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MMA Member Replaced on MNsure Board
The MNsure board of directors position held by MMA member Kathryn Duevel, MD, a retired OB/GYN  from Willmar, was filled Sept. 6. Read more here
State Insurance Coverage at Historic High
The Minnesota Department of Health reports that only about 5 percent of Minnesotans under the age of 65 did not have health insurance in 2015, which is an historic low for the state. Health insurance coverage has improved for all groups, according to the latest findings from the 2015 Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA). Public health insurance coverage increased, especially for children, as a result of public program expansions in Minnesota. For data on health insurance in Minnesota, click hereUpdated county-level estimates of people without health insurance are available in the Population Characteristics: Data Query
Variety of Break-out Sessions Available at Annual Conference
This year's Annual Conference will feature seven break-out sessions. Topics include: diagnostic errors, future trends in health care, a health disparities, implicit bias, improving resiliency, opioid prescribing and physician burnout. For a full schedule, click here. Register here for the conference, which takes place Sept. 23 and 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place in St. Louis Park. 
Physician Volunteer Opportunity Available on Work Comp Group
The Medical Services Review Board is looking for one physician volunteer to join the group, which advises the Department of Labor and Industry on medical matters relating to workers' compensation. Read more here.
Leadership Positions Open for Residents/Fellows
Residents and fellows interested in improving their professional skills and making a difference in the careers of their colleagues are encouraged to apply for several leadership and committee positions within the MMA Resident/Fellow section (RFS). Positions include: chair and vice chair of the section, representative to the MMA Board of Trustees and representatives to several MMA committees. Read more here.
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.
Minnesota Medicine
Sept-Oct 2016 Minnesota Medicine

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