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MMA Continues Working on Aesthetician Legislation

Representatives from the MMA, the Board of Medical Practice and the Board of Cosmetologist Examiners met on July 15 to discuss legislation that requires physician clinics offering cosmetology, esthiology or nail services to obtain a salon license beginning Aug. 1. Read more here

Physicians Could Be Reimbursed for Talking End-of-Life with Medicare Patients

On July 8, the federal government proposed paying physicians, nurse practitioners and other health-care providers for discussing end-of-life care with their Medicare patients. The proposed rule would build on the current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' payment to physicians for advance care planning discussions that occur during a patient's annual wellness visit. This new proposal would allow reimbursement for advance care planning consultation services regardless of when it occurs and expands it to include non-physicians. Read more here

Become a Smarter Doc at the Annual Conference

The MMA's 2015 Annual Conference is rounding into shape with the addition of three new programs that will help physicians better understand emerging technologies and bring joy back to their practice. Read more here.  

MMA to Sponsor Gawande Talk on Hospice and Palliative Care

The MMA has signed on as a sponsor for a talk given by surgeon and author Atul Gawande, MD, on Sept. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre Ballroom. The event will be hosted by the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care. Read more here.  

Minneapolis Takes Steps to Restrict Youth Access to Tobacco

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on July 10 to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco shops and set a minimum price of $2.60 for single cigars. Read more here

Webinar on EHR, Stage 3 Meaningful Use Scheduled for July 20

The AMA and the Medical Association of Georgia will host a meeting online on July 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (Central Time) to discuss electronic health records. The meeting, which will feature Rep. Tom Price, MD (GA-6), and AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, is geared toward physicians who have concerns about EHRs with Stage 3 Meaningful Use implementation. To register, click here.

CDC Releases Guidance on Treatment for STDs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines. They were updated by the CDC after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs who met in Atlanta in April of 2013. The last comprehensive report on STDs was released in 2010.

A Continued Push for the Elimination of the Provider Tax

Another legislative session has come and gone and the repeal of the Provider Tax remains intact. At the end of December 2019, the 2 percent gross revenues tax on medical services provided by physicians, hospitals, dentists, chiropractors and other health care providers will cease to exist. At least, that's the plan. Read the latest Insights article from MMA President Donald Jacobs, MD, on why we need to keep our foot on the accelerator when it comes to getting rid of the sick tax.

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 the Black Woods Banquet Center. 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. For Duluth, click here.

Issue Topics Wanted for Discussion at 2015 Annual Conference

The MMA is now accepting topics for its Open Issues Forum at the 2015 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.

$500 Cash Prize Available for Students, Residents

The MMA's second annual poster symposium will be held during the Annual Conference 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.

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.

Members in the News
MMA President-elect Dave Thorson, MD, appeared on KSTP-TV to discuss medical cannabis on June 16.

Member Thomas George, MD, was interviewed as part of a story on health care costs in the June 12 edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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Immediate Past President Cindy Firkins Smith, MD, and her patient's struggles continue over prior authorization. She's now enlisted Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. Read more here.

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