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Do you treat male patients? In half a day, get set up for their future

How does men’s age or marijuana use affect their reproductive potential? Does steroid use affect cardiac health long-term? What’s the best way to broach the topic of gun safety? The 2017 Men’s Health Symposium will set you up to answer your patients’ questions and confidently discuss sensitive topics. At The Many Facets of Men’s Health: Clinical Conversations Impacting Your Patients, our speakers will update you on research advances and legislative policy shifts affecting four key health issues: male fertility, marijuana use, gun violence and safety, and nutrition and physical conditioning. Check out the full agenda and our speakers’ bios. The symposium takes place at MMS Headquarters, Waltham, on June 15, 2017; registration and CME designation. Watch Theodore Macnow, MD, pediatric emergency medicine physician, outline what this symposium can do for you (video).

Find out how to address your patients’ social needs—and help Health Leads help you do it better

This upcoming event combines a workshop and a focus group. Do you worry about the social factors affecting your patients' health? Do you or your staff feel overwhelmed with patient concerns related to food insecurity, transportation, housing, and prescription assistance? Providers know that much of health is driven by life outside medical care. We also know that unmet social needs contribute to high health care costs and high utilization rates. At this Physician Practices Workshop and Focus Group, experts from Health Leads, a nonprofit organization developing interventions that link patients to community-based resources, will cover how to screen patients for social needs, integrate those needs into your existing clinical workflow, enable practice staff to provide resource support, and create an inventory of resources. They will ask for your input on relevant content and tools. The event will be held at 6:00-8:00 p.m., June 28, 2017, at the MMS headquarters in Waltham. All participants will receive dinner and a $100 gift card, as well as resources including a social needs screening toolkit. Please contact Rich Porcelli at rporcelli@healthleadsusa.org for more information and to secure your spot.

Integrate behavioral health and primary care with the Health Policy Commission: PCMH PRIME webinar

Get introduced to the PCMH PRIME certification program in this upcoming webinar. PCMH PRIME was developed by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) in collaboration with NCQA. PCMH PRIME identifies criteria that are key to integrating behavioral health care into primary care, and certifies NCQA PCMH-recognized practices that meet a majority of these criteria. In this webinar, NCQA faculty will review the program criteria, documentation requirements, and certification process for practices applying for PCMH PRIME Certification before September 30, 2017 (more information on key dates). This webinar is open to health care professionals, decision makers, and consultants in Massachusetts. It will be held June 20, 2017, 9:00-10:30 a.m.; registration. Registration entitles registrants to one computer and one telephone connection. (Future webinars will address the program standards and application process for practices applying to PCMH PRIME after September 30, 2017; more information.)

Honors, accolades, appointments, publications? Share your news in Vital Signs

Vital Signs, the monthly print and online newsletter of the MMS, has two new columns—and we need you to fill them. Members on the Move lists your professional news, such as joining a new hospital, opening a practice, or a recent promotion. Honors and Accolades is where we share your achievements: board appointments, speaking engagements, community outreach, or published works. We are currently seeking submissions for the September 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 vitalsigns@mms.org by July 10, 2017 (for the September issue).

Physician Focus from MMS: A layperson's guide to concussion and traumatic brain injury

What's going on in a concussion? How could it affect us? What should we do about it? In recent years, physicians and scientists have learned a lot about concussion, and our approaches to treatment have changed. The latest 30-minute episode of Physician Focus, a public information campaign, outlines what we all need to know to take care of ourselves or others after a brain-related trauma. The episode features a pediatric emergency physician, a brain injury survivior, and a patient advocate, and is hosted by Bruce Karlin, M.D. Physician Focus is produced by the MMS in partnership with Hopkinton's community access TV station. Please share this resource with your patients. If you are interested in hosting or being featured on a future episode relating to your specialist topic, email physicianfocus@mms.org.

Physician’s Insurance Agency of Massachusetts gets a new president

Thomas Bryant, ARM, will become President of the Physicians Insurance Agency of Massachusetts (PIAM) on June 3, 2017. Tom has served as PIAM’s Director of Business Development for the last six years. He has been in the insurance industry for almost 15 years, after transitioning out of a law enforcement career. He is a Licensed Property and Casualty Producer in all New England states, and has an in-depth knowledge of PIAM’s operations and lines of business. Tom will succeed Kathy Finnerty-Schroth, who is retiring after 20 years with the organization. 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. Connect with a PIAM agent at 781-434-7525 or at piam@mms.org.


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Share your expertise with medical students—but first, join us for lunch

The Boston University School of Medicine Integrated Problems (IP) course depends on volunteer physicians to facilitate the small group problem-based learning sessions for second-year medical students. Your medical experience and expertise will be invaluable in developing the students’ clinical reasoning skills. The course runs between September and November, 2017. Join us for lunch to learn more on June 15, 2017; information and registration. If you can only call-in for the presentation, email ckoh@mms.org.

Last call! Become a more effective leader and conflict manager

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.

MMS membership benefits

Graduating medical students: Continue your free MMS membership

  • If you are staying in Massachusetts, talk with your residents-fellows residency program director about free MMS membership. Alternatively, ask your program coordinator to submit a 2017 program roster to activate the MMS benefits for you and your colleagues.

  • Beginning your training out of state? Maintain your membership through December 2018 at no cost. Watch your email inbox for more information.

  • Questions? Email groups@massmed.org or call (800) 322-2303, ext.7748.

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.


Educational programs and event

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

Managing Workplace Conflict: Improving Leadership & Personal Effectiveness
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., June 9, 2017, 8:00 a.m-12:45 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. 

Medical Care of Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities – Live Webinar

Friday, June 16, 2017, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. 

Norfolk County Safe Prescribing and Dispensing Conferences
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

Featured Online CME Activities – Risk Management Credit 

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

See our full listing of risk management online CME activities.


This week in health care

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Boston hospitals working to save NIH funding in Trump era
Mayor Martin Walsh convened a roundtable discussion on Thursday at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing together executives from every top hospital in Boston and a number of Massachusetts senators and representatives to discuss ways to prevent a potential 18 percent cut to National Institutes of Health funding. 

What does Aetna want from HQ relocation?
Aetna’s statement says its goal for its headquarters relocation is “broadening our access to innovation and the talent that will fill knowledge economy-type positions.” And to do that, it's going after incentives. 

Berkshire Medical Center nurses reject ‘best and final’ contract offer
Of the 495 Massachusetts Nurses Association members eligible to vote on the contract offer, 405 (82 percent) voted against it, according to a union spokesman. 

Boncore Amendment targets opioids crisis
State Senator Joe Boncore said his amendment to the Senate budget would direct DPH to partner with law enforcement and medical professionals to study the safety and health impacts of supervised injection facilities, in line with MMS recommendations. 

Regulating pot In Massachusetts: Whose job is it anyway?
Since the referendum passed, lawmakers on Beacon Hill are working through the kinks of regulating the business of selling and taxing the marijuana industry. Some argue they are dragging their feet on the issue by delaying its implementation.  

Westborough’s eClinicalWorks to pay $155M settlement to feds
The U.S. Department of Justice claimed that the company — one of the nation's largest vendors of electronic health records software — had falsely obtained certification that its technology met federal guidelines, allegedly faking the abilities of its system just to comply with testing requirements.  

Tufts nurses move closer to strike
A nurses' strike and subsequent four-day lockout is looking imminent at Tufts Medical Center, after the nurses and hospital administrators failed to reach an agreement during the final scheduled negotiating session. 

The addict brokers: Middlemen profit from desperate patients
Patient brokers can earn tens of thousands of dollars a year by wooing vulnerable addicts for treatment centers that often provide few services and sometimes are run by disreputable operators with no training or expertise in drug treatment, according to Florida law enforcement officials and two individuals who worked as brokers in Massachusetts. 

Are young adults safer under Trumpcare? Don’t count on it, says Boston Children’s study
The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would keep the popular provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26. But a study by Boston Children's Hospital finds that other changes proposed would reduce the number of people in that age group who get health insurance regardless. 

How a merger saved Athol Hospital and made Heywood stronger
At the time of the merger, Athol had four days of cash on hand and one inpatient bed filled. Since then, Athol has swung to profitability, with an operating margin holding at about 3 percent and volume has increased every year, with an average daily census of 13.

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