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Physicians, Residents and Med Students Gather for Duluth Social
More than 50 physicians, residents and medical students attended the MMA's Physicians' Social in Duluth on Oct. 4. It was the third such event held this year to gather members together to celebrate the practice of medicine in an informal setting. Sponsors for the event included AstraZeneca, Gunderson Health System, Scenic Rivers Health Services and the U.S. Air Force. One attendee said: "Thanks again for the really nice session last night at Fitger's in Duluth. It was a pleasure to see some of our colleagues enjoying the company of their colleagues, the residents and the students." Click here to see photos of the event.
Survey Finds More U.S. Physicians Grappling with Morale
The Physicians Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit that seeks to empower physicians to lead in the delivery of high-quality, cost-efficient health care, recently released the results of its fifth biennial physician survey and found physicians are struggling to maintain morale, adapt to changing delivery and payment models, and provide patients with reasonable access to care. Read more here
Volunteer Opportunity with MNsure Health Industry Advisory Committee
Minnesota physicians have an opportunity to join MNsure's Health Industry Advisory Committee to help provide guidance, advice and recommendations to the group's board of directors. Read more here
Save the Date: Day at the Capitol Set for Feb. 15, 2017
The MMA's annual Day at the Capitol event, at which physicians, residents and medical students meet face to face with their state senator and representative to advocate for pro-medicine legislation, has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15. Watch future editions of MMA News Now for more details.
MMA Membership is Growing - Thank You, Members
Thanks to our committed members, MMA had a great 2016 membership year! We gained 140 members, surpassing 2015 and 2014 membership totals. In fact, the total membership (which includes physicians, medical students, residents and fellows) has reached 10,425, the highest since 2010. If you are not a member, what are you waiting for? Go online or call 612-362-3728 to renew or become a member. 
MMA, AMA Provide Tools to Prepare 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 prepare 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 as early as Jan. 1, 2017. To help members understand the new Medicare changes, the MMA has a comprehensive set of resources online. We also offer a no cost, in-person presentation to clinic leadership. The AMA also offers a MACRA website with useful information. Plus, here's a new link from the AMA on MACRA.
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