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Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
January E-News
Happy 2014 from MMGMA!
In This Issue:
- Featured Articles
- Jan. 23 Webinar
- March 4-5: MMGMA Winter Conference
- Exhibit at MMGMA’s 2014 Winter Conference
- Mark Your Calendar
- Normandale Seeks Nursing Preceptors
- Committee Updates
- Payer Relations Committee
- Communications Committee
- Membership Committee
- Government Affairs Committee
- Events Calendar
- Job Postings
- What's New
Jan. 23 Webinar - Are Your Ready for Reimbursement Changes?
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Featuring: Elizabeth W. Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC
Date: Thursday, Jan. 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 for members
Is your practice prepared for 2014?
National speaker, trainer and author Elizabeth Woodcock shares the lowdown on emerging trends in reimbursement and coding changes that can pose both opportunities and threats to your practice. Take a front-row seat on these topics and more:
  • Impact of Medicare cuts in 2014, including the most hard-hit specialties
  • Overview of CPT changes, including the total revision of GI codes
  • Government's "voluntary" incentive programs: eRx, PQRS, EHR--and the game-changing Value-based Modifier
  • Effect of the Affordable Care Act and how to manage the "grace period"
MMGMA will co-sponsor this learning opportunity with other Midwest chapters of Medical Group Management Association.
Click here to register.
March 4-5: MMGMA Winter Conference Explores Healthcare Value Proposition
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Dig into topics geared to support medical practice growth and professional development at Minnesota Medical Group Management Association’s (MMGMA) annual Winter Conference, March 4-5 at The Depot in Downtown Minneapolis.
From measuring and reporting meaningful data, to leveraging generational workforce strategy, speakers will explore the conference theme, Selling Healthcare: Presenting Your Value Proposition.
Topics include:
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.
Medicine Minus the Middleman
Matt Brandt (Multicare Associates) reviews direct contracting models in use now, illustrating how primary and specialty healthcare groups can market and sell themselves in this new environment.
Reaching for the Triple Aim: Measuring What’s Important
Join Barbara Daiker (Daiker & Associates) and Candy Simerson (Minnesota Eye Consultants) to learn how a specialty group explored using their own data to benchmark Triple Aim performance, while providing meaningful information on quality improvement to their organization.
And more! Visit the Winter Conference webpage for more information.
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.
Deadline: Feb. 3 to secure exhibit booth space and a spot in the conference materials (note the preconference brochure is now closed).
Click for exhibitor information and event sponsorship details.
Mark Your Calendar
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March 4: 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 other MMGMA colleagues from your district.
Register today! Attendance is limited to 50; pre-registration is required.
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
Payer Relations Committee:
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New Minnesota Uniform Companion Guides Effective Jan. 31

Administrative Uniformity Committee announced the release of the v8.0 Minnesota Uniform Companion Guides (MUCGs)– version 8.0. Five v8.0 MUCGs below (links to PDFs) are effective January 31 and supersede all previous versions. The MUCGs provide instructions and information for the standard, electronic exchange of health care administrative transactions pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.536:

For more information, please visit health.state.

Health Plan Meeting Schedule

The Payer Relations Committee has scheduled the following annual meetings with Minnesota health plans:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield: January 29
  • HealthPartners: February 20
  • Humana: May 5
  • PreferredOne: May 12
  • Still to be scheduled: Medica, America’s PPO and UCare

For more information, please contact Sandy Rutherford, PRC Chair:

Minnesota Credentialing Collaborative (MCC): Renew expired accounts now

CredentialSmart has modified their account retention policy for expired accounts.  The new retention policy extends the grace period from 30 days to 60 days and removes the $50 re-instatement fee for expired accounts. Accounts that expired prior to Jan. 1, 2014, will be deleted March 1, 2014. See more information.

MCC announces price increase, multi-year discounts

Minnesota Credentialing Collaborate announced it’s first price increase since inception, along with the opportunity to purchase multi-year codes at a discount. Please visit for details.

Communications Committee:
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Send us Your Internship Candidates

The communications committee seeks candidates for an unpaid internship position to support social media activities for MMGMA. For more information, 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? If your recommended company is not currently a member, who at that company (or companies) could the Membership Committee contact to invite to join MMGMA?

Please respond by Friday, Jan. 24. As a thank you, we will include your name in a drawing to award two $50 VISA gift cards. Winners will be announced in an upcoming edition of this newsletter.  Thank you!

Government Affairs Committee:
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Medicare Payment Reduction Delayed

On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, the approved bipartisan budget deal that delays an almost 24% reduction in 2014 Medicare payments from January 1 to April 1. During this 3-month period, physicians will actually get a 0.5% rise in fee schedules and will allow time for Congress to further study this situation. For more about Pathway for SGR Reform Act, see this link. For background on the Sustainable Growth rate, visit

Normandale Seeks Nursing Preceptors
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Normandale Community College is seeking partners for clinical skill and preceptorship experiences for its nursing refresher program. The program meets the Minnesota state requirements for nursing license renewal, to include 60 theory hours and 80 clinical hours, with more than 30 hours of skill practice and 40+ hours of preceptorship experience.
Students seek a wide range of potential practice venues and specialties, ranging from clinic to hospital settings, and from gynecology to pediatrics to research. Preceptorship partners have the opportunity to work with potential employees and to increase awareness of opportunities with graduates.
Please contact Amanda Gustafson, Program Director, Normandale Community College Dept. of Continuing Education,, 952-358-9182.
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January 2014
March 2014
May 2014
Job Postings back to top
  • Clinic Director – posted 1/8/2014
  • Coding Manager – posted 1/6/2014
  • Executive Director – posted 1/6/2014
  • Controller – posted 12/30/2013
  • Senior Lecturer - MHA and EMHA Finance Courses – posted 12/19/2013
  • Director, Neurosciences – posted 12/17/2013
  • Director Ambulance – posted 12/6/2013
Visit our job board to read more about these and other job postings.
Quick Links
MMGMA Welcomes Chris LeMay

MMGMA welcomes new affiliate member, Chris LeMay. Chris serves as Director of Business Development for SourceHOV, a provider of document management services including patient file imaging, medical coding, claims processing and data analytics. Chris has worked in outsourcing for 17 years. Within MMGMA, he has joined the Conference Committee to help plan the Winter Conference. Chris lives in Woodbury with his wife Jenny and four teen-age children. Contact Chris at 612.462.9827,

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