November 16, 2023
Members of the MMA delegation to the AMA helped shape policy at the AMA’s Interim Meeting November 10-14 in National Harbor, Maryland. The most visible issue at the meeting was the looming Medicare physician payment cuts and AMA’s advocacy to “Fix Medicare Now.” More information about the planned cuts and ways that you can take action now can be found at Fix Medicare Now.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) invites healthcare providers and other community members to apply to serve on the new African American Health State Advisory Council. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 17, but MDH will accept and review applications until all spots are filled.
On November 13, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) released an analysis of hospital and health system finances that shows losses growing at many of the state’s major healthcare providers.
As of June 27, 2023, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license holders, upon initial registration or renewal, are required to complete at least eight hours of training in the treatment or management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.
On November 11, Gillette Children’s and Black Men in White Coats hosted an empowering and uplifting event titled, “Medical Discovery Day for BIPOC Youth,” a day filled with learning, mentorship, and networking – all with the goal of building a stronger and more equitable future for the healthcare field.
November 9, 2023
The MMA Board of Trustees adopted five legislative priorities for the MMA at its November 4 board meeting.
State Sen. Kelly Morrison, MD, an OBGYN and MMA member, announced on November 9 that she is running for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. She joins one other Democrat running for Rep. Dean Phillips’ seat after Phillips launched his presidential campaign in October.
State medical associations across the country are reporting an increase in scams targeting physicians. These scammers typically pose as representatives of law enforcement, a licensing board, or U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and tell the target that they need to pay a fee to avoid arrest or disciplinary action.
The MMA, Stratis Health, the Minnesota Shared Decision-Making Collaborative and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) will co-present a virtual forum titled “Opioid Prescribing: Replacing the Contract with Conversation for Better Outcomes” from noon to 1 pm on Tuesday, December 5.
New AMA President Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, spoke at Rainbow Health’s “All Gender Health” conference on October 28 at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. The MMA sponsored the event.
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