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5 Physicians Honored with Foundation Awards at Annual Conference
Five physicians and one student were honored with MMA Foundation awards during the Annual Conference, Sept. 25 and 26, in St. Louis Park. Each year, the MMA and its Foundation honor those in medicine for going above and beyond. Read more here.  
New Officers Take Positions on Board of Trustees
New MMA officers assumed their positions at the Sept. 26 Board of Trustees meeting, following the Annual Conference held in St. Louis Park. Read more here.  
MMA Board Endorses Blood Lead Screening Guidelines
At its Sept. 26 meeting, the MMA Board of Trustees endorsed the updated Blood Lead Screening Guidelines for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women in Minnesota. Read more here  
Save the Date: 2016 Annual Conference is Sept. 23 and 24
With the one of the most successful and engaging Annual Conferences now in the books, it's time to start looking to next year's event, which will be held Sept. 23 and 24 at the Doubletree by Hilton in St. Louis Park. Expect national speakers, educational opportunities, engaging vendors and plenty of networking with your peers. This year's event hosted more than 200 physicians, resident and students. Here are a few comments from attendees: "Great meeting. Good policy discussions. A lot of energy. Felt significantly more engagement than past meetings." "The turnout of the registered students and physicians was very impressive! It was a great networking opportunity and the policy discussions were well planned and engaging." 
MMA/MMCGME Host Residents, Fellows 
Residents and fellows gathered in person and online at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center in St. Paul on Sept. 19 for "Preparing for Practice, from Creating your CV to Signing your Contract." This was the first-of-its-kind comprehensive event sponsored primarily by MMA and MMCGME. Topics included: quick credentialing facts; how to make your CV stand out; what to expect during the interview process; what's negotiable in physician contracts; and which practice type is right for you? Speakers included MMA members (Cindy Firkins Smith, MD, Lisa Mattson, MD, Dionne Hart, MD, and Maria Loerzel, MD) as well as four subject matter experts from around the state. The response was overwhelmingly positive and there were several attendees who expressed their desire to see it made into an annual event. For a recording of the event, click here. For more information about MMA's Resident Fellow Section, contact Kathleen Baumbach.
MNsure Looking for Health Industry Advisory Committee Members
MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange, is seeking advisory committee members to provide guidance, advice and recommendations to the group's board. In particular, Minnesota physicians should consider applying for the group's Health Industry Advisory Committee. Submit a resume and an application by 5 p.m. on Oct. 15. Click here for more details.
AMA Offers Guidance on Alternative Payment Models
In its continuing efforts to help physicians adapt to and succeed in the new world of alternative payment models, the AMA has developed two new resources that explain key issues physicians should consider when evaluating bundled or episode-based and pay-for-performance agreements. Each document outlines important considerations including summary of payment model; contractual issues, including model language; and guidelines for evaluating risk and success. Click here to find out more.
The 2015-16 Minnesota Fall Flu Guide is Out
Physicians can turn to the Department of Health's annual guide on when and how to administer flu vaccine, dosing, storage and handling, and more. Click here.
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