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Task Force Reconvenes to Address Opioid Epidemic
The MMA Prescription Opioid Management Advisory Task Force will reconvene beginning in mid-September. Read more here
One of the "World's Greatest" Speakers on Health Care, Ever
This year's Annual Conference keynote speaker, ZDoggMD, is getting lots of praise. Forbes magazine recently reported that he is "becoming the Martin Luther King of the Unbreak Healthcare movement that puts the well-being of individuals and clinicians over a flawed healthcare system that simultaneously under-performs on value and health outcomes." He's also on National Public Radio's list of "Best Commencement Speeches, Ever." And according to Wikipedia, his work has been called "entertainment that might save your life." See for yourself at this year's Annual Conference. Register here.  
What Makes You Happy?
We hear a lot about physician burnout and the many factors that contribute to it. Minnesota Medicine wants to look at a different side of physician life: What makes you happy. It can be something you do outside of medicine, a favorite place, a certain person, a simple thing you make time for every day. In 100 words or less, tell us what you do to increase your happiness. Send your comments to Kim Kiser. We'll publish them in our November/December issue. Deadline: Sept. 15.
Final Physicians' Social for the Year Set for Oct. 4 in Duluth
Following in the footsteps of the successful Physicians' Socials in Minneapolis and Rochester, the MMA is hosting an event in Duluth on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Harbor View Room at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St. 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.
Prepare Now for New Medicare Quality Payment Program
Although the new Medicare quality payment program created by the 2015 MACRA law doesn't take effect until 2019, physician practices are urged to start preparing for it now. Performance on quality and other metrics in 2017 will serve as the basis for Medicare payments in 2019. Final program regulations and metrics will be released later this year and could involve new or different data collection requirements starting Jan. 1, 2017. To help members understand the changes, the MMA offers a comprehensive set of resources, including a no-cost, in-person presentation to clinic leadership.
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