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U of M Study Finds Health Care Homes Saved $1 Billion
According to an evaluation by the University of Minnesota, the health care homes model saved Medicaid and Medicare approximately $1 billion during a five-year period. Read more here.
House Committee Considers Licensure Issues
A newly formed subcommittee of the House Health and Human Services Reform committee met on Feb. 8 to consider several bills related to licensure of different health care professions. Read more here
Physician Hopes to Spark MMAF Giving with Matching Gift
MMA member Steven Shu, MD, has made a bold offer to Minnesota physicians: He will spend $25,000 of his own money to match any new or increased gift to the MMA Foundation up to $1,000 per donor. Read more here.
MNCM Report Reveals Disparities in Care
MN Community Measurement released its 2015 Health Equity of Care Report on Feb. 10. The second-annual report deepens  our understanding of health disparities in Minnesota. It includes two additional features: four patient experience measures segmented by race and Hispanic ethnicity; and comparable medical group reporting of the five quality measures included in last year's report. Click here to see the full report. 
First Call for 2016 Annual Conference Presentations
What kind of sessions would you like to attend at the MMA's 2016 Annual Conference? Have a speaker suggestion? The MMA is seeking ideas for its Annual Conference, which will be held Sept. 23-24, in St. Louis Park. A conference work group is seeking proposals on topics including physician leadership; technological advances that will aide physicians; innovation in medicine and practice; and physician resiliency and wellness. Proposals geared toward promoting a specific product, company or service will not be considered. Please submit your ideas or proposals here
Volunteer Opportunities Abound for Physicians
Doctors Without Borders will hold a live recruitment webinar on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. (Central Time) for all medical aid workers who want to learn how they can take part in the organization's field work. For more information click here or to register click here. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity in your backyard, check out the MMA Foundation's Physician Volunteerism Program here.
Medical Cannabis Program Nears 1,000 Patients
Minnesota's medical cannabis program launched July 1. Now six months into the headline-making initiative, it is nearing its 1,000th patient. As of Feb. 5, 500 health care practitioners have been registered and authorized to certify patients; 968 patients have been approved in the registry to obtain medical cannabis; and 105 patient caregivers have undergone background checks and received approval, according to the Office of Medical Cannabis.
Registration Open for Day at the Capitol on March 23
Physicians, residents and medical students can now register for the MMA's annual Day at the Capitol on March 23. During the upcoming legislative session, which begins March 8, the MMA will continue its quest to fix medication prior authorization and to maintain the repeal of the provider tax. In addition, the MMA will advocate for stronger childhood immunization laws, recommending the removal of the conscientiously held belief exemption that allows parents to opt-out of immunizing their children. To register, visit the MMA website. When registering, be sure to use the email for which you normally receive communications from the MMA. 
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