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Dayton Creates Mental Health Task Force
Gov. Mark Dayton announced April 27 the creation of a Governor's Task Force on Mental Health to advise his office and the Legislature on improving the mental health system in Minnesota. Read more here.
MDH Releases Health Care Data on Pricing, Use
State data intended to improve understanding of health care use and spending patterns was made available to the public April 25 by the Minnesota Department of Health. Read more here
MMA-supported Boat Safety Bill Passes Senate
An MMA-supported bill requiring all motorboats 19 feet and longer with an enclosed cabin to be outfitted with a marine carbon monoxide detection system passed the Senate floor unanimously on April 26. Read more here.
Minnesota Medicine Writing, Photo Contests - Deadline Extended
Physicians, residents and medical students: Do you have a story to tell or a photo you'd like to share?  Enter them into Minnesota Medicine's annual Medical Musings writing contest. Please enter your essay, poem, short story or best photo by May 9. Winners will be featured in the July issue of the magazine. Click here for more information. 
Rural Health Award Nominations Due May 9
The deadline for nominations for the Minnesota Rural Health Awards is May 9. Three awards will be presented at the 2016 Minnesota Rural Health Conference on June 21 in Duluth: Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award, the Minnesota Rural Health Team Award and, new this year, the Rural Health Lifetime Achievement Award. You'll find the nomination form online. For more information on the conference, click here.
Survey Complete - Thanks for Participating
Thanks to the more than 600 members and nonmembers who took time to complete MMA's 2016 value/satisfaction survey. We are still analyzing the results, but we do see several key points emerging: the importance of, and satisfaction with, MMA and its services continues to rise. Physician burnout appears to top the list of significant challenges facing practices. We will offer a closer look at the results in the coming weeks.
Input Sought for Transgender Health Care Survey
Abel Knochel, PhD, from the University of Minnesota Duluth and Dylan Flunker of the Rainbow Health Initiative are conducting a study that seeks to understand how older transgender adults access medical and aging services, and how health care providers can better serve them. The researchers are conducting a short (five-minute) survey of providers in the Twin Cities and Arrowhead regions. You can access the survey here. Feel free to email Knochel or call 218-726-7845 with questions.
National Expert to Address Payment Reform - Registration Open
Registration is now open for the MMA's payment reform discussion featuring Harold Miller on June 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Minnesota's Continuing Education and Conference Center in St. Paul. Miller, president and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, 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. He 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 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. 
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