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MMA Works to Address Esthetician Law

The MMA took steps this week to fix legislation that would require physician clinics offering cosmetology, esthiology or nail services to obtain a salon license beginning Aug. 1. Read more here

Interstate Compact Process Begins in Washington

On June 24, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the national nonprofit that represents the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the U.S. and its territories including Minnesota, hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., to examine the success of the recently established Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Read more here.    

Physician Sought for No-Fault Auto Insurance Task Force

The MMA is currently seeking one physician to take part on the Minnesota Department of Commerce's No-Fault Auto Insurance Task Force established during the recent special session. Names need to be submitted by June 30. Read more here.  

Technology Entrepreneur to Headline Annual Conference

Stanford University researcher and instructor Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH, will help physicians make sense out of the wave of consumer technologies heading their way in her presentation "Scanning Tomorrow's Technology" at this year's Annual Conference Sept. 25 and 26 at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park. Read more here

Opioids Seminars Scheduled for Mankato and Duluth Physicians

The MMA will host two free REMS (risk evaluation and mitigation strategy) seminars on opioids for physicians who prescribe extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid medications. The first event will take place on Aug. 13 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mankato; the event will be repeated on Oct. 1 in Duluth at a site to be determined. Both events will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will feature food and a cash bar. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Both seminars will be led by MMA member Charles Reznikoff, MD, an addiction medicine specialist. To register for the Mankato event, click here. Registration for Duluth will open later this summer.

Have an Issue You Want to Discuss with Your MMA Peers?

The MMA is now accepting topics for its Open Issues Forum at this fall's Annual Conference. Click here to fill out a form so your topic can be considered for discussion. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 22. The Annual Conference will be held Sept. 25 and 26 at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park.

Annual Conference Seeks Innovation Speakers

Are you or your partners using some innovative technology or a new practice strategy to improve patient care? Is there a technology or innovation all Minnesota physicians should be aware of? Share your findings with your fellow MMA members at the Annual Conference, September 26. Proposals are now being accepted for two "innovation" breakout sessions. Each will last 60 minutes. Please email Mandy Rubenstein with your proposal, or call 612-362-3740 for more information.

$500 Cash Prize Available for Students, Residents

The MMA's second annual poster symposium will be held during the Annual Conference, Friday, Sept. 25 in St. Louis Park. Student and resident participants will have the opportunity to chat with practicing physicians from across the state. Conference attendees will vote on the People's Choice Award, which will be presented during the inaugural dinner, along with a $500 cash prize. Additional information can be found 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 George Lohmer before July 9.

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 help physicians understand the consequences of registering or not registering to certify patients for medical cannabis and to ensure their clinics are ready to manage patients. The manual will help clinic staff confidently, consistently and legally manage medical cannabis questions and requests from patients and will save time, effort and money in development costs. Read more here.

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Members in the News

Member John Hick, MD, was featured again for his role as deputy medical director of Minnesota Task Force 1, the state's emergency rescue team. The article appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on June 22.


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