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Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
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In 1990, lifetime MMGMA member William E. Costello, FACMPE, published the association’s first history,L’Etoile du Nord: The First Forty Years of the Minnesota Medical Group Management Association. Learn more about MMGMA past and current work throughout this website.


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Register Now for Summer Conference!

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Our Summer Conference is almost here! Register here before it’s too late. The event starts Wednesday, July 27, with an afternoon of golf followed by an evening reception. Speakers on Thursday and Friday, July 28-29, include:

  • Jody Urquhart, Idoinspire, “This Would Be Funny…If It Wasn’t Happening to Me! How to Embrace Change with Enthusiasm & Vigor”
  • Tammy Kritzer and David Schuh, CliftonLarsonAllen, “Exploring Team-Based Models of Care Impact on Population Health and Total Cost of Care”
  • Andrew Leintz, DAYTA Marketing, “Positioning Your Practice Online”
  • Kristen Jacobsen, Apex Revenue Technologies, “I Am More Than My Balance”
  • Tina Nazier, Wipfli, “Building Strategic Relationships Across the Care Continuum”

The cost to attend this important conference is only $275 for MMGMA members who register on or before July 7.

The hotel room block also ends July 7. Be sure to register and book now! 

The Inn on Lake Superior
Call: 218-726-1111 and ask for the MMGMA Room Block
Register online using the following:

Join Our Twitter Conversation

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MMGMA members will be using Twitter to communicate during the Summer Conference. Please join our conversation. Share your insights. Tell us what you enjoyed about a particular presentation. Let’s stay connected. Visit us @MMGMA_Minnesota. #MMGMA16SC

Golf at the Summer Conference – Cloquet, Minn.

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Come out and spend some time on the links with your favorite MMGMA colleagues. On Wednesday, July 27, MMGMA will be hosting a scramble tournament at the Cloquet Country Club. Registration is $95 and includes greens fees, driving range, cart and dinner. Register here. There is still time to sponsor the golf event. Just let us know!

Last Call to Sponsor/Exhibit at the Summer Conference

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There still are a few opportunities to get your company name in front of attendees at this year’s MMGMA Summer Conference. Sign up online or call 651-999-5359 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. These include evening activities, sessions, food and conference items. If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference, learn more here.

Day with the Payers Another Successful Event

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MMGMA’s sixth annual Day with the Payers, held May 19, attracted more than 225 attendees. As in the past, major Minnesota payers provided industry updates and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and make personal connections with payer representatives. Attendees also had the chance to meet peers in the industry as well as MMGMA affiliate members who exhibited at the event. Attendees received a post-conference survey, and the MMGMA Payer Relations Committee will use this feedback in planning next year’s event.   

“Thanks go out to sponsors and affiliate members who exhibited at the conference and continue to be a major part of the success of the Day with the Payers,” said Sandy Rutherford, MMGMA Vice President and COO of Kaleidoscope Health Systems. Sponsors included X-Hibitor Game Sponsor, American Accounts 7 Advisers, Kaleidoscope Health Systems and Physician Advocates. Exhibitors this year were: American Accounts and Advisors, Apex Revenue Technologies,  Asset Discovery Corporation, BerganKDV, Bremer Bank, Creditor Advocates, FRSecure, Health EZ, Laboratory Corporation of America, MMIC, Mighty Oak Laboratory, Netgain, North Memorial,  Park Nicollet Laboratory, Quest Diagnostics, Secure Bill Pay, TJ Associates Printing, and The Affiliated Group.

“Services offered by our affiliate members are available year round,” said Rutherford. “Please look to these groups when your need arises.”

Vote for MMGMA Board of Directors

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Regular members: Please remember to vote for the 2016-2017 MMGMA board of directors. A ballot will be sent to you soon, with a deadline of July 15 for your vote. Then join us for the annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, during the MMGMA Summer Conference, to learn the results. Candidates are:

Sandra Rutherford, Chief Operating Officer
Kaleidoscope Health Systems, Inc.

Vice President
Steve Gerberding, Administrator
Affiliated Community Medical Centers

Mark Franklin, Chief Financial Officer
Noran Neurological Clinic

Past President
Darla Morris-Preble, Chief Administrative Officer
Specialists in General Surgery

ACMPE Liaison Chair
Bonnie Bina, Administrator
Minneapolis Plastic Surgery

Communications Chair
Susan Haberle, Owner
Haberle Communications

Conference & Education Chair
Ric Rowe, In transition

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Chair
Tim Kratzke, Director of Business Development & Physician Recruitment
Consulting Radiologists, Ltd.

Government Affairs Chair
Lisa Belak, Marketing and Communications Manager
Minnesota Gastroenterology

Golf Chair
Ric Rowe, In transition

Membership Chair
Lisa Arrington, Sales and Marketing Manager
Twin Cities Spine Center

MMA Liaison
Corinne Abdou, Owner
Kaleidoscope Health Systems, Inc.

Payer Relations Chair
Mike Brendalen, Business Office Manager
Kaleidoscope Health Systems, Inc.

MGMA Membership Dues Change

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After four years without an increase in membership dues, the national MGMA increased its dues by $19, or 5 percent, from $380 to $399, effective June 1. MGMA membership provides you with a wealth of resources and unmatched opportunities: award-winning professional publications, dynamic networking options, professional development and certification, benchmarking tools, discounts on conference registration and books, insight into policy developments in Washington and so much more. Learn more about MGMA membership benefits here.

Board Certification Study Group 2016 Open for Registration

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Here's one way to increase your health care knowledge. There will be eight weekly webinar modules covering all six domains in the Body of Knowledge. You can only register for the webinars as a series and not for individual sessions. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, each session will be available on-demand, as well. Each session will be held from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time. See the webinar series in the MGMA store for more details, and please point anyone interested to this webpage.

Fellowship Study Group Available Now!

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The Fellowship Study Group webinar series was a success and is available on demand from the MGMA store. The series was designed to help individuals considering Fellowship learn more about the process and requirements and encourage them to be part of this year’s Fellows class.

MGMA16 Registration is Open!

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See more information about MGMA’s 2016 Annual Conference here.  The ACMPE preconference workshops are being offered on Sunday, Oct. 30. Pathway to Certification will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 am and Pathway to Fellowship from 12:30-2:30 pm. There is no additional charge to attend, but registration is still required.


Committee Updates

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Communications Committee

Please pick up a copy of the July issue of MD News for an article on MMGMA’s Summer Conference. Also, plan to join our Twitter conversation during the Summer Conference this year and check out the MMGMA LinkedIn site.


Mark Your Calendar

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Job Listings

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  • Clinic Administrator – posted 6/17/2016
  • Chief Operations Officer – posted 6/9/2016
  • Regional Site Manager – posted 6/7/2016
  • Clinic Revenue Cycle Manager – posted 6/7/2016
  • Patient Support Services Manager – posted 5/31/2016
Visit our job board to read more about these and other job postings.

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