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Take Action - Contact the Minnesota Department of Health!

Take a moment to contact the Minnesota Department of Health to let them know you oppose making any scope of practices changes through the rulemaking process by adding Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to the definition of "Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts." CLICK HERE to Take Action
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Legislative Update – Week ending May 8th

With only two weeks left in session, the legislature has reached a critical stage as they enter negotiations with the Dayton administration on all the budget bills. Just over a week ago, Governor Dayton insisted that the House and Senate Republicans come up with a budget agreement between…
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Legislative Update – Week ending March 31st

The legislature reached the key third committee deadline this week when all budget bills must be passed out of committee. Third committee deadline was set much earlier this session then it has been in past session setting up for long negotiations with between the House, Senate and Governor’s office…
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Legislative Update – Week ending January 27th

Governor’s Budget RecommendationsThe Governor released his budget recommendations on Wednesday this week setting the stage for what will certainly be a heated negotiation at the end of session with the Republican House and Senate majorities. The issue receiving the most attention in the Governor’s…
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Legislative Update – Week ending Jan 13th

Legislative Update – Week ending January 13thThe legislature completed their first full week of activity this past week moving at a feverish pace early in the week to pass SF1/HF1 (insurance premium relief) out of committee and get it to the floor. The urgency on passing the insurance premium…
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Letter From The President - January 2017

Dear colleagues, Teamwork is important. As we end the year, I would like to recognize all of you for your individual and collective contributions to our profession and society this past year. The most remarkable accomplishment of 2016 is the result of Safe VA Care initiative. On December 14th, the…
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Letter From The President - October 2016

Dear colleagues, First of all, I am deeply honored and humbled to serve as the President of MSA. Despite my term starting prematurely, I will do my best to live up to the society’s expectations. I would like to thank the nomination committee and board of directors for electing me. I also would…
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After Life-Saving Call, Minnesota Doctors Looking At FaceTime Differently

CLICK HERE to read the full story.MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — What started as a standard procedure ended with a life-saving phone call.Bob Sandin went to his local hospital, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, to get a pacemaker this summer. But after the procedure, something didn’t look…
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Letter From The President - April 2016

Dear Colleagues,I am looking forward to seeing you at the spring meeting, which will be held April 23rd at the Intercontinental Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul. The meeting promises to be an excellent review of evidence-based regional anesthesia, with presentations from experts in the field…
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Letter From The President - March 2016

Dear Colleagues,As weather starts to warm and the snow melts in Minnesota, my thoughts turn naturally to the spring MSA meeting. I hope to see you in St. Paul at the Intercontinental hotel on Saturday, April 23rd. The meeting will feature excellent educational lectures about regional…
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Letter From The President - February 2016

Dear Colleagues,Happy Physician Anesthesiologists Week! This week marks the second annual event co-sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA), which is designed to increase public awareness about the vital role that…
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Letter From The President - January 2016

Dear Colleagues,I hope that you enjoyed a restful holiday, and that 2016 is off to a good start! The MSA Advisory Board will be meeting on Tuesday, January 26th in Minneapolis. The Board consists of the executive committee (elected officers), ASA director and delegates, MSA committee chairs,…
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Letter From The President - December 2015

Dear Colleagues,As of today, Minnesota has recorded 104 comments in support of physician anesthesiologist involvement for our veterans at www.SafeVACare.org.We need to do better. This represents only 18% of our membership. Out of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, Minnesota…
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Letter From The President - November 2015

Dear Colleagues,For those who were able to attend the Fall Meeting last weekend, I hope you enjoyed the program as much as I did. We had over 80 attendees and exhibitors, and the networking opportunities were excellent. I would like to thank Adam Niesen and the Education Committee for…
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Letter From The President - October 2015

Dear Colleagues,The ASA annual meeting in San Diego will be occurring next week, and in addition to numerous educational opportunities, research reports, and networking opportunities, the House of Delegates will meet. I am pleased to report that a full slate of delegates from Minnesota will…
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