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The Minnesota Association—the forerunner to MMGMA--held its first formal meeting in Hibbing in 1951.


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Summer Conference Sails into History Books

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The 2016 MMGMA Summer Conference is over, leaving behind the memories made with old and new friends, the knowledge shared at inspiring presentations and the opportunity to refresh our outlook on the business of health care. If you were unable to attend this year’s conference, take some time to enjoy a few of the presentations:

Medicare Quality & Payment Reform Initiatives 2016-2019
Cryptolocker and Other Ransomware
Can Population Health Really Be a Better Business Model?
Positioning Your Practice Online
Building Strategic Relationships Across the Care Continuum

We would like to extend a thank you once more to all of the sponsors and exhibitors who supported us at the Summer Conference. These are the businesses who make our conferences possible every year! If you would like to learn more or reach out to any of our business partners, you can find them in the Business Partner Directory on the MMGMA website here. You will need to log in to search the directory.

Catch Up on National News

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MGMA’s Suzanne Falk traveled to our Summer Conference from Washington, D.C., to give an in-depth presentation on the regulations, reporting mandates and policy topics that are being discussed at the national level. If you missed the information but are interested in staying up to date, please  access the MGMA “Washington Connection” through the Government Affairs page of the MMGMA website. On that same page, you can also find the 2016 state legislative priorities that were established by MMGMA at the beginning of the year, as well as the “End of Session Report” from the lobbyist team at Messerli and Kramer.  

Next Day with the Payers Scheduled

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The next annual Day With the Payers event will be held on May 18, 2017, at the Earle Brown Center. We appreciate the feedback provided following the 2016 event and will use it as we craft the agenda for the coming year. Save the date on your calendar and watch for further details in the weeks ahead.

Assignment of Benefits Comes Under Review

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Earlier this year, MMGMA was asked to support an Amicus Brief that is being filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court for a legal case on assignment of benefits. Assignment of benefits refers to the arrangement by which a patient requests that his or her health benefit payments be made directly to a designated person or facility, such as a physician or hospital. MMGMA had the opportunity to review and offer input regarding the language of the Amicus Brief earlier this summer. That brief has now been finalized and will be filed in August. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Committee Chair, Eric Tempelis.

$400+ Raised for MMGMA PAC at Summer Conference

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Several members of the Government Affairs Committee were at the Summer Conference to answer questions and collect contributions for the MMGMA political action committee (PAC). More than $400 was raised during the conference from generous donors. Remember that any MMGMA member can be active with the PAC. A good way to start is by participating in the quarterly PAC conference calls. Those calls are specifically scheduled over the lunch hour for people who may have potential legal conflicts with doing PAC business on company time. The next PAC conference call is scheduled for September 12. Discussion topics generally include ways to be more involved, PAC disbursement recommendations and other updates. If you would like to participate, please RSVP to Josie Lonetti at and you will be provided with the call-in information for the next call.

Congratulations to “Bridges to Excellence” Winners

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Six MMGMA members’ organizations recently received Bridges to Excellence Awards. This award is given to clinics that show measurable outcomes in treating patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression. This year, 274 clinics shared $997,772. The program is run by the Minnesota Health Action Group, a coalition of large employers. Winners were:

Apple Valley Medical Clinic- (MMGMA member Mark Pottenger)
AALFA Family Practice- (MMGMA member Patty Rosno)
Burnsville Family Physicians- (MMGMA member Michelle Turner)
France Avenue Family Physicians- (MMGMA member Ann Kuffel)
Glencoe Regional Health Services- (MMGMA member Jon Braband)
Buffalo clinics- (MMGMA member Doug Hanson)
Valley Family Practice was the seventh winner.

Provide Input to Health Care Home Program

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Minnesota’s Health Care Homes (HCH) program is soliciting stakeholder feedback on recommended program enhancements over the next few years. Public comment is invited through two online surveys in response to a Request for Information (RFI) and at three public meetings held earlier in August. Responses will be accepted through September 9, 2016. The RFI document with recommended program changes can be accessed on the HCH website News and Announcements page. After reading this document, comment is invited through two surveys:

General responses to the HCH program recommendations may also be submitted via e-mail to using the subject line HCH RFI Response.  Please include your name, organization, title, telephone number and e-mail address.

Medicaid Parity Information Coming Soon

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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) is drafting language pertaining to the 2013-2014 parity program and offering an explanation of why payment errors occurred. DHS will provide contact information for managed care organization staff who can answer provider questions. We will post this information as soon as we receive it from the state. We have payer meetings scheduled with Health Partners and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Please contact Melissa Larson ( if there are issues you’d like the Payer Relations Committee to bring forward on your behalf. 

Registration Open for MGMA Annual Conference

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The 2016 MGMA annual conference is scheduled for October 30 – November 2 in San Francisco. Jim Gaffigan, noted comedian, will be the entertainment headliner. Make an investment in your professional future by planning now to attend. Visit for the latest information on registration and cost.

Awaiting Vaccination Payment Information

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MMGMA is still awaiting another status update from the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services on vaccination payments. Messerli and Kramer is seeking that status update on MMGMA's behalf.

Welcome New MMGMA Members!

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New Members Organization

Ahmed Jirow         

Minnesota State University, Moorhead

Pete Swenson                

Park Dental

Katrina Anderson  


Tina Hill               


Jaleesa Wright      

America’s PPO/Health EZ

Stephanie Olson   

Mayo Clinic Health System

Paul Raj               

St. Luke’s Hospital

Jackie Mackenthun

Parkview Medical Clinic

Terri Ruberg         

St. Luke’s Clinics

Committee Updates

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Communications Committee

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Twitter campaign during the Summer Conference. We welcome your feedback on the value. The Communications Committee also welcomes new members for the 2016-2017 year. Please forward any suggestions to Sue Haberle at, and she will contact the individual.

Membership Committee

The MMGMA membership committee is seeking a new committee member for the 2016-2017 year. This member would also serve as MMGMA’s committee representative and would attend the quarterly MMA Membership/Communication meetings and share the information back to MMGMA.  In this role, the time commitment would include attending the quarterly MMA meetings, which are held on a Monday evening, and attending the following MMGMA Membership Committee meeting. The individual would not be expected to attend all membership meetings. This is a great networking opportunity both within MMGMA and to meet MMA committee members, as well!  If you are interested, please contact Kim Thompson at

Mark Your Calendar

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Job Listings

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  • Director of Clinical Operations – 8/10/2016
  • Regional Business Operations Manager – 8/9/2016
  • Operations Manager – posted 8/8/2016
  • Assistant Practice Administrator – posted 6/25/2016
  • Clinic Administrator – posted 6/17/2016
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