Online Education (CME)

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. “Racism creates power imbalances that can diminish social inclusion as it leads to incomplete citizenship, undervalued rights, undervalued recognition, and undervalued participation, and creates a culture of oppression.”  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.​

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.

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. Earlier this month, 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 April 7 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. 

The Dynamic Pharmaceutical Market
Prescription drugs are often prescribed by doctors to address specific patient healthcare needs. While sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, the patient often will think about “Will the doctor prescribe a medication and how much will it cost me?” 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. At the same time, the news is full of stories that appear to be examples of price gouging on prescription drugs such as EpiPen, Insulin, HP Acthar, Daraprim, Colchrys, Glumetza, Zegerid, MS drugs, and others. 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 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 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.

Implicit Bias Education Series
Implicit (unconscious) bias can develop over time with the accumulation of personal experience. Research suggests that implicit bias may contribute to health care disparities by shaping a clinician’s behavior and producing differences in medical treatment. 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.

Lung Cancer and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know (external CME provider)
Hear the most up-to-date guidance, including information about the pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2, factors that raise the risk of infection in patients with lung cancer, and strategies to manage patient care and counsel through telemedicine. 

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. But, can needed changes be accomplished in the present political environment?  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. The early returns are not positive in this regard.

Obesity and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know  (external CME provider)
This program will discuss the most current understanding of the pathophysiology of COVID-19, describe factors that increase the risks of COVID-19 for patients with obesity, develop strategies for individualized management of patients with obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide counsel to patients with obesity regarding concerns or fears related to COVID-19.

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.

Pain, Opioids and Addiction Lecture Series
The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), the Steve Rummler HOPE Network (SRHN), and the University of Minnesota Medical School collaborate to bring medical education on the topics of pain, opioids and addiction to medical students, residents, and practicing doctors.

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.

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.