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Register Today for the Summer Conference!

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Registration for the 2017 MMGMA Summer Conference at Breezy Point Resort is now open! You won’t want to miss this summer’s exciting line-up of speakers, starting with entertainer Mark Lindquist, speaking about “Passion! Eight Steps to Reignite Yours.” Other general session presentations include “Narrow Networks, Unbound Uncertainty,” led by David Glaser, attorney with Fredrickson and Byron; “Employee Engagement Starts with You,” with James Olney, Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting; and “Competition and Strategies in Minnesota’s Provider and Payer Markets,” with Allan Baumgarten, Minneapolis healthcare market analyst. Suzanne Falk with the national MGMA Government Affairs will provide an important legislative update, followed by a closing panel discussion on Minnesota Healthcare Market Innovations.

Breakout sessions are planned on a variety of topics. Alan Haskins, President and CEO of Nimble Impressions, will speak on “Marketing Your Practice: Thrive with an Effective Marketing Strategy.” Scott Nelson, Senior Partner, Clarity Center, will share his thoughts on “Courageous Conversations.” Ryan Johnson, Fredrickson and Byron attorney, will host two breakout sessions: one on “Telemedicine and Digital Health: What Every Practice Needs to Know” and the other on “Structuring Private Equity Healthcare Transactions: Navigating Stark, AKS and Other Regulatory Issues.”

Take advantage of a fun opportunity to stretch your legs before the welcome reception and reconnect with colleagues by beginning the conference with a golf tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Find more details and register for the golf event here.

A New Member Breakfast will be held preceding the President’s Address on Thursday for those members new to MMGMA, as well as first-time conference attendees. More information coming soon! There’s also a rumor that Elvis will join us for dinner on Thursday night. Don’t miss out! Sign up today!

2017 Legislative Session

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The Minnesota Legislature engaged in a lively session (and special session) again this year. It began with swift legislation being passed in January for a health insurance premium relief program for Minnesotans who purchase health coverage in the individual market. The legislation also addressed insurance market reforms that MMGMA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) watched closely. As always, GAC has worked hard to set legislative priorities for MMGMA, which you can find here.  GAC has successfully developed draft legislation (with bill authors) for several of the priorities.

GAC members are pleased that the final budget included the patient-focused priority of continued funding for Honoring Choices, approved at $500,000 for this biennium – July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. The other bills on GAC’s priority list did not move forward, but will still be active for the next session. In addition, the governor was not successful in repealing or delaying the scheduled phase-out of the provider tax - another win on our list of priorities.

The lobbying team at Messerli & Kramer provided MMGMA with weekly updates throughout the session and is working to complete the annual summary. Watch for the 2017 End of Session Report on the Government Affairs page of

Surprises at the Legislature – A couple of surprise issues surfaced during this year’s session, and MMGMA will develop an official position for those bills this fall. The draft bills address two different subjects – required Health Care Price Disclosures and Physician Non-Compete clauses in contracts. Watch your emails for more details about these issues and opportunities to weigh in with your support or opposition to the bills.

Latest Mingle Event a Huge Success

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Thank you to American Accounts & Advisors for hosting our June 8th Mingle with Medical Management event! A great time was had by all who attended.  

Work Group Being Formed to Address BCBS Concerns

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The MMGMA Government Affairs Committee will create a work group to address growing member concerns with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. MMGMA President Sandy Rutherford and Past-President Darla Morris-Preble will co-chair this work group, and GAC is seeking MMGMA members interested in being a part of the work. The meetings will take place throughout the summer. The group will collect clear-cut examples for each of the major problem areas, gather documentation to support those concerns and prepare a summary document. If you have interest in serving on this new work group, please contact  Lisa Belak, GAC committee chair,

Recruiting Now: Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative

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Stratis Health is currently recruiting clinics for a new CMS-funded program - enrolling through July 31, 2017

“The greatest risk factor for developing antibiotic resistance is the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, which compromise their effectiveness. Antibiotic stewardship has been identified as a national priority by CMS to improve health outcomes and decrease patient harm. This initiative will spread the principles of antibiotic stewardship to reduce and prevent the misuse/overuse of antibiotics and minimize the development of resistance.” – Stratis Health

Stratis Health/Lake Superior QIN is embarking on this new program to assist organizations across Minnesota with implementing the new Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements in outpatient settings.

Stratis Health is actively recruiting 55 program participants to include a good mix of outpatient settings (FQHCs, clinics, EDs, urgent care, community pharmacies) as well as large/small and rural/urban organizations.

If you have any questions, or for additional information, please visit the MMGMA website here or contact:

Bill Sonterre
Strategic Account Executive
Stratis Health / Lake Superior QIN
952-853-8556 |


Washington Connection

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MMGMA understands that members want to stay current with government issues that could affect them at the federal level. Staying informed can be pretty difficult these days, so we offer two resources. If you plan to attend the Summer Conference, don’t miss the MGMA update on Friday morning, July 28, when Suzanne Falk will provide an up-to-the-minute Washington update. For more information, visit the MMGMA website and click on the MGMA Washington Connection.

Looking for an Intern? Consider New Health Services Management Student from U of M

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Are you considering an intern for your medical practice? The Health Services Management Bachelor of Applied Science is a new and exciting undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and may be an excellent source of interns. This program provides a wide range of applied business and health services management courses focused on the health services industry. Students can develop an emphasis area by using their elective courses in areas such as public health, health informatics, human resources, marketing, management operations and/or leadership. Students in this program complete a 400-hour internship in order to gain mentoring experience, apply their classroom knowledge and help an organization by getting involved and learning in the field. Each student is asked to attend leadership and management meetings, as well as develop findings and recommendations to assist their mentor solve a business challenge and help with projects.

If you or your company is ready to support and work with students in the university’s Health Services Management program, please contact the Alyssa Maples, Health Services Management internship coordinator, at or 612-626-8348 for more information and a guide for employers. More information can be found at “We are eager to help your organization be a part of mentoring the next generation of health services management leaders,” said Maples.

ACMPE Enhancements

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Scenario-Based Exam – The Exam Development Committee has designed an objectively scored, scenario-based exam to replace the current essay exam. This new exam will fully replace the essay exam in September 2017. The multiple-choice exam will stay as is.

The new exam will consist of 18-25 scenarios, each followed by three to four questions that focus on critical skills/knowledge a candidate would be expected to show in the described situation. The 90 questions are presented as multi-select, multiple choice, short answer, or drag and drop matching.

As of January 2019, the qualifications to apply for ACMPE certification will change. In addition to requiring two years of healthcare experience and six months in a supervisory role, applicants will be required to hold a bachelor's degree or 120 college credit hours upon applying.

2017 ACMPE Board Certification Study Group Series

Registerfor the live/on-demand webinars. The webinar series consists of  one-hour sessions starting at 1:00 pm ET (12:00 pm CT11:00 am MT10:00 am PT). 

Tuesday, June 27: Human Resource Management: Part 1
Thursday, July 6: Human Resource Management: Part 2
Tuesday, July 11: Financial Management: Part 1
Tuesday, July 18: Financial Management: Part 2
Tuesday, July 25: Organizational Governance

Multiple choice exam and NEW scenario-based exam September 2017 exam registration will be held from July 24 to Aug. 4 for exams  Sept. 9 – 23.  December 2017 exam registration will be held Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 for exams Dec. 2 – 16.

Exam sites can be found online. Please note we are only using Castle Worldwide's U.S. sites.   

Registration information, including deadlines, is located on Please see  the resources page for exam preparation resource materials.

The Government Affairs Committee Wants to Hear From You

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Come see us at the Summer Conference! The Government Affairs Committee has a lot going on, and we would love to talk with you.

Linked In Post – Log in to Linked In and tell MMGMA about your experiences with payer contract issues. If you join the MMGMA group, you will see a post that reads “State Law Requires Payers to…  Did you know that state law requires payers to provide contract proposals to health care providers/clinics 45 days in advance of the effective date? Did you receive those on Monday, May 15th for the new July 1st contract year? What is your experience with timely notification of contract terms, policies, procedures and fee schedules? Share your thoughts here!” We hope you’ll post a comment and join the conversation

MMGMA Political Action Committee (PAC) - Are you interested in knowing more about MMGMA’s PAC activity?  Or maybe you’d like to be part of our “Fun”draising group. Stop by the Government Affairs Committee table at the Summer Conference to learn more.  If you would like to participate or need more information, contact the GAC committee chair at

Is Your MMGMA Website Profile Up to Date?

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Please take a minute to log into the MMGMA website and check to make sure your profile is up to date. Have you changed jobs? Changed names? Changed email addresses? Help us keep our directory as current as possible.

Please Use Our Business Affiliates

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Are you looking for an insurance firm? A printer? A website designer? Please consider using an MMGMA business affiliate. These affiliates provide tremendous support to our organization, so if we can use their services, let’s!

MMGMA Seeking Committee Members and Chairs

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Take your networking up a notch and consider joining one of the MMGMA’s committees this year. Committees are regularly recruiting interested individuals to lend their talents and learn about new areas of the MMGMA. A few committees are also looking to elect new chairs for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. To find out about the different committees and current chairs, visit the Leadership page of the MMGMA website.

Welcome New Members

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New Members Organization

Lisa Stiras

Ear, Nose & Throat SpecialtyCare of Minnesota

Wendi Johnston

Clinic Manager, Edina Eye Clinic, PA

Saurin Patel

Vital Health Links

Dan Cresco

COO, Twin Cities Orthopedics

Janet Benton

Director Business Development, Twin Cities Orthopedics

Amanda Atkinson

Revenue Cycle Manager, Raiter Clinic


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