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MMA Hosts Online Health Equity Event
With the help of four health equity experts, the MMA hosted an online forum addressing a number of topics regarding health disparities on Facebook Live on Jan. 17. An in-person forum on health equity will take place Jan. 24 in downtown St. Paul. Read more here
Health Care Leaders Unite to Take on Prior Auth
A group of national health care groups announced Jan. 17 that they are collaborating to streamline prior authorization and improve patients' access to timely treatments. Read more here
MMA Supports T21 Ordinances in Mankato, North Mankato
The MMA sent letters of support to the city councils of Mankato and North Mankato regarding ordinances that would raise the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products to 21 in those cities. Read more here
DHS Child & Teen Check-Up Requirements Modified
The MMA, with a number of other advocates, has lobbied the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to delay implementation of several elements of its new Child & Teen Check-Up (C&TC).  C&TC is the state's program used to comply with federal requirements to provide quality well-child care for children eligible for Medicaid. Read more here.
Watch for Value Satisfaction Survey from MMA
In the coming weeks, the MMA and its research partner, Data IQ, will send out a survey to gather feedback on the association and the practice of medicine in Minnesota. The feedback will help MMA leadership form strategy. It will go to a random sample of current and future members. If you receive it, please take 15 minutes and fill it out. Your input is invaluable. Thanks!
Online Opioids Lecture Series Had Banner Year in 2017
The MMA's Pain, Opioids, and Addiction Lecture Series had more than 3,000 views during 2017, nearly four times as many as in 2016. Read more here.
TCMS Installs New President, Awards Member for Work on Opioids
On Jan. 15, the Twin Cities Medical Society installed Thomas Kottke, MD, MSPH, as its 2018 president at its annual meeting. Read more here
DHS Drug Formulary Committee Seeks Physicians
Several openings are available for physicians on the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Drug Formulary Committee, which is tasked with making recommendations about prior authorization requirements and mandatory generic substitution exclusions. The committee is accepting applications through Jan. 22 for three licensed physicians, including one physician who treats mental illness. For additional details and to apply, visit the Secretary of State's website here
Registration Now Open for Day at the Capitol
Registration is now open for the MMA's 2018 Day at the Capitol, which takes place on March 14. 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. For more information and to register, click here.
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