In March, the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) announced a partnership of prominent leaders focused on the best ways to implement reforms to Minnesota’s health care system. The initiative will be led by a 26-member steering committee comprised of key leaders, including physicians, health care executives, state legislators, major employers, and the University of Minnesota’s own Frank B. Cerra, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences.
The new partnership was formed in the wake of a January 2005 MMA report, “Physicians’ Plan for a Healthy Minnesota,” a roadmap to providing state citizens with affordable health insurance and improving the quality of care while holding down costs. That initiative, led by Medical School alumnus and former Minnesota Medical Foundation board chair Judith Shank, M.D., has sparked interest across a broad community of Minnesota leaders with a stake in the issue.
The steering committee will spend the next year shaping a set of
reform proposals, which will likely include recommendations for changes
in both the health care marketplace and in the state’s laws.