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Surplus Could Be Good News for Minnesota Physicians
With a projected surplus of $1.89 billion for FY 2016-2017, the MMA is hopeful that physicians and their advocates will have more leverage on at least two of the association's legislative priorities - increasing loan forgiveness funding and reinstating the Medicaid primary care payment bump. Read more here
Legislation Introduced to Create Health Care Workforce Council   

On Feb. 27, Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL- Apple Valley) introduced a bill (SF 1246) to establish a Minnesota Health Care Workforce Council. As part of the bill, the MMA would have a seat on the council. Read more here.  

Day at the Capitol is Next Wednesday   

There's still time to sign up for the most important  Day at the Capitol in years. Come help your colleagues convince legislators that now is the time to fix medication prior authorization. The event is Wednesday, March 11, from noon to 6:15 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Paul Downtown.  

Three Speakers Added to Cannabis Educational Event

Three of the top leaders of Minnesota's medical cannabis initiative have been added to the roster of speakers for an educational event 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. CME is available. Read more here 

Free Opioids Prescribing Event Scheduled for April 6 

Physicians and other health care workers involved in opioid prescribing are encouraged to attend a free educational event April 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Crow River Country Club in Hutchinson. Read more here.  

Preserving the Physician-Patient Relationship

The physician-patient relationship is the foundation of the practice of medicine. But that relationship is constantly challenged. The MMA's Policy Council Chair Ernest Lampe, MD, examines the relationship in the latest edition of Insights. On April 25, we will expand that discussion to an all-day health policy conference in Bloomington.

Physician Feedback Needed for E-cigarette Survey 

The Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) is asking for physician feedback on the emergence of e-cigarettes. Please complete this short survey by March 10 to help gauge what tools are necessary to protect Minnesotans from the dangers associated with the devices and other tobacco products. The Physicians Advocacy Network, a project of the TCMS, is developing physician resources to engage, educate and involve physicians in the discussion surrounding e-cigarettes. For more details and resources, visit the TCMS website. 

Take the Choosing Wisely Pledge, Part 9  

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 geriatrics:


Unintentional weight loss is a common problem for medically ill or frail elderly. Choosing wisely for this population means talking with patients and their families about avoiding prescription appetite stimulants or high-calorie supplements and instead optimizing social supports and feeding assistance. See the other nine 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 and who has taken it, then add your name.
New or Returning Members
Please welcome 26 new and returning members to MMA. This week we say hello to physicians from Fergus Falls, Willmar, Minneapolis, Burnsville, Crosby, Stillwater, Edina and Rochester. Each week we will recognize several new members who are helping MMA stand up for physicians on issues that affect their practices and their patients. 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
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