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MMA Continues Work to Prevent Esthetician Law from Taking Effect

The MMA continues to collaborate with the Board of Cosmetologist Examiners to address physician concerns regarding legislation that many believe would require physician clinics offering cosmetology, esthiology or nail services to obtain a salon license beginning Aug. 1. Read more here.  

Analysis of Statewide Claims Data Reveals Nearly $2 Billion in Preventable Care

A study released by the Minnesota Department of Health on July 23 reveals that nearly 1.3 million patient visits to emergency departments and hospitals (both admissions and readmissions) in 2012 were potentially preventable. Read more here

MMA Member Sought for International Med Grads Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Department of Health is seeking an MMA member to sit on a new advisory committee that will guide the state's International Medical Graduates Assistance Program, which was created during the last legislative session.  The program will assist immigrant international medical graduates in integrating into the Minnesota health delivery system. Read more here.   

Three Policy Forums Will Highlight Annual Conference

In addition to nationally known speakers and CME credit, the MMA 2015 Annual Conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to shape the future of medicine in Minnesota in a series of policy forums. Read more here

MN Community Measurement Seeking Nominations for Committee

MN Community Measurement is seeking nominations for its Measurement and Reporting Committee. A physician from a single specialty clinic is sought among six openings. 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

Healthiest State Summit is Two Weeks Away

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

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 and long-acting 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 at the Black Woods Banquet Center in Duluth. 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
Members Dave Thorson, MD, MMA's president-elect, Charles Reznikoff, MD, and Stuart Bloom, MD, are all featured in a July 17 Minnesota Public Radio story on medical cannabis. Thorson was also featured on WCCO-TV on July 19 discussing the same topic.
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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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