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MMA Sets Legislative Agenda for 2017 Session
Following a morning-long retreat gathering input from representatives of dozens of the state's physician specialty societies, the MMA Board of Trustees set the MMA's legislative priorities for the 2017 session on Nov. 19. The 2017 legislative session is set to begin on Jan. 3, 2017. Read more here.
Health Commissioner Approves PTSD for Medical Cannabis
Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, MD, added post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the growing list of qualifying conditions allowed in the state's medical cannabis program on Dec. 1. Read more here
MMA Reacts to Attorney General's Opioid Prescribing Recommendations
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson released a comprehensive report on Nov. 23 containing 23 recommendations for addressing the opioid abuse crisis plaguing Minnesota. Some of the recommendations, including a call for mandatory use of the state's Prescription Monitoring Program and required CME for prescribers, are oft-cited ideas that have not been shown to be effective in other states. Read more here.
MMA Board Approves Several New Policies
The MMA Board of Trustees approved several new policy positions at its Nov. 19 meeting, four of which were issues discussed at the 2016 Open Issues Forum at the MMA Annual Conference. The board also approved a set of proposals aimed at reducing prescription drug spending. Read more here
Republicans Name Chairs of Three Health Care Committees
The Republican majorities in the House and Senate began the work of setting their agenda for the 2017-2018 legislative session when they announced the chairs of the key health care committees on Nov. 22. Read more here
Alert: Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Communication
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a warning regarding a phishing email that is being circulated on mock HHS departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels. The email appears to be an official government communication, and targets employees of HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates. Read more here
TCMS/Honoring Choices MN Launch Multi-Media Consumer Awareness Campaign
The Twin Cities Medical Society and Honoring Choices Minnesota have partnered with KARE-TV, Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Television to create a consumer awareness campaign on the importance of end-of-life care planning. Read more here
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