MDH Launches New Marketing Campaign Aimed at Teens and Vaping

April 6, 2023

To combat the tobacco industry’s use of marketing tactics like celebrity endorsements and the use of flavors that appeal to youth, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has launched “Hey Norm,” a marketing campaign intended to engage teens about the issue of vaping. 

Registration Open for April 11 Implicit Bias Training

April 6, 2023

Registration is open for the “Understanding and Mitigating Implicit Bias in Healthcare” workshop on April 11 from 6 to 8 pm.  

MDH Hires New Head of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division

April 6, 2023

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has hired Jessica Hancock-Allen as its new director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division (IDEPC). The division is the MDH unit chiefly responsible for monitoring infectious diseases and for developing strategies to prevent and control them to protect Minnesotans. 

Legislature Home for Easter/Passover Break; Budget Work Begins

April 6, 2023

Legislators adjourned for the Easter/Passover Break on April 4, to return April 11 with six weeks to wrap up their business before the May 22 legislative adjournment date.

Verghese to Speak at MMA Conference on September 21

April 6, 2023

Bestselling author, champion of the patient-physician relationship, and a prominent voice in medicine, Abraham Verghese, MD, will be the keynote speaker at an MMA conference on September 21 in downtown Minneapolis. 

Federal Judge Rules Against Some of the ACA’s Free Preventive Care Offerings

March 30, 2023

On March 30, a U.S. district judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement for insurers to cover preventive health services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is unconstitutional because members of that panel are not appointed by the president and approved by the Senate, violating the U.S. Constitution’s appointments clause.  

Physician Unionizing Vote Results at Allina Mercy, Unity Delayed

March 30, 2023

Physician employees at Allina Mercy and Unity locations voted March 27-28 on whether to unionize with Doctors Council SEIU. At press time, the results of the election had not been called.

State Forms Guiding Council to Study Long COVID

March 30, 2023

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is partnering with Stratis Health and consultants from the former Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) to form a network of 20 primary care physicians and specialists who are treating long COVID patients from across the state. 

Several MMA Priorities Contained in House Omnibus Bills

March 30, 2023

On March 27, the House Health Finance and Policy Committee released its omnibus bill, which contains several MMA priorities, including a two-year extension for audio-only telehealth coverage, Medical Assistance coverage for recuperative care services, and the creation of a statewide database for provider orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) forms. 

Recuperative Care Bill Receives Senate Hearing

March 23, 2023

An MMA priority bill to offer Medical Assistance (MA) coverage for recuperative care services for Minnesotans experiencing homelessness who need a place to recover following a hospitalization was heard this week by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

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