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Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance, Inc. ("MPPA") is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving our health care system. We do this by communicating information to the public and within the industry about important health care issues.

MPPA believes that efficient, quality health care depends on strong doctor-patient relationships. Interference in the doctor-patient relationship by third parties such as health plans and the government, is widespread in today's health care system and often limits what doctors or patients are allowed to do, altering market-based reimbursement, and undermining the traditional ethics of the medical professions. While the intentions of the third parties in interfering with the relationship may be honorable (for example, to control costs or improve quality), ironically the cumulative effect of this interference is unnecessarily high costs and reduced quality. Efforts to reform health care, therefore, must first and foremost address the issue of strong doctor-patient relationships.

The MPPA board consists of physicians, health care consumers, and others who share these concerns and values. We seek to communicate our message by collaborating on research and publication, sharing information about market developments, and individually being active in a variety of health care and community organizations.

To see who belongs to MPPA, please visit our Who We Are page by clicking on the link to the right. To see some of our communications, click on one of the Publications links to the right. If you would like to learn more about MPPA or our positions, click on the Contact Us link to the right.

MPPA was established in 1997 as a Minnesota 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization. If you would like to be added to the MPPA listserv, the respected MPPA online discussion group, send us your contact information and we will add you.

Dec 11

As the ACA is Reformed/Repealed, What Should Minnesota (and other States) Do?

In this excellent presentation (click on, below), Beverly Gossage shows how the 2010 Affordable Care Act came to be and what steps are need to be taken to reform US (and Minnesota) health care law to empower patients, their families, and the physicians who care for them.

Beverly Gossage is a former educator who became an independent health care insurance agent. She was at first passionate about reducing health care premiums for her parents’ small plumbing business in Lawrence, KS. Their family company became the “poster child” first full replacement group MSA/HSA. Engineering this important health care innovation thrust Beverly into the national spotlight. In her 15 years as a health insurance agent (licensed in nearly half the states), she’s championed Consumer Driven Health Plans for her clients. She is a respected expert on health care related issues and is sought-after as a speaker at policy and advocacy groups such as State Policy Network, ALEC, NCSL, Chambers of Commerce, NAHU, and NFIB. Beverly is an honored recipient of the National Consumer Driven Health Care Innovator Award.

Beverly was invited to meet with the Trump White House health reform staff. Previously, she was a hit when President George W. Bush featured her at a 2006 White House roundtable on HSAs.  Beverly has conducted Capitol Hill briefings in DC, testified on free market health care policy in several states, and assisted in crafting legislative policy (such as HB818 in Missouri and HB2107 in KS).

Ms. Gossage was a research fellow for the Show Me Institute, on the advisory board for Doctors and Patients Medical Association (DPMA) and is a Senior Fellow for Independent Women’s Voice. Beverly has leadership experience in the National Association of Health Underwriters. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback appointed her to the State Board of Indigents Defense Services in 2016; she has served on multiple commissions on health care in her home state of Kansas. She is frequently interviewed by local and national news stations and writes op-eds for multiple publications, including The Hill, Forbes, and USA Today. “Good medicine” and health care policy is apparently in the family, since her daughter-in-law is a surgical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic. 

The 64 billion$ question is: What will employers do? Beverly reports that 56% of Americans and their families are now insured through employers, and 16% have private insurance. Regarding expanding government programs, 19% are on Medicaid, 17% on Medicare, and 5% on Military-related programs.

Nov 17

What are patients and families (consumers) told when they ask their doctor, other “healthcare provider,” employer, health insurance company, Medicaid or Medicare (or other government program) representative: How much does this procedure, drug, or encounter cost? How much must I pay?

From your experience, please share the answer(s) you’ve heard.

Before Minnesota consumers can make intelligent, value-based, health care choices, they need to have actual price transparency in a competitive Minnesota health care marketplace.

Do you agree that this is a worthy goal?.

If so, what will it take to get us there?

How do Minnesota consumers today shop for heath care value?

And what public policy reforms will encourage them to do so?

What specific public policy proposals will be proposed (or bills that should be filed) at the Minnesota legislature in 2018 to enhance true consumer health care price transparency in Minnesota?

Let your Minnesota legislator know.