New COVID-19 Therapy Med Now Available in Minnesota

November 19, 2020
Bamlanivimab, a new type of therapy drug that has been shown to decrease the need for hospitalizations and emergency department visits in COVID-19 patients, is now available in Minnesota.
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AMA Adopts Minnesota Resolution to Stop Using Race as a Proxy for Biology

November 19, 2020
A Minnesota-submitted policy that calls for halting the use of race as a proxy for biology, genetics, or heredity when treating patients was adopted by the AMA’s Interim House of Delegates (HOD) this past week. 
 
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DHS Looks for Comments on Tapering Opioid Therapy Guidelines

November 19, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is requesting public comment by 5 p.m. on Dec. 13 on proposed revisions to Section V of the Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Tapering Opioid Therapy.   
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MDH Announces New COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar Series

November 19, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is conducting a COVID-19 vaccine webinar series for anyone who works in health care. 
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MMA Meets with Gov. Walz to Urge Further Restrictions to Slow the Spread

November 19, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate in Minnesota, members of the MMA Executive Committee met Nov. 17 with Gov. Tim Walz to urge him to enact further restrictions immediately and to share their worries and experiences. 
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MMA Supports Gov. Walz’s Order to Tighten Restrictions on Pandemic

November 12, 2020
On Nov. 10, the MMA distributed a statement to media across the state voicing its support of Gov. Tim Walz’s decision for further restrictions of large public gatherings, specifically bars, restaurants and receptions.  
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MMA Urges Minnesotans to Follow CDC Guidelines at Holiday Gatherings

November 12, 2020
On Nov. 11, the MMA sent out a press release to media across the state supporting guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and strongly encouraged Minnesotans to re-think their holiday plans if those plans include gathering in-person. 
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MMA Signs on to Letters Urging New CPT Code for COVID-19

November 12, 2020
The MMA and 150 other health care organizations have signed on to letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and major commercial health plans requesting that a new CPT code be approved and implemented to help physicians and their practices be more accurately compensated during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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Free Webinar to Examine Dermatology and COVID-19 

November 12, 2020
The MMA is partnering on a free webinar on dermatology and COVID-19 along with the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe. This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly.
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AMA, Health Care Orgs Urge Congress to Pass Medicare Payment Legislation

November 12, 2020
The AMA has joined a coalition of more than 70 physician and allied provider groups, and other health care organizations in urging Congress to support legislation that would waive the budget neutrality requirements in Medicare in order to avoid large expected payment cuts due to ongoing economic  impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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