Osterholm, Malcolm, Blackstock, Choo, and van Dis to Headline MMA’s Virtual Annual Conference, Sept. 25-26

July 30, 2020
Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, and health equity experts Uché Blackstock, MD, Esther Choo, MD, MPH, and Jane van Dis, MD, will highlight the list of prominent faculty scheduled for this year’s Annual Conference, being held online Sept. 25 and 26. 
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Nation’s Physicians, Nurses and Hospitals Ask for Additional Emergency Funding for Front-Line Workers

July 30, 2020
On July 22, the AMA, the American Hospital Association and the American Nurses Association sent a letter asking Congress to include in the next COVID-19 relief package an allocation of at least an additional $100 billion for the emergency relief fund to provide direct funding to front-line health care personnel and providers, including physicians, nurses, hospitals and health systems, as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Members Asked to Vote for MMA Leadership During August

July 30, 2020
MMA members are invited to vote for 2020 MMA leadership during the month of August. Members will receive a ballot via email to vote on the slate of leadership candidates for 2020.
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President Signs 4 Drug Pricing Executive Orders

July 30, 2020
On July 24, President Trump signed four new executive orders (EO) geared toward lowering prices on medications.   
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CMS’s Quality Payment Program Review Open Until Aug. 20

July 30, 2020
Clinicians and groups have until Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Central Time to review their 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance information before it is publicly reported on Physician Compare profile pages and in the downloadable database. 
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Apply for Provider Relief Funding by Aug. 3

July 30, 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline to apply for distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to Aug. 3. Physicians who have not already received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution allocation are encouraged to apply even if they are uncertain if they are eligible. 
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MMA Signs on To Surprise Billing Letter to Congressional Leaders

July 30, 2020
The MMA along with more than 100 state medical associations and specialty societies signed onto a letter to Congressional leadership urging them not to include surprise medical billing provisions in the next COVID-19 relief package.  
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Physicians Encourage Back-to-School Vaccinations

July 23, 2020
The MMA, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) have partnered to promote increasing immunization rates throughout the state to achieve community immunity.  
 
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Second Special Legislative Session Sees Action on Law Enforcement Reform

July 23, 2020
In a surprising move to many observers, the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement earlier this week on policing and law enforcement reform legislation.
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State House Passes Resolution Calling Racism a Public Health Crisis

July 23, 2020
During the recently completed special session, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a resolution, supported by the MMA, recognizing racism as a public health crisis. 
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