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Health Care Financing Task Force Kicks Off
The Health Care Financing Task Force heard several agenda-setting presentations and identified its leaders at its first meeting on Aug. 7 at the State Office Building in St. Paul. Read more here.  
More Than 100 Public Health Advocates Gather for Summit
Physicians, nurses, public health professionals and others gathered to discuss ways to make Minnesota the healthiest state in the nation at an all-day event on Aug. 6 on the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. The Twin Cities Medical Society and the Minnesota Public Health Association hosted the event. The MMA, UCare, Minnesota Department of Health and HealthPartners were co-sponsors. Read more here
Noted Speakers to Offer Insights on the Future of Health Care
One of the nation's most respected health care futurists, Ian Morrison, PhD, will help physicians prepare for the coming changes in health care delivery during his keynote presentation: "The Future of the Healthcare Marketplace: Playing the New Game," at the MMA's 2015 Annual Conference, Sept. 25 and 26 at the Doubletree by Hilton Park Place in St. Louis Park. Read more here.
Electronic Voting for Officers, Trustees and AMA Delegation Begins
Ballots to elect 2015-2016 MMA officers, trustees and the AMA delegation are being emailed this week to all members with email addresses on file with the MMA. Read more here.  
Need to Know: AMA Posts Useful Info on MACRA
The new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) replaced SGR. However, most physicians aren't clear on what that means and how the law will affect them. The AMA has posted a story on its website that includes useful information on MACRA that all practicing physicians should know. 
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 Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. Read more 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. Read more here.

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