Annual Conference Focusing on COVID-19, Health Equity is Tomorrow

September 23, 2021
The MMA’s virtual Annual Conference, which will focus on COVID-19 and health equity, is tomorrow (Sept. 24) from 12:30 to 5:15 p.m.
 
Read More

MMA Urges Congress to Take Action to Avoid Medicare Cuts

September 23, 2021
Unless Congress acts, physician practices face multiple Medicare cuts that amount to a combined 9.75 percent cut on Jan. 1, 2022. This was the message MMA President Marilyn Peitso, MD, relayed to members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation in a Sept. 22 letter encouraging them to act soon to stop these cuts.
Read More

Report Shows Decreases in Opioid Prescribing, Increases in Drug-Related Overdoses and Deaths

September 23, 2021
For the 10th consecutive year, opioid prescribing has decreased, yet more Americans than ever are dying from a drug-related overdose, according to a report released Sept. 21 by the AMA. 
Read More

Health Equity Community of Practice Convenes First Meeting

September 23, 2021
In August, the MMA convened partners dedicated to advancing health equity and addressing the significant racial and ethnic health disparities that persist throughout the state at the first Minnesota Health Equity Community of Practice meeting.
Read More

BMP Unanimously Approves Committee’s Recommended Licensure Language

September 16, 2021
On Sept. 11, the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (BMP) unanimously voted to amend the licensure application language requiring disclosure of past and current health conditions to instead ask “do you currently have any condition that is not being appropriately treated which is likely to impair or adversely affect your ability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety in a competent, ethical and professional manner?” 
Read More

MMA Awards, Business Meeting Videos to Premiere Before Next Week’s Annual Conference

September 16, 2021
Next week, the MMA will begin posting a series of videos in anticipation of the virtual Annual Conference taking place Sept. 24. The videos will include award presentations, and the annual MMA business meeting. 
Read More

FDA Denies Applications for Nearly 1 Million Vaping Products

September 16, 2021
On Sept. 9, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it has denied applications for more than 946,000 flavored vaping products because they "lacked sufficient evidence" that the products benefit adult smokers. E-cigarette manufacturers have maintained that these devices help with smoking cessation. 
 
Read More

MAGIC Releases Guidance on Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for Congregate Living Settings

September 16, 2021
The Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC) recently shared guidance for providers, medical directors, facility staff, and pharmacies regarding the use of monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy for treating COVID-19 in congregate living settings.
Read More

UnitedHealth Group Settles Lawsuit Regarding Out-of-Network Physicians’ ERISA Rights

September 16, 2021
A recent class action settlement with UnitedHealth Group (United) gives all out-of-network physicians rights under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) in connection with repayment demands.
 
Read More

Minnesota’s Obesity Rate Rose Slightly in 2020, But Lower Than National Rate

September 16, 2021
On Sept. 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing Minnesota’s adult obesity rate in 2020 was 30.7 percent, up from 30.1 percent in 2019.
Read More
News Archive