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Legislators Chosen for HHS Budget Conference Committee
Ten legislators have been named to a conference committee that will hammer out the details to the Health and Human Services budget to be presented to Gov. Mark Dayton. The House and the Senate have two different approaches on how they want to allocate monies to health care in the state.  Currently, they are hundreds of millions of dollars and dozens of policy differences apart. Read more here.
MMA's Opioid Lecture Series Educating Providers Worldwide
Since it launched in late 2014, the MMA's Pain, Opioids, and Addiction Lecture Series has continued to grow, now with 18 free online course offerings and approximately 1,000 health care professional customers around the world including 44 states, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Read more here
Times Running Out: Sign Up Today for Forum to Discuss Future of Health Care Reform
Congress continues to look at ways to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. What will the result mean for how medicine is practiced in Minnesota?  Be part of the discussion at a forum next Tuesday. It will feature both local and national experts. For more information, click here.
Large Group Gathers for End-of-Life Discussion 
More than 500 people gathered at St. John's University on April 18 for the latest installment of "The Convenings," a program developed by Honoring Choices Minnesota to engage people and their families in end-of-life conversations. Honoring Choices is an initiative of the Twin Cities Medical Society. MMA member Ken Holmen, MD, CEO of CentraCare, (pictured) kicked off the event. Upcoming events like this one are scheduled for the Faribault/Owatonna area and Northfield. Previous events have been held in Ely, Luverne and Coon Rapids. 
Safely Dispose of Unneeded Prescriptions on April 29
Saturday, April 29, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. According to the Minnesota Attorney General's "Dose of Reality" website you can look for a nearby disposal site by using an interactive map (searchable by zip code), available here.  Local take back events can be found on the Drug Enforcement Administration's website.
Med Students Promote Increasing State's Immunization Rates
The Hands on Advocacy Project, an initiative of the MMA's Medical Student Section presented a resolution titled, "Increasing Minnesota Immunization Rates Through Physician Education and Routine Reassessment of Patient Vaccination Status" during the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians' House of Delegates on April 19. The resolution supports physician education for best practices in conversations with vaccine-hesitant parents and use of the MIIC reporting system. 
Nominating Process for MMA Officers Begins
The nominating process is open for MMA president-elect, trustees and AMA delegate/alternate delegates and will close May 19. Read more here.
Deadlines Set for Minnesota Medicine's Annual Writing and Photography Contests
The editors of Minnesota Medicine are once again looking for physicians, residents and medical students to tap into their creativity and enter their work in the magazine's annual writing and photography contests. Read more here.
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