Prior Authorization Reform Included in House Omnibus Bill, but Not in Senate Version

April 18, 2024

The MMA’s chief legislative priority relating to prior authorization reform has been included in the House Health omnibus bill, which was released on April 17.  

House Committee Holds Informational Hearing on Private Equity in Healthcare

April 18, 2024

On April 8, the House Commerce Committee held an informational hearing on legislation that would prohibit private equity companies and real estate investment trusts from acquiring or increasing control over providers of healthcare services. 

Final Legislative Deadline Looms Next Week

April 11, 2024

April 19 marks the final committee deadline for this year’s legislative session. By this date, committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills. 

Anti-Retaliation Bill Would Allow Nurses to Refuse Care; Puts Patient Safety at Risk

April 11, 2024

Patients could be refused care if a bill making its way through the legislature becomes law. 

Controversy Flares Up Over the Governance of Hennepin Healthcare System

April 11, 2024

Concerns have been raised over the governance of Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS), also known as Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), regarding the current Hennepin Healthcare System board’s investment in nursing salaries and benefits.

Legislation to Create Commission for Equitable Health Care Services Heard in Senate Committees

April 11, 2024

Legislation that would establish a Commission for Equitable Health Care Services in Minnesota was heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the State and Local Government and Veterans Committee on April 9. 

Legislation to Maximize GME Funding Heard in House and Senate Committees

April 11, 2024

A bill that would restructure the funding stream for the Minnesota graduate medical education (GME) system to help ensure steady funding for the state’s physicians-in-training was heard in the House Health Finance and Policy Committee on April 9. 

MMA Voices Concerns with Senate Scope of Practice Legislation

April 4, 2024

Both the House and Senate are currently creating omnibus bills that deal with scope of practice issues.  

Data: More Have Healthcare Coverage in State, But More Go Without Care Due to Cost

April 4, 2024

New data released on April 3 by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides both good and bad news regarding health insurance coverage in Minnesota. 

MMA Releases Inclusive Communication Guide for Language That Promotes Equity

April 4, 2024

As part of its commitment to promoting an anti-racist culture in medicine, the MMA has developed an Inclusive Communications Guide, which is now available online. 

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