The Massachusetts Medical Society was established as a professional association of physicians by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in an Act of Incorporation, Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1781. Section 2 of that Act states:
"The purposes of the Massachusetts Medical Society shall be to do all things as may be necessary and appropriate to advance medical knowledge, to develop and maintain the highest professional and ethical standards of medical practice and health care, and to promote medical institutions formed on liberal principles for the health, benefit and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth."
Our Vision and Strategic Direction
"The Massachusetts Medical Society will continue to be a proactive organization. We will advocate for the shared interests of patients and our profession. We seek to unite all physicians and serve the common interests of the profession. Our goals are to enhance and protect the physician-patient relationship and to preserve the physician's ability to make clinical decisions for the benefit of patients. The Society will continue to encourage the development of standards for high quality care. We will continue to promote our code of ethics to physicians, patients, and the public. We will work collaboratively within the profession and with the public. The Society will address the professional needs of physicians and take a leadership role in the development of health care policy. We will promote medical education, training, research, and the continuing education of physicians. We will communicate clearly and effectively with our members and the public to build awareness of and support for our goals."
MMS House of Delegates, November 8, 1996
Strategic Priorities 2016-2017
That the MMS strategic priorities for 2016–2017 include the following: increase focus on population health, enhance patient experience, deliver cost effective care, and improve the quality of work life of the health care team. In order to advance the mission of the MMS and prepare for the future needs of the physician community and their patients, the goals of our strategic plan will be the following:
- Physician advocacy: Ensure the MMS is a productive and credible voice at the state and federal level for physicians in any practice environment or setting. The MMS will continue to carefully monitor the impact of the rapidly transforming health care delivery system on physicians and their patients, and identify and develop appropriate strategies as needed.
- Patient care advocacy: Work to identify and minimize barriers to access to the highest quality of cost-effective care. The MMS will continue to support the use of accurate, reliable, timely, and meaningful quality and cost data, in a manner that meets physician expectations for transparency and is constructive toward delivering the best care to patients.
- Enhanced Membership Value: Ensure the Society is positioned internally and externally to meet the changing needs of its members. The MMS will continue to advocate for a health care environment that safeguards the integrity of the patient-physician relationship, and promotes physician-led team-based care and professional satisfaction.
Strategic Priorities for 2014-2017
The Massachusetts Medical Society’s strategic priorities for 2014–2017 are the following: improve health care quality, access, equity, and cost-effectiveness for the Commonwealth and promote a sound public health system. The goals for our strategic plan rooted with the long-term objective of quality improvement
and the effective control of health care costs include:
- Playing a leadership role in developing a sustainable model of health care delivery that will preserve the integrity of the doctor-patient relationship, and ensure the best care for patients, which is at the core of patient centered care.
- Advocating for practice viability and ensuring physician professionalism, including the fair practice of clinical and economic integration, appropriately funded mandates, professional liability reform, a sustainable physician workforce, and an optimal practice
- Preservation of professionalism: Advocacy for health care environments that foster a culture of professionalism to ensure patient-centered, physician- led care; promote professional satisfaction and meaning, and provide an optimal educational and training environment for the
next generation of physicians.