Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm Announces Retirement 

November 17, 2022
On November 16, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm announced that she will retire from her position.  
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Sanford and Fairview Announce Intent to Merge

November 17, 2022
Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services announced on November 15 that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to combine and create a new health system that would operate under the Sanford name. 
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NO PAIN MN Map to Help Minnesotans with Chronic Pain 

November 17, 2022
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Hennepin Healthcare have unveiled a new map that will make it easier for Minnesotans experiencing chronic pain to find safe, opioid-free treatments, to help with healing, working, socializing, and managing daily tasks.  
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Walz Re-elected, Senate Flips to DFL Control  

November 10, 2022
Democrats were the big winners in Tuesday’s election, including flipping control of the Senate from a Republican to Democratic majority, and the election of three DFL physicians - Matt Klein, MD, Kelly Morrison, MD, and Alice Mann, MD.  
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MMA Board Votes on 2023 Legislative Priorities 

November 10, 2022
The MMA’s Board of Trustees met on November 5 to discuss the MMA’s legislative priorities. Because the meeting was held prior to the recent elections, the board acknowledged that these will be reviewed and updated as needed.   
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CDC Issues Updated Recommendations on Prescribing Opioids for Pain 

November 10, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its recommendations for clinicians providing pain care for adult outpatients with short- and long-term pain and removed dose limits that have led to forced tapering for patients with chronic pain.  
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MMA Urges Minnesotans to Get COVID-19 Booster, Flu Shots Before the Holidays 

November 10, 2022
The MMA sent out a press release to media outlets across the state on November 7, urging all eligible Minnesotans to get their COVID-19 booster and seasonal flu shot.  
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MMA Advocates for National Telehealth Policy 

November 10, 2022
The MMA joined a coalition of healthcare organizations in a letter to Congressional leaders to extend "pandemic flexibilities to offer telehealth through 2024.”  
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Two MMA Members Receive Rural Health Awards 

November 10, 2022
As part of National Rural Health Day on November 17, the Minnesota Rural Health Association, the Duluth-based National Rural Health Resource Center and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are presenting the 2022 Minnesota Rural Health Awards.
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CMS Releases Final Rule on 2023 Medicare Physician Payment Schedule 

November 03, 2022
On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2023 Medicare Physician Payment Schedule final rule, which includes improvements to the evaluation and management codes (E/M), but results in a reduction of the conversion factor (CF).  
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