Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Voices Opposition to American Health Care Act

MMS Voices Opposition to American Health Care Act


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MMS Voices Opposition to American Health Care Act
MMS President James S. Gessner, M.D., took part in a press conference in Boston March 9 to voice opposition to the American Health Care Act, the Republican-led replacement for the Affordable Care Act. The press conference, which was held at the Old South Church, also featured faith leaders; consumer advocates from the disability, substance abuse, and senior care communities; health care workers; and physicians from Boston Children’s Hospital and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

What’s Your View on Data Sharing?
Sharing clinical trial data is a complex issue. Should data be shared broadly? What is the data’s real value? How do we align incentives and rewards? Join your peers and participate in an online conversation among patients, trialists and analysts at a free web event hosted by the New England Journal of Medicine on April 3-4, 2017. Click here to register. 

Your Membership Counts – Renew Today!

The MMS is a proactive advocate representing the voice of physicians and their patients. The Society will propose no less than twenty pieces of state legislation on Beacon Hill this year, and has recently testified before the Board of Registration in Medicine against proposed regulatory changes ranging from expanding the grounds for filing complaints leading to disciplinary action, to more onerous credentialing requirements, and additions to informed consent provisions. Please renew your MMS membership for 2017 and support the Society in its mission to ensure the perspective and expertise of physicians is reflected in regulatory proposals.

Disaster Psychiatry Course Offered
The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, is offering a CME-certified Disaster Psychiatry Training Course on April 8, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at MMS headquarters. Click here to register.

Mindful Practice in Medicine Workshop Planned

A Mindful Practice in Medicine workshop is planned for March 18 and 19 at MMS Headquarters, followed by 4 consecutive Wednesday webinars. The workshop focuses on developing a capacity for self-awareness in stressful and demanding situations and building resilience in community. Click here for information; click here to register.

Benefit Buzz: PQRS Reporting Deadline Extended, Webcast and Special Member Discount
The deadline is extended to March 17, 2017 for submitting your 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures to CMS. Members receive 33% savings using the PQRSwizard to validate, report, and submit data to CMS with 99.5% success rate. Avoid payment adjustments and penalties. Check out the Resource Center to access PQRS-related archived webcasts and educational resources. Click here for more information.  

for the live webcast on Wednesday, March 15th at 3 p.m. ET: Submitting your PQRSwizard Report: A review of the most frequently asked questions of 2016.

Benefit Buzz: Legal Advice with Board of Registration in Medicine Issue

Your medical license is one of your most valuable assets and the Legal Advisory Plan is designed to help safeguard your license in the event of a Board of Registration (BRM) investigation. The LAP, a member only, lost-cost legal service, is designed to provide expert advice from the plan's attorneys to effectively respond to BRM issues. Enrollment for 2017-2018 plan year is available. Click here to learn more. Questions? Email, or call (781) 434-7311.

Women’s Health Forum to Present Awards April 21
At the Women’s Health Forum on April 21, Robert H. Young, M.D., will be presented with the 2016 Women’s Health Research Award; Barbara L. Smith, M.D., will receive the 2016 Women’s Health Award; Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., will receive the 2017 Women’s Health Award, and JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., will receive the 2017 Women’s Health Research Award.

JoAnn Manson, M.D. will deliver the morning keynote address at the MMS Women’s Health Forum, “Hormones: Do They Define us?” Dr. Manson is a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health at Harvard Medical School. Barbara L. Smith, M.D. will deliver the afternoon keynote speech. Dr. Smith is director of the breast program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  

The Women’s Health Forum, sponsored by the MMS Committee on Women in Medicine, features a lecture and panel on transgender health, a session on the effect of hormones on metabolism and weight regulation, and a discussion on the evolution of breast surgery by faculty from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

For registration, visit, or contact Erin Tally at

Education Programs & Events
Live CME Activities

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

Norfolk District Attorney’s Office – Safe Prescribing & Dispensing Conference
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Randolph, MA
Open to subscribers of controlled substances who practice in Norfolk County.

Women’s Health Forum – Hormones: Do They Define Us?

Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

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 

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

Directors of Medical Education Conference – Advancing Collaboration and Compliance
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 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
For additional risk management online CME activities, visit

This Week in Health Care

Philanthropists Donate $25m to Battle Opioid Addiction

John and Eilene Grayken, billionaire South Shore residents, have given $25m to Boston Medical Center to create the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, which serves more low-income patients than any other medical facility in New England.

Massachusetts Health Association CEO to Retire

Lynn Nicholas, CEO of MHA, has served in the hospital advocacy group for a decade, after serving as president and CEO of the American Diabetes Association for three years.

Salem Pediatric Unit to Close

North Shore Medical Center in Salem will close its inpatient pediatric unit, saying there is little demand for overnight care for children.

Partners HealthCare CEO Critical of Health Panel’s Recommendations

Dr. David Torchiana, CEO of Partners HealthCare, said that the plan brought forth by the state-convened health care panel recommending that Massachusetts regulate hospital and insurance contracts would prohibit rate growth, resulting in losses for the system down the road.

St. Elizabeth's Appoints Partners Executive as President

Craig Williams, executive director for global programs at Partners HealthCare International, has been appointed president of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. 

Patient in Right-to-Die Case Defies Odds

Roger Kligler, M.D., defying the odds, has received promising news that his most recent blood tests show the levels of his metastatic prostate cancer have significantly declined, opening up the possibility that he could possibly live for many unexpected years.

Local Study Shows Doctors from Banned Countries Serve Millions

Immigrant doctors from six Muslim-majority countries included in President Trump's revised travel ban play a critical role in caring for Americans, especially in many of the Rust Belt and rural areas that voted heavily for the Republican, according to an analysis by students at Harvard University and MIT.

North Shore Medical to Cut 200 Jobs

North Shore Medical Center will cut about 5 percent of its workforce after suffering a second consecutive year of multi-million operating losses.

State Funds Substance Abuse Clinics for Women
The Baker administration is awarding $1.75 million to create 60 new inpatient substance abuse treatment beds for approximately 240 women a year, to be split among programs in Pittsfield, Salisbury, and Lowell.

St. Anne’s Hospital Expands Children’s Center

Fall River’s St. Anne’s Hospital will expand its Fernandes Children's Center, a program that has seen a major increase in patient numbers, caring for children with complex medical, developmental, and behavioral health issues.

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