Legislation Focuses on Prescription Drug Pricing

February 20, 2020
Under legislation moving in the House and Senate, manufacturers of drugs who raise their prices significantly would be required to report to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).  The bill further requires MDH to publicly post the information on its website.
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Doctors’ Caucus Expresses Frustration on Lack of Progress With Health Care Bills

February 20, 2020
Three members of the Legislature’s “Doctors’ Caucus” voiced their frustration during a Feb. 18 press conference at the State Capitol that health care proposals dealing with drug prices, affordable health care premiums and mental health are not getting heard.
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Report: Measures on Depression Care and Antibiotic Overuse Avoidance Improving

February 20, 2020
Depression care and avoiding antibiotic treatment in adults with acute bronchitis is improving in Minnesota, according to the latest MN Community Measurement (MNCM) annual report, which highlights health care quality measures for medical groups and clinics in Minnesota.
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Prior Authorization Bill Introduced in House and Senate

February 20, 2020
Bipartisan legislation to address the state’s prior authorization (PA) process was introduced on Feb. 17 at the Capitol. The bill aims to reduce delays in patient care and decrease physician frustration and administrative expenses with the current process. 
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MMA Launches New Physician Wellness App

February 13, 2020
MMA members now have free access to a new physician wellness app through a partnership with Benovate, a Minnesota-based software development company.
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Health Equity Series Continues with Session on Implicit and Institutional Bias

February 13, 2020
The MMA, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will continue their free health equity education series titled “Building Systems of Culturally Responsive Integrated Care” on Feb. 21 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. with an online session on “The Impacts of Implicit and Institutional Bias on Integrated Care.”
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Two Metro Docs Receive Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award

February 13, 2020
Scott F. Davies, MD, an internist and pulmonologist, and David A. Rothenberger, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon, were recently awarded the 2019 Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award, which honors physicians for their contribution to medical research, achievement or leadership.
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Physicians Gather to Discuss Public Health Insurance Option in MN

February 13, 2020
A group of dedicated physician and physician-in-training advocates gathered both in-person and online on a frigid morning on Feb. 13 to discuss the impact on patients and physicians of a public health insurance option at the Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington Hotel.
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Insulin Debate Leads to Contentious Start to Session

February 13, 2020
Signaling the high priority of providing assistance to those who cannot afford insulin, the House Commerce Committee took up consideration of an insulin bill by Rep. Mike Howard (DFL – Richfield) on the first day (Feb. 11) of the new legislative session.  
 
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2020 Legislative Session Set to Begin Next Week

February 06, 2020
Legislators from across the state will return to St. Paul next week for the start of the legislative session at noon on Tuesday, February 11.  The session will conclude no later than May 19.
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