[MMA News Now, Sept. 26, 2013]
Aside from debating MMA governance, the House of Delegates approved the following resolutions at the Annual Meeting, held Sept. 20-21 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.
• The Park Region and the East Central Minnesota medical societies will be dissolved. Their members will continue membership in the MMA consistent with MMA bylaws.
• The Mid-Minnesota, Camp Release, Lyon-Lincoln, Southwestern, Blue Earth County and Blue Earth Valley medical societies will merge. The Brown CMS will become part of this merged organization if they so choose at a later time.
• The Mower County Medical Society dissolved; any future members will assume at-large membership in the MMA consistent with MMA bylaws.
• The MMA will draft medical apology legislation in Minnesota to prohibit apologies from being admissible in court. The MMA will also draft proposed legislation that protects statements made by physicians and health care administrators in efforts made at early disclosure and offers to settle health care disputes.
• All regular and ad hoc MMA committee or task force meetings remain open to all members. All committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes will be made available as soon as possible to the membership. Final actions and reports will be available to the membership. The only open meeting exceptions will be those involving staff personnel issues. The MMA should continue to explore additional options for member engagement in committee and task force activities.
• The MMA will explore the development of evidence-based policies that would reduce harm caused by illicit drug use and illicit use of prescription drugs. The MMA will also support increasing evidence-based treatment services for illicit drug users such as methadone, buprenorphine and heroin substitution programs.
• The MMA will continue to pursue efforts to quantify and assess (perhaps through self-reporting by clinics) the administrative and financial burden associated with quality measurement reporting, especially on family medicine and other primary care clinics. The MMA will also continue to advocate for adequate payment to clinics for costs associated with Minnesota’s statewide quality reporting and measurement requirements.
• The MMA will urge Minnesota Community Measurement to be more transparent about and improve documentation on the evidence base associated with its measures. The MMA will advocate that Minnesota Community Measurement develop criteria for and a process to limit the number of measures that a clinic is required to report in a given year, based on factors such as strength of evidence and value for clinical improvement.
• The MMA will provide access to information about MNsure and continue to keep membership informed as it evolves.
• The MMA will convene members in discussions about Medicaid-funded and state-controlled first-dollar family medical accounts coupled with Medicaid-funded major medical insurance plans for Medicaid populations.
• The MMA will work with other stakeholders to examine the impact and, as appropriate, address the consequences of the 2009 moratorium on adult and child corporate foster care licenses.
• The MMA will work to advance efforts to make using the Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program easier for physicians.
The House also asked the MMA Board of Trustees to discuss resolutions dealing with:
• telemedicine visit credentialing
• obstetric liability in rural hospitals
• ways to allow counties to pursue guardianship in appropriate cases.