MMS officers frequently offer testimony and/or legal perspectives to state and federal officials on issues relevant to Massachusetts physicians and their patients.
Comments to The Health Policy Commission: Registration of Provider Organizations Data Submission Manual
May 15, 2015
MMS comments on the second part of the Health Policy Commission’s Registration for Provider Organization Data Submission Manual.
Testimony in Support of 940 CMR 21.00: ''Sales and Distribution of Cigarettes, Smokeless Tobacco Products, and Electronic Smoking Devices in Massachusetts Regulations'
April 23, 2015
The Massachusetts Medical Society wishes to be recorded in support of the Attorney General’s proposed changes to 940 CMR 21.00- the consumer protection regulations related to the sales and distribution of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, and now electronic smoking devices.
Proposed Health Policy Commission Patient Centered Medical Home Certification Standards
April 10, 2015
The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) supports the provision of high-quality, high-value primary care through patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). The MMS has been committed to helping practices transform to more efficient, coordinated deliveries of care through our Physician Practice Resource...
Comments of the Massachusetts Medical Society to the Massachusetts Opioid Task force
April 1, 2015
Submitted for a task force meeting on April 1, 2015. Outlines MMS recommendations to improve the online prescription monitoring program, physician-to-physician communication, and other issues.
Testimony before the Committee on Public Health Relative to Ebola Preparedness
October 23, 2014
Testimony about the steps that the Medical Society is taking to inform our membership and clinicians around the world about the challenges presented by the Ebola virus.
Testimony In Support of Proposed Changes to EHR-Meaningful Use Regulations
September 26, 2014
MMS President Richard S. Pieters: The regulations will have a positive impact on health care in the Commonwealth.
Testimony In Support of Proposed EHR/Meaningful Use Licensure Requirements
September 25, 2014
Testimony in support of regulations to fulfill the statutory requirement that, as a condition of licensure in Massachusetts, physicians must demonstrate competency in the use of electronic health records.
MMS Testimony Concerning Proposed Amendments to 105 CMR 700.000
July 30, 2014
The Massachusetts Medical Society (“MMS”) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the latest adaptations to the regulations of the Prescription Monitoring Program (“PMP”). The MMS strongly supports effective efforts to limit prescription drug abuse and diversion and to improve collective efforts...
MMS Testimony Regarding the Division's Request for Comment - Risk Bearing Provider Organizations Bulletin and Regulation
June 23, 2014
The MMS is concerned that the reporting and registration burdens associated with the requirements of Chapter 224 will drive further consolidation and employment trends in the Massachusetts health care marketplace or result in physicians ceasing to practice.
Testimony Concerning Emergency Regulations 247 CMR 9.04(8)
June 13, 2014
MMS testimony regarding proposed emergency regulations regarding the dispensing extended release hydrocodone.
Testimony On House 4121 An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence
June 3, 2014
As the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security considers the legislation before you today, relative to firearms and gun control, the MMS would like to bring the following facts and Society policies to the members’ attention.
MMS Statement on Drug Abuse and Opioid Addiction
May 6, 2014
MMS comments on several effective approaches to curbing drug and opioid abuse in Massachusetts.