Professional Satisfaction & Personal Well-being

Your well-being affects the care and health of your patients and the quality of your personal and professional lives. 

According to the AMA, 44 percent of physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout. The MMA is committed to supporting physicians and moving the profession toward a healthier and more satisfying one. With a holistic focus on drivers of dissatisfaction and burnout – personal, professional and system-wide – the MMA supports you.

MMA Advocacy

Prior Authorization Reform
The MMA actively advocates for legislation to reform the prior authorization process to reduce administrative burden while protecting patients from health plans, PBMs, and other third parties from interfering in care delivery. We advocate for speedier decisions from health plans when a PA is required, while also ensuring that denied PAs will be reviewed by Minnesota-licensed physicians with expertise in the treatment of the patient’s condition. In addition, the MMA is advocating for legislation to protect patients from health plans and PBMs forcing them to change drugs that are working for patients.
Quality Measurement Redesign
The MMA, in response to members’ requests for help in reducing clerical burden and improving the current state of measurement convened the Physician-Consensus Measures of Performance to Advance Quality and Safety Work Group. This group advocated for bold changes to health-care quality measurement in Minnesota. In 2019, the MMA’s Board of Trustees adopted a set of recommendations that will serve as a foundation to focus sustained attention on the health and health-care issues that are most relevant to all individuals and communities across Minnesota, reduce the burden of measurement for physicians, and drive actionable approaches to assure that Minnesotans are the healthiest people in the nation.

Education & Events

2022 MMA Physician Wellbeing Conference
The MMA’s annual Reclaim the Joy of Medicine Bounce Back Clinician Resilience Conference is dedicated to improving physician and other health care professional well-being and resiliency. 

Conference speakers are selected to lead physicians and other health care providers, and leaders in discussions to explore strategies to reclaim the joy of practicing medicine. Let us know if you are interested in presenting at a future conference.

Reclaim the Joy of Medicine
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Tools & Resources

Personal Health & Well-Being
Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP)
Minnesota's HPSP provides monitoring services to regulated healthcare professionals whose illnesses may impact their ability to practice safely.  The goals of HPSP are to promote early intervention, diagnosis and treatment for health professionals with illnesses, and to provide monitoring services as an alternative to Board discipline.

Physicians Serving Physicians (PSP)
PSP provides discrete peer support for physicians affected by substance use disorders and independent, confidential wellness resources for all Minnesota physicians, residents, and medical students.

Practice Well Collaboratory
The Practice Well Collaboratory is envisioned as an innovative and cooperative thought-laboratory to share, promote, and explore innovative strategies and best practices to support physician health and wellbeing and to combat physician burnout.

Minnesota Psychiatric Society - COVID Cares Support Service Information Page
The Minnesota Psychiatric Society is teaming with the Minnesota Psychological Association, the Minnesota Black Psychologists Association, and the Mental Health Minnesota to offer special 20-minute support services calls to support Minnesotans seeking help to manage the stress and emotional toll of these difficult times.
National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being & Resilience
This is a network of more than 60 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout.
Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL)
On March 30, the Physician Support Line (888-409-0141) was launched to provide free counseling to physicians facing mental health challenges during the pandemic. In the first three weeks of the service, more than 3,000 minutes of counseling were logged. See more here.
ICSI Mental Health Playbook: an actionable guide to support our healthcare workers
This playbook was put together by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) and includes key steps to assess, plan and implement an organization-wide strategy to support the current and long-term mental and emotional health of your workforce.
COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) resource center for physicians
6 ways to address physician stress during COVID-19 pandemic

Practice Redesign

AMA Steps Forward

Fifty online modules designed to redesign your practice and reignite your purpose, which can be filtered by topic to personalize learning objectives.