Top Stories
MMA Bats .333 During 2016 Legislative Session
If passing laws was like baseball, the MMA could consider the 2016 Legislative session a success. But accomplishing only one of three priorities doesn't seem like a victory. Read more here
Frustrating Session Concludes with Some Health Care Improvements
From the MMA's point of view, the recently completed Legislative session resulted in frustration and promises of "wait-until-next-year" for the state's physicians. It was not a total loss, however, as several health care-related bills did pass. Gov. Mark Dayton still needs to sign these bills into law, but all are expected to be accepted. Read more here.
Attorneys Supporting Avera Docs Make Case before Court of Appeals
The Minnesota Court of Appeals once again heard oral arguments on the Avera Marshall litigation on May 19. Read more here.
TC Physician Social: A Great Night for Medicine
More than 130 physicians, residents and medical students gathered at the Surly Brewery in Minneapolis for the MMA's first Physician Social of 2016. Similar events will be held in Rochester on June 8 and in Duluth later this year. Here, the U of M Med School's Solveig Hagen (left) shares a laugh with a fellow medical student. For more photos of the event, visit the MMA Facebook page. 
Spots Going Fast for Rochester Social Event
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. For more information, go to the MMA website.
With Session Over, Time to Hold Legislators Accountable
With the 2014 legislative session (mostly) wrapped up, many assume that they can quit worrying about politics. "While it is perfectly normal and healthy for most people to want a break, it is a very effective time to speak with your elected officials about what did and didn't get done," said Phil Raines, MMA's manager of grass roots and political development. MMA staff can help you craft a custom message or host a legislator at a clinic or coffee shop in your area. Contact Raines to learn more.
A Little Help, Please! Complete MMA's Annual Physician Census 
Help the MMA update its physician database by completing the physician census your clinic will receive in the mail soon. The information will be used to update the MMA's popular online referral directory, Find a Physician. Accurate data also will help the MMA effectively communicate with physicians and clinics. Please complete and return the census survey by June 24.
Six Days Away: Live Webinar on Payment Reform
The MMA will host a live webinar on payment reform June 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. National expert Harold Miller will lead the event and help physicians understand new payment models. Register here. 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.  
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 is scheduled to open in June but, in the meantime, you can let others know that you plan to be there. Add your name to the Annual Conference website and you may be selected to win autographed swag from ZDoggMD himself.
Minnesota Medicine
May-June 2016

On the go? Get the latest edition of Minnesota Medicine in one place. Read our Digital Edition.
Other MMA News
In Case You Missed It
Join Our Mailing List