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04-11-2015: Montana Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting: Fairmont Hot Springs  
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04-22-2015: Montana MGMA 2015 Annual Conference:  
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06-17-2015: Montana Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Meeting: Missoula, MT  
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06-18-2015: MAFP Chico Primary Care Conference - Chico Hot Springs:  
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09-11-2015: MMA Annual Membership and Board of Trustees Meeting:  
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Applications Being Accepted For Top Shelf Physician Leadership Program
The Montana Medical Association is now accepting applications for the third class of its highly regarded Physician Leadership Effectiveness Program and Montana physicians are encouraged to apply early as there are limited seats available. Montana physicians are a key component to finding the right approach to delivering quality health care effectively, and this program prepares physicians to fill emerging leadership roles throughout the state. Read the complete article by clicking here.

MMA OpEd On Health Insurance Expansion
Physician leaders of the MMA recently submitted an OpEd to newspapers across the state asking legislators to expand health insurance. The MMA believes it is time to work together to help all Montanans. Read the complete article by clicking here.

Scholarships Available For 2015/16 PLEP

The MT Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant (Flex Grant) is excited to provide scholarships for Providers from MT CAHs to attend Montana Medical Association's (MMA) Montana Physician Leadership Effectiveness Program. The program runs from September 2015-April 2016 and consists of seven sessions focusing on developing core leadership skills in a powerful and personal way.
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PLEP Accepting Applications For 2015/16 Class

The MMA's Physician Leadership Effectiveness Program is now accepting applications from interested physicians for the 2015/16 session of the program. The deadline to submit an application is April 15, 2015.
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2015 MMA Membership Campaign: Join Today!
The Montana Medical Association has commenced its membership campaign for 2015. We look forward to you joining your physician colleagues in the largest statewide professional association representing physicians and the practice of medicine.
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Summary of Health Provisions In "Cromnibus"
Congress passed a bill — the “Cromnibus” — on Dec. 13 to continue funding of government operations. View a summary of key healthcare provisions contained in the bill by clicking here.

Governor Announces New Ebola Protocols 
Governor Steve Bullock today announced the adoption of new state health agency protocols for Montanans who have returned from the Ebola-affected regions in Western Africa, or who may have come in contact with a person infected with the virus. For the complete press release click here.

MMA Supports Bill Addressing Sunshine Act
The Montana Medical Association was one of nearly 100 state and national physician advocacy organizations to sign a letter in support of H.R. 5539, a bill that would “clarify that certain applicable manufacturer transfers of value to support independent medical educational programs and materials are exempt from reporting under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act).” The letter was sent to U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D.
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MMA And DPHHS Issue Joint Letter On Infection Control And Triage
The MMA and Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services have issued a joint announcement on infection control measures for serious communicable diseases such as MERS and Ebola virus disease.
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Infection Control And Triage Resources - Ebola virus disease
The MMA has developed a page on its website featuring updated resources on infection control and triage, with information on Ebola for providers and patients, as well as links to a variety of other sources including the CDC, DPHHS and AMA.
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MMA Calls for CMS to Put Brakes on New Medical Staff Rules
final rule revising Medicare’s conditions of participation for hospitals could impact physicians’ role in hospital governance and patient care activities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) needs to give the rule more thought and institute an immediate delay before implementation, the MMA, AMA and more than 80 other medical associations told the agency in a letter sent in early July.

The AMA and other medical societies, including the MMA, are calling on CMS to delay the rule’s effective date until May 12, 2015, a year after the rule was published.

“We think this is an ill-conceived policy that will disenfranchise physicians and hinder their input into hospital programs, especially for those physicians in rural or geographically distant hospitals,” the letter said.  “We have also expressed serious concerns about the negative effects that this structure may have on patient care as well as the negative repercussions for system-wide care coordination activities.”

MMA CDL Medical Examiner Online Training
The Montana Medical Association is offering an on-demand, web-based CDL Medical Examiner Training Course to physicians in Montana to meet the requirements of the FMCSA.  This on-demand web-based training will provide CME credits and qualify participants to take the NRCME certification exam. Click here for registration fees and information.

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