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Dayton Signs Off on Additional Health Care Legislation
Since the end of the legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton has signed off on several health-care related laws. He recently approved laws regarding: the All-Payer Claims Database, improving the Prescription Monitoring Program and more. Read more here.
Governor Appoints New Physicians to BMP
Two MMA-endorsed physicians - Kimberly Spaulding, MD, MPH, and Patrick Townley, MD - have been appointed to the state's Board of Medical Practice by Gov. Mark Dayton. In addition, former MMA President Patricia Lindholm, MD, FAAFP, was reappointed to the board. Read more here.
Delegates Sought for This Fall's Annual Conference
The MMA is seeking delegates for this fall's House of Delegates meeting to take place Sept. 24 during the 2016 Annual Conference in St. Louis Park. The HOD is being reconvened after a three-year hiatus to decide whether the MMA will continue the governance changes adopted in 2013, and whether any additional changes are needed. Read more here.
MMA Seeks Performers for Annual Conference Talent Show
MMA members are talented and we're going to prove it at this year's Annual Conference. We are looking for members to perform in the MMA's Got Talent show on Friday, Sept. 23, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Read more here
Have a Concern or Idea about Medical Practice? Submit it for Consideration at the Annual Conference
The MMA wants to know about the issues that keep physicians awake at night. The Open Issues Forum, held each fall as part of the MMA Annual Conference, is your opportunity to bring issues to the attention of the MMA, to discuss concerns submitted by your fellow physicians, and to get perspective on issues from physicians across the state. Click here to submit your today. 
TCMS to Host Zika Educational Event at U of M
The Twin Cities Medical Society will host an educational forum on Zika July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moos Tower, Room 2-620, on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. It is open to physicians, medical students and other health care providers. Read more here.
Opioid Work Group Welcomes Public Comment Through June 30
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking public comment through 4 p.m. on June 30 on its proposed Acute Pain Prescribing Recommendations, which you can find on the DHS Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) website. The OPWG will review the comments submitted and decide whether to make changes to the recommendations. Submit comments to OPWG staff. The OPWG works to address the state's rise in the use of prescription opioid pain medication and heroin, the consequences of which include an increased incidence of opioid addiction, prenatal exposure resulting in babies being born in poor health, and needless overdoses and deaths. 
Two-Day Patient Safety Event Set for July
The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety and Minnesota Hospital Association are co-hosting "Exploring Partnerships: Using the Include Always Model to Successfully Engage Patients and Families" July 13 and 14 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. The program is applicable to all health care workers. For more information, visit the MAPS website
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. 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.
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