MMS officers frequently offer testimony and/or legal perspectives to state and federal officials on issues relevant to Massachusetts physicians and their patients.
MMS Testimony Relative to House 4188, An Act Relative to State Oversight of Professional Licensing Boards
May 12, 2016
The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment relative to and to express concern about House bill 4188, “An Act Relative to State Oversight of Professional Licensing Boards.” The Medical Society supports the intent of the bill, as indicated on the...
MMS Testimony Relative to S. 1048, An Act to Promote Transparency and Cost Control of Pharmaceutical Drug Prices
April 11, 2016
The Massachusetts Medical Society has prioritized finding solutions to the rising costs of pharmaceutical drugs. Far too often, high prices impede on the ability for patients to access the best treatments. The Society is actively working on this issue at the federal level, and has recently met with...
MMS Testimony in Opposition to House 4062, An Act Relative to Benzopiazapines and Non-Benzodiazepine Hypnotics
April 4, 2016
The Medical Society strongly supports the careful prescribing of benzodiazepines given concerns over addiction, over polypharmacy abuse with opioids, and given the clinical acuity of the detoxification process from benzodiazepines. Many of the continuing medical education courses that we provide...
MMS Testimony in Support of Senate 1114, An Act to Eliminate Health Disparities in the Commonwealth
March 22, 2016
The Massachusetts Medical Society wishes to be recorded in support of S.1114, legislation that would establish an Office of Health Equity in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to provide both coordination of – and accountability for – all state efforts to reduce health disparities...
MMS Testimony Relative to Single Payor Legislation
March 22, 2016
In the Health Care Financing Committee’s consideration of the above referenced legislation, the MMS wishes to share the following policies from our House of Delegates. We hope these adopted policies will help inform legislators of the views of physicians on a broad range of relevant approaches and...
MMS Testimony In Support of H 1903 an Act Promoting Substance Abuse Prevention through Positive Social Norms Marketing
March 21, 2016
The Massachusetts Medical Society wishes to be recorded in strong support of House 1903 and commends Representative Cantwell for taking the lead in recognizing the importance of reaching out to young people to help them make good decisions about their futures. Social norms marketing is based on the...
MMS Testimony in Opposition to H.3931, The Massachusetts Fair Health Care Pricing Act
March 8, 2016
The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) would like to be recorded in opposition to H.3931. This initiative petition would prohibit health insurers from reimbursing acute care hospitals for a provided service at a relative price that is more than 20% above the average relative price for that...
MMS Testimony in Opposition to House 3932, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act
March 7, 2016
The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) wishes to be recorded in opposition to House 3932, legislation tied to the initiative petition to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Medical Society reaffirmed in December its policy to oppose legalization of recreational marijuana, as being...
MMS Testimony Regarding Bicycle Safety
January 6, 2016
These bills seek to increase protections for bicyclists in various ways, from stiffer fines for cars and trucks presenting a risk to cyclists to strengthening requirements for protective equipment and clothing, a provision supported by the MMS. MMS has policy adopted by its House of Delegates on...
MMS Testimony in Support of House 906 and Senate 486, An Act Relative to Insurance Companies and Quality Measures
December 8, 2015
The Massachusetts Medical Society wishes to be recorded in strong support for House 906 and Senate 486. Rising health care costs and further attention to the quality of health care delivered in the Commonwealth have driven payers, employers, and providers to seek out new ways to measure costs and...
MMS Testimony in Support of H 919, An Act to Prevent Inappropriate Denials for Medically Necessary Services
December 8, 2015
The Mass Medical Society wishes to be recorded in support of H.919, legislation to prevent inappropriate denials for medically necessary services, filed by Representative David Nangle. This legislation codifies fairness and support for good clinical practice by requiring insurers to pay for...
MMS Testimony in Support of House 925, An Act to Limit Retroactive Denials of Health Insurance Claims
December 8, 2015
House Bill 925 would bar all health insurers – including Medicaid – from recovering payments made to providers more than 12 months after the payment of the claim. The insurer would also have to give at least 15 days advance written notice of the intent to recover, giving the provider an...