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September cover stories


Quality reporting

The importance of accounting for social conditions

By Paul Kleeberg, MD, and Phil Deering, BA


Like many Minnesota physicians, Dr. Lynne Ogawa first saw her Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) outcomes toward the end of the last decade. At the time, the family practice doctor saw patients at the Fremont Clinic, located in the heart of North Minneapolis.


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Why just retire?

Consider physician emeritus

By Michael J. Weber, JD, and Nancy Lee Nelson, JD, MPH, RN


If you are like many other Minnesota-licensed physicians, you might be unaware of the option to retire as a “physician emeritus.” To retire as a physician emeritus, a physician has to complete a short application with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.


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October cover stories


The value of Medicaid

A safety net for children

By Kelly Wolfe


Imagine you’re pregnant and you unexpectedly go into premature labor, delivering your baby two months early. While you have health care coverage through your employer, you discover upon discharge from the hospital that your insurance won’t cover the 24-hour nursing care your baby will require, nor does it cover the equipment or medications your infant will need to survive. Thankfully, your child is eligible for Medicaid and you can now access these services.


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Opioid Prescribing Improvement Project

Working with providers to tackle the crisis

By Jeff Schiff, MD, MBA, and Sarah M. Rinn, MPH


Hardly a day goes by without a news story about the worsening of the opioid crisis. Closer to home, we are confronted every day with the challenges of treating patients in pain and balancing treatment choices against harm. Since 2013, opioids have claimed more Minnesota lives than car crashes. As prescribing providers, we find ourselves in the middle of this crisis. With about 50 percent of these deaths coming directly from pill overdoses and three quarters of the heroin/IV fentanyl deaths linked back to a start with pills, it is our prescribing practices that need consideration. While the current situation is unacceptable, this crisis gives us the opportunity to strengthen our role as stewards of the health of our patients and the entire population. In Minnesota more than virtually any other state, we have the ability to be those stewards.

The start of the epidemic


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November cover stories


Empowering patients, protecting choice

A legislative response to consolidation in Connecticut

By Christopher “Kit” Crancer


Ask an elected official or peruse the marketing material of a large health care system or insurer this year, and you will find that the term du jour is “patient empowerment.” A decade ago, when the Affordable Care Act was being debated, it was “patient engagement.” Whatever you call it, the patient (aka, health care consumer) cannot engage easily and certainly is not empowered unless she or he has “choice” in personal health care decisions regarding both clinician preference and costs incurred. While an ambulance ride following an accident does not allow the patient the time for much choice, the vast majority of other health care services can and should be ones where the patient is empowered to make reasonable decisions.


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Climate change

What every physician should know

By Macaran Baird, MD, MS; Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN; Rachel Kerr, RN, OCN; Michael Menzel, MD; Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN; Phillip Peterson, MD; William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM; and Bruce D. Snyder, MD, FAAN


Changes in Minnesota’s climate are affecting the health and well-being of everyone living, working, and playing in our state. Climate-related extreme storms, multiple thousand-year flash floods, excessive heat, and drought, disproportionately impact the very young, the elderly, the chronically ill, the impoverished, communities of color, and outdoor workers. Climate change in all its manifestations is a major social determinant of health.


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August cover stories


Regenerative Medicine Minnesota

Transforming the future of health care

By Paul Kleeberg, MD, and Phil Deering, BA


We have grown accustomed to the medical miracles—antibiotics to combat infection; transplantation to replace failed organs; and biologics to control high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis—that have transformed patient care. Despite remarkable advances, many serious health problems resist conventional medicine and surgery, causing suffering and shortening lives.


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The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center

Protecting the vulnerable

By Commissioner Emily Piper, JD


An older adult woman living in northern Minnesota was at her most vulnerable—recovering from surgery after a stroke—when she became the victim of financial exploitation by her own daughter.


While the mother was still recovering in the hospital and a nursing home, the daughter married. Using her temporary power of attorney over her mother’s affairs, the daughter and her new husband sold the older woman’s home, ran up her credit card balances, and took her possessions, including her car, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and antiques.


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July cover stories


The CARES Model

A way to engage your patients

By Archelle Georgiou, MD


Sixty-two percent of Americans say they want to deliberate with their physician about their treatment options. And, to help make the right choices, consumers have been armed with an array of health information sites, symptom checkers, cost calculators, and provider quality scores and report cards.


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Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program

Important updates responding to an epidemic

By Barbara A. Carter


In a recent survey conducted by the American Medical Association, in which 44 of the 49 state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP/PMP) responded there was a 180 percent increase, between 2014 and 2016, in the number of physicians’ and other health care professionals that had registered for an account with a PDMP/PMP.


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