MMS Statement on the Filing of Payment Reform Legislation

Waltham, Mass. -- February 17, 2011 -- Statement of Alice A. Tolbert Coombs, MD, MMS President, on the filing of payment reform legislation today by Governor Deval Patrick:

"We're very encouraged that the Governor's legislation recognizes the critical importance of addressing defensive medicine in payment reform.  We are confident that the provisions in the bill will reduce the costly practice of defensive medicine, promote safety and quality, and compensate injured patients promptly and fairly.

"We also want to acknowledge and thank the Governor, Secretary Bigby, and other members of his administration for the inclusive process leading up to today's filing. He has encouraged all of key stakeholders in health care to continue to work together on this issue, and we pledge our commitment to continue to be part of this important dialogue."


The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 23,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. For more information, visit www.massmed.org, www.nejm.org, or www.jwatch.org.

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