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Physicians, Physician-in-Training Lobby Legislators on MMA Priorities
More than 100 physicians and physician-in-training lobbied their legislators as part of the MMA's annual Day at the Capitol event on March 23. Top priorities discussed included reforming medication prior authorization, ensuring the sunset of the provider (sick) tax and strengthening the state's immunization laws. Read more here.
Bill to Extend APCD Usage Clears Committee Hurdle
A bill that extends the use of the state's All Payer Claims Database for analysis of health care costs, quality, utilization and disease burden successfully passed through the Senate's Health and Human Services Policy, and Judiciary committees, and has been referred to the Senate floor. Read more here
MMA Takes Part in National Match Day at U of M
Representatives from the MMA attended the University of Minnesota's Match Day celebration March 18. Match Day is the day when graduating medical students find out where they will do their residency. Of the 241 University of Minnesota students who matched, 42 will do residencies in family medicine, 42 in internal medicine and 23 in pediatrics among 20 other specialties. The MMA also served as a sponsor of the U's post-Match Day celebration. MMA Trustee Edwin Bogonko, MD, who said a few words of congratulations to the students, is pictured here (center) with Jarrod Tembreull, who matched at Maine Medical Center, and Angela Vokert, who matched at the University of Arizona-Phoenix.
Insights: Affirming the Value of Health Care Homes
Health care homes really do work, according to recent evaluation by University of Minnesota researchers. MMA Board Chair Douglas Wood, MD, congratulates the Minnesota physicians who have had a hand in their success. But work still needs to be done to improve care coordination. Check out the latest Insights here.  
Memberships Expire April 1 - Renew Now
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Save the Date: National Expert to Address Payment Reform
The MMA will host a payment reform discussion on June 1 on the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus, featuring Harold Miller, president and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform. Miller works at the local, state and national levels on initiatives to improve the quality of health care services and to change the fundamental structure of health care payment systems in order to support improved value. Miller is also an adjunct professor of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Stay tuned to MMA News Now for more details.  
Social Events Set for Metro and Rochester Physicians, Residents, Students
The MMA is excited to announce the dates and locations of two free networking events in Minneapolis and Rochester for physicians and physicians-in-training this spring. One will take place May 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Surly Brewery in Minneapolis. The second will take place June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cambria Gallery in Rochester. These events are not only a celebration of medicine, but also a thank you to our members, and a welcome to new and prospective members. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Stay tuned to MMA News Now for more details.  
Call for Entries: Minnesota Medicine's Annual Writing and Photo Contests
Physicians, residents and medical students: Do you have a story to tell? A photo you'd like to share? Then Minnesota Medicine is looking for you. Enter your essay, poem or short story in our Medical Musings writing contest by Monday, May 2. Enter the best photo you've taken in our annual photography contest by Monday, May 9. Winners will be featured in the July issue of the magazine. For more information, click here
Celebrate National Doctors' Day on March 30
Physicians across the country will be recognized on March 30 as the nation celebrates National Doctors' Day. The day was proclaimed by President George H.W. Bush in February 1991. Click here to read his proclamation. 
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