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Find out which initiatives won funding from the MMS & Alliance Charitable Foundation 
Twenty grants totalling more than $203,000 were awarded to organizations around the state to support a variety of health care initiatives. The funds will go toward treatment for substance abuse; care for homeless, uninsured, and underinsured individuals and families; and programs that address hunger and oral health care. The awards for 2017 bring the total amount of grants to more than $3.7 million since the MMS & Alliance Charitable Foundation was established in 2000. Learn about the grant recipients.

Get updated on concussion best practices at our live CME webinar 
Concussion research and treatment guidelines have evolved rapidly. This live webinar will cover concussions and head injuries, recurrent concussions, and post-concussion syndrome. It will help you identify symptoms and best practices for treating and moving past a concussion or traumatic brain injury. The seminar will be presented by William Meehan, M.D., Director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention and Director of Research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. The webinar will be held May 10, 2017 (noon); information and registration.

Renew your MMS membership: Now, more than ever, it counts 
Please renew today. From Washington D.C. and the preservation of the Affordable Care Act to Beacon Hill and proposed legislation that would streamline medical decision making, the MMS ensures that your perspective and expertise is reflected in legislative and regulatory policy affecting Massachusetts physicians. Your voice and support and vital to our ability to advocate for the concerns of physicians and their patients.

Check out this new lead screening tool for preventing childhood poisoning
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program from the Massachusetts Department of Health has developed a new web-based educational tool. The Lead Screening Community Progress Report provides clinicians with information on resources, screening rates, incidence rates, and the proportion of old housing for every community in Massachusetts. The data are updated annually. Explore the tool.

Residents & fellows completing training in June 2017: Access your free MMS membership

  • The MMS offers free membership for your first year in practice. Maintain benefits like your New England Journal of Medicine subscription whether or not you’re staying in MA. For more information, contact mmsprocessing@mms.org or 800-322-2303 ext. 7495.
  • Supplementing training with a fellowship? Your new program coordinator can submit a 2017–18 roster to provide membership for you and your program colleagues. Watch your email inbox for details. For more information, contact groups@mms.org or 800-322-2303 ext. 7748.

Have PIAM review your insurance protection  
Physicians Insurance Agency of Massachusetts (PIAM), the insurance agency of the Massachusetts Medical Society, is a great resource for quality, cost-effective insurance solutions, especially in the area of medical malpractice. PIAM brings insight and solutions to cases like these:

  • An allergy practice had not covered certain practice owners following an ownership change—a gap in their property and liability insurance that we discovered and corrected before a claim arose.
  • A specialty practice was being rated for interventional procedures—in error. After we intervened, they saved $80,000.
  • Three primary care practices carried professional liability insurance through a hospital self-insured program, but discovered there was no coverage for their corporations. We covered each practice while also saving them an average of 20 percent a year.

While we cannot always promise dramatic savings, we assure you that a careful, knowledgeable review will be performed. If in our opinion, your protection is where it should be, we’ll let you know. If it isn’t, we’ll provide recommendations. PIAM brings a unique understanding of physicians’ insurance issues, comprehensive protection for all the healthcare professionals in your practice, and a choice of insurance companies and products. Connect with an insurance agent at 781-434-7525 or piam@mms.org.

Collaborate with physicians and film-makers on diversity in medicine
Changing the Face of Medicine
, an exploration of diversity, will include the Boston premier of the Oscar-qualified Black Women in Medicine, a short documentary that “packs in enough smarts, context and emotional clarity for a far longer film” (Los Angeles Times). The event includes a presentation by Crystal Emery, the film’s director, and workshops designed by Emery to promote collaboration between physicians of all races and systemic changes supporting diversity in medicine. The event is free, catered, and open to physicians, medical students, aspiring physicians, and the general public. It is being held at Wellesley College on May 6, 2017; information and registration. Here’s that review from the Los Angeles Times: “Inspiring doc ‘Black Women in Medicine’ profiles glass-ceiling-busting physicians.”

Get trained for the Registration of Provider Organization Program 
Select provider organizations are required to file with both the HPC and CHIA in an effort to improve transparency relating to care and track changes in the health care market. The Massachusetts Registration of Provider Organizations (MA-RPO) Program makes this double-registration a one-step process. This year’s training, provided by the HPC, includes financial and APM filings. Sessions will be held at MMS Headquarters, Waltham (May 16, 2017; Commonwealth Room, 10am ); the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, Burlington (May 4, 2017); and Baycare Health Partners, Springfield (May 9, 2017). To register, click on your preferred date. The deadline for filing is July 31, 2017; information.

Build leadership, effectiveness, and conflict management skills
This interactive, experiential two-day program is for residents and physicians in clinical practice, administration, and leadership. Managing Workplace Conflict: Improving Leadership and Personal Effectiveness is designed to help you establish relationships, teams, and work environments in which you and your colleagues can deliver your best care. You will learn to communicate more effectively, apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills with peers and leaders, implement appropriate changes in personal and organizational practices, exhibit appropriate boundaries, and more. The program provides 17 hours of category 1 risk management CME and is co-sponsored by Physician Health Services and the Massachusetts Medical Society. It will be held on June 8-9, 2017 at MMS Headquarters, Waltham: information and registration.

Breaking News from Annual Meeting 2017

MMS President cites advocacy and dedication of membership in the Society's success
In his report to the House of Delegates at the MMS 2017 Annual Meeting, outgoing President James S. Gessner, M.D. cited the dedication of members and the importance of advocacy as the primary reasons for the Society’s progress on key issues, including the opioid epidemic, marijuana legalization, gun violence, end of life care, the Affordable Care Act, and physician wellness. Read the President’s Report. For more Annual Meeting news, see our Vital Signs This Week special edition, Monday, May 1.

Henry L. Dorkin, M.D. becomes 2017–2018 MMS President
Members of the House of Delegates elected new leadership for the upcoming year at the Annual Meeting this week, with Henry L. Dorkin, M.D., succeeding James S. Gessner, M.D. as President. Alain M. Chaoui, M.D. was elected President-Elect, and Marianne C. Bombaugh, M.D., was voted Vice President. Read about the full slate of officers. For more Annual Meeting news, see our Vital Signs This Week special edition, Monday, May 1.

The Annual Education Program targets opioid epidemic
Four leading experts in addiction medicine and research presented today in The Winding Road of Addition: Hope on the Horizon at the MMS Annual Meeting. Marcus Heilig, M.D., Ph.D., focused on the brain science of addiction; Gabor Mate, M.D., looked beyond the disease model to the role of trauma and stress in addiction; Thomas McLellan, Ph.D., explored evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment; and Mishka Terplan, M.D., examined how stigma and discrimination undermine substance abuse treatment in pregnancy. Check upcoming editions of  Vital Signs This Week for updates on when those lectures will become available online.

Educational Programs and Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at MMS headquarters, 860 Winter St., Waltham, MA. View our full calendar of upcoming live CME activities.

Engaging Physicians and Care Teams to Prevent Diabetes via Live Webinar
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.   

Discussions on Concussions: Clinical Headlines Via Live Webinar
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. 

Directors of Medical Education Conference – Advancing Collaboration and Compliance
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 

15th Annual Symposium on Men’s Health – The Many Facets of Men’s Health: Clinical Conversations Impacting Your Patients
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The above activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™   

Check out our additional online CME activities.

This Week in Health Care

Brigham and Women’s offers buyouts to 1,600 workers
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of Boston’s largest employers, is offering voluntary buyouts to 1,600 staff to rein in costs, a sign of financial stress in one of the region’s bedrock business sectors. The buyouts are a consequence of pressure on reimbursements while costs continue to rise, according to hospital executives.

Partners, Brigham and Women’s to pay $10m in research fraud case
Partners HealthCare System and one of its hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations that a stem cell research lab fraudulently obtained federal grant funding, said the US attorney’s office in Boston.

Reliant set to vote on acquisition May 9
Reliant Medical Group's board of trustees will likely decide whether or not the physician network will partner with a Minnesota company when it meets May 9, a spokeswoman confirmed. 

Seven Central Mass. hospitals beat state in readmissions rates
Seven of the 11 hospitals in Central Massachusetts had four-year readmissions rates lower than the state average, according to new data released Wednesday from the state Center for Health Information and Analysis.

State plans to shut child psychiatric unit at Westwood Lodge
During a surprise inspection, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health found “a number of significant issues.” It closed the unit to new admissions and notified the hospital that it plans to suspend the unit’s license.

More workers dying on the job in MA
70 Massachusetts workers died last year, marking a 10-year high in the rate of workplace-related fatalities, according to a report by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. Sixty-two of those workers were killed on the job, many in construction; the rest were firefighters who died from occupational illnesses, such as lung cancer and heart disease.

Feds give Massachusetts early $12 million to fight opioid abuse
Massachusetts has received an $11.7 million federal grant to fight opioid addiction as the state continues to wrestle with the overdose epidemic. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will support treatment and recovery programs, including initiatives to help pregnant women, inmates scheduled to be released, and overdose prevention.

Bid to impose MassHealth controls fails in House
House Democrats rejected a proposal designed to limit cost growth in MassHealth and place the state's largest program under the oversight of a control board. The Republican plan would also have required contributions from MassHealth participants. 

Partners turns to Indian firm to develop medical record software
Partners HealthCare has plans to develop an add-on to its electronic medical record system, partnering with India-based Persistent Systems to develop software that will help its doctors. The software will draw data from the electronic medical record, allowing physicians to search for similar patients to see how they were effectively treated.

Weed bill expected by July, while stakeholders thrash out tax policy
A Beacon Hill committee tasked with coming up with a plan to implement legal pot use in Massachusetts is hoping to have a finished bill by July 1. Arguments over the marijuana tax are continuing. Two Hampden County sheriffs urged lawmakers to raise the tax and use it to fund substance abuse treatment, while a key state senator argued for a low initial tax as a deterrent to black market activity

‘In science we trust’: Rainy Boston rally draws thousands
Organizers and attendees at Boston’s March for Science celebrated the role of scientific inquiry in American life. Many touted signs that listed advances the world would lack without it; antibiotics, the eradication of polio and smallpox, dentistry, and beer among them. Leaders of Boston’s medical powerhouses publicly endorsed the demonstration.

MGH aims to help trafficking victims by spotting signs
Victims of human trafficking often move through the medical system with broken bones, infections, and neglected ailments, treated by doctors who are blind to the horrors behind these recurrent health troubles. But physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital are trying to change that

MA ranked 2nd best state for children’s healthcare
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Kids’ health and access to healthcare, 2) kids’ nutrition, physical activity and obesity and 3) kids’ oral health. Vermont came out top, followed by Massachusetts.

  

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