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MMA, Others Urge CMS to Guarantee MinnesotaCare Funding
The MMA signed onto a letter to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to express concern about the future of funding for Minnesota's Basic Health Plan, known as MinnesotaCare. Read more here.
3 More Candidates Commit to Gubernatorial Forums
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, State Rep. Paul Thissen and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz have joined the list of confirmed candidates for the MMA and Zumbro Valley Medical Society's upcoming gubernatorial forums in Rochester. Read more here.
Legislators Discuss Opioid Alternatives at Roundtable Event
A bipartisan group of legislators from both the House and Senate gathered at the Capitol Oct.2 to discuss non-opioid pain management techniques. Read more here.
MMA Signs on to AMA Letter Requesting Slowing of MACRA Implementation
On Oct. 2, the MMA signed on to an AMA letter urging Congress to enact legislation to ensure that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has the flexibility to continue a transitional approach to the implementation of the Quality Payment Program. Read more here
MEDPAC Board of Directors Looking for New Members
MEDPAC, the MMA's political action committee, is looking for applicants to serve on its Board of Directors. Read more here
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!
MDH Shares e-Prescribing Resources
The Minnesota Department of Health has posted two new e-prescribing resources on its e-prescribing webpage. The FAQ for e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) provides general information on EPCS and the Minnesota e-Prescribing Mandate Factsheet summarizes the Minnesota statutes that require the e-prescribing of all prescriptions including controlled substances. EPCS helps to reduce fraud and abuse of controlled substances, and is one way to use e-health to prevent and respond to the misuse and overdose of opioids. 
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