May 29 Forum to Discuss Facility Design in the Age of COVID-19

May 28, 2020
The MMA has partnered with the American Institute of Architects Minnesota to present a free forum tomorrow (May 29) from noon to 1 p.m. on how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect how future health care facilities are designed. 
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Renowned Epidemiologist Will Lead June 3 COVID-19 Webinar

May 28, 2020
Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, will discuss the epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic during a free noon-time webinar on June 3. 
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MN Senator Proposes Bill to Cover Telehealth Services on ERISA Plans

May 28, 2020
Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith has introduced a bill in Congress called “the Health Care at Home Act” that would require employer, self-insured plans regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to cover telehealth services. 
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MMA Launches Practice Good Health Campaign

May 28, 2020
Today, the MMA launched Practice Good Health, a unified effort of its 10,000 members to empower Minnesota families to proactively care for their physical and emotional well-being, especially during COVID-19.  
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Liability Protection Fails to Advance, Still Opportunity During Special Session

May 21, 2020
Although the Minnesota Legislature failed to pass legislation offering liability protection for physicians and other health care workers who are providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still a chance it could pass during a special session in June. 
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MMA Hits .500 With Legislative Agenda This Session

May 21, 2020
The MMA advocated successfully for two of its four legislative priorities during the recently completed session. The Legislature passed measures that decrease the burden of prior authorization (PA) on physicians while ensuring timely access to drugs, procedures, and diagnostic testing for patients, as well as legislation to reduce minors’ access to tobacco and e-cigarettes.
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Health Commissioner Discusses Pandemic with MMA Board

May 21, 2020
Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm told the MMA Board of Trustees during its May 16 meeting that “vigilance is the watch word for all of us” as the health care community continues to battle COVID-19. 
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Congrats to Minnesota’s Medical Students Who Finish with Virtual Graduations

May 21, 2020
Fourth-year medical students had their commencements severely adjusted this spring with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This past weekend, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students graduated online; University of Minnesota Medical School students had their virtual ceremonies earlier in the month. The MMA wishes all a hearty congratulations!
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Nominations for MMA Awards Open Until June 26

May 21, 2020
Members are encouraged to nominate their peers, medical students and advocacy champions for one of MMA’s four annual awards. Visit the MMA website to make a nomination by June 26.
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Tobacco 21 Bill Awaits Governor’s Approval

May 14, 2020
Following strong bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate, legislation to align with federal law to increase the age to purchase tobacco to 21 is headed for the Governor’s desk for his likely signature. Passage of T21 has long been a priority of the MMA, many medical specialty societies, tobacco control proponents, and public health advocates.  
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