The MMS advances its advocacy agenda via the executive and legislative branches of Massachusetts state government through legislation, regulation and policymaking.
Annual Letter from MMS President James Gessner, MD, to Society Members
December 15, 2016
As the year draws to a close and I near the halfway point of my year as president of the Medical Society, I’d like to take a few moments to provide you with my thoughts looking forward.
Mass. Planned Parenthood Welcomes M.D. as New CEO
April 8, 2016
Vital Signs, April 2016 - Jennifer Childs-Roshak, M.D., M.B.A., was named president and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts last fall, becoming the first physician to direct a Planned Parenthood in the United States. The position brings Childs-Roshak full circle in her career: it was...
New Opioid Limits Law Passes
March 28, 2016
Vital Signs, April 2016 - Governor Charlie Baker has signed a law that limits first-time prescriptions of opioids to seven days, requiring verbal screenings of all public school students, and passing a host of other provisions related to education, treatment, and prevention of drug addiction. The...
Beacon Hill Victories: No Indoor Tanning for Minors, New Protections for Diabetic Students
March 28, 2016
Vital Signs, April 2016 - No one under 18 years of age will be allowed to use a tanning facility in Massachusetts, under a new law recently signed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Chapter 31 of the Acts of 2016 is the culmination of 10 years of advocacy to reduce the prevalence of skin...
Clarifying Privacy Law: Opioids, HIPAA, and the PMP
March 28, 2016
Vital Signs, April 2016 - The new opioid legislation signed this month into law includes a new requirement that, as of October 2016, all Massachusetts prescribers must query the prescription monitoring program, or PMP, prior to issuing every Schedule II or III narcotic.
Mass. Opioid Legislation Practice Guide
March 18, 2016
On March 14, 2016, Gov. Baker signed into law "An Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education and Prevention.” This guidance addresses several key changes to prescribing laws. All requirements are effective immediately and should be incorporated into your clinical practice.
Fact Sheet: An Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education and Prevention
March 17, 2016
Summary of state legislation to reduce opioid overdoses.
Massachusetts PMP Overhaul Underway
February 22, 2016
Vital Signs, March 2016 - The prescription monitoring program — long regarded as clunky and unworkable, yet important — is scheduled to receive a long-overdue overhaul over the first half of 2016. The PMP, as it is called, is a web-based database that allows prescribers and pharmacists to look up...
State Standards for PCMHs Continue to Evolve
January 26, 2016
Vital Signs, February 2016 - Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) have emerged over the past several years as an impactful, data-driven innovation in the delivery of primary care. Rooted in team-based care, PCMHs emphasize coordination of care and communication between a care team and the...
MMS Responds to House Legislation on Opioid Abuse and Treatment
December 29, 2015
The legislation strikes a fine balance between the critical need to reduce opioid overdoses with the imperative to effectively and responsibly treat pain.
MMS on Beacon Hill: A Look Ahead to 2016
December 14, 2015
Vital Signs, December 2015/ January 2016 - The MMS is proud to be working with the American Diabetes Association to advance legislation — H.417, “An Act Improving Students’ Access to Life Saving Treatments” — that would allow students to possess and self-administer glucose testing strips and...
Massachusetts Medical Society Opioid Therapy and Physician Communication Guidelines
November 25, 2015
Guidelines for physicians regarding the prescribing of opioid therapy for acute and chronic pain.
MMS Testimony Relative to H. 3817, An Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education, and Prevention
November 16, 2015
Good Morning, my name is Dennis Dimitri; I am the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and a practicing family physician in Worcester. I applaud the Governor, the Legislature and so many others who have demonstrated great leadership in attacking the addiction crisis. This is the number...
Massachusetts Medical Society Testifies on Governor's Opioid Bill
November 16, 2015
Declaring that physicians “remain our patients’ best allies in addressing the consequences of opioid abuse,” the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society today testified before the legislature’s Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse on House Bill 3817, An Act Relative to...
EHR and Scope of Practice Bills Move Forward
October 27, 2015
Vital Signs, November 2015 - MMS President Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D., presented testimony on two important bills before the Health Care Financing Committee in late September. One bill would provide additional time for health care providers to comply with the interoperable electronic health record...
Massachusetts Medical Society Testifies In Opposition to Physician-Assisted Suicide
October 27, 2015
The MMS has long-standing policy in opposition to physician-assisted suicide. According to the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, physician assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.
Statement of Massachusetts Medical Society Regarding Governor Charlie Baker's Filing of Substance Use Legislation
October 15, 2015
The Massachusetts Medical Society recognizes the severity of the opioid abuse problem in Massachusetts and applauds the Governor’s efforts at educating parents and students and improving treatment options for those with substance use disorder.
MMS Gearing Up for a Busy Fall on Beacon Hill
September 28, 2015
Vital Signs, October 2015 - The MMS has been busy weighing in on a multitude of proposed legislation that may impact physicians and their patients. One bill that has already seen two public hearings is “An Act Improving Medical Decision Making, sponsored by Rep. Chris Markey and the late Sen. Tom...
2015-2016 MMS State Legislation
August 20, 2015
A list and brief description of legislation proposed by the MMS that has been submitted to the state legislature for the 2015-2016 session.
Physician Groups Band Together to Address Opioid Crisis
July 31, 2015
Led by the American Medical Association (AMA), with participation from the Massachusetts Medical Society, the nation’s physicians have announced a collaborative effort to address the growing problem of opioid abuse.