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DFL Candidates Tackle Variety of Issues at Health Care Forum in Rochester 
Money is getting in the way of allowing Minnesota to be the healthiest state in the nation, agreed five DFL gubernatorial candidates at a forum held Oct. 17 in Rochester and hosted by the MMA and the Zumbro Valley Medical Society. Read more here.
CMS Seeking Input on Eight Draft Episode Cost Measures
In an effort toward the use of episode-based cost measures in Medicare, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services is pilot testing eight new measures that it expects to use in the future to determine physician scores in the cost component of the Medicare Incentive-Based Payment System. Read more here
Internal Medicine Meeting to Offer Opioid Workshop
The Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians will host a half-day workshop on the Minnesota opioid crisis and current state efforts to address it on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The workshop will be featured as a part of the MMA's ongoing opioid lecture series.Read more here.
Quality Improvement Project to Raise HPV Vaccination Rates
Do you know your clinic's HPV vaccination rates? Are you looking for strategies to increase HPV vaccination among your adolescent patients? The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians and Minnesota Department of Health are working to increase HPV vaccination rates across the state. Clinics can receive a free consultation with a family physician HPV champion and public health expert to create a custom quality improvement plan. The consultation includes CME accredited, peer-to-peer education on evidence-based strategies for increasing on-time HPV vaccination and a clinic-specific HPV vaccination rate assessment from the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). You can sign your clinic up for a consultation today by emailing Lynn Balfour or calling 952-224-3872.
Save the Date: MMA's 2018 Day at the Capitol is March 14
The MMA's annual Day at the Capitol will be held March 14, 2018. It's a fantastic opportunity to get directly involved in the advocacy process at the Capitol and meet with state legislators. The 2018 session starts Feb. 20, so our Day at the Capitol is at the opportune time to start influencing pro-medicine legislation. Get it on your calendar today!
MMA Memberships Expire Dec. 31
We are stronger when we are many. As a voluntary membership organization, the MMA's success relies on the support of its 10,000 members statewide. Click here to renew. If you have questions about your membership or would like to know more, please contact us. We look forward to sharing another year with you!
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