Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Mission and Strategic Priorities

MMS Mission and Strategic Priorities

Our Mission

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 2017-2018

That the Massachusetts Medical Society’s strategic priorities for Fiscal Year 2017–2018 are the following: a focus on physician and patient advocacy, membership value and engagement, governance, and communication. In order to advance the Society’s mission and prepare for the future needs of the physician community and their patients, the goals of our one-year strategic plan will be the following: 

  • Physician and Patient Advocacy
    • Ensure that the Society is a productive and credible voice for physicians and patients at the state and federal level, as well as local and national health care organizations.
    • Provide a leadership voice through its advocacy, collaboration, and public health efforts, and will continue to carefully monitor the impact of the rapidly transforming health care landscape on Massachusetts physicians and patients.
    • Advocate to improve the physician practice environment and work toward improved patient care and outcomes.
    • Ensure that the voices of physicians and their patients are heard during the ongoing debate on health care reform, while promoting transparency and addressing barriers that impede access to quality care, such as administrative burdens and excessive regulations.
  • Membership Value and Engagement:
    • Ensure that the Society is positioned to meet the changing needs of its members.
    • Support members in developing the skills and knowledge they need to continue to be successful practitioners, leaders, and patient advocates in a changing health care environment. 
    • Create opportunities to grow, diversify, and engage membership across all physician demographic segments and practice settings. 
    • Enhance member engagement through innovative education, support, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
  • Governance: 
    • Ensure that the Society stays relevant and is structured to maximize membership growth, diversity, and engagement. 
    • Look for ways to create meaningful local and remote participation and promote physician engagement and leadership opportunities.
  • Communication: 
    • Ensure two-way communication that fulfills the needs of our physician members, promotes the Society’s efforts and achievements, and positions the Society as a leadership voice in health care, working on behalf of all physicians and patients. 
    • Enhance engagement through social media, online channels, marketing, collaboration, support, mentoring, and networking. (HP)

Strategic Priorities for 2017-2020

The Massachusetts Medical Society’s strategic priorities for Fiscal Years 2017–2020 are rooted in the long-term objective of quality improvement and the effective control of health care costs, with a focus on sustainable health care delivery, practice viability, and preservation of professionalism. In order to advance the mission of the Society and prepare for the future needs of the physician community and their patients, the three-year strategic priorities are as follows: 

  • Sustainable Health Care Delivery:  Play a leadership role in developing a sustainable model of health care delivery by promoting the integration of public health, behavioral health, and the social determinants of health across physician practices; engage physicians and patients in end-of-life and aging patient care issues; develop resources and tools on marijuana and opioid use, misuse, dependence, and abuse; and promote physician-led care teams in support of improved patient care and outcomes.
  • Practice Viability:  Advocate for practice viability and 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 environment, which, among other things, combats physician burnout.
  • Preservation of Professionalism:  Advocate for health care settings that foster a culture of professionalism to ensure patient-centered, physician-led care teams; promote a sense of community, professional satisfaction, and meaning through physician wellness, education, training, support, mentoring, and networking opportunities. (HP)
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2018 National Doctor’s Day Celebration

The Massachusetts Medical Society invites you and your family to share in the celebration of National Doctor’s Day as we honor our physicians for their dedication and service. Join us on Saturday April 7, 2018 from 12:00 – 3:30pm at the Lyman Estate in Waltham. An open lunch buffet and entertainment will be provided. There is no fee to attend this event.

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Located in the technology corridor surrounding Boston, Massachusetts, the Conference Center at Waltham Woods is a full-service meeting venue with 17,000 square feet of dedicated meeting rooms combined with wonderful food, superior in-room technology, and unsurpassed service.

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