Associates; and Wendy Slattery, M.D., medical director of infection control for Allina Health. Watch future editions of MMA News Now for more information.
Member Hired to Lead Medical Cannabis Research
On Oct. 2, the Minnesota Department of Health named MMA member Tom Arneson, M.D, as its lead research authority on medical cannabis. Read more here.
MNsure Health Advisory Board Seeking Physician Participants
Physicians are encouraged to apply for an open seat on MNsure's Health Industry Advisory Committee by 5 p.m. on Oct. 23. Read more here.

Physicians Sought for State Trauma Council

The state of Minnesota is looking for several physicians to serve on its Trauma Advisory Council. Applications are due Oct. 28. Read more here.

MAPS Creates New Patient Empowerment Site and App

The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) has launched a new website and app to supports its "You: Your Own Best Medicine" campaign, which is designed to empower patients to actively manage their own health care. Read more here.

CMS Releases Quality and Resource Use Reports

The 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) are now available to group practices and physician solo practitioners nationwide. These reports contain quality and cost performance data for CY 2013, which is the performance period for the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) that will be applied to physician payments for items and services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for groups of 100 or more eligible professionals in 2015. Read more here.

Free E-cigarette Event Scheduled

The Twin Cities Medical Society will host a free education and advocacy training program on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products on Oct. 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the TCMS office. Attendees will learn more about these products as well as talking points and advocacy skills for discussing the products with patients, lawmakers and others. To register, call 612-623-2885 or email

LSMS Looking for Panelists

The Lake Superior Medical Society is looking for panelists to take part in an event for high school students considering health care as a career option. The event is Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. It typically attracts 70 students/parents. Two medical students, one or two resident members, and two physician members are needed for the panel discussion. If you have an interest in participating, please call 218-727-3325.

Save the Date: Day at the Capitol is March 11

The MMA'a annual Day at the Capitol 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.

U of M Student Wins Family Medicine Award

Melissa McCoy, a student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, will receive "The Power to Change Our World" award on Oct. 11 at the Family Medicine Midwest Conference in Minneapolis. The conference includes family medicine leaders from up to 12 Midwestern states gathering to showcase the specialty of family medicine and encourage today's medical students to become tomorrow's family physicians.
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