Massachusetts Medical Society: Mass. Medical Society announces new policies focused on public health matters

Mass. Medical Society announces new policies focused on public health matters

Waltham – Policies focusing on health care access for immigrants, education on most current evidence regarding care for individuals born intersex, training for mass-casualty situations and educating clinicians on managing patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are among those newly adopted by the physician-members of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Physicians from across the state at 2018 Interim Meeting, held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, considered resolutions proposed by members to the organization’s House of Delegates, the medical society’s governing body. Resolutions that were accepted by the House of Delegates are now organizational policy. 

The adopted policies include:

Immigration:

The Massachusetts Medical Society will advocate for safe access to health care for immigrants and refugees in the Commonwealth regardless of immigration status, advocate for and support legislative efforts to designate healthcare facilities as sensitive locations by law.  MMS will work with appropriate stakeholders to educate medical providers on the rights of undocumented patients while receiving medical care, and the designation of health care facilities as sensitive locations where US immigration enforcement actions should not occur. The medical society will encourage health care facilities to clearly demonstrate and promote their status as sensitive locations, and oppose the presence of immigration enforcement agents at health care facilities.

LGBTQ matters:

The medical society will promote the education of providers, parents, patients, and multidisciplinary teams based on the most current evidence concerning the care for individuals born with differences in sex development/intersex.

Stop the Bleed/Emergency Preparedness:

The MMS will implement a three-year bleeding control “train the trainer” demonstration project to provide hands-on regional instruction for physicians and allied health professionals in bleeding control, wound packing, and tourniquet application in order to increase the number of individuals trained in bleeding control in the Commonwealth.

Alzheimer’s Disease:

The Massachusetts Medical Society will develop an online educational activity for physicians and other health care professionals on the diagnosis and management of patients with cognitive impairments, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and which addresses the role of caregivers including the burden of round-the-clock care, caregiver burnout, and the potential for abuse.

The Interim Meeting also included an ethics forum, “Health Care as a Basic Human Right,” and a continuing medical education component featuring an oration by Dr. Denise Faustman, who has led groundbreaking research of Type 1 diabetes.

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