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MN Prescribers Reduce Opioid Scripts by Nearly 30 Percent Since 2013
Between the years of 2013 and 2017, opioid prescriptions have decreased by more than 28 percent in Minnesota, including down nearly 11 percent in the past year alone. Of all states, the number of opioid prescriptions went down 22.9 percent from 2013 to 2017. Opioid prescriptions went down the most in West Virginia (37.6 percent). Click here for a rundown on each state. 
Legislature Releases HHS Supplemental Budget Bills
On April 18, both the House and Senate health and human services finance committees released their versions of supplemental budget bills, which include how they recommend spending their portion of the $300 million surplus in the state's budget. Read more here.
Keynoter Announced for MMA's LGBTQ Health Forum 
Nathalie Crowley, patient resource coordinator at the Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, will share how Family Tree became a clinic that strives to be as inclusive and accessible to everyone, and what this means to patients' lives. The LGBTQ Health Forum is May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Campus Club on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. To register and for more information, click here
Mayo Center for Innovation Wins Edison Award
The Mayo Center for Innovation recently received a silver Edison Award in the category of "Collective Disruption" for the Well Living Lab in Rochester, which it developed with Delos Living. Read more here
U of M Med Student Wins National Competition
Stephen Palmquist, a medical and MBA student at the University of Minnesota, was recently part of a team of Carlson School students to win the annual Business School Alliance for Health Management Case Competition, which took place in late March at the University of Miami. Read more here
Nominations Now Open for 2018 MMA Annual Awards
Members are encouraged to nominate their peers, medical students and advocacy champions for one of MMA's four annual awards. Visit the MMA website to make a nomination by June 29. Read more here.
Center for Health Equity to Unveil New Vision April 25
The Minnesota Department of Health's Center for Health Equity (CHE) will celebrate National Minority Health month as it unveils the new CHE vision, values and approaches that guide its work. The free webinar will take place April 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Visit this WebEx page to register and use the following: Event number: 632 753 541; Event password: Start123!
CMS Conducting Study on Quality Measure Burden
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is conducting a study on burdens associated with reporting quality measures for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinicians participating in MIPS as an individual or as part of a group. Read more here
Annual Conference - Submit a Session Idea
The MMA is now accepting proposals for sessions at this year's 2018 Annual Conference, Sept. 21 and 22, at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Submission deadline is April 30. Read more here
AMA Creates Free Resource on Disruptive Physician Behavior
The AMA has created a free 30-minute learning module to help medical staffs address disruptive physician behavior. The resource shows physicians how to define appropriate, inappropriate, and disruptive behavior, presents guidelines for dealing with these behaviors in a fair manner, and provides users with their own downloadable copy of the AMA Model Medical Staff Code of Conduct that they can integrate into their medical staff bylaws.  
How to Submit Ideas to the MMA
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