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Register Today for the MMGMA Winter Conference!

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The 2017 MMGMA Winter Conference, scheduled for March 7-8, at the St. Paul RiverCentre, is now open for registration. Please plan to join your colleagues to hear an exciting line-up of speakers, including Mary Brainerd, President and CEO, HealthPartners, and Doug Woods, MD, Medical Director, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic. In addition to providing numerous educational sessions, we have plenty of time set aside to network with other members, business partners and industry experts. Don’t miss this opportunity! Register today!

Registration Rates Best Value
(on or before 2/3)
(after 2/3)
MMGMA Members $285 $335
HFMA, HHRAM, and MMA Members 
In order to register at these rates, you'll need to contact the MMGMA office by email or by phone (651) 366-6089 to receive the promo code.
$285 $335
Nonmembers $410 $460
MMGMA Student Members
Verification of full-time student status is required

Morning at the Capitol
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Pre-registration is required for this event 

Tuesday Evening Reception Guest
Tuesday Evening Reception – included in registered attendee fees
$30 $30

Join our conversation during the conference on our Twitter account, using the hashtag #MMGMA17WC.

Join Us for Morning at the Capitol

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Morning at the Capitol – on the first morning of our Winter Conference – is returning to its previous format (including one-on-one legislator meetings), now that the state capitol restoration project has been completed. We will start the morning as a group in Room 300N of the State Office Building (SOB). After that group meeting with key legislative leaders regarding the MMGMA legislative priorities, members will disburse to attend the individual meetings that will be set up on your behalf. Scheduling those meetings with each legislator will take some time, so please register early and remember to provide your home address. Legislators prefer to hear from the constituents who elect them, as well as those who have businesses in their districts. Attendance is limited to 50 people, and pre-registration is required.

Student members of MMGMA can register for the MMGMA Winter Conference FREE! The Membership Committee will provide introductions and connections between our student and regular members!

GAC Announces 2017 Legislative Priorities

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MMGMA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) advocates for member interests on these key issues:

  1. We support protection for patients and providers from unilateral changes to health plan contract terms, policies, procedures and fee schedules without notification and consent by the provider.
  2. We support efforts to ensure that health plans issuing benefits must enter into provider service agreements with all providers who are qualified under Minnesota law.
  3. We support legislation that would put the financial burden of collecting high deductible costs with the health plan. If a provider is not successful after repeated attempts to collect an outstanding deductible, the health plan would make the provider whole.
  4. We support language that requires payers to pay providers no less than the Medicare or Minnesota Medical Assistance fee schedules for the specific services rendered.
  5. We support the Provider Tax phase out. MMGMA has long opposed the continuation of the Provider Tax and successfully lobbied (along with MMA and others) for the sunsetting of this tax to take place in 2019. It remains on the MMGMA list of 2017 legislative priorities because we know that legislators see the Provider Tax as an ongoing source of funding. The governor is proposing that the Provider Tax stays in place, and Rep. Jennifer Schultz (D) from District 07A (Duluth) has also authored a bill which supports that direction. You can click hereto see the proposed language of House File 430.
  6. We support efforts to simplify and streamline Health Care Home rules to permit broader participation by patients with chronic conditions and reduce administrative overhead to providers.
  7. We support efforts to ensure fair and adequate provider reimbursement in the workers’ compensation and no-fault systems.
  8. We support Honoring Choices Minnesota, whose mission is to make advance care planning the state’s standard of care for adults 18 and older.

MMGMA legislative updates are posted weekly. See the latest update here. You also can learn more about our legislative priorities at the Winter Conference Legislative Update. MMGMA’s lobbying team from Messerli & Kramer, along with members of the Government Affairs and Payer Relations committees, will provide an update and answer questions. Join us on Tuesday, March 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Update on HF-1/SF-1

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Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill (HF-1/SF-1) on Jan. 27 providing $326 million in health care premium relief for 125,000 Minnesotans who buy coverage on the state’s individual market. Additionally, the governor unveiled his budget on Jan. 24, projecting a $1.4 billion balance for fiscal year 2018-2019. Among the provisions is a proposal to continue the Provider Tax past its scheduled repeal in 2019. See also a link to the governor's State of the State speech on Jan. 23. The governor was unable to finish the full speech that night, but completed his remarks at a press conference on Jan. 24.
Also, here is a good discussion from the House floor regarding an amendment that was being proposed (S00001A4).

  • Rep. Fabian’s amendment can be found here.
  • The YouTube video of the floor debate can be found here. Rep. Fabian’s amendment is presented at the 17:40 time, and Rep. Albright’s discussion and support can be seen at the 20:25 time.

Join Us for Lagers & Legislation, March 6

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MMGMA members, affiliates and attendees of the 2017 Winter Conference are invited to join the MMGMA Political Action Committee for a happy hour event of political sparring, networking and fun on Monday, March 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Downtowner on West 7th Street in St. Paul. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. There is a suggested contribution of $35 which will be collected at the event to support the work of the Political Action Committee and to advocate for the legislative priorities of MMGMA. Larger contributions will be gratefully accepted.

2015 Health Equity of Care Report Released

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MN Community Measurement released its 2015 Health Equity of Care Report recently. The second-year report added two major features: four patient experience measures segmented by race and Hispanic ethnicity; and comparable medical group reporting of the five quality measures included in last year’s report. To view the report, visit 2015 Health Equity of Care Report.

Welcome New Members

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Thank you for joining MMGMA! As a new member or first-time conference attendee, we encourage you to attend the New Member Breakfast, at no additional cost, as part of the Winter Conference. The breakfast serves as an orientation that will include a discussion of member benefits and services, and an opportunity for you to ask questions and meet other members and leaders.

Please join us at the New Member Breakfast March 8th at 7:30 am, at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Contact Lisa A. Arrington to register.

New Members Organization
Russ Rooney Administrator, AALFA Family Clinic
Diane Murray Director, Clinical Services, Annex Teen Clinic
Paula Powell Director of Clinical Operations - Edina, Twin Cities Orthopedics, PA
Brianna Gruenberg Student, Concordia College Moorhead
Sandy Boudreau Senior Financial Analyst, Northfield Hospital & Clinics
Michael Mertz Business Analyst, West Side Community Health Svcs
Matt Anderson Managing Partner, Link Consulting Group
Edward Aquitania Marketing Events Specialist, NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company
Anita Caskey Chief Administrative Officer, Specialists in General Surgery

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