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MMA Testifies on Proposed Opioid Legislation
MMA Immediate Past President David Thorson, MD, told the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee that the MMA supports several of the initiatives aimed at addressing the state's opioid epidemic, but continues to believe that mandating prescribers' use of the state's Prescription Monitoring Program is problematic. Read more here
MN Supreme Court Rules on Malpractice Case Dealing with "Informal Conferences"
The state Supreme Court recently voided a Court of Appeals' ruling in Howard v. Svoboda, a case dealing with the "informal conference" statute that allows medical malpractice defense attorneys to speak with a plaintiff's treating physician without taking a deposition. Read more here.
Legislation to Limit and Align Quality Measures Introduced in St. Paul
The MMA has crafted legislation to limit the number of quality measures for clinics and to require the state's quality measures included in the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System to align with the Medicare required measures. Read more here
MMA Continues Its Work on Behalf of Preceptors
On Feb. 21, the MMA testified in support of a bill that would provide a tax credit worth $5,000 for physicians and other health care workers who serve as preceptors in the state. Read more here.
MMA to Help Promote "Dose of Reality" Campaign
The MMA is lending its support to the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and the Anoka County Attorney's Office to help them promote their new "Dose of Reality" campaign, which is designed to prevent prescription painkiller abuse in Minnesota. Read more here
New Opioid Lectures Now Available Online
Four more lectures in the Pain, Opioids and Addiction series are now available online. The free lectures include: "What is Addiction?;" "Drugs of Abuse from A to Z;" "Opioid Antagonists;" and "Communicating with Chronic Pain Patients." The series is a collaboration between the MMA, the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, and the University of Minnesota Medical School. CME and MOC are available. 
MMA Policy Council Seeks Member Input
The MMA Policy Council is working to finalize its 2017 work plan and welcomes member input on potential topics. The Council is tasked with addressing important policy issues affecting physicians and the practice of medicine in Minnesota and submits recommendations for policy development to the MMA Board of Trustees. Potential topics for the year include issues of health care access, prescription drug re-importation, and core data elements in electronic health records. If you are interested in providing input on these issues or have potential topics for Council consideration, please submit your issue or send your comments to the MMA.
Ideas Wanted for 2017 Annual Conference
The MMA's 2017 Annual Conference is scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center. The conference will include a combination of education, policy discussions and camaraderie. We want to hear what you are looking for! Submit your session ideas for consideration by the Annual Conference Planning Committee before Feb. 28. 
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