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Member Testifies on Opioids on Capitol Hill
MMA Board of Trustee Chris Johnson, MD, testified before the Joint Meeting of the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and its Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee on May 4 in Washington, D.C. Read more here.
AMA President Calls on U.S. Physicians to Help Solve Opioid Crisis
The AMA's president released an open letter to all U.S. physicians on May 11 regarding the country's opioid epidemic and what they can do to solve it. Read more here.
Prior Auth Update: Still Kicking
A little over a week remains in the 2016 legislative session and the MMA's push for medication prior authorization reform is still alive. A conference committee made up of five senators and five representatives are deliberating on a supplemental finance bill that may or may not contain prior auth language. The committee is under no obligation to pass a supplemental finance bill this session. If you haven't already done so, contact your House legislator to urge adoption of the PA reforms.
MMA Weighs in on Health Care Items in Supplemental Budget Bill
In addition to including medication prior authorization reform in an omnibus supplemental budget bill, the MMA is asking for several other health-care related items. Among them: a request for funding for the Greater Minnesota Family Residency Grant program and the Medical Education Research Costs program; including medical cannabis in the state's Prescription Monitoring Program; and extending until 2019 the use of data from the All Payers Claims Database to study geographic and population differences in health care utilization and costs. Click here to see the MMA's letter regarding these requests.
Win Free ZDoggMD Swag; Save the Date for the 2016 Annual Conference
In a new video greeting, ZDoggMD, the entertaining keynote speaker/rapper for this year's Annual Conference, encourages all Minnesota physicians to save the date for this year's big event Sept. 23 and 24 in St. Louis Park. Registration will open in June. In the meantime, let your colleagues know you "plan to be there" by adding your name to the Annual Conference website. A select number of individuals from this list will be randomly chosen to win autographed swag from ZDoggMD himself.
Learn About Value-Based Payment Reform Models for Your Practice
The MMA is bringing in national expert Harold Miller to help physicians identify new payment models and to facilitate roundtable discussions on how they can shift away from fee-for-service. Registration is now open for the MMA's payment reform event on June 1 from 5:30 to 8 pm 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.
Twin Cities Social Event Sold Out; Rochester Spots Going Fast
Rochester-area physicians and physicians-in-training better move fast if they want to attend the MMA's free networking social event on June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cambria Gallery in Rochester. The event is 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. The Minneapolis-based event has sold out; a waiting list has been established. For more information, go to the MMA website.
Advance Care Planning Conference Set for July 21
Honoring Choices Minnesota, an initiative of the Twin Cities Medical Society, is hosting its seventh annual Sharing the Experience Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 21 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. The conference brings together champions of advance care planning from around the state, offering learning and networking opportunities to health care professionals and community members. For more information and to register, go online.
Survey Asks: What's the State of the Medical Profession?
Physicians are asked to share their thoughts on the state of the medical profession as part of the Physicians Foundation's fourth survey of U.S. physicians. The survey, which takes about 12 minutes to complete, will allow you to share your thoughts on health care reform, electronic medical records, reimbursement, ICD-10 and many other key topics. The survey will remain open until June 15. For more information, click here.
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May-June 2016
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