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Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
November E-News

Nov. 12 summit to address physician shortage

As demand for primary care increases and more physicians retire, how will Minnesota’s medical profession meet the growing need for care, and how will this affect your practice?
Help MMA find answers by sharing your ideas and concerns at an interactive discussion, “Finding Solutions to the Primary Care Physicians Workforce Shortage." Examine primary care trends with local and national experts, learn how groups across our state are responding, and take away strategies to meet this challenge.
Join us 4 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis, 1330 Industrial Blvd, N.E. Fee is $50 for MMGMA and MMA members, $75 for nonmembers and $10 for medical students. Fee includes dinner.
Click here for more information and to register.
Avoid PQRS penalty, earn the incentive
Your MMGMA Payer Relations Committee reminds you that even though it’s November and you may not have reported Quality Data Codes on claims this year, it's not too late to avoid the penalty and earn the incentive.
To avoid the 2015 PQRS Payment Adjustment (penalty), simply submit an appropriate Quality Data Code (QDC) on one eligible claim in 2013: 1 -1 -1: One claim, one measure, one provider.
This step is key, because the penalty associated with the 2013 reporting year is three times as large as the incentive, even though the penalty will not take effect until 2015. The PQRS Incentive for 2013 is 0.5% of PFS Medicare Part B total allowed charges. The penalty is 1.5% off the 2015 PFS Medicare Part B total allowed charges.
It’s not too late—your providers can avoid the penalty by reporting one measure-qualifying claim.
For more information, please see
Source: eClinical Works
Help patients choose care wisely
The Minnesota Medical Association is one of three Minnesota-based organizations tapped by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation to promote its Choosing Wisely initiative. The effort encourages physicians and patients to talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary and, in some cases, can cause harm.
The MMA will help educate Minnesota physicians about 135 tests identified by 58 specialty societies involved in the initiative. The MMA also will develop tools physicians can use in their conversations with patients to discuss what tests and procedures are truly necessary. For more information, visit or contact the MMA at
MMGMA Committee Updates
Payer Relations Committee: MMGMA seeks clarification from Medica
MMGMA’s Payer Relations Committee (PRC) has contacted Medica for clarification regarding amendments that Medica recently distributed. When we receive Medica’s feedback, we will share it with you. In the meantime, please contact your contract manager with your specific questions.
Meanwhile, the PRC will hold meetings with representatives of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Medica this month. Watch MMGMA communications for further details. If you have questions about the meetings, please contact Sandy Rutherford, PRC chair,
Membership Committee: Renew your membership now for 2014
If you haven't renewed your MMGMA membership for 2013, now is the time. Please click here and choose your membership level. With more than 700 members, MMGMA is one of the largest and most active state professional associations in the nation. Members benefit in many ways:
  • Legislative representation
  • Professional and personal development
  • Networking
  • Salary survey information
  • Job board
Communications Committee: Share your MMGMA story
Why are you a member of MMGMA? The Communications Committee is seeking short testimonials to feature on the home page of In about 50 words, tell us why you value membership in MMGMA. Please send your item and a photo of yourself to Please also include a way we can contact you with any questions.
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  • Controller (Associated Skin Care Specialists, P.A.) – posted 10/29/2013
  • Nursing Home Administrator with Senior Services (Cuyuna Regional Medical Center) – posted 10/15/2013
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Have you or a MMGMA colleague recently reached a milestone or been given a professional honor? Please let us know about it so we can publish your good news with our members! To make an announcement, please send it to MMGMA Communications Committee chair, Brenda Jaye,  
MMGMA member, Rob Simmons of Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), was recently promoted to Group Administrator of Centennial Lakes Surgery Center in Edina and St. Cloud Surgery Center. SCA recently acquired the ambulatory surgery center management company Health Inventures. SCA’s Minnesota portfolio now includes four surgery centers: Centennial Lakes Surgery Center, St. Cloud Surgery Center, Maplewood HealthEast Surgery Center at St. John’s Hospital, and a new location under construction as a joint venture with Fairview at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Burnsville.
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