Massachusetts Medical Society: Research and Studies

Research and Studies

MMS frequently sponsors research on emerging health policy issues affecting the well-being of physicians and patients.

  • MMS Guide to Accountable Care Organizations January 14, 2016

    Detailed guidance on the issues that physicians should consider whether they are currently participating in an accountable care organization, forming or joining an ACO, or entering into an integration agreement with another health care organization.

  • Health Plan Financial Report: Condition and Performance of Major Massachusetts Plans for the Period 2012-15 November 4, 2015

    This analysis is based on a number of measures and financial ratios that are commonly used to assess the performance of health plans, focusing on size, profitability, liquidity, efficiency, and solvency.

  • 2015 MMS Physician Practice Environment Index September 23, 2015

    In 2014, the Massachusetts index rose 1.1 percent and the United States increased 1.2 percent.  In previous years, the environment has been consistently more favorable for physicians in the nation than in Massachusetts. There continues to be an increasing gap between the Massachusetts Index and the...

  • 2014 Membership Satisfaction Survey Report January 8, 2015

    The overall level of satisfaction with MMS membership continues to be very high, with 92% of members surveyed responding that they were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their membership.

  • MMS Analysis Shows a Declining Practice Environment for State’s Physicians September 23, 2014

    The Society's index of the physician practice environment shows a ontinuing, but slight decline in the state’s physician practice environment at the same time as the practice environment for physicians in the rest of the country is slightly improving.

  • Health Plan Financial Report: Condition and Performance of Major Massachusetts Plans For the Period 2011-2013 August 25, 2014

    An analysis of the financial status and condition of the major health plans operating in Massachusetts, for the three year period 2011-2013.

  • Economic Impact of Patient Care Physicians in Massachusetts April 16, 2014

    Results from a recent economic impact study conducted by IMS Health, on behalf of the American Medical Association, demonstrate the significant level of support that physicians generate for the Massachusetts’ economy.

  • 2014 Trending Report February 18, 2014

    This report provides a compilation of telling, trending facts and figures about the health care environment in Massachusetts and the United States, including information about health plans, physicians, health care costs, and payment models.

  • Physician Fact Book February 11, 2014

    The Physician Fact Book compares the physicians in Massachusetts to those in the United States.  The book reviews physician supply, physician demographics, current and past physician shortages, as well as the rate of change in medical school applications in Massachusetts as compared to the United...

  • Physician Survey on Global Payments March 19, 2012

    Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health report on the readiness of physicians in Massachusetts to accept global payments.

  • Resident and Fellow Survey on Emergency Response Programs March 12, 2012

    In order to get a better understanding of residents and fellows interest and involvement in volunteering for emergency response programs, the Society conducted an email survey to residents and fellows.

  • The Shifting Environment of Physician Employment March 1, 2012

    An MMS survey of employed and self-employed physicians, which reveals the key reasons why physicians choose to be employed, rather than self-employed.

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