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More Than 100 Discuss How to Achieve Health Equity in MN at Forum
More than 100 physicians and health care advocates gathered in downtown St. Paul on Jan. 24 to examine the current state of health equity in the state and discuss ways to improve care for all Minnesotans. Read more here.
Senate Select Committee Considers its Recommendations
On Jan. 18, the Senate Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability met for the final time before the 2018 legislative session, which begins Feb. 20. Read more here.
MN Community Measurement Forming Workgroup to Explore BP Measure
MN Community Measurement is seeking clinicians who provide care to patients with diabetes or ischemic vascular disease to participate in a workgroup charged with redesigning the blood pressure component for the Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Vascular Care measures. Read more here
MMA Lends Its Support to Menthol Restrictions in Duluth
On Jan. 22, the MMA sent a letter to the Mayor and City Council of Duluth in support of efforts by the city to restrict sales of menthol and other flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco shops. Read more here.
Medicare Commission Recommends Nixing MIPS
Earlier this month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted to repeal and replace the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which is one of two paths for Medicare Part B physician payment enacted as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The vote calls on Congress to create a new voluntary, value-based payment program for Medicare Part B physicians and other providers. Read more here
MMA Recruiting Members for New Quality Measurement Work Group
As part of a grant from the COPIC Foundation, the MMA is recruiting physician members with knowledge and expertise in quality measurement and quality improvement to participate in a new MMA work group. The group will define key measures of health care and health, and develop and recommend a physician-consensus core measure set. The MMA will use this set to influence the state's mandated quality measures of physician practices, as well as the work of MN Community Measurement. The work group will meet between late February and June. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kristen Gloege at the MMA. 
Watch for Physician 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!
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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