Online Education (CME)

Education Topics

Access to Healthcare

The Dynamic Pharmaceutical Market
Prescription drugs are often prescribed by doctors to address specific patient healthcare needs. The cost of prescription drugs is at the top of the public policy agenda and may affect the long-term viability of Medicare and Medicaid. Commercial health plans sponsored by employers and other private payers are concerned about the impact of drug prices on their total healthcare spending. Where are federal and state policy makers headed with drug pricing policy? What can you do for your patients with respect to getting needed medications at a reasonable cost?  

Health System Panel Discussion
Hear from leaders at three Minnesota health care systems and one community health center, discuss how they are responding to address current barriers to accessing health care.

Making Prescription Drugs Accessible and Affordable
This panel discussed the challenges that prescription drug costs have brought to patients and families in Minnesota and engaged the audience in a discussion of what policy changes are needed to ensure prescription drugs are both accessible and affordable. 

Medicare for All or None?
Medicare- for- all, in some version, will be an important part of political discourse for the foreseeable future. Hopefully one important consequence of that discourse will be a thoughtful assessment and restructuring of the existing Medicare program before any major expansion is attempted. These changes will occur only if stakeholders can be convinced to focus on their long-term interests in building a fair and stable Medicare program, as opposed to protecting themselves from short term losses. 

Opening Keynote Speaker – 2019 Annual Conference
Dr. Baechler kicked off the conference by providing an overview of the state of health in Minnesota as it relates to access to care challenges, where the opportunities for improvement lie, and how physicians can partner with the Minnesota Department of Health to preserve access to care for all Minnesotans.

Primer on Minnesota Access Problems & Vulnerabilities
This presentation shares trends over time in health insurance coverage in Minnesota as well as inequities in access to insurance by place, age, income, race and ethnicity. This is followed by a snapshot of challenges in accessing health care services, affordability of health insurance and health care.


COVID-19: A Focus on Employment, Benefits, and Financial Assistance for Physician Clinics
Listen as the MMA and legal experts from Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, discuss the possibility of changes to your business (e.g. staff layoffs, furloughs and associated employee benefits) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the potential financial protections for practices including the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).

COVID-19: Federal Paycheck Protections Program and SBA Loans – an Update for Physician Practices
Legal experts from Dorsey & Whitney, LLP will discuss recent changes by Congress to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. MMA hosted an online discussion introducing potential financial protections for practices including the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). A recording of the program is also available.

COVID-19 School Childcare Decision Tree
The MMA partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) to host the webinar, which features a description of a tool created by MDH and the Minnesota Department of Education with input from several pediatricians and other clinicians. 

COVID-19: Where Are They now?
In this session, attendees will learn more about the shifting epidemiology of the disease; the state, federal and world response to the pandemic; what the greatest challenges have been in the fight against COVID-19; and what we need to improve upon to ensure that we are better equipped to handle the next public health emergency. 

Cracks in the Health Care System Exposed by COVID-19

  • How well can current payment models sustain health care access through COVID-19 and other public health emergencies/crises?
  • What are the limits of telehealth and its broader adoption?
  • Are investments in public health/emergency preparedness adequate to meet COVID-19 and other public health emergencies/crises?  

Emerging Topics in Healthcare Forum Recordings
Each recorded forum will begin with a short presentation, with open discussion to follow. In this series, you will hear from experts on a variety of topics.

How well can current payment models sustain health care access through COVID-19 and other public health emergencies/crises

The Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Education
This session will examine the impact of COVID-19 on medical school and residency training, and what potential implications the pandemic has for the future of medical education. 

The Journey to Treat COVID-19
In this session, we will examine the clinical side of COVID-19.  Hear from experts from across Minnesota who have been working to develop tests, therapeutics, and vaccines in the race against this unprecedented pandemic. 

Health Equity

Addressing the Challenges of Viewing Medicine Through a Race-Based Lens 
This session will examine race in medicine from a clinical perspective and assess how physicians can more effectively make clinical decisions – without the need for a race-based lens

Addressing Racism with Youth of Color in our Daily Interventions
"Racism is about power, and as such, it is about disenfranchising,” says Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH FAAFP, FSAHM. In this course, explore how racism can impact health as well as what organizations can do to address racism and reaffirm their commitment to justice and equity.​

Health Disparities Seen in the Native American Community
Through partnership with the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MN-AAP), the MMA hosted a facilitated discussed on health equity in the Native American Community.  In this course, you will learn about the greatest health disparities faced by the Native American community, discuss the root causes of these disparities and evaluate ways that physicians can address the disparities with their patients.

Health Equity Minnesota- An Overview 
This 2-part enduring activity will review factors that affect healthcare outcomes in Minnesotans and present tools to help our society move towards health equity.

Implicit Bias and Health Equity Learning Series
Implicit biases are the unconscious stereotypes and attitudes that we develop toward certain groups of people, which can unintentionally affect patient relationships and care decisions. In this webinar, participants will examine implicit bias in healthcare settings, understand how it contributes to health disparities, and learn practical strategies for mitigating the effects. 

Race in Medicine: A Mini-Course 

This conversation on race in medicine and medical decision-making was hosted by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Minnesota Medical Association, and the Twin Cities Medical Society.  The session builds off of a Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians webinar titled, “What’s Race Got to Do With It? The Use of Race in Medical Decision-Making and Clinical Care, ” led by Ebiere Okah, MD and Andrea Westby, MD.   

Structural Racism and Other Barriers to Health Equity
Co-hosted by the MMA, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP), and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP), this activity focuses on structural racism, historical trauma and other barriers that stand between Minnesota’s minority communities and their ability to achieve equitable health.  Learn about the role that policies, systems and structures have played in disadvantaging racial minorities, as well as what you can do to address racism within clinical encounters.

The Case for Equity in Healthcare 
This session will examine common barriers to addressing equity in healthcare and provide a series of compelling arguments for enacting true and measurable changes to healthcare which support equity.

Pain and Opioids 

Best Practices in Prescribing Opioids and Controlled Substances
During the 2019 session, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that requires individuals with licenses with the authority to prescribe controlled substances to obtain at least two hours of CME on best practices in prescribing opioids and controlled substances. This online, self-assessment activity includes content on best practices in prescribing opioids and controlled substances, as well as non-pharmacological and implantable device alternatives for treatment of pain and ongoing pain management. Read more here.