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Next IA-WI-MN Webinar coming up: Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

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MGMA Minnesota is excited to have joined educational forces with MGMA Wisconsin and Iowa to offer 10 free webinars to our members throughout the year. Each MGMA will alternate hosting webinars, but you will be able to find information and register for all of them as they become available on the MMGMA website. MMGMA, WMGMA, and IMGMA members can register for free; non-members are also welcome to register for $25.

April Webinar

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – Are you ready for 2018?

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:00PM
Where: Your Desk with a Go-To-Meeting

Presenter: David D. Brauer, CPA, MBT will discuss some of the major changes expected to impact businesses and individuals with the implementation of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act in 2018.

Click here for more information and to register.

Day with the Payers: Share your questions now

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Although the annual MMGMA Day with the Payers is still two months away, it’s never too soon to start formulating questions and planning how to spend this valuable opportunity to get answers and information directly from the payers. Major Minnesota payers will provide updates on their programs and products, medical and payment policies and claims filing tips. Presenters will include BCBS, UCare, Medica, Preferred One, America’s TPA (Health EZ), United Health Care, and Health Partners. What do you want to know more about?  Please take a few minutes to share your questions with us by filling out a survey. You may take the survey multiple times if you have questions for multiple payers.

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If you have any questions, please contact Mike Brendalen at

New for 2018 Summer Conference: Social Event in the Tent

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Spring is here, and the countdown is on to summer. The Conference Committee is hard at work finalizing the details for MMGMA Summer Conference 2018, scheduled to take place in Duluth July 25 – 27. This year, we are excited to share that the conference will take advantage of the summer sun and Duluth fresh air with a tented social event! Be sure to join us for this exciting three day opportunity to golf, network, hear legislative updates, dig in to some educational sessions, and have fun! Add it to your calendar now, and watch for registration details to be shared soon.

Thank you for joining us at the Winter Conference!

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For all those who were able to attend, we hope you had a great experience at the 2018 MMGMA Winter Conference. This year’s two general sessions brought insights into the subconscious mind of the healthcare consumer with Lou Carbone’s intriguing opening keynote on total experience management, along with an exemplified understanding of the forces that will shape healthcare in the next 10 years from James Hereford, President and CEO of Fairview – who also shared how innovation and adaptation will be critical to managing these changes successfully. New to 2018, the remaining sessions were breakout tracks which offered something for everyone. The conference agenda invited Human Resource managers to learn key lessons in discipline and handling terminations, as well as new information on the growing option of internships and healthcare management degree programs. The finance/revenue-minded had opportunities to attend sessions on trends in healthcare hiring and compensation, increasing awareness of fraud risks in the revenue cycle, and best practices for point of service collections and self-pay follow-up. A walk through of a real life attack from hackers, updates on modern cybercrime and system attack methods as well as how to mitigate risks offered Information Systems managers new information to take back to IT security. In another track session opportunity, healthcare marketers were brought up to date on trends in digital marketing. Our annual winter update on legislation with the Government Affairs Committee, Payer Relations Committee, and Messerli & Kramer topped off Tuesday’s Morning at the Capitol and afternoon sessions, while Wednesday ended the conference with a hilarious recap by improv group The Theater of Public Policy. Plenty of time between sessions, over meals, and during Tuesday’s reception allowed ample opportunity to meet and mingle with current colleagues and new contacts.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to all of this year’s Winter Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors! Find the complete list of those who helped support our event under the past event details here. If you were interested in connecting with a sponsor or exhibitor from the conference, you can search our business partners by name or company in the MMGMA online Business Partner Directory.

We would love to hear what you thought of this year’s line up as well as any other conference feedback you might have. If you attended, double check your inbox for the MMGMA email titled, “Thank You for Attending. We’d Love Your Feedback.” This email includes a link to a short survey, as well as links to the conference attendee list and presentations.

MMGMA Seeking Committee Members and Chairs

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Take your networking up a notch and consider joining one of the MMGMA’s Committees this year. Committees are regularly recruiting interested individuals to lend their talents and learn about new areas of the MMGMA. A few committees are also looking to elect new Chairs for the upcoming 2018-2019 year. To find out about the different committees and current Chairs, visit the Leadership page of the MMGMA website.

Connect with MMGMA on Facebook Now!

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Join MMGMA on Facebook!

The Communications Committee is excited to announce that an official MGMA Minnesota Facebook page is now live! If Facebook is your go-to for news and activities, be sure to “Like” and “Follow” MMGMA now for news, events, updates, and conversation. Click the Facebook icon or search for @MGMAMinnesota on Facebook to find us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Unlike other types of Social Media connections, your privacy does not change by “Liking” the MMGMA page – it allows you to stay involved with our community, but does not allow anyone else to see your private page. Join for your professional network while keeping your private life to yourself!


Welcome to our New Members!

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Andy Begalle, CentraCare Health

Rachel Pugliano, EideBailly, LLP

Jay Champine, Center for Diagnostic Imaging

Elizabeth Reiter, Minnesota Epilepsy Group, P.A.

Steve Clem, Verus Corporation

Elizabeth Schulze, Leo A Daly

Lindsay Eibert, Midwest ENT Specialists

Shane Seifert, Concordia College Moorhead

Dana Hause, Dermatology Specialist PA

Gal Shalvi, Medi Lazer

Ayesha Ibrahim, Minnesota Epilepsy Group, P.A.

Emily Stewart, Cloud Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic

Gary Jacobs, Med Tech Solutions

Dianne Stover, University Medicine

Debbie Kirkendahl, iRev Resources LLC

Justin Wilson, ScribeAmerica

Sarah Krenik-Hoffman, Mayo Clinic Health System

Tony Yanni, Alltran Health Services

Kaylyn Oberg, Minnesota Epilepsy Group, P.A.

Mike Zolik, Fairview Health Systems

Marisa Otto, Concordia College SHMA

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