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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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March E-News

In This Issue:

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Winter Conference Draws Crowd

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More than 350 MMGMA members, guests and exhibitors attended the 2016 Winter Conference, held March 1-2 at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

“Our Winter Conference, Managing the Current, was successful, thanks to our excellent speakers, the participation of so many members and the support of our sponsors and exhibitors,” said Darla Morris-Preble, Chief Administrative Officer, Specialists in General Surgery, and 2015-2016 MMGMA President. From the first day’s “Morning at the Capitol” to the last session on “Barriers to Sharing Health Information in Minnesota – State Initiatives to Manage Them,” attendees were treated to a wide variety of topics and speakers.

“We are fortunate to have so many amazing experts within our organization to share their knowledge and insights,” said Morris-Preble. For more details and photos from the Winter Conference,

Summer Conference Set for 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 $125 for the first attendee and $100 for additional attendees. Registration will open soon.

Legislative Priorities

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MMGMA held its Morning at the Capitol event on March 1st in St. Paul. MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole, Minnesota DHS Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper and Representative Tara Mack shared policy updates with attendees and learned about MMGMA’s 2016 Legislative Priorities. Meanwhile, Representative Tony Albright and Senator Jeff Hayden, both health policy leaders, headlined the Lagers & Legislation event on the eve of the winter conference. 2016 Legislative Priorities will be posted on the MMGMA website shortly.

Minnesota MGMA Leadership Attends National MGMA State Leadership Conference

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Members of the MMGMA Board attended the annual Council of State Leadership conference in Denver this past January. Subsidized by National MGMA, this conference provides the opportunity to meet and network with association leaders from across the country as well as to attend the Midwest section of State Leaders meeting in person. The conference included sessions on volunteer leadership, leading an association, succession planning, marketing, and a very exciting but brief “speaker’s showcase” highlighting conference speakers who can be hired for state conferences. This conference also enabled your Minnesota leadership quality blocked time together to plan and strategize for our own association’s upcoming year.      

Contact MCO for Adjustments to Primary Care and Vaccines for Children

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Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) discovered an error in the calculation of enhanced rates they authorized to be paid by the managed care organizations (MCOs) for the Primary Care and Vaccines for Children (VFC) Incentive program. DHS corrected this amount with the MCOs, and final payments reflect all payments owed for 2013–2014. Because of this correction, the MCOs have begun to request payment or recoup overpaid incentive amounts from some providers. The Minnesota Department of Human Services directs clinics to contact the MCO for information about any specific recoupments or adjustments based on this correction. MMGMA members should audit their health plan payments throughout the contract cycle to make sure the plans are reimbursing at your agreed-upon rates.

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. Early bird discounts end on April 8. 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

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.

Welcome New Members

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

  • Matt Arndt, Concordia Student Healthcare Management Association
  • Matthew Carson, Concordia College SHMA
  • Alisa Fadden, Student Healthcare Management Association (Concordia College)
  • Julie Hadzima, Hudson Physicians
  • Joni Jennen, Associated Eye Care
  • Deborah Meyers, Minnesota Gastroenterology, PA
  • Rick Riley, Wells Fargo Healthcare Equipment Finance
  • Stacey Spiess, Apple Valley Medical Center
  • Wanita Thostenson, Trissential
  • Casey Ward, Student
  • Michael Wexler, Advancements In Allergy And Asthma Care, Ltd.
  • Eric Zimmer, University of Minnesota

Thinking of Joining MGMA? Now’s the Time.

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Are you thinking of joining national MGMA? Now may be the time. For a limited time, state members can purchase individual MGMA memberships without an application – saving $95. To learn more about the benefits of MGMA membership, contact or call 877-275-6462. You also can try a free membership for 45 days.


Committee Updates

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Communications Committee

Watch for pictures from the 2016 Winter Conference on the MMGMA website. Also, log onto LinkedIn and sign up for the MMGMA group. We are working to populate our LinkedIn pages with useful information for MMGMA members and those thinking about joining. And finally, please continue to share website changes you would like to see. Just contact Sue Haberle at

Conference & Education Committee

Feedback from the Winter Conference has been mostly positive, especially about the food and the layout. As always, some things can be tweaked. The committee will use feedback to give attendees an even better experience at future conferences.

Please let our committee know if you have any ideas for our Summer Conference. Contact

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Committee

Our committee is working on Day with the Payers sponsors and exhibitors for the May 19 meeting. We are also putting our Summer Conference sponsors and exhibitors package together for distribution. Please remember to encourage new business partners to sponsor or exhibit at our Summer Conference.

Payer Relations Committee

The PRC recently met with BCBS leadership. BCBS acknowledged issues with long wait times to reach a provider service representative and should have this resolved in March. The BCBS operating system transition continues, and clinics are encouraged to access examples of the new member identification cards and medical policies via the following link:

The 2016 Payer Survey will be distributed soon! Please take time to complete this survey. PRC uses your responses to craft our Day With the Payers agenda, and we convey the survey results to each of the health plans.


Mark Your Calendar

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



Job Listings

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  • 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.

Featured Sponsor

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