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Total Cost of Care Data to be Released by Year's End
MN Community Measurement is preparing to release by the end of the year a report that provides the public with total cost of care information for 116 primary care and multi-specialty Minnesota clinics. Read more here.
MMA, TCMS Host Educational Forum on Ebola
Minnesota is ready to handle a case of Ebola, according to public health leaders and representatives from the emergency and infectious disease communities. But that doesn't mean health care workers should let their guard down. Read more here.
MMA Testifies Before Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission
MMA President Donald Jacobs, M.D., testified before the Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission on Nov. 18, asking the group to: expedite the creation of a state health professions council that would more closely examine the state's health care workforce needs; expand funding for loan forgiveness; and maintain the ACA Medicaid payment bump. Read more here. 
Members Sought for Blood Lead Screening Guidelines Committee
MMA members interested in participating on a committee to revise the Department of Health's Blood Lead Screening Guidelines for Pregnant Women in Minnesota should contact the MMA's Juliana Milhofer. The committee's kickoff meeting will be Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in St. Paul. Read more here.
Board Approves Measure to Expedite Licensing
At its Nov. 15 meeting, the MMA's Board of Trustees voted to endorse a proposed interstate licensure compact that would establish a process for expedited licensure in member states. Read more here.

TCMS, MMA Physicians Lead Efforts to Restrict E-cigs

Several physician leaders from the Twin Cities Medical Society and MMA testified before a Minneapolis City Council committee on Nov. 17 in an effort to place further restrictions on e-cigarettes. Read more here.

MMA Urges Congress to Kill SGR Before End of Year

In a Nov. 18 letter from MMA President Donald Jacobs, M.D., the MMA urged the Minnesota Congressional delegation to ask its leadership to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula before the end of the year. Read more here.

GOP Selects Health Care Chairs for Next Session

Republican leaders in the Minnesota House of Representatives have selected Rep. Matt Dean (R-Delwood) as chair of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Finance Committee and Rep. Tara Mack (R-Apple Valley) as chair of the HHS Reform Committee. MMA legislative staff members have worked closely with both politicians in the past.

FluSafe Registration Deadline is Dec. 1

New facilities have until Dec. 1 to register for FluSafe, Minnesota's health care worker vaccination program for hospitals and nursing homes. For more information and to register, visit "Participate in FluSafe" on the Health Department website. Facilities that completed the program last season do not need to re-register this year.

Are We Measuring the Right Things?

The MMA's new board chair wonders whether we should take a more holistic approach to what we measure. "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.

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 BlogWhat burden is too great for a clinic or health system to absorb when implementing new or changing measures? This question and others come to mind when considering the clinical algorithm Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM) recently created to determine whether a patient meets criteria for statin therapy. Read more here.

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