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Report Shines Light on Payment Variation at MN Hospitals
Wide disparities exist in how much four common medical procedures cost at Minnesota hospitals, according to a new report released by the Minnesota Department of Health on Jan. 3. Read more here.
Gov. Proclaims January as Health Equity Month in Minnesota
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed January 2018 as Health Equity Month in Minnesota. As part of the month, the MMA and a host of other health care organizations are planning two events that will address the topic and champion efforts to level the health care playing field for all Minnesotans. Read more here.
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
Webinar on State's New Medicaid Encounter Alert Service Now Available
A webinar previewing the Minnesota Department of Human Services' new Medicaid Encounter Alert Service is now available free of charge. This new service is available to any physician or practice, but may be particularly valuable to practices who are part of a Medicaid Integrated Health Partnership, ACO or other value-based payment program. Read more here
Medical Students Ask Legislators About Health Care Policy
Sen. John Marty (DFL - Roseville) and Rep. Nick Zerwas (R - Elk River) fielded questions on health care policy during a Jan. 2 "Health Policy Panel Discussion," which was part of a course for University of Minnesota third- and fourth-year medical students entitled "Becoming a Doctor." 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.
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