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Founded in 1951, Minnesota Medical Group Management Association (MMGMA) roots reach as far back as 1890 with the birth of group practice in southern Minnesota. The first meeting of the National Association of Clinic Managers in 1926 addressed problems of clinic administration.

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Free advance care planning sessions for patients and families, beginning March 10.

From March 10 to October 27, your patients and their family members may register for one of 13 free advance care planning sessions. Held in Edina, the sessions are a population health initiative of Fairview Physician Associates Network. Trained advance care planning facilitators lead the 90-minute programs, offered during morning and afternoon time blocks. Learn more and register at

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April E-News

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“Sailing Ahead” to Summer Conference, July 27-29, in Duluth

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Save the dates of July 27-29 for our Summer Conference in Duluth. Watch for information on registration and sponsor/exhibitor details.

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 for first attendee and $125 for additional attendees. Registration is now open. Register for Day with the Payers.

Discount Available to HHRAM Conference

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The Healthcare Human Resources Association of Minnesota (HHRAM) is offering MMGMA members a discounted price to its spring conference “Got Engagement?” on May 12 and 13. Cost is $200, and registration closes on April 17. For information on HHRAM and the conference, visit

2016 ICSI Colloquium Set for May 9-11

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Make plans now to attend the 2016 ICSI Colloquium, “Advancing Health Care Value for All,” scheduled for May 9-11 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. The colloquium includes more than 25 breakout sessions in addition to a program featuring:

  • Gary Cunningham: "Creating a New Narrative for Community Engagement in Health Care"
  • Tiffany Christensen: "Is Partnership Possible? A Hybrid Patient Perspective"
  • Corey Martin: "Turning Surviving into Thriving"

For more information, visit

Stratis Health Offers Quality Improvement Programs

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Stratis Health, as part of the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network, supports a wide variety of CMS-funded quality improvement programs. Many of the programs are available to MMGMA. See the program summary for details. There is a great deal of health care transformation underway nationally and within Minnesota. Stratis Health has developed a health care transformation model that identifies the areas and components of transformation that organizations need to be planning for and working on going forward. See the transforming care model for details. The Stratis Health normal process is to try to align your needs with grant-funded initiatives. If no grant initiative exists for a particular need you have, Stratis Health offers a variety of fee-for-service consulting services to assist you with your transformation quality improvement needs. Please feel free to contact Bill Sonterre ( 612-584-7902) with questions about any of the programs or services available.

Time to Request New Clinic Fee Schedules

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Many health plans have a July 1 renewal date and clinics are encouraged to start requesting their new fee schedules. Minnesota state law mandates that health plans must disclose information related to the contract renewal terms at least 45 days prior to the effective date of the proposed change. Please contact a PRC member if you do not receive an updated fee schedule at least 45 days preceding your contract renewal. 

MN Community Measurement Report Available

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Minnesota Community Measure recently released its 2015 Health Equity of Care Report. “The second-year report deepens our understanding of health care disparities in Minnesota with the addition of 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,” said Jaime Johnson, Project Manager, Communications and Promotion, Minnesota Community Measurement. Here is a link to the news release and 2015 Health Equity of Care Report.

Refer a First-Time Member and Receive a Visa Gift Card

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The results from MMGMA’s 2015 member survey showed 98 percent of respondents agreed they would refer a colleague or friend to MMGMA. Your referrals are important to building and sustaining a strong organization. In recognition of this support, MMGMA will now offer a $25 Visa gift card when current members refer a first-time regular or affiliate member. Please remind the new member to list your name in the “referred by” option during online registration. Thanks again for your continued support.

Need an Intern?

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If you are looking for an intern, please contact Kim Thompson, Membership Chair, as she has resumes from some students who are interested in an internship with MMGMA members.

Welcome New Members

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The following individuals joined MMGMA in March of 2016. Please welcome them and make an effort to get to know them:

  • Tammi Salwei, Tareen Dermatology
  • Jenny Rupp, Avera Medical Group Windom
  • Jill Bjornaraa-Rose, Asset Discovery Corporation
  • Ali Sweidan, University of Minnesota
  • Joan Creed, University of South Carolina

Committee Updates

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Communications Committee

Special attention continues to be given to the MMGMA website. Please continue to share website changes you would like to see. Just contact Sue Haberle at

In addition, as an example of the kinds of partnerships the committee is working to develop, here is a link to an article that ran in the April issue of MD News about the MMGMA Winter Conference.

Payer Relations Committee

Blue Cross continues to experience higher than normal call volumes and increased wait times. Additional provider representatives have completed their training and are now on the phones, which should help. In order to continue moving in the right direction, additional BCBS service representatives will be going through training in April and should be able to start taking calls soon.  

We need your feedback! The Payer Relations Committee will be meeting with health plan representatives soon. Please complete the MMGMA Payer Survey that will be e-mailed in mid-April. PRC uses your feedback during our health plan meetings. We also draft the Day with the Payer questions based on your comments and questions.


Mark Your Calendar

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  • Golf – June 9, Prestwick Golf Club
    (Woodbury, Minn.)



Job Listings

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  • Population Health Coordinator – posted 4/6/2016

  • Finance Director – posted 3/16/2016

  • Payer Contract Management Analyst – posted 2/17/2016

  • Care Delivery Supervisor – posted 2/5/2016

  • Clinic Practice Development Manager – posted 2/3/16

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

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