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In 1991, the first two MMGMA scholarships were awarded to Selene Swanson and Carol Smith, both pursing graduate degrees at St. Mary’s

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More than 14,000 patients of Fairview and independent member clinics of Fairview Physician Associates Network (FPA) now have access to a new program aimed at making end-of-life care decisions. The comprehensive case management program funded by a $125,000 grant from UCare is designed to provide enhanced assistance to UCare for Seniors members at greater risk of reaching the end of their lives without having discussed care options.

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Legislative Priorities Advance as Deadline Nears

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JJHThe Health and Human Services omnibus bills moving through the House and the Senate vary widely. The legislature faces a constitutional deadline of May 18. Failure to agree on a compromise for the HHS omnibus bills could lead to a special session, considered unusual during a year of a projected budget surplus. Lawmakers and other participants view a special session after May 18 negatively because the construction project at the Capitol becomes more active and potentially disruptive after Memorial Day.
Many of our legislative priorities continue forward in one or both houses of the legislature:
  • The Interstate Physician Licensure Compact appears headed toward successful passage. The legislation is designed to expedite the licensure process for eligible physicians to improve license portability and increase patient access to care. The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 62-0. It will now go the House, where the bill already has received its Second Reading and awaits debate on the floor.
  • The House omnibus HHS bill includes support for Honoring Choices, a community-based effort designed to inspire conversations about end of life health care planning. The Senate omnibus HHS bill includes reforms to prior authorizations.
  • MMGMA has joined several other health care associations in opposing SF1374 (Latz)/HF1810 (Atkins), a bill extending pain and suffering lawsuits to survivors in a wrongful death case.
  • SF957 (Jensen)/HF1979 (Hoppe) creates a task force on no-fault auto insurance to review certain issues related to reform. MMGMA may name one person to the task force that is expected to convene this summer. The Government Affairs Committee will choose the MMGMA member who will represent MMGMA. Any member who is interested should contact Committee Chair Mike Foley, mfoley@applevalleymc.com.
  • HF2193 (Albright)/SF2056 (Sparks) would make changes to workers’ compensation reimbursement for inpatient hospitals. The House version of the bill is scheduled for hearing on the House floor on May 11; the Senate version passed through the Senate Finance committee on Tuesday, May 5.
  • The House omnibus tax bill includes a provision allowing medical professionals, dentists, chiropractors and their employers to file reports with Department of Revenue documenting the value of charity care they provided during the tax year. The provision allows an income tax subtraction for charity care services provided. However, a clear gap exists between Senate and House proposals, which will require resolution in conference committee.
For more information about MMGMA’s Government Affairs Committee, contact chair Mike Foley, mfoley@applevalleymc.com.

Comment on Statewide Quality Reporting by June 5

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The Minnesota Department of Health invites comment on MN Community Measurement and Stratis Health’s preliminary recommendations for physician clinic and hospital quality measures for the 2015 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2016 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). See preliminary recommendations at Health Care Quality Measures – RecommendationsSend comments to health.reform@state.mn.us by June 5, 2015.

Proposed Rulemaking on ADA Wellness Programs

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On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register that describes how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employee wellness programs that are part of group health plans and that include questions about employees' health, medical examinations, screening for conditions (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or blood glucose levels). The public may comment until June 19, 2015. For details, visit eeoc.gov.

CMS Proposal to Modify Meaningful Use through 2017

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On April 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a new proposed rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3. The goal of the proposed rule was to progress toward program milestones, to reduce complexity, and to simplify providers’ reporting. See the proposal fact sheet.

Reporting requirements changed: Don't get hit with PQRS and VBPM penalties

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The Medicare PQRS and Value-Based Payment Modifier (VBPM) programs continue to change each year, and it is imperative that practices understand what to do in 2015 to avoid future penalties. Frequently asked questions about these complex programs include basics such as:

Q: Is my practice impacted by the VBPM this year?

A: Yes - groups of all sizes and solo practitioners in Medicare are subject to reporting requirements under the VBPM in 2015. Review what your practice needs to do this year to avoid a future VBPM penalty with this MGMA VBPM resource.

Q: How many PQRS measures does a physician need to report in 2015 to avoid future penalties?

A: For individual reporting options including claims and registry, an eligible professional must now report nine PQRS measures for at least 50% of Medicare Part B fee for service patients. The nine measures must cover at least three National Quality Strategy domains and, for most providers, one of the nine measures must be a cross-cutting measure. Learn more here.
Source: MGMA Washington Report (May 6, 2015). Reprinted with permission from MGMA.

Committee Updates

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Communications Committee

Tell us in one or two sentences why you are a member of MMGMA. Send it along with your photo and we will feature you as part of a rotation of members on MMGMA.org. Please complete our Profile Form and submit with your photo to info@mmgma.org. Entries received before May 31 will be entered in a drawing win a $25 VISA gift card.

Conference & Education Committee

JJHBook your room now for the MMGMA 2015 Summer Conference, July 29-31.

Registration will open soon, but you can book your room now for MMGMA’s Summer Conference at beautiful Breezy Point Resort. Reservations fill up fast!  For the MMGMA discounted rate, use the Group ID: 104985 for online reservations. Book online if you are only staying Wed – Fri; conference rate extends through July 30; or, call Group Reservations at 800-432-3777, ext. 7160. The MMGMA room block reservation expires on July 7-- don’t miss out.  We look forward to seeing you at Summer Conference!

Check out these photos from the 2014 MMGMA Summer Conference.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Committee

JJHSummer is almost here—bringing the Summer Conference on July 30-31 at Breezy Point. Maximize your MMGMA membership by exhibiting at our conference—and don’t forget to ask your business partners if they will be attending or exhibiting, as well.

Besides exhibit space, we also offer great sponsorship opportunities, including those for food events, general sessions, the legislative update, “in-kind” sponsorships and more.

Visit www.mmgma.org/sponsorship-opportunities to sign up online or call 651-999-5359 to learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities.

Membership Committee

When you attend the Summer Conference and bring along a first-time attendee, we will enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a free registration for the next MMGMA conference. Visit mmgma.org/events for more about the conference, and watch your mail for a copy of the conference brochure and details about the drawing, coming soon.

Payer Relations Committee

 The Minnesota ICD-10 Collaborative’s last meeting took place April 9. At this meeting, the payers provided the following update on their ICD-10 testing status.


Events Calendar

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Job Listings

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  • Clinic Administrator – posted 5/7/2015
  • Executive Director, Medical – posted 4/24/2015
  • Director of Physician Compensation MCHS – posted 4/22/2015
Visit our job board to read more about these and other job postings.

Featured Sponsor

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Davis Group

The Davis Group

The Davis Group is Minnesota's most experienced and trusted real estate firm to the healthcare industry specializing in tenant lease representation, brokerage services, development and consulting.

Platinum Sponsors

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Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq Real Estate Services Healthcare Advisory Group
Davis Group
MMIC Group
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