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MMA Exempts Physicians from New Aesthetician Law
Thanks to some quick work by the MMA's legal team, legislation that would have required physician clinics offering cosmetology, esthiology or nail services to obtain a salon license will not take effect. Read more here.
Electronic Voting for MMA Officers, Trustees and AMA Delegates to Begin Soon

Ballots to elect 2015-2016 MMA officers, trustees and AMA delegates will be sent on Aug. 11 to all members with email addresses on file with the MMA. Read more here.   

Save the Date: Klobuchar, Emmer and Dayton to Address Opioids at U Event
The MMA is co-sponsoring a free all-day seminar on prescription opioids called "Pain. Pill. Problem. Minnesota Moving Forward Together" on Aug. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota.  Read more here
Breakout Sessions Added to Conference

Attendees at this year's Annual Conference, Sept. 25-26 in St. Louis Park, will have the opportunity to attend two of six insightful educational sessions. Read more here

MMA Seeks Members for Standing Committees

The MMA is seeking volunteers to serve on several committees that help influence the MMA's direction. The following committees have vacancies: Finance and Audit, Membership and Communications, and Quality. Read more here.   

Opioids Seminars Scheduled for Mankato and Duluth Physicians

The MMA will host two free REMS (risk evaluation and mitigation strategy) seminars 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 second will take place on Oct. 1 at the Black Woods Banquet Center in Duluth. Both events will begin at 5:30 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 submit a topic to 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 for a 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 the state's medical cannabis program and to ensure clinics are ready to manage patients requesting medical cannabis. The manual will help clinic staff confidently, consistently and legally field medical cannabis questions and requests from patients, saving time, effort and money in development costs. Read more here.

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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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