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Month: May 2015

What does Minnesota’s medical marijuana program mean for physicians?

Last week, our blog started discussing how Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is on the brink of its official rollout, with patient enrollment opening next Monday and the first retail locations in the Twin Cities metro area opening July 1. Specifically, we addressed some issues that employers and employees alike will want to keep in mind …

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U of M School of Nursing program helping to replenish VA workforce

Most people might not believe it, but the Department of Veterans Affairs is not only one of the largest health care providers here in the U.S., but in the entire world. Given this reality, it would seem only natural to assume that the VA is well funded, well run and well staffed. Regarding this last …

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The implications of medical marijuana for MN employers, employees

As we’ve discussed on our blog before, Minnesotans saw the minimum wage rise to $8 an hour last summer and are going to see it rise yet again to $9 per hour this coming summer. As significant as this is, however, it isn’t the only noteworthy change coming to Minnesota’s employment laws. That’s because starting …

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Feds paying closer attention to MDs’ financial relationships

Over the last several decades, state and federal regulators, as well as health care advocacy groups, have been expressing concern over financial relationships between physicians and health care companies.   The primary concern is that these financial relationships could somehow create potential conflicts of interests that jeopardize patient care. A common example used by these critics …

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Which profession is moving closer to a uniform licensing exam?

When a person makes the momentous decision to pursue a law degree, they are committing themselves to a rigorous and often stressful three-year academic window. As difficult as earning a law degree can be, the next step arguably isn’t much easier, as many graduates decide to sit for the bar exam. That’s because this marathon …

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Examining the complaint process as it relates to licensed MN dentists – III

In a series of ongoing posts, we’ve been discussing the processes and procedures surrounding the filing of a complaint with the state Board of Dentistry, the agency tasked with investigating and meting out discipline for any violations of the Minnesota Dental Practice Act. In today’s post, we’ll continue our discussion by exploring two of the …

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Helping Baby Boomers plan for the next chapter

It goes without saying that determination, optimism and confidence are just a few of the traits that have come to define the Baby Boomer generation. Indeed, it’s traits like these that have helped many Boomers achieve significant success on both a personal and professional level over the years. It appears as if the prospect of …

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