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Pain Patients Can Start Registering for Medical Cannabis Tomorrow
Beginning tomorrow, Minnesotans with chronic pain that can't be controlled with existing methods can join the state's medical cannabis program. Once patients with intractable pain are certified as having the condition, they can start receiving medical cannabis at patient cannabis centers starting Aug. 1. Read more here.  
Legislative Special Session Hopes Dim
With leaders in the House and Senate, and Gov. Mark Dayton all identifying June as the time to hold a special session, hopes are fading fast that the Legislature will reconvene to address tax, bonding and transportation legislation. Read more here.
MMA Signs on to MACRA Letter to CMS
The MMA joined 113 other state medical associations and specialty societies in signing onto a letter from the AMA to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding rulemaking for the implementation of MIPS and APMs under the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act. Read more here.
Members Urged to Complete MMA Communication Survey
MMA members are urged to fill out the biannual communications survey we emailed on June 21. We plan to use the data gathered to better serve members in our communications efforts. Please complete the survey by 5 pm on July 21. The survey includes 28 questions on our various communication vehicles and 10 brief demographic questions, some of which will help us generate valuable advertising revenue through Minnesota Medicine. Everyone who fully completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of three $100 Visa gift cards. A reminder email went out on June 28; a second is scheduled for July 19.
Deadline Extended: Physicians, Medical Students: Share your Favorite Healthy Recipe
Do you like to cook? Do you have a favorite recipe you share with patients? Minnesota Medicine is covering topics related to food and nutrition in its September/October issue.  We would like to feature recipes from physicians and medical students that are quick and easy to make, and are good for you. Please share your favorites (and tell us what makes them healthy). They can be for all or for specific populations (for example, persons with diabetes or hypertension). We will also include them in an online resource that you'll be able to share with patients. Send recipes to Kim Kiser by July 15. Limit two per person. 
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.
Concerns or Ideas about Medical Practice? Submit them 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 issue today.  
Talent Members Wanted: Perform at the Annual Conference and Win Prizes
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. Whether you sing, play piano, tell jokes, juggle or do imitations, if you do it well we want to hear from you. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place. Read more here
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