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Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
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In This Issue:
- Featured Articles
- Summer Conference Reminder
- Remembering a MMGMA Friend
- A Workplace Webinar
- Telemedicine Forum
- Committee Updates
- Membership Committee
- Communications Committee
- Government Affairs Committee
- Payer Relations Committee
- ACMPE Committee
- Events Calendar
- Job Postings
Summer Conference
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You may have missed pre-registration but that doesn’t mean that you can’t join us at the 2014 MMGMA Summer ConferenceDelivering Superior Healthcare. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues, meet new ones, and enhance your career and the success of your practice with a great lineup of speakers! We look forward to seeing you on July 23-25 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center!
Remembering a Friend of MMGMA
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It is with a very sad heart that we share the news that Ray Costello, a long-time friend of MMGMA through his company Colltech, passed away on July 1st after a battle with cancer. Ray and Ilze Lillenurms started Colltech Collection Agency over 23 years ago and Ray’s smiling face could always be seen at most of the MMGMA events.  Members of MMGMA had known Ray for many years and he will be missed. 

A graveside service was held earlier this month at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ray’s son and daughter, and all of his other family and friends.

Workplace Opportunity – Healthcare Violence Prevention Webinars
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Have you had a patient or visitor threaten or act violently toward your staff? Are you willing to share this story with other clinics to raise awareness of the issue and support work to prevent future incidences?

A survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health in late 2012 found that patient/visitor violence toward staff was a concern to health care providers. National studies show violence in health care settings is common. Violence in health care refers to a broad range of behaviors including physical violence and threats that make employees, visitors, patients, and residents concerned for their personal safety.

To address this serious problem, a public-private coalition of Minnesota organizations has formed to prevent violence toward staff in health care settings. Informally called the Violence Prevention in the Healthcare Workplace, the coalition plans to provide resources to hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and other settings to help them identify risks for violence and put effective strategies in place to respond.

The resources include a series of webinars, beginning with an introductory session, followed by webinars exploring specific topics and resources. The introductory session is scheduled for July 30th with subsequent webinars tentatively scheduled for early September, mid-October, late November, and early January. Click here for additional information for the first webinar and registration.

Finally, the coalition is seeking stories about violence in the clinic setting to include as part of the introductory session and later webinars. If you have a story to share or would like more information about the coaltion, please contact Barbara Daiker, Manager of Quality, Minnesota Medical Association,, (612)362-3766.

Telemedicine Forum – Aug 6
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The Twin Cities Medical Society and Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center housed at the University of Minnesota are pleased to offer an educational opportunity to those interested in the field of telemedicine

Participants will learn about tools and resources for adopting a tele-education, tele-consultation, tele-practice and tele-research program within clinical practices.

View more Information.

MMGMA Committee Updates
Membership Committee:
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If you enjoy your MMGMA membership, help us build our association by sharing this invitation with a colleague or business partner who serves our industry. 
We’re the country’s first and strongest professional network for medical group administrative leaders. With more than 500 members ranging from supervisors to CEOs, MMGMA offers a host of membership benefits:

  • Legislative representation
  • Professional and personal development
  • Networking
  • Salary Survey Information

We have a range of membership categories to fit different professional needs:

  • Regular Member ($135) – A manager/administrator for an organization that provides direct patient care
  • Student Member ($30) – A full-time student in a healthcare management program
  • Affiliate Member ($350) – An individual whose company offers services or products to the healthcare industry
  • Lifetime Member ($0) – Anyone who has been a Regular member for twenty years and who has retired from active employment in healthcare
Communications Committee:
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MMGMA branding will continue to evolve to reflect our deepening association relationships. Watch for an announcement in conjunction with the Summer Conference later this month.

Government Affairs Committee:
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Messerli and Kramer, MMGMA’s lobbying firm, has prepared a 2014 End-of-Session report that summarizes legislation passed including Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Medical Cannabis, All Payer Claims Database, Newborn Screening, Steve’s Law and Health Care Coordination Bill.

The regulatory section of the report gives information on Worker’s Compensation Funding, Fraud Prevention Legislation and Survivorship of Lawsuits (which did not pass this session). View the full End-of-Session report. A Legislative Session Summary can be found on page 5 of that same report.

Payer Relations Committee:
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The Payer Relations Committee would like to provide three updates that members may find informative.

AUC Update (Administrative Uniformity Committee): The AUC Operations Committee voted and approved two best practices for notifying providers when health insurance exchange enrollees are in the 90-day grace period for nonpayment of premium. The first is a transaction code using the eligibility inquiry and response transaction (270/271) and the second is using the remittance advice transaction (835). While these best practices did pass unanimously, not all payers will follow them. At this time, it is confirmed that UCare, BCBS and PreferredOne will not notify providers through transaction codes. We are awaiting confirmation from HealthPartners and Medica at this time. Status of non-payment of premium should be available when verifying eligibility online or by phone.

The AUC also updated the Prescription Drug Electronic Prior Authorization Companion Guide and the Claims Attachment Best Practice and Cover Sheet Instructions. For more information visit the AUC website at

ICD-10 Collaborative: Due to the extension of the ICD-10 mandated compliance date, the Minnesota ICD-10 Collaborative will meet quarterly rather than monthly.  At the June meeting, the majority of payers reported that they are finishing internal work that is in process and will wait to resume work until after the first of the year. The Minnesota AUC (Administrative Uniformity Committee) will continue to post updates on the AUC website.

MN Sure – 90 Day Grace Period for Non-Payment of Premiums: The Payer Relations Committee has reached out to MN Sure and the Department of Health to request clarification on the process of collecting monies from patients who have purchased a subsidized plan through MNSure, are in the 90-day grace period and have not paid their premium. The Department of Health shared a 90-Day Grace Period FAQ sheet.

ACMPE Committee:
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Congratulations to Bonnie Bina for becoming a Fellow in 2014! We are so proud and excited for you!
The next round of board certification exams will be held August 18 - 30. Registration will close July 18. Please note that these will be the last exams delivered using the 2007 exam blueprint.
  • Additional dates: December 1-13, 2014 with registration open Sept 29 - Oct 31, 2014. (These exams will use the 2014 exam blueprint.)
  • Exam sites can be found here. Please note: we are only using their US sites (international sites are also listed on this page).
Registration information is located on
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Job Postings back to top
  • 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.
Quick Links
Alexia Hansen
Manager of Laboratory Services, Minnesota Oncology
Alexia Hansen, MLS (ASCP)CM is the Manager of Laboratory Services for Minnesota Oncology. She is a relatively new member to MMGMA but does have some good news to share. Alexia was selected for the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) inaugural “40 Under 40”. This program recognizes 40 pathologists, pathology residents and laboratory professionals under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership. Each honoree will share their knowledge through a blog and honoree profiles will be included in a future issue of the organization’s Critical Values magazine. Alexia loves to talk about the lab! You can reach her by phone at 651-602-5359 or at
Fun Fact

1973 — GAC formed: Dale Molesworth formed the first MMGMA Government Affairs Committee.

1976 — Minnesota welcomes MGMA Midwest: The 29th Annual Conference of the Midwest Section of MGMA convened for the first time in Minnesota June 20-23, at Maddens Lodge, Brainerd. President Virginia E. Kellen presided. 

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