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State to Allow "Designated Certifiers" to OK Patients for Medical Cannabis

The Minnesota Department of Health has determined that it will allow group medical practices to appoint a designated health care practitioner to be in charge of certifying patients for the state's medical cannabis program. Read more here

New Law Requires Docs to Get Cosmetology License for Certain Procedures

Beginning Aug. 1, physician clinics offering cosmetology, esthiology or nail services for compensation must obtain a salon license, and follow all laws and rules that pertain to that license. Read more here.   

Community Measurement Releases New TCOC Report

A new analysis of previously released data on 115 medical groups, representing 1,052 clinics from Minnesota and neighboring states, reveals sizable geographic differences in health care costs. According to the 2014 Total Cost of Care Report from MN Community Measurement, costs range from a low of $415 per patient per month in eastern North Dakota to a high of $535 per patient per month in southeastern Minnesota. The average monthly cost statewide is $435 per patient per month. Read more here

Healthiest State Summit Scheduled for Aug. 6

The Twin Cities Medical Society and the Minnesota Public Health Association will host a Healthiest State Summit on Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Minnesota's Continuing Education and Conference Center in St. Paul. The MMA, UCare, Minnesota Department of Health and HealthPartners are co-sponsors of the event. CME is available. Read more here

MMA Looking for Candidates for MMIC and Constellation Boards

The MMA is searching for two candidates to recommend for board positions on MMIC Insurance, Inc. and its parent company, Constellation. Both companies are focused on professional liability markets in Minnesota, regionally and nationally. A strong candidate will have current knowledge or a desire/capability to quickly learn about professional liability issues, demonstrated understanding regarding service on corporate boards and active involvement in organized medicine especially with the MMA. If you are interested in being considered for one of these roles contact George Lohmer at the MMA at 612-362-3746 or glohmer@mnmed.org before July 9.

Online Physician's Licensing Surcharge Expires June 30

Effective June 30, the 10 percent e-licensing surcharge on obtaining your physician's license online, enacted by the Minnesota Legislature in 2009, will expire. Physicians whose application or renewal is processed as of 12:01 a.m. on July 1, will receive a refund check for the surcharge amount from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Submission of a surcharge fee after June 30 will not delay processing of an application or renewal.

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.

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.

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Members in the News

Member John Hick, MD, was featured in a June 12 story on Minnesota Public Radio.


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