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Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
August E-News
In This Issue:
- Featured Articles
- MMGMA Summer Conference: A Superior Experience
- Looking Back at 2013-2014 “By the Numbers”
- Minnesota Legislative Update Summarizes Actions
- A MGMA Reviews Federal Legislation
- Honoring Choices Updates Advance Care Planning Forms
- An Update From MMGMA's Association Management Company
- Committee Updates
- Payer Relations Committee
- ACMPE Committee
- Membership Committee
- Communications Committee
- Events Calendar
- Job Postings
MMGMA Summer Conference: A Superior Experience
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A new logo and a new president named for 2014-2015 were among the headlines at the MMGMA 2014 Summer Conference. Unlike some other associations, MMGMA offers both summer and winter conferences each year, in addition to such other educational and networking opportunities as A Day with the Payers, and A Day at the Capitol.
“We enjoyed a range of learning opportunities, from the market impact of MNSure, to innovative care models, to the evolving influence of social media on healthcare,” said William Evans, MMGMA 2013-2014 president and conference/education committee chair.
Here’s a glimpse of our recent get-together in Duluth:
  • As a result of a new affiliation agreement with the national Medical Group Management Association, MMGMA will adopt the MGMA logo beginning in 2015.
  • Douglas Hanson
  • MMGMA’s new president will take the helm in October: Douglas Hanson, CEO of Buffalo Clinic, Monticello Clinic and Albertville - St. Michael Clinic. Watch for announcement of the 2014-2015 MMGMA Board of Directors, coming in October.
  • Attendees: 176
  • Exhibitors: 48
  • Speakers: 17
  • Sponsors: 15
Looking Back at 2013-2014 “By the Numbers”
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Like going back to school, September marks the beginning of a new program year for MMGMA. We will build on a very productive year just completed. Can you guess some of these numbers?
  • Number of regular members?
  • Number of affiliate members?
  • New members in 2013-2014?
  • Attendees at MMGMA events?
  • Number of committee meetings?
Take a look at our recent program year. Not yet involved in a committee? Make 2014-2015 your year to participate and enjoy the networking benefits of your MMGMA membership!
Minnesota Legislative Update Summarizes Actions
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From a Medical Cannibus measure to a new Health Care Homes Advisory Committee, MMGMA’s Government Affairs Committee closely tracked action affecting our members at the State Legislature. See a summary on
MGMA Reviews Federal Legislation
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From Meaningful Use and Medicaid expansion to ICD-10—get the skinny on federal legislation and issues affecting medical practices. View the slides presented at the MMGMA Summer Conference by Jeb Shepard, Midwest Government Affairs liaison from Medical Group Management Association’s national office. Contact Jeb directly with questions or comments,

Honoring Choices Updates Advance Care Planning Forms
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Honoring Choices Minnesota has updated its advance care directives to make them more user-friendly. A new "short form” includes the option of writing in health care instructions. Previous versions are still valid. See details here.
An Update From MMGMA's Association Management Company
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Ampere! is under new ownership and has a new name. They have recently been acquired by a company called Synergos. The Executive Committee met with their COO, Kevin O'Connell, last week and is optimistic about the change in management. Read more about Synergos on their website.
MMGMA Committee Updates
Payer Relations Committee:
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AUC Update: Prior drug authorization, and more
Please see the July edition of the Minnesota Administrative Uniformity Committee AUC newsletter. The AUC Update provides news regarding the AUC and Minnesota’s health care administrative simplification initiative. Content includes:

  • Prior Drug Authorization
    See the notice of the adoption of the updated version of the AUC companion guide for the electronic exchange of prescription drug prior authorizations in the State Register. The latest version (v1.1) is available on the AUC website.
  • The Acknowledgment Best Practice for the HIX 90-day Grace Period Notification is final and available on the AUC website.

Flu Shots: UCare requests your help
UCare asks MMGMA members to identify any concerns or barriers in providing flu shots to their patients throughout the flu season. If your clinic runs into issues in the role of administering the immunizations and billing, please contact: Carol Berg, Public Health Manager, or 612-676-3635.

ICD-10 compliance date announced
On July 31, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced:

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.” For more about ICD-10, visit:

WEDI seeks your input on ICD-10
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting a brief ICD-10 survey as part of a series to determine how well the industry is moving towards the Oct 1, 2015 implementation date. WEDI invites your participation in efforts to track and update industry progress on this initiative. Please participate by Aug. 21:

ACMPE Committee:
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Bina named a Fellow
Congratulations to MMGMA member Bonnie Bina, named an ACMPE Fellow in 2014!

Take advantage of lending library

  • Members may borrow volumes from MMGMA’s full set of the MGMA/ACMPE "Body of Knowledge" books to review for the certification examination.
  • Coming soon, in partnership with the other MGMA Midwest affiliates, we will offer a series of webinars focusing on each section in the Body of Knowledge. Watch for more about webinar dates and times.
  • Finally, certified members may work with mentors available to assist in the Fellowship process.

For more information, contact Bonnie Bina,

Membership Committee:
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Nielsen a Lifetime Member
Congratulations to Curt Nielsen, named an MMGMA Lifetime Member in 2014. Those who complete 20 years as an MMGMA member earn the Lifetime Member status.

Thank you for business partner recommendations

Thanks to all who helped add value for MMGMA members by recommending professionals for MMGMA’s directory of business partners. The winner of the $50 VISA gift card was Brenda Jaye of Fairview Physician Associates.  

Do you know an industry associate or business partner who might benefit from membership in MMGMA? Why not share with them this invitation and invite them to get involved in a committee!
Communications Committee:
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The Communications Committee welcomes a new MMGMA affiliate member to the association and to the committee. See Susan Haberle’s profile, right.

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March 2015
  • MMGMA 2014 Winter Conference – March 3-5 at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel - Minneapolis, MN

    National and local speakers will share tools and strategies to help you build your practice and your professional skills. Watch for more information.

May 2015
  • MMGMA 5th Annual Day with the Payers – May 21 at Earle Brown Heritage Center - Brooklyn Center, MN

    Meet with major Minnesota payers for updates on programs, products/networks, medical and payment policies and claims filing tips.

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  • Front Office Staff - 7/3/2014
  • Finance/HR/Benefits Manager - 6/20/2014
  • Clinical Services Supervisor II - Bandana Square - posted 6/13/2014
Visit our job board to read more about these and other job postings.
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Susan Haberle
Owner, Haberle Communications
MMGMA welcomes new affiliate member, Susan Haberle. She is owner of Haberle Communications, a marketing communications firm she founded in 1996 following 25 years of experience in corporate communications for National Car Rental, the American College of Sports Medicine, Medtronic and Allina. Today, her clients fall into a wide variety of industries, but her passion remains healthcare.
Fun Fact

1977--Newsletter launched: The first MMGMA newsletter was published in December.

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