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Legislature Done with First Phase of Session
As of today, the Legislature has reached the final policy deadline for the winnowing process for viable legislation for the 2018 session. Read more here
Appropriations Bill Contains Funding for Opioids
The appropriations bill passed by Congress on March 23 included several bright spots for physicians including nearly $4 billion in funding to address the opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment and law enforcement. Read more here.
MMA to Host Online Discussion on Transgender Health
The MMA will host an online education event on LGBTQ health on May 9 from noon to 1 p.m. on Facebook Live. Read more here.
Physician Compact Fix Gains Momentum
A bill that will allow Minnesota physicians to fully participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has been recommended to pass by relevant committees in both the House and Senate. Read more here.
MMA, AMA Co-Brand Flyer on Medication-Assisted Treatment
To fight the country's opioid epidemic, the MMA has teamed up with the AMA to produce a flyer that illustrates the proven benefits of using Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and removing barriers to its use. The MMA has also developed a separate fact sheet, which provides information on how physicians can obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.
Immediate Vacancy Available on MMA's Policy Council
The MMA's Policy Council has an immediate vacancy for a member from the northeast part of the state. The Council provides a representative mechanism and simplified process for obtaining broad member input, feedback and ideas on critical health policy issues facing Minnesota physicians. Read more here
Input Needed: Board Certification Survey
Have input on the value of board certification and the certification process? Minnesota physicians can give their opinions on board certification in a survey from the American Board of Medical Specialties. The survey is open through April 20.
CMS Extends MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline to April 3
Eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) now have until April 3 at 7 PM Central Time to submit their 2017 MIPS performance data. You can submit your data using the new feature on the QPP website.
Thank a Physician: Tomorrow is National Doctor's Day
Tomorrow, March 30, is National Doctors' Day, a time to acknowledge and celebrate all the hard work of fellow physicians. An AMA survey of 1,200 physicians and physicians-in-training found that despite the current challenging health-care landscape, nine in 10 of the respondents said they are satisfied with their career choice. Half of those who pursue medicine consider it a calling, and three-quarters of physicians said they are motivated by the opportunity to help people above all else. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed said they knew before they reached the age of 20 that they wanted to become doctors, and nearly one-third knew before becoming a teenager.
Finding an MMA Policy is Easy
Ever wonder about the MMA policy on Folic Acid Guidelines or Helmets for Hockey Referees? We have 241 pages of policies housed on our website. You'll find them under "Policies" in the "News and Publications" tab. Once you're in the document, simply do a search (control F) for the topic. We review the policies regularly to determine which need to be sunset.
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