MMA Board of Trustees Discusses IMG Licensure Legislation

February 29, 2024

Sen. Alice Mann, MD, (DFL-Edina), has introduced SF 3611/ HF 3811 to provide a path to licensure for the hundreds of international medical graduates (IMGs) who have been unable to obtain a Minnesota medical license.  

Physicians and Physicians-in-Training Urge Prior Auth Fix, Address Issues at Capitol

February 29, 2024

Nearly 200 physicians, residents and medical students flooded the hallways and legislative offices at the Capitol complex on February 28, as part of Physician’s Day at the Capitol.  

Prior Authorization Reform Bill Receives Another House Hearing

February 29, 2024

HF 3578 (Bahner, DFL – Maple Grove) went through its second House committee when it was heard in the House Commerce Committee on February 28. Because the bill was heard on Physicians’ Day at the Capitol, the hearing was attended by many physicians and physicians-in-training wearing their white coats. 

Safe Storage, Mandatory Reporting Legislation Heard in House Committee

February 29, 2024

A pair of bills aimed at reducing firearm-related death and injury, were heard on February 29 in a joint House hearing of the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee, and the Children and Families Finance and Policy Committee. 

First Harm Reduction Bill Heard in Senate

February 29, 2024

A bill to allow the use of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and increase access to opioid antagonists in sober homes, received its first hearing this week in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Supporting harm reduction legislation designed to reduce substance use disorder morbidity and mortality is one of the MMA’s five legislative priorities for 2024. 

Klobuchar Joins Group of Senators Urging Medicare Changes

February 29, 2024

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is among the 32 U.S. senators who have signed on to a letter “calling on Congress to scrap the 3.37 percent Medicare payment cut” that took effect on January 1.  

State Begins Testing Newborns for Krabbe Disease

February 29, 2024

Minnesota’s Newborn Screening Program began universal screening for Krabbe disease on February 26. The MMA has been a long-time supporter of the state’s newborn screening program.  

MMA Weighs in on Scope of Practice Bills

February 22, 2024

This week, the MMA shared concerns with a pair of bills heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee that would alter the scope of practice for optometrists and pharmacists. 

MMA Priority POLST Legislation Introduced

February 22, 2024

The 2023 Legislature passed an MMA priority directing the Minnesota commissioner of health to assemble an advisory committee of stakeholders to study and recommend how to implement a statewide registry for Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms.  

Sen. Morrison To Speak at Physicians’ Day at the Capitol Event Next Week

February 22, 2024

Sen. Kelly Morrison, MD, an MMA member, will be the keynote speaker at next week’s Physicians’ Day at the Capitol event from 1 to 4 pm on Wednesday, February 28.  

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