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MMA Looks to Clarify PBM's New Opioid Policies
Over the past several weeks, the MMA has sent letters to pharmacy benefit managers requesting information on each company's new opioid policies. Read more here.
MMA Provides Comments to State on Proposed Changes to MA/MNCare Contracting 
On Dec. 20, the MMA sent comments to the Department of Human Services in response to its Request for Comments on changes to Medicaid/MinnesotaCare purchasing using managed care organizations and Integrated Health Partnerships. Read more here
Report Indicates Declines in Hospital Operating Margins
The Minnesota Hospital Association released its annual report Dec. 19 examining the financial health of Minnesota's hospitals and health systems, and found that the state's hospitals' operating margins declined in 2016. Read more here
Health Department Seeks Input on All Payer Claims Database
The Minnesota Department of Health is seeking input on the best ways to use data from the Minnesota All Payer Claims Database. Read more here
MMA Adds Three New Lectures to its Online Opioid Series
The MMA has added three more free lectures to its Pain, Opioids, and Addiction Series. The series now includes 24 lectures. Read more here
MMA and Partners Offering 2 Events as Part of Health Equity Month
The MMA, along with a host of other health care organizations, is declaring January 2018 to be Health Equity Month in Minnesota. Read more here.
Minnesota Medicine is 100 Years Old!
The first issue of Minnesota Medicine rolled off the presses in January 1918. It featured stories on "Syphilis of the stomach" and "Posture in the cases of abdominal drainage," and advertisements on malted milk "for infants, invalids, the aged and travelers" and surgical catgut. Now, 100 years later, the magazine continues to win awards for its outstanding and insightful content. We are celebrating the magazine's centennial year with a special issue in January. Look for it in your mailboxes around Jan. 8.
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! 
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