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Avera Marshall Lawsuit Enters Next Phase
Lawyers representing the three physicians who are suing the administration of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center filed an opening brief in the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Feb. 15. The MMA and AMA Litigation Center are providing financial support for the physicians' appeal. Read more here
MMA Meets with House Leaders on PA Bill
With the Minnesota Legislature convening in less than three weeks, the MMA is working with physicians to bring their concerns to lawmakers. On Feb. 15, MMA members met with Reps. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) and Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake) to discuss medication prior authorization (PA) and its impact on patients. Read more here.
Webinars to Explore Implicit Bias in Health Care
The MMA will offer two live webinars to explore the topic of implicit bias and how it can contribute to health care disparities on March 22 and April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. Read more here.
16 Members Join New Initiative for Reducing Health Care Costs
Sixteen MMA members have signed on for a new steering committee that will focus on health care affordability in Minnesota. Read more here.  
Physicians Encouraged to Join an MMA Committee
Minnesota physicians are encouraged to become active in the MMA by joining one of its standing committees. Several currently have openings including Healthcare Access, Financing & Delivery; Membership and Communications; Quality; Public Health; and Finance and Audit. Read more here.
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 can aid 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
Registration Open for Day at the Capitol on March 23
Physicians, residents and medical students can now register for the MMA's 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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*    March 23: MMA Day at the Capitol (St. Paul) 
*    Sept. 23 - 24: MMA 2016 Annual Conference (St. Louis Park) 


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