March 23 Forum to Examine Firearm Death and Injury Prevention

March 17, 2022

Firearm death and injury prevention will be the topic of the MMA’s next noon-time forum on March 23 from noon to 1 p.m.

Congress Extends Medicare Coverage for Telehealth Services

March 17, 2022

The U.S. Congress has agreed to extend Medicare coverage for telehealth services for at least five months after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. President Biden signed this into law on March 15.

Physicians Could See 2023 Medicare Rate Freeze

March 17, 2022

On March 15, the AMA sent a letter to Congressional leadership disputing a recommendation (p. 149) by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to freeze Medicare physician payment rates for 2023.

Lawmakers Begin Deliberating Over State’s $9.25 Billion Surplus

March 10, 2022

On February 28, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced another record-breaking economic surplus for the state.

MMA Amends Policy to Provide Exceptions to a Patient’s Ability to Access Clinical Notes

March 10, 2022

At its March 7 meeting, the MMA Board of Trustees amended existing MMA policy that supports a patient’s ability to access their clinical notes.

Board Updates MMA’s Position on Public Option Support

March 10, 2022

The MMA Board of Trustees adopted a new policy at its March 7 meeting that defines requirements for the MMA to lend its support to any state-level public option proposals for Minnesota. The policy was submitted via The Pulse by the MMA Policy Council.

Bill That Modifies BMP’s Authority Debated in House Committee

March 10, 2022

On March 8, the House Health Finance and Policy Committee passed HF3631 (Rep. Kelly Morrison, MD, -DFL, Deephaven), a bill offering modifications to the state’s medical practice act.

Reinsurance Bill Passes Through House Committee

March 10, 2022

A bill that would extend the state’s reinsurance program through 2023 passed through the House Health Finance and Policy Committee this week.

MMA Supports Bill Prohibiting Race, Ethnicity in Organ Transplant Decisions

March 10, 2022

The MMA submitted a letter of support for HF3972 (Rep. Ruth Richardson-DFL, Mendota Heights), a bill that would prohibit race or ethnicity from being used as factors for organ transplant decisions. The bill passed the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee unanimously on March 10, and was referred to the House floor.

New Advocacy Action Team Channel to Focus on Early Childhood Health

March 3, 2022

The MMA’s Advocacy Action Team (AAT) program has added a new channel on early childhood health. AAT is focused on bringing members together to engage on policy related issues and advocate on behalf of medicine.

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