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MMA Addresses Dayton's Budget at Senate Meeting
MMA member Will Nicholson, MD, testified before the Senate Health and Human Services Finance Division on Feb. 2 regarding Gov. Mark Dayton's budget recommendations. Read more here. 
Loan Forgiveness Bills Continue to Move at Capitol
Bills that would increase funding for loan forgiveness for physicians who agree to practice in designated rural areas or underserved urban communities continue to move through the House and Senate. Read more here.
State Seeking Physicians for Medical Cannabis Panel
The Minnesota Department of Health is looking for two physicians with pain management expertise and one primary care physician to serve on its Medical Cannabis Intractable Pain Advisory Panel. Read more here.

MMA Offers Lecture Series on Pain, Opioids and Addiction

As part of its efforts to fight prescription opioid misuse, the MMA is partnering with the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation and the University of Minnesota Medical School to offer a lecture series on pain, opioids and addiction. The series will provide education on the topic to medical students, residents and practicing physicians. CME is available. Read more here.

APCD Workgroup Report Released by Health Department

A legislative report on expanded uses of the all-payer claims database has been released by the Minnesota Department of Health. Read more here.

Feedback Sought on Proposed Update of CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) is looking for physician feedback on proposed changes to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Clinician & Group (CG-CAHPS) Survey and the Patient-Centered Medical Home Item Set. The proposed changes are summarized in a Federal Register Notice published Jan. 21. Please submit your comments on the proposed changes via email by 4 p.m. Central time on Feb. 20. Use "CG-CAHPS Proposed Changes" in the subject line.

Department of Health Releases Report on Physician Workforce

The Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has released a report on Minnesota's physician workforce in 2013-2014. Data from the report comes from the Board of Medical Practice and a 2013 Minnesota Department of Health Physician Workforce Survey. A few findings from the report:

  • There are 21,669 physicians with active Minnesota licenses;
  • 14,977 of these physicians reported a Minnesota address as their primary business location;
  • 30.7 percent of these physicians went to medical school in Minnesota; and
  • 29.2 percent of physicians work 56+ hours a week.

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Registration Now Open for Medical Cannabis Webinar on March 31

The MMA will host an educational event on the new medical cannabis legislation on March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Minnesota's Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus. Click here for more information and to register.

Day-Long Health Policy Conference Set for April 25

The MMA Policy Council will hosts its first-ever, day-long health policy conference on Saturday, April 25, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South.

Watch for details. 

Here's "How to be Heard" for MMA Members

A new infographic illustrating how MMA members can get involved with the association is now online. The PDF is interactive so all you need to do is click on a box to get additional information.

Take the Choosing Wisely Pledge, Part 5 

During the first quarter of 2015, MMA News Now will highlight one test or procedure that physicians in a particular specialty should consider cutting back on. This week's focus is on the use of imaging by cardiologists:

Up to 45 percent of the patients who receive screening with cardiac imaging or advanced non-invasive imaging are asymptomatic and low risk. Talking with patients about performing tests when they have diabetes and are 40+ years old or have peripheral arterial disease or other risk factors is a Choosing Wisely recommendation for cardiologists. See the other four recommendations and join your colleagues in taking the pledge to Choose Wisely.

All physicians are asked to take the Choosing Wisely pledge. Click here to see the pledge, who has taken it and then add your name.

New or Returning Members

Welcome New or Returning Members

Please welcome 12 new or returning members to the MMA. This week we welcome physicians from Alexandria, Blue Earth, Rochester and Woodbury. Each week we will recognize several new members who are helping the MMA work on such important activities as ensuring physicians have a strong voice at the Legislature, state agencies and in the courts. Thank you for your support. See our new and returning members. If you want to renew your membership, or join MMA, call 612-372-3728 or email us.
Digital Rounds - The MMA Blog

Digital Rounds MMA's Blog  


A psychiatric resident at the U of M shares his frustration with medication prior authorization. Read about it here.

Members in the News

Member Bob Jeske, MD, was featured in an Associated Press story regarding legislation addressing loan forgiveness.

 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune spotlighted member Richard Lindstrom, MD, for his work with NASA.

 

Members Jenny Delfs, MD, and Sandy Stover, MD, were part of a story on rural mothers having to travel long distances to give birth in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  

Minnesota Medicine

February 2015  

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