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Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
FEBuary E-News
In This Issue:
- Featured Articles
- ALL ABOARD! Winter Conference March 4-5
- FREE EVENT March 4: Morning at the Capitol
- Exhibit at MMGMA’s 2014 Winter Conference
- Mark Your Calendar
- Register now for ICSI 2014 Colloquium
- Committee Updates
- Government Affairs Committee
- Payer Relations Committee
- Communications Committee
- Membership Committee
- Exhibitor & Sponsorship Committee
- Events Calendar
- Job Postings
- What's New
Winter Conference March 4-5
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Click on the image to download the 2014 MMGMA Winter Conference brochure.
Save Now with Early Bird Pricing ($275) Available until Feb. 7
Is your practice prepared for 2014?
Join us Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4-5, at our new venue, The Depot in Minneapolis, for an exciting journey into our theme of Selling Healthcare: Presenting Your Value Proposition.
Take a sneak peek at the lineup:
  • Change Happens…!
    Best-selling author Jim Mathis examines healthcare changes and organizations that successfully reinvented themselves in response. Learn tools you can use immediately.
  • Generational Workforce Strategy
    Generational studies pioneer, author and host of PBS television “America’s Generations With Chuck Underwood,” examines how to retain Baby Boomers, prepare GenX’ers to replace them and recruit young-adult Millennials in a healthcare setting.
  • Measure What Matters Most
    Learn how a specialty group effectively balanced the requirement of submitting quality data to payers and regulators, while providing meaningful information about the clinic’s quality to its own providers.
  • Let’s Connect: LinkedIn Skills Breakout Sessions
    Join LinkedIn “super users” in a skills session that will guide you in how to grow your social business presence in the healthcare industry. Attend a beginner or intermediate level session.
  • And more!
REGISTER NOW to reserve your seat!
Here is an in-depth look at Change Happens...!
Change Happens…Reinvent Yourself to Meet the Challenge
Sweeping change is buffeting healthcare in ways we could never have anticipated. As healthcare professionals, we can and must reinvent ourselves to meet the challenges.
Join best-selling author Jim Mathis at MMGMA’s Winter Conference, March 4 – 5, at The Depot Renaissance in Minneapolis to learn how organizations have transformed themselves. Discover tools you can use immediately.
Jim Mathis is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and best-selling author. He has led conferences and consulted for more than 30 years. Jim presents internationally on leadership and how to compete successfully in a consumer-empowered marketplace.
Jim's extensive list of national clients include Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Way, United States Department of Justice and American Red Cross, among many others.
March 4: Morning at the Capitol
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Meet your legislators as part of MMGMA’s annual Morning at the Capitol, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. just prior to the Winter Conference. Participate in MMGMA’s grassroots efforts advocating on behalf of our patients and practices. Join your colleagues to:
  • Learn how the Capitol works from our lobbyists from Messerli & Kramer.
  • Learn how to communicate with legislators.
  • Hear from key legislative policy makers.
  • Discuss talking points related to MMGMA legislative priorities.
  • Meet your state representative and/or senator with MMGMA colleagues from your district.
Attendance is limited to 50; pre-registration is required. You can attend Morning at the Capitol independently of the Winter Conference.
Exhibit at MMGMA’s 2014 Winter Conference
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Build your business at MMGMA’s Winter Conference, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4-5, at The Depot, downtown Minneapolis. Our 2014 conference theme: Selling Healthcare: Presenting your Value Proposition.
See exhibitor information and event sponsorship details.
Mark Your Calendar
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Feb. 20, 12-1 pm: FREE MMA Webinar—Improving the Patient Experience, Where do I Begin? Learn how mandatory patient experience surveys are different from other patient surveys; define a strategy to target improvement. More at
March 4: : Morning at the Capitol, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., just prior to the Winter Conference. Meet your legislators at the State Capitol during this annual, free MMGMA event. Registration is required. Provide your own transportation.
March 4-5: MMGMA’s Winter Conference: Selling Healthcare: Presenting your Value Proposition, March 4-5, The Depot, Minneapolis. National and local speakers will share tools and strategies to help you build your practice and your professional skills.
May 5-7: 17th Annual ICSI Colloquium on Health Care Transformation, St. Paul RiverCenter. Registration opening soon.  Visit for more information.
May 22: MMGMA’s Fourth Annual Day with the Payers, Earle Brown Heritage Center. Meet with major Minnesota payers for updates on programs, products/networks, medical and payment policies and claims filing tips. This year’s event includes an update from the Minnesota ICD-10 Collaborative. Visit for more information.
MMGMA Committee Updates
Government Affairs Committee:
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Health Care Quality Measures Adopted Rule
In December, Minnesota Department of Health adopted a new Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System, created through Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654. This rule compels physician clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, and hospitals to submit data on a set of quality measures to be publicly reported and also establishes a broader standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state.
Learn more.

Payer Relations Committee:
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ICD-10 testing update: The Minnesota ICD-10 Collaborative confirmed, based on discussion with payers and vendors, that small- to medium-sized provider groups will not have the opportunity for ICD-10 end-to-end testing. The Collaborative will publish a Test Strategy Status Update on the status of end-to-end testing between Minnesota Payers, third-party vendors and providers. Watch for this document on in early February to track the status of those involved in testing. MMGMA is a member of the Minnesota ICD-10 Collaborative.  

March 1 ICD-10 training offered: The St Paul AAPC, a medical coding group, will offer ICD-10 Training Day on Saturday, March 1, at the Roseville Radisson. See registration details. Questions, contact Joan McSherry, St Paul AAPC Chapter President,, or Carolyn Larson,

January 2014 AUC newsletter: The Minnesota Administrative Uniformity Committee represents Minnesota health care public and private payers, hospitals, health care providers and state agencies. The group works to standardize and simplify health care administrative processes. Among other news, the January newsletter addresses a proposed rule that health plans must certify that their data and information systems comply with federally adopted standards and associated operating rules.

Communications Committee:
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Visit us at the Winter Conference; register for $50 VISA card
Let the Communications Committee introduce you to your MMGMA colleagues. Stop by our booth in the Resource Center and tell us why you are a member of MMGMA. We’re gathering photos and short statements to share with other members. Sign up for a chance to win a $50 VISA gift card.

Send us Your Internship Candidates
The communications committee seeks candidates for an unpaid internship position to support social media activities for MMGMA. Please contact committee chair Brenda Jaye,

Membership Committee:
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Share Your Business Partner Recommendations

Help the Membership Committee add value for members by providing your feedback to enhance our directory of business partners. Also known as MMGMA affiliate members, these professionals work for companies that offer services or products to our practices. Please tell us:

1. What services or products would you most like to see included in the business partner directory
2. Which companies have you worked with that you would recommend to other MMGMA members?

Please respond by Friday, Feb. 15. As a thank you, we will include your name in a drawing to award two $50 VISA gift cards. Thank you!

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Committee:
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Reserve your opportunity NOW!
Sponsorships and Exhibitor Space Going Fast.

Sponsoring or exhibiting at the MMGMA Winter Conference gives you and your business exposure to local healthcare leaders and decision makers. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Reserve your sponsorship or exhibit space by February 14 to claim your opportunity AND be recognized in the MMGMA Winter Conference program.

See exhibitor information and event sponsorship details.

Why be an exhibitor or a sponsor? Brian Graves from TJ Associates Printing explains why his company sponsors MMGMA -- check out the video on our homepage.

Register now for ICSI 2014 Colloquium
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The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement will hold its Annual Colloquium May 5-7 at Saint Paul River Centre. Four tracks will support the conference theme of Building a Sustainable Health System:

  1. Care Delivery/Quality Improvement,
  2. Affordability/Financial Alignment,
  3. Patient Engagement/Community Partnerships, and
  4. Leadership/Innovation.

Keynoters are Craig Brammer, CEO of Greater Cincinnati Health Council, and Kerri Sparling, author of the widely read diabetes blog Six Until Me. Preconference Workshops include:

  1. Unlocking You Organization’s Internal Capacities Through Relationally Coordinated Teams;
  2. Orchestrating Care for Better Patient Experience; and
  3. Quality Improvement Basics Plus!
Learn more.
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Job Postings back to top
  • Manager, General Surgery & Pulmonology – posted 1/28/2014
  • Manager, Bariatric Center – posted 1/28/2014
  • Chief Executive Officer – posted 1/27/2014
  • Clinic Operations Manager – posted 1/21/2014
  • Utilization Reviewer / Senior Case Manager – posted 1/21/2014
  • Director of Business Development & Sales – posted 1/20/2014
  • Human Resource Manager – posted 1/17/2014
  • Surgery Administrator/Director – posted 1/10/2014
Visit our job board to read more about these and other job postings.
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MMGMA Welcomes
MMGMA welcomes affiliate member, Lauraine Palm Singh, Esq. Lauraine brings experience in strategic planning and business development, healthcare compliance and business/employment law, among other areas. Her history includes tenure with such organizations as Children’s Hospitals & Clinics, Percuvision (a medical device firm) and Norwest Bank. Lauraine earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and currently is principal with Singh Advisors, LLC. She serves on MMGMA’s Conference and Education Committee and the Communications Committee. Reach her at
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