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Physicians Cautious to Join Medical Cannabis Program, Survey Says

A survey conducted by the MMA on June 2 shows that a majority of Minnesota physicians do not plan to participate in the state's medical cannabis registry at this time. Of the nearly 500 respondents, 9 percent said they plan to participate, 68 percent do not, 17 percent haven't decided and 7 percent noted that they don't have patients who would have a qualifying condition. Read more here.  

State Begins Search for Health Care Task Force Members

The state has launched recruitment efforts for its 29-member Task Force on Health Care Financing, which will advise the governor and Legislature on strategies that will increase access to and improve the quality of health care for Minnesotans. Read more here.  

Annual Conference Continues to Take Shape

The MMA's Policy Council recently voted on topics for policy forums at this year's Annual Conference Sept. 25-26 at the DoubleTree Park Place in St. Louis Park. Forums will cover value-based payment and end-of-life care. There will also be an open issues forum again this year. Stay tuned to MMA News Now and the Annual Conference webpage for details. Registration will open in July. 

Choosing Wisely in St. Cloud

Physicians in the St. Cloud area gathered for training with actors from the Guthrie Theater on May 28. The workshop, built around the Choosing WiselyŽ initiative, was designed to help physicians maximize their patient visits, improve their communication with patients, and foster shared decision-making. 

Attention: Important Message for MMA Members

On May 21, the MMA launched a new and improved membership database. It will allow you to more easily sign up for events and better interact with the MMA. And, this fall, it will allow you to pay your dues online during the annual membership drive. Your first interaction with the membership database will occur when you sign up for an MMA event or meeting. When you register for an event or meeting you will be prompted to enter an email address. If you do not have an email address in our system, you will be prompted to provide some general information before you can register. If you do have an email address in our system, you will see a screen that provides you the following option: "If you forgot or do not know your credentials, please click for email instructions." Click the link. You will then enter your email again and hit the reset password button. An email will be sent to you that will allow you to create a password that you should save and use in the future on the new membership database. If you have questions, please contact Jaime Olson.

Trying to Figure out Medical Cannabis? New MMA Manual Can Help

The MMA's new Medical Cannabis Policies and Procedures Manual offers a comprehensive, ready-to-use guide to ensure clinics are ready to manage medical cannabis patients. The manual will help clinic staff confidently, consistently and legally manage medical cannabis questions and requests from patients. It is designed to save time, effort and money in development costs. Read more here

Healthiest State Summit Scheduled for Aug. 6

In 1992, Minnesota had the #1 health ranking. By 2014, it had dropped to #6. Why? Explore this question and be part of the solution to reverse the trend at the Healthiest State Summit. The event takes place Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Minnesota's Continuing Education and Conference Center. Hosts include the Twin Cities Medical Society and the Minnesota Public Health Association. Additional sponsors include the MMA, UCare and HealthPartners. Read more here.   

Attention Surgeons: Do you Listen to Music in the OR?

A recent Duluth News Tribune article highlights the fact that Duluth surgeon Mark Monte, MD, listens to Bruce Springsteen while working in the OR. Minnesota Medicine is interested in finding out about the musical tastes of more Minnesota surgeons. Click here to tell us about your musical preferences.

Seen a Challenging Case Recently?

Minnesota Medicine is seeking reports of challenging cases-the kind that are difficult to diagnose or treat, infrequently seen or are devastating to patients. Case studies should be between 500 and 1,000 words in length and include references and images, if relevant. Those selected for publication will appear in the August issue. Deadline: June 15. Click here to learn more and submit your paper. 

Medical Cannabis - Question of the Week
The first week of the state's medical cannabis program is off to a slow start with 68 percent of Minnesota physicians saying they do not plan to sign up at this time and only 30 physicians and providers signing up through Wednesday. To help physicians make the best decisions regarding medical cannabis, the MMA will offer a Medical Cannabis Question of the Week. This week's question: Should I register to certify patients for medical cannabis?
Members in the News
President-elect Dave Thorson, MD, represented the MMA in a variety of stories on medical cannabis including Associated Press (appearing in several media such as Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press), KSTP-TV, KMSP-TV, KARE-TV, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio.

Member Andrew Bachman, MD, also appeared on a June 1 story on medical cannabis on Minnesota Public Radio.

President Donald Jacobs, MD, was quoted in a story on "centers of excellence" in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on May 30.  
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