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Several Health Care Initiatives Nixed by Veto
When Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature's large omnibus bill on May 23, he rejected several health care initiatives including $16 million in funding to address the opioid epidemic. Read more here
Step Therapy Bill Becomes Law
Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a proposal that will give physicians and other prescribers expanded ability to override step therapy requirements. Read more here
Price Transparency Bill Gets Gov's Signature
The Legislature approved a key proposal on price transparency that was created last year during a summer-long series of hearings about medical costs and pricing. The Governor signed the bill into law on May 19. Read more here.
Dayton Expected to Approve APCD Use for the Long-Term
Awaiting Gov. Dayton's likely signature is a unanimously passed bill that extends the authority for the Minnesota Department of Health to use the All-Payer Claims Database for health care costs, quality, utilization and illness analysis. Read more here
MMA Encourages Prescribers to Comply with the Law, Sign up with PMP
Following an embarrassing investigative report by KSTP-TV that found that thousands of prescribers are out of compliance with Minnesota statute, the MMA is encouraging all physicians with DEA numbers to sign up for the state's Prescription Monitoring Program. Read more here
Nominations for MMA Leadership Open through June 1
Nominations are open now through June 1 for MMA leadership positions including president-elect, trustees, AMA delegate and AMA alternate delegate. Read more here.
Submit an Issue to Be Considered at 2018 Annual Conference
Have a policy issue you'd like the MMA to tackle? Submit it for consideration at this fall's Open Issues Forum at the MMA Annual Conference on Sept. 22. Read more here
Doctors' Lounge in Twin Cities a Big Success
Nearly 70 physicians and physicians-in-training gathered in St. Paul on May 23 to discuss the recent legislative session and to network with peers at the MMA's Doctors' Lounge. The next Lounge will take place June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree in Rochester. The events are free. For more information, click here
Students & Residents Encouraged to Submit Posters for Annual Conference
Medical students and residents are encouraged to submit their work by June 15 for the 2018 Annual Conference poster symposium taking place Sept. 21 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The winning submission will receive up to $500. Read more here
Nominations 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: Distinguished Service Award, President's Award, Medical Student Leadership Award and James H. Sova Memorial Award for Advocacy. Deadline: June 29. Read more here
We Want to Hear from Members! 
MMA staff will be travelling throughout Minnesota this summer to meet with you and hear what we can do to improve your practice. We welcome the opportunity to meet with individuals or clinics. Please contact MMA Membership Director Elizabeth Anderson to schedule a time that works for you.
  • June 12-13: Southeast Trustee District
  • June 20-21: North Central Trustee District
  • June 26-27: Northeast Trustee District
  • July 18-19: Southwest Trustee District
  • July 31-Aug. 1: Northwest Trustee District
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