Massachusetts Medical Society: How make policies and influence advocacy

How make policies and influence advocacy



2017 Interim Meeting: Pre-registration closes Monday, November 27 at noon

The 2017 Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates (HOD) will be held Friday, December 1, at MMS Headquarters and Saturday, December 2, at the Westin Hotel, Waltham.

Please pre-register for all Interim Meeting events you plan to attend. Pre-registration closes on Monday, November 27, at noon.

On-site registration opens Friday, December 1, at 6:30 a.m.

Have a voice in MMS policy: Submit your online testimony now

  • Your patient needs medicine, but how can you be sure they will fill the prescription? Would it help if you could dispense the medicine yourself?
  • Are you a specialist whose patients have been charged out-of-network for your care because they were referred by a Direct Primary Care Provider?
  • Have your patients been at risk of an unintended pregnancy because their insurance didn’t cover immediate postpartum contraception insertion?

You can share your thoughts on these and other resolutions that are slated for discussion at the 2017 Interim Meeting. Log on to our easy-to-use site to submit online testimony, which will be presented in writing at the meeting on December 1. Learn more about the value of online testimony in the November issue of Vital Signs.

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Medical entrepreneur? It's not too late to apply for our award — but Sunday will be

Students, residents, and fellows — You have until Sunday, November 26, to submit your entries for the Medical Information Technology Award. Try for the $3,000 investment prize and the MMS endorsement of your idea—which can help you sell it to potential clients.

How to apply The MMS Committee on Recognition Awards wants to hear from you;  information and applications

Know a senior volunteer physician? An outstanding educator? A public health influencer?

Everyone — Three award deadlines are 12 days away. You can help your colleagues and peers get recognized for improving the lives of their patients and strengthening their communities. The nomination for the medical education award must come from or be co-sponored by medical students.

  • Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award (Dec 4)
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education (Dec 4)
  • Award for Excellence in Public Health (Dec 4)

How to nominate a colleague The MMS Committee on Recognition Awards wants to hear from you;  information and applications

Why the MMS awards matter 


“Receiving this award [Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year] was a wonderful experience. I was very grateful to get it. I was impressed and full of disbelief at the number of people who came to the award luncheon. The MetroWest Free Medical Program is completely dependent on volunteers. The program treats more than 1,000 patients a year, people who are really down on their luck as far as medical treatment goes.”

Robert Eisendrath, MD, recipient of the MMS Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award, 2017, with (L–R) James Gessner, MD, Helen Cajigas, MD, and Henry Dorkin, MD.

Awards, accomplishments, promotions? Feature in Member News & Notes

Vital Signs, the monthly print and online newsletter of the MMS, is now listing your professional news — such as joining a new hospital, opening a practice, or a recent promotion — and your other achievements: board appointments, awards, or speaking engagements. We are currently seeking submissions for the February issue of Vital Signs. Please include your full name and title, medical school with graduation year, residency institution, hospital affiliation, recent update, and a high-resolution headshot. Send submissions to by December 5, 2017.

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. 

2017 Annual Oration – Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, and American Football
Friday, December 1, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ethics Forum – CRISPR and the Ethics of Germline Manipulation

Friday, December 1, 2017, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

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

Featured online CME courses – Risk Management credit

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

Find additional risk management online CME activities.

This week in health care

Sign up for daily roundups of health news affecting Massachusetts. 

Dangerous ambulance shortage in Boston

The city's own records show Boston EMS hasn't met its goal of responding to the most critical calls in six minutes or less since 2013. There are also times when Boston has no city ambulances to respond to multiple high priority medical emergencies because they are already tied up on other calls. 

Obamacare or not, birth control in Mass. will stay free

The bill, which the state House and Senate passed overwhelmingly, would require health insurance in Massachusetts to cover most contraceptive drugs, devices, and products without a copay — that is, at no direct cost to the women getting them.

Reliant Medial Group reorganizes as it moves to new sites

Reliant Medical Group is reorganizing the way its employees practice primary care medicine, spurred on by a need to deal with a physician shortage and a race to find new offices around Central Massachusetts.

Southcoast Health lays off 50 on Friday

Cohenno said the operating losses include restructuring costs and higher losses than expected from Southcoast Physicians Group, which runs multiple doctors' offices in Greater Fall River, including at Truesdale Health. He said the layoff will "reduce costs and achieve operational efficiencies.

Vibra to close Springfield hospital; Leicester, New Bedford facilities not affected

Vibra Hospital, a 220-bed long-term acute care center on State Street, has filed notice with the state that it plans to close. The shutdown will occur in March, the hospital said in a press release.

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