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Editor's Note: This the last issue of News Now for the year. Our next edition will be Jan. 5. Have a happy and safe holiday season!
Thank You, Members!
With the end of another year upon us, we wanted to take the time to say thank you for being an MMA member. Your support allows us to be more effective advocates for Minnesota's physicians, their patients and their practices. 

2017 looks like we will need your help more than ever. The way medicine is practiced in Minnesota could change significantly in the coming months given the results of both the state and federal election. Regardless of your political stripe, we can all agree that when legislators discuss change, physicians need a seat at the table. 

You can be assured, that the MMA is prepared to fight on behalf of the issues that impact physicians, their patients and their practices. 

Our efforts are strengthened when our members get involved! We ask that you get active by reaching out to your legislators, attending Day at the Capitol, or contributing to MEDPAC, the MMA's political action committee.

In the meantime, we wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.

Robert Meiches, M.D.
MACRA to Recognize Minnesota-certified Health Care Homes
Minnesota certified health care homes will be able to receive the maximum points under the clinical practice improvement activities component of Medicare's new merit-based incentive payment system. Read more here.
MN Community Measurement Finalizes 2017 Measures
On Dec. 14, the MN Community Measurement board finalized its slate of measures for 2017 public reporting (2016 dates of service). Read more here
CMS Announces New Alternative Payment Models, Future of Some Uncertain
Over the past week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the launch of several new innovation models, including some that may qualify as future advanced alternative payment models under MACRA. Read more here
DEA Changes its Registration Renewal Process
The Drug Enforcement Administration has made a significant change in its registration renewal process that could adversely affect physicians and their patients. Read more here
U of M Medical School to Honor Faculty and Students
Recognize members of the University of Minnesota Medical School community for their outstanding work by nominating a faculty member, peer, student or mentor for Medical School awards and scholarships. The deadline to submit nominees is Feb. 1, 2017. Click here to learn more. 
Action Required: Members Asked to Vote on Proposed Bylaws Changes
MMA members should have received an email earlier this week asking them to vote on several bylaw changes created by the House of Delegates this past September. Members are being asked to vote by Jan. 15 on whether the proposed changes reflect the intent of Resolution 1, not to vote for or against the governance changes. Contact Dave Renner with questions. 
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