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House of Delegates Reconvenes to Discuss MMA's Future Governance
The House of Delegates will reconvene at this year's 2016 Annual Conference from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, to determine its own fate. Read more here.
MN Community Measurement Changes Immunization Measurement
The Measurement and Reporting Committee of MN Community Measurement recently approved two changes to how it reports immunization status. Read more here.
Stearns Benton Gathers Unused Meds, Works with Seniors
Stearns Benton Medical Society exhibited at the St. Cloud Senior Expo on Aug. 20. Read more here.
MMA Member to Serve as Panelist at Opioids Symposium
MMA member Chris Johnson, MD, will be a panelist at the Saving Lives - Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis symposium, being held Sept. 7 and 8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Johnson's panel, which takes place on Sept. 8 from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., will examine law enforcement, health care and community strategies underway as a result of the "Pain.Pill.Problem" conference held last year at the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit the event's website.  
Best-selling Author to Address Health Disparities at Annual Conference
Annual Conference keynote speaker Damon Tweedy, MD, is author of the New York Times bestseller "Black Man in a White Coat," which was selected by Time magazine as one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction books of 2015. Tweedy has written and lectured on the intersection of race and medicine, publishing articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, in addition to the medical journals JAMA and Annals of Internal Medicine. Tweedy will discuss health care disparities as part of his talk titled "Is there a black doctor in the house?" Register here for the conference, which takes place Sept. 23 and 24 in St. Louis Park. 
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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