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MMS Physicians Show Up Strong in Boston’s 2017 Healthcare Innovators
Sixteen MMS physicians are among the 2017 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators being honored for improving our healthcare system. The physicians’ featured projects include a digital intervention designed to minimize the disruption of EHR in provider-patient settings; artificial intelligence enabling real-time analysis of surgical procedures; an organization that has trained 8,300 health care professionals in five countries; imaging technologies facilitating virtual consults in radiology; and many more. MedTech Boston and Pulse@MassChallenge are hosting an awards night and happy hour May 16, 2017; information and RSVP.

Physicians are Teaming Up to Strategize on Vaccinations this Tuesday
Get up-to-date on your vaccination information, collaborate with colleagues, and learn strategies for expanding adult immunization coverage in your practice or community. Tuesday’s conference, Building Networks to Vaccinate the Village, features keynote speaker David Kim, MD, Captain in the US Public Health Service, who will provide a national immunization update. The workshops and presentations are designed to promote collaboration and systematization within your practice, with other health care providers, and with nontraditional community partners to improve the patient experience and vaccination rates. The 22nd Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference will be held in Marlborough, April 25, 2017; information and registration.

Physicians and Film-Makers Collaborate to Change the Face of Medicine
Join fellow physicians, aspiring physicians, and the broader community for an inspiring exploration of diversity in medicine. Changing the Face of Medicine 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.

Physicians and Administrators are Building Skills for Establishing Low-Conflict Workplaces
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.

Sharing Clinical Trial Data: NEJM Web Event Recording Available Free
The Aligning Incentives for Sharing Clinical Trial Data web event successfully brought together clinical trialists, data analysts, and the patient community from around the world to engage in an open conversation about clinical trial data sharing. All sessions, hosted by the NEJM on April 3-4, 2017, are now available for free, on-demand viewing.

Volunteer as a Facilitator with Medical Students
The Boston University School of Medicine Integrated Problems (IP) course depends on volunteer physicians to facilitate small group problem-based learning sessions for second-year medical students. Share your valuable medical experience and expertise in developing the students’ clinical reasoning skills. The course runs September to November, 2017. Join us for lunch to learn more on June 15, 2017; information and registration.

95% of You Plan to Renew Your MMS Membership: It’s Time
Ninety-five percent of MMS members plan to renew their membership, according to our 2016 survey. It’s hard to imagine a more on-point performance score than that. If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s why our members say it matters: MMS gives you a voice. We’re embedded in state and federal advocacy around issues key to your livelihood and career satisfaction, like the future of the Affordable Care Act and what’s going on with medical decision making. And we’re adept at helping you find your career vision and giving you ways to make it happen. That’s why Massachusetts physicians say they’re committed to MMS: because MMS is committed to them. Membership invoices go out April 14. You can join or renew today, right here.

MMS Annual Meeting 2017: Pre-Registration Closes Monday
The countdown is on for the MMS 2017 Annual Meeting! This year's Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place, April 27-29, 2017 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston. Online pre-registration is available until Monday, April 24 (noon). 
Onsite registration opens Thursday, April 27 at 6:45 a.m. at the World Trade Center. PLEASE NOTE: Members who do not pre-register by Monday, April 24 for the Presidential Inauguration and Awards Dinner must register onsite for this event no later than Thursday, April 27 at Noon to allow time for meal planning and assigned seating for this event. 

Training on 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.

MMS Annual Meeting 2017: Additional Free CME Opportunity
We are pleased to announce an additional CME option for Friday, April 28 of the MMS Annual Meeting, rounding out a full day of Annual Meeting CME opportunities. During many emergencies, bystanders are the first on the scene, before the arrival of EMS responders. In this 45-minute session, attendees will learn hemorrhage control techniques to increase victims’ chances of survival. The Bleeding Control for the Injured/Stop the Bleed Training puts knowledge gained by first responders and the military, into the hands of the public to help save lives. Check out the full description and learning objectives. Space is limited; we recommend that you register early.

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

Ethics Forum
Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
MMS Annual Meeting, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston, MA 
   

Annual Education Program – The Winding Road of Addiction: Hope on the Horizon
Friday, April 28, 2017, 8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
MMS Annual Meeting, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston, MA or Via Live Webinar 
   

Shattuck Lecture and Luncheon – Personalize Medicine or Precision Medicine
Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
MMS Annual Meeting, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston, MA 
 

Bleeding Control for the Injured/Stop the Bleed Training
Friday, April 28, 2017, Session 1: 2:30 p.m.–3:15p.m. OR Session 2: 3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
MMS Annual Meeting, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston, MA 
   

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™ 

Featured Online CME Activities – Risk Management Credit

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

Check out our additional online CME activities .

This Week in Health Care

State’s health shopping website to debut this fall
A user-friendly website that includes the average prices of common health care procedures, safety and quality measures for individual hospitals, and basic information about obtaining insurance and getting care, is set to go live by September. The website is being developed by the Center for Health Information and Analysis, and is designed to encourage consumers to shop around for health care as for other goods and services. 

Baker Joining White House Task Force on Opioids
Governor Charlie Baker is joining a White House task force on opioids. Gov. Baker has a reputation for action on the opioid epidemic. His initiatives may have reduced the availability of opioid prescriptions, but they have not stopped the steady rise in overdose deaths in Massachusetts.. 

Science Supporters To Rally in New England
Science supporters in New England are hosting rallies on April 22, in collaboration with a national science march in Washington D.C., an effort to promote science and oppose funding cuts. Pediatrician John Snyder, who is organizing a march in Amherst, Massachusetts, said evidence-based policy can be a hard sell across the political spectrum, citing anti-vaccine rhetoric from the left and climate change denial on the right. 

Task Force to Review How MA Hospitals Put Money to Use in Community
A new health care task force convened by Attorney General Maura Healey is seeking to update the state’s guidelines for community benefits provided by nonprofit hospitals, with several members calling for a focus on maximizing resources for a broader impact on overall health.

More Consumers Sign Up for Insurance Through Connector
Outreach by the Massachusetts Health Connector to the Latino community and other target populations contributed to 63,000 people newly signing up for private health insurance coverage in 2017, a nearly 30 percent increase over last year.

MMS Backs School Initiative to Prevent Epi-Pen Waste
Millions of dollars are wasted on unused Epi-Pens because of requirements that parents of children with known allergies provide the potentially life-saving devices—which typically go unused and have a one-year shelf-life. Shewsbury school district is opting to keep its own stock of Epi-Pens, relieving families of the financial burden and reducing waste. The Massachusetts Medical Society passed a resolution encouraging school districts statewide to follow suit.

Reliant Medical to be Acquired, say Sources
Reliant Medical Group, the largest independent physician practice in Central Massachusetts, may soon be acquired by a much larger organization. Reliant has 2,500 employees and $677.5 million in annual revenue. 

Massachusetts Health Care Organizations Reach into Rhode Island Partners HealthCare has agreed to acquire one of Rhode Island’s largest hospital operators, the most aggressive move yet by the Boston-based company to extend its reach beyond Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Tufts Health Plan, based in Watertown, has won a five-year contract to manage care for Rhode Island residents on Medicaid.

52 percent of Massachusetts hospitals score As for safety
Five hospitals in Central Massachusetts were among Bay State hospitals that received As for safety in the Leapfrog Group’s semi-annual ranking, based on their performance in five areas of care. Harrington HealthCare, Saint Vincent Hospital, Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Milford Regional Medical Center and Marlborough Hospital. Overall, Massachusetts hospitals ranked eighth nationally for the number of hospitals earning "A" scores.

DPH Says UMass Memorial Psych Beds are Necessary
The state public health agency said 13 psychiatric beds UMass Memorial Health Care hoped to discontinue this summer are necessary, and if the health care network wants to close them, it has to prove that access won't suffer. The move to eliminate psychiatric beds runs counter to many hospitals in the region, which are adding beds to address long ER waits and the state’s growing opioid epidemic.  

Every Year’s a Bad Tick Year, Experts Say
The Cape’s mild winter has hikers, gardeners and parents worried that the lack of a prolonged deep freeze will unleash a springtime explosion of the deer ticks that causes Lyme and other diseases. But some entomologists said mild winters are not a major factor in the tick threat.  

Lawrence General Opens Major Surgical Center
Lawrence General Hospital has opened its Santagati Center for surgery, a $56 million investment that boasts the most modern surgical technology in the state north of Boston.

The award goes to… a Boston Trauma Surgeon
Dr. Adil Haider, a trauma surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Past recipients include former Vice President Joe Biden and civil rights activist Rosa Parks. The medal, awarded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, is one of the nation’s most prestigious awards honoring the work of immigrants and their children, and people who work for the inclusion of marginalized communities.  

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