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Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
September E-News
In This Issue:
- Featured Articles
- President’s Letter
- MNSure Health Insurance Exchange
- Meaningful Use
- MGMA Government Affairs Update
- ICD-10 MMGMA Survey
- MMGMA 2015 Winter Conference
- MMGMA Membership
- Events Calendar
- Job Postings
President’s Letter
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One of the annual rites of autumn is the transition of leadership within MMGMA, which occurs every year on October 1st. We have been blessed with truly outstanding leaders over the past year, and I would like to extend my personal appreciation to each of the following:
  • Sandy Kamin—Immediate Past President
  • Douglas Hanson—Vice President
  • Darla Morris-Preble—Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joanne Stadnik—ACMPE Chair
  • Brenda Jaye—Communication Chair
  • Tony Davis—Exhibitor & Sponsor Chair
  • Ric Rowe—Golf Chair
  • Matt Brandt—Government Affairs Chair
  • Bronagh MacCafferty—MMA Liaison
  • Marit Brock—Membership Chair
  • Sandy Rutherford—Payer Relations Chair
The ongoing success of our association depends on our volunteer leaders, and I am grateful for all of the passion and effort our 2013-14 leaders put forth over the past year. It has been my profound pleasure to serve as President, and I am confident the leaders who are beginning their service in October will be superb. Thank you all for everything you do to make MMGMA such a remarkable organization.
William Evans
MNSure Health Insurance Exchange
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MNSure Informational Session
On October 8, 2014, the Minnesota Medical Association & Twin Cities Medical Society are have scheduled a session on Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange. They are inviting clinic administrators or practice management staff to bring their MNSure questions. Attendees can attend in person or participate via Go To Meetings. For more information, please go to
MNSure Preferred One Update
PreferredOne has notified the state that they have withdrawn participation in MNSure in 2015. The company had set some of the lowest prices/premiums in the country and holds about 59% of the individual market in Minnesota. The organization will continue to offer plans to the individual insurance market. Read the Star Tribune article posted on September 16th.
MNSure HealthPartners Update
HealthPartners has updated the MMGMA Payer Relations Committee that their targeted implementation of 270/271 for non-payment of premiums for the subsidized MNSure Exchange patients has changed. HealthPartners previously indicated that the changes would be targeted for implementation on 1/1/2015. The new targeted update sometime in the first quarter 2015.
Meaningful Use
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Stage 1 & Stage 2 Meaningful Use
CMS had finalized the rule to provide flexibility for 2014 meaningful use reporting. So far, fewer than 2,000 eligible professional have attested to the 2014 requirements. In comparison, more than 350,000 eligible professional attested to the 2011 requirements. Providers intending to demonstrate Stage I or Stage II meaningful use in 2014, but are unable to due to a lack of available certified HER technology now have three options:
  • Use 2011 CEHRT to meet 2013 or 2014 Stage 1 requirements;
  • Use a combination of 2011 and 2014 CEHRT to meet 2013-2014 Stage 1 or Stage 2 standards; or
  • Use 2014 technology to fulfill the 2014 Stage 1 or Stage 2 requirements
Stage 3 Meaningful Use
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also issued a final rule late on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend that implemented a delay to the start of stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program—from Jan. 1, 2016, to Jan. 1, 2017. The delay will give hospitals and eligible providers more time to meet the requirements of stage 2, which has seen slow uptake among hospitals and clinics.
MGMA Government Affairs Update
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MGMA has responded to CMS. View the full article on the MGMA website.
ICD-10 MMGMA Survey
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In response to the updated ICD-10 compliance deadline date of October 1, 2015, the Administrative Uniformity Committee reached out to MMGMA to conduct a survey on member readiness. The responses to the survey questions are anticipated to help assess areas that our providers and groups may need assistance in as we prepare for the compliance date. A very small number (15 or under 4% of members surveyed) actually responded. The survey results have been provided to the Administrative Uniformity Committee and are shared with MMGMA members.
MMGMA 2015 Winter Conference
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It’s not too early to mark your calendar for MMGMA’s Winter Conference, Tuesday-Wednesday, March 3-4, at The Depot Renaissance in Minneapolis. The conference committee has begun their speaker selection process and welcome suggestions and input from MMGMA members. Contact Bronagh MacCafferty at with input.
MMGMA Membership
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At the summer conference, postcards were handed out to promote membership in MMGMA. We encourage everyone to speak to two individuals about joining MMGMA. View the postcard.
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March 2015
  • MMGMA 2014 Winter Conference – March 3-5 at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel - Minneapolis, MN

    National and local speakers will share tools and strategies to help you build your practice and your professional skills. Watch for more information.

May 2015
  • MMGMA 5th Annual Day with the Payers – May 21 at Earle Brown Heritage Center - Brooklyn Center, MN

    Meet with major Minnesota payers for updates on programs, products/networks, medical and payment policies and claims filing tips.

Job Postings back to top
  • Medical Credentialing Coordinator - posted 9/16/2014
  • Director of Operations/Controller - posted 9/16/2014
  • Financial Anly-Int - posted 9/15/2014
  • Clinic Administrator - posted 9/11/2014
  • Clinic Manager - posted 9/9/2014
  • Accounts Receivable Supervisor - posted 8/20/2014
Visit our job board to read more about these and other job postings.
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Fun Fact

1982--It’s a party line: MMGMA introduced teleconferencing at the Winter Conference. President Stan Salzman, Vice President Jerry Wollner and Secretary Jean Trygstad used the technology to speed delivery of "hot topic" information from the national MGMA.

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