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MN Clinic Ratings Highlighted in Consumer Reports
The May issue of Consumer Reports includes a special report with ratings on 500 primary care clinics in Minnesota regarding three measures. Read more here.  
MMA Begins Leadership Nomination Process
The nomination process for MMA's second member-wide electronic election, for 2016-17 leadership positions, is now open. Nominations from members and component medical societies for available offices will be accepted through May 20. Read more here
Deadline Approaching for MN Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Eligible Minnesota physicians have until May 29 to sign up to participate in the Minnesota Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for Program Year 2015. This includes attestations with the Modified Stage 2 final rule changes incorporated from Dec. 15, 2015. Read more here.
MMA Asks Hennepin County for Declaratory Judgment
On March 30, 2016, attorneys representing the MMA filed an action seeking declaratory judgment in Hennepin County District Court requesting that MMIC, the Edina-based medical liability insurance company, honor the contract the two parties agreed to in 2011. On March 17, 2016, the MMA received a letter from MMIC's legal counsel informing the association that MMIC would no longer pay the agreed-to royalty. Minnesota physicians and the MMA created MMIC in 1980 and have had a long-term relationship to improve the medical liability environment in the state. 
Renew Now - MMA Memberships Expire Tomorrow
Only one more day! MMA memberships expire tomorrow, April 1. Don't lose your voice on the issues that affect your patients and your practice. Renew your membership by calling 612-362-3728; or renew online at join/renew. Not a member? It's easy to join, just give us a call or go online.
MMGMA to Host its Sixth Annual "Day with The Payers"
The Minnesota chapter of the Medical Group Management Association will hosts its annual "Day with the Payers" on May 19 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. Read more here.
Tell Us How We're Doing
Let us know how you feel about the MMA's work by completing our annual value/satisfaction survey, which we emailed to members and non-members on March 14. It includes questions about the MMA's value, your satisfaction with our performance and the key challenges facing your practice.
Go Back to School for a Good Cause
Physicians are asked to take one hour out of their day on May 3 and participate in National Doctors Back to School Day, which is led by the AMA's Minority Affairs Section. Here's how you do it: 1. sign up here or email; 2. Pick a school with a large number of minority students; 3. Team up with a few colleagues or go it alone; 4. Tweet about it or post on Facebook using #DBTSDay. The National DBTS Committee is available to help with guidance at the email address above. 
National Public Health Week is Next Week
National Public Health Week is April 4-10. It's a great time to recognize the work of public health providers and highlight issues that affect our country from a public health point of view. The American Public Health Association has organized the week for more than 20 years. Go online to see ideas on ways to celebrate the week. 
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.  
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
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