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Still Time to Register for One of MMA's Biggest Annual Conferences Ever
One of the biggest Annual Conferences in recent memory is just two weeks away. Nearly 200 physicians, students and residents have signed up for the event taking place Sept. 25 and 26 at the Doubletree by Hilton Park Place in St. Louis Park. You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear two of the country's leading health care futurists, earn CME and participate in policy discussions on 10 intriguing topics. Click on the following links to see the event program and to register.
Minnesota State Fair-Goers are Pro Vaccination
According to two unscientific polls, State Fair-goers are strongly supportive of legislative efforts to increase the rate of vaccinated children. Read more here
DHS Launching State Opioid Oversight Project
This fall, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is launching a new initiative called the State Opioid Oversight Project and the department is looking for physician input to shape policy, potentially shape future legislation, and organize the community to address Minnesota's opioid abuse issue. Read more here
Physicians Encouraged to Get Involved on MMA Committees
MMA physicians are encouraged to get active in the MMA by joining one of its standing committees. Several currently have openings including Public Health, Membership and Communications, Quality, and Finance and Audit. Read more here
Ready for ICD-10? It's Only Three Weeks Away
Only a few weeks remain before the new ICD-10 codes go into effect. Are you ready? Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website for information on how to prepare for the Oct. 1 deadline. CMS and the AMA recently released FAQs on ICD-10.
Free CME Webinars on E-Cigs Now Available
Physicians can get educated about e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products via a series of 30-minute webinars. The Physician Advocacy Network's "Up in Smoke" webinars are each worth .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Click here to watch the webinars.
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.
Duluth is Next Stop for Opioid Seminars
The MMA will host a free REMS (risk evaluation and mitigation strategy) seminar on opioids for physicians who prescribe extended-release and long-acting opioid medications. The event will take place Oct. 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Black Woods Banquet Center in Duluth. The seminar, which will be led by MMA member Charles Reznikoff, MD, an addiction medicine specialist, will feature food and a cash bar. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. To register, click here.
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