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Senate Select Committee Discusses Health Care Spending Further
The Senate Select Committee on Health Care Access and Affordability continued its busy interim schedule of hearings with a meeting focused upon "low value medical services" on Sept. 7. Read more here
Fall Opioid Lecture Series Off to a Good Start
The first two sessions of this fall's Pain, Opioids and Addiction Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota have attracted big crowds of medical students. Read more here
Opportunity to Weigh in On Open Issues Forum
Can't make it to this year's Annual Conference but want to weigh in on the topics being discussed at the Open Issues Forum? Review the background document on the topics here, then send an email to We'll get input to the MMA's Policy Council for future consideration. 
MDH Works to Provide Perspective to Flu Vaccine/Miscarriage Study
A CDC-funded study recently published in Vaccine found an association between the H1N1-containing influenza vaccine and miscarriages. While the study does not show the specific cause of the miscarriages, the Minnesota Department of Health anticipates the study may raise patient questions and is informing health care workers on ways to address concerns. Read more here.
Two-Thirds of Fair-Goers Polled Favor Tobacco 21
This year, state legislators polled Minnesota State Fair-goers on a variety of health care topics and found that two-thirds of respondents think that 21 should be the minimum age to purchase tobacco in the state. Read more here
MMA Signs On To CMS Letter Regarding Patient Access Issue
The MMA signed on to a letter sent Sept. 8 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to express concerns about the potential impacts of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 on patient access to clinical testing services offered to patients while they are receiving medical care in their physician's office. Read more here
Save the Date: MMA's 2018 Day at the Capitol is March 14
The MMA's annual Day at the Capitol will be held March 14 next year. 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. Get it on your calendar today!
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