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MMA Testifies on Prior Auth at Senate Committee
The MMA testified before the Senate Health & Human Services Budget Division on April 13 on legislation that would improve Minnesota's medication prior authorization process. The bill was recommended for inclusion in the Health & Human Services budget package likely to be unveiled early next week. Read more here.
Senate Committee Votes to Re-Instate Provider Tax
The Senate Health & Human Services Budget Division voted April 13 to reinstate the 2 percent provider tax. This provision will most likely be included in the omnibus HHS finance bill expected next week. Read more here.
National Expert to Address Payment Reform - Registration Open
Registration is now open for the MMA's payment reform discussion on June 1 from 5:30 to 8 pm at the University of Minnesota's Continuing Education and Conference Center in St. Paul, 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.  
RSVP Now for Social Events in Twin Cities and Rochester
The MMA will hold free networking social events in Minneapolis and Rochester for physicians and physicians-in-training this spring. The metro event will take place May 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Surly Brewery, 520 Malcolm Ave SE in Minneapolis. The Rochester event will take place June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cambria Gallery on 400 S. Broadway in Rochester. The events are a celebration of medicine, a thank you to members, and a welcome to new and prospective members. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. 
Three Minnesotans Make 50 Most Influential List
Three MMA members have been named to Modern Healthcare's list of 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders for 2016. They include: John Noseworthy, MD, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, ranked at no. 2; Richard Migliori, MD, Executive VP of medical affairs and chief medical officer, UnitedHealth Group, at no. 6; and Penny Wheeler, MD, President and CEO Allina Health, at no. 31. 
Help MMA Work for You!
We want to hear your opinions about the MMA's performance and what we could be doing better. Take a few minutes to complete the MMA value/satisfaction survey that was sent to you by email on April 11. Your opinions will help us better work for the physicians of Minnesota. All entries will be eligible for a drawing for one of two $250 Visa gift cards.  
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 DoctorsBackToSchool@gmail.com; 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.  
MMA Debuts New Website
The MMA has launched its new website. It features a completely revamped home page with links to the most popular pages on the site, plus easier access to our award-winning magazine, Minnesota Medicine. The home page also features a new polling feature and a live Twitter feed. We hope you find the site easier to navigate. Feel free to send us a comment
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
Insights: Affirming the Value of Health Care Homes
Health care homes really do work, according to a 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, there's continued work to be done to improve care coordination. Check out the latest Insights here
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