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January E-News

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Register for Winter Conference – Receive Discount Before February 3

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Plan now to attend this year’s Winter Conference, “Managing the Current,” March 1-2, at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Registration received on or before February 3 will be reduced to $275 for MMGMA members (regularly $325) and $400 (from $450) for non-members. Student members can attend free. Here are some highlights:

  • Tuesday’s keynote presentation will be “Anatomy of a Fraud: Managed Care – Fact vs. Myth” with David Feinwachs, licensed nursing home administrator, assistant professor of health law and policy,

  • Wednesday’s session will open with “Real-Time Data Analytics: How Organizations are Using Technology to Generate Useful Metrics, Empower Staff and Add to the Bottom Line.” Presenters will be Brett Chambers, Director, Strategic Initiatives, MedNetwoRx, and Candace Simerson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A.

  • Also on Wednesday, hear from Gregory Alch, Ed.D., licensed psychologist, and founder and president of Method 44, as he talks about “Be Here Now: Tools for Maintaining Physician and Organizational Health During Changing Times.”

  • Wednesday also includes “Barriers to Sharing Health Information in Minnesota – State Initiatives to Manage Them” by Tim Johnson, attorney, Gray Plant Mooty.

Take time to attend this valuable conference and network with fellow MMGMA members. See you in March!

PAC Conference Calls Open to All MMGMA Members; First Call Feb. 1

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The Government Affairs Committee, with input from the Executive Committee, has approved a change which will enable MMGMA members to increase participation with the Political Action Committee (PAC).In 2016, there will be quarterly PAC conference calls available to all MMGMA members. The first call will be a Compliance and Overview presentation and may last a little longer than the other calls later in the year. MMGMA’s lobbyist team (Messerli & Kramer) will provide the overview, which will include more information about PACs – what they are, their purpose, compliance practices, goals, etc.

The first call is scheduled for Monday, February 1, 2016, from noon to 1:00 pm. If you would like to participate, please RSVP to Josie Lonetti at, and you will be provided with the call-in information. The PAC conference calls will be scheduled over the lunch hour or after office hours for people who may have potential legal conflicts with conducting PAC business on company time. Watch for more information on upcoming PAC conference calls in May, August and November. Future topics will include ways to be more involved, PAC disbursement decisions and other updates.

Urge Your Member of Congress to Co-Sponsor H.R. 3940

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On Nov. 5, Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.) introduced H.R. 3940, the "Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015." This bill would ensure that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could grant broad relief to eligible professionals (EPs) from the 2015 EHR Incentive (Meaningful Use) Program due to the delay in publication of the Meaningful Use final modifications rule. While there are currently a number of hardship exceptions available, EPs are required to apply individually and each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. H.R. 3940, for which MGMA has vocalized its support, would provide a practical solution to this problem by amending the Meaningful Use statute to allow for a blanket exception for EPs in 2015. Visit the MGMA Advocacy Center  to contact your lawmakers and ask them to support this important legislation.  

Source: MGMA Washington Connection (November 25, 2015). Reprinted with permission from MGMA.   

Mark Your Calendars for Day with the Payers

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May 19 is the 2016 Day with the Payers at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. Plan to spend an educational day with major Minnesota payers, hearing updates on programs and products, medical and payment policies, claims and coding, issues resolution and health care reform. Day with the Payers meets Coding and Nursing CEUs for participation. Cost is $150 per attendee and $125 for additional attendees. Registration will open soon.

MinnesotaCare Cost Sharing Has Changed

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As a result of legislation that passed in 2015, MinnesotaCare cost sharing amounts changed, effective January 1, 2016. The increases will apply to all MinnesotaCare enrollees except for children, American Indians and preventive or mental health services. Providers are encouraged to check patient eligibility and benefits for each visit.

Minnesota Medical Assistance: Many Plans Changed on January 1

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Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) is allowing Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare members with January renewals more time to complete the renewal process. Many members who were enrolled in a managed care organization will have coverage through MHCP fee-for-service for January. If a member indicates he or she is eligible for an MHCP and is not sure whether he or she is enrolled in an MCO, verify the member’s eligibility using MN–ITS or the automated phone verification system at 651-431-4399 or 800-657-3613.

Welcome New Members

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The following individuals joined MMGMA in November and December of 2015. Please welcome them and make an effort to get to know them.

  • Karla Krey, Revenue Cycle Manager, Midwest Spine & Brain Institute
  • Jeremy Jacobs, Development Executive, Mortenson Development
  • Jessica Schuldt, Practice Manager, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Richard Murray, President, ISC Financial Advisors
  • Dan Edelstein, Regional Clinic Director, HealthPartners
  • Steve Jobe, CEO, Baxter Chiropractic
  • Ethan Miller, Student, University of Minnesota
  • Russell Nelson, Vice President, Bank of America
  • Sandy Domeier, RN Director of Patient Services, Sleepy Eye Medical Center Clinic
  • Robin Ryan, Owner/CEO, Saunders Therapy Centers
  • Cassie Fisher, Administrator, North Central Pathology
  • Shelly Diener, March & McLennan Companies
  • Nicole Kveton, Director, Clinic Programs, Allina

Thinking of Joining MGMA? Now’s the Time.

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Are you thinking of joining national MGMA? Now may be the time. For a limited time, state members can purchase individual MGMA memberships without an application – saving $95. To learn more about the benefits of MGMA membership, contact or call 1-651-366-6089. You also can try a free membership for 45 days.


Committee Updates

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ACMPE Liaison Committee

New 3rd edition copies of the Body of Knowledge books are now available from the MMGMA lending library. Please contact Bonnie Bina at for more information. Also, watch for a promotion discounting the rate for state MGMA members who want to apply for ACMPE certification. More information will be coming soon.

Communications Committee

Log onto LinkedIn and sign up for the MMGMA group. We are working to populate our LinkedIn pages with useful information for MMGMA members and those thinking about joining. Also, please continue to share website changes you would like to see.

Conference & Education Committee

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Winter Conference!

Government Affairs Committee

Please mark your calendars for all of our upcoming events, including the PAC conference call, Eggs & Issues, and Lagers & Legislation. Rep. Albright has already confirmed he will join us for Lagers & Legislation. In addition, the March 1 “Day at the Capitol” will include a breakfast, a legislative update from Messerli and Kramer, and interesting panel discussions. Watch for more information on these events.


Mark your Calendar

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  • MMGMA 2016 Winter Conference – March 1 - 2, St. Paul RiverCentre (St. Paul, MN)
  • Eggs & Issues – 8:30-10:00 a.m., either February 2 or 3rd (depending on speaker confirmation), Louisiana Café (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Lagers & Legislation – 5:00-7:00 p.m., February 29, Bonfire on Grand Avenue (The Porch Room)





Job Listings

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  • Clinic Manager – posted 12/30/2015

  • Chief Financial Officer – posted 12/30/15

Visit our job board to read more about these and other job postings.

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