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Health Care Leaders Continue to Meet with Dayton
Health care leaders, including representatives from the MMA, met with Gov. Mark Dayton on Oct. 31 to provide him with an update on Ebola preparedness. Read more here.
Physicians Sought for Board Appointments
A variety of opportunities have opened up for Minnesota physicians to sit on state health care boards for 2015 including the Board of Medical Practice, State Advisory Council on Mental Health and the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research. Read more here.
MEDPAC's Endorsed Candidates Fare Well in Election
Ninety-two percent of candidates endorsed by MEDPAC, the MMA's political action committee, won their contests on Nov. 4. Only two endorsed House candidates lost and one, who won by only 36 votes, will be involved in a recount. For details on the endorsements, visit the MEDPAC website.
Flu vs. Ebola
It's flu season. Ebola concerns are high. They have similar symptoms so patients may have heightened concerns. Here's information from the CDC that may help patients differentiate between the two.
Health Care Home Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 13
The MMA is convening a meeting between Minnesota Department of Health leadership and representatives of health care homes on Nov. 13. Several physicians from certified health care homes have expressed questions and concerns about the submission of patient-level quality measures to the health department or about having that data forwarded to the health department through MN Community Measurement. If you are from a certified heath care home and have similar questions or concerns and are interested in joining the discussion, please email Janet Silversmith or call 612-362-3763.

MMA Launches Communications Survey

Every year and a half, the MMA surveys its members to gauge their opinions on the association's communications efforts. You should have received an email with a link to the survey on Nov. 4. If you missed it, watch for reminder emails on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18. We use the results of the survey to better serve our members and provide them with the news and information that affects their practice.

Are We Measuring the Right Things?

The MMA's new board chair suggests we should take a more holistic approach to what we measure in health care. "Health to most people is not measured simply in clinical terms," writes Douglas Wood, M.D., in the latest edition of Insights. "Rather, it more often refers to a balance of things that allow them to function in the way they would like." Review his opinion piece here, then give us your feedback.

National Rural Health Day is Nov. 20

National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to bring attention to the unique health care challenges that rural citizens face - and showcase the efforts of rural health care workers. For ideas on how to celebrate the day, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.

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.
Digital Rounds - The MMA Blog

Digital Rounds MMA's Blog Republicans re-took control of the Minnesota House of Representatives on election night. We examine what it means for state physicians here.     

How much is too much coverage when it comes to Ebola? What's the line between properly informing members and slipping into hyperbole? We examine the issue here.


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