Physicians Gather Online to Discuss How to Increase Number of Black Men in White Coats

April 15, 2021
More than 140 physicians, physicians-in-training, educators, and other stakeholders, gathered online on April 12 to discuss the new documentary “Black Men in White Coats” and why only 2 percent of American physicians are Black men. 
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Scam Artists Targeting Minnesota Physicians   

April 15, 2021
Minnesota physicians and clinics have recently been the victims of scam artists who are posing as representatives of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (BMP) or as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents.
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House Ways & Means Committee Passes HHS Budget Bill to the Floor      

April 15, 2021
On April 15, the House Ways & Means Committee combined three separate bills into a larger omnibus Health and Human Services (HHS) budget bill and passed it out of committee. It moves onto the House floor, where it could be acted upon next week. 
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TCMS To Reorganize, Cease Role as MMA Component Medical Society at End of 2021

April 15, 2021
Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) leadership announced on April 14 that the component medical society will separate from the MMA at the end of 2021, creating a new healthcare entity that will be committed “to engaging and supporting physicians in advancing public health initiatives.”
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Now Open: Nominations for MMA Leadership  

April 15, 2021
The nominating process is open for MMA leadership; nominations will close in June. In particular, the MMA is seeking candidates for president-elect, the resident/fellow trustee position, and from the southwest trustee district. 
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MMA Board Approves Three Proposals Submitted Via The Pulse

April 08, 2021
At its April 5 meeting, the MMA Board of Trustees approved three proposals submitted through The Pulse. The policies call for examining Minnesota’s current drug laws, recommending an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and championing equity in COVID-19 vaccinations.  
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State to Open Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site to Focus on Most Vulnerable

April 08, 2021
In order to increase the vaccination rates for Minnesota’s most vulnerable populations, Gov. Tim Walz announced on April 5 the opening of a mass vaccination site at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on April 14 that will serve Minnesotans living in nearby zip codes with the highest scores on the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). 
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April 14 Forum to Examine COVID-19, One Year Later

April 08, 2021
The MMA and the University of Minnesota will host a noon-time forum on “COVID-19 - One Year Later: Looking Back and Moving Forward” on April 14. 
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Prior Auth Burdens Didn’t Lighten up During Intense Periods of Pandemic, Study Shows

April 08, 2021
As new cases of COVID-19 were peaking late last year in the U.S., most physicians reported that health plans continued to enforce prior authorization (PA) policies that delay access to necessary care and sometimes result in serious harm to patients, according to new survey results issued April 7 by the AMA. 
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BMP Committee Suggests Licensing Language Should Be Revised

April 08, 2021
On April 5, the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice’s (BMP) Policy and Planning Committee determined that licensure application language that requires the disclosure of certain health conditions needs to be revised. 
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