Massachusetts Medical Society: Senator Markey to Deliver Keynote; MOA Joins Opposition to Question 4

Senator Markey to Deliver Keynote; MOA Joins Opposition to Question 4


MMS News and Announcements

Senator Markey to Deliver Keynote at MMS Opioid Summit October 31

Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey will deliver the keynote address, Reducing the Demand for Opioids through Effective Treatment, at the MMS Medication Assisted Treatment Summit on October 31. Review the agenda and list of expert faculty. Space is limited, pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Contact the MMS Department of Health Policy & Public Health at 781-434-7373 for more information.

MOA Joins Opposition to Question 4

The Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association (MOA), representing more than 200 orthopedic surgeons in the Commonwealth, is opposed to the ballot question allowing recreational marijuana. MOA, citing several factors, including the risk of addiction, the potential impact on adolescent health, highway safety, and the lack of public health safeguards in the proposed law, becomes the 11th specialty society in the state to declare its opposition to Question 4.

November Vital Signs Available Online

Click here to read the November issue of Vital Signs online. The new issue features a report on MMS lobbying efforts on Beacon Hill, the results of the 2016 Membership Survey, and a story on how resident physicians are taking advantage of flexible scheduling at Boston Children’s and Boston Medical Center’s Combined Residency Program.

MassPAT Tip of the Week – Use of Delegates

Massachusetts laws and regulations allow for prescribers to authorize access to MassPAT to an unlimited number of delegates and to query MassPAT on behalf of the prescriber. New procedures that allow office staff delegates to check a daily roster of patients can be a helpful way to improve efficiency in adapting to the increasing requirements of using MassPAT. Additional information about delegates is available on the DPH’s MassPAT website, including a video tutorial on delegate/resident account management.

Boston Medical Library Sponsors Garland Lecture November 3

H. Gilbert Welch, M.D., professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research, will deliver the 41st Joseph Garland Lecture, titled Less Medicine, More Health, on November 3, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., at the amphitheater in the Armenise Building, Harvard Medical School, 210 Longwood Ave., Boston. Register for the event at

PHS Offers CME Course on Managing Workplace Conflict

Managing Workplace Conflict: Improving Leadership and Personal Effectiveness, a CME course offered by Physician Health Services, will be held on November 3 and 4. Designed for physicians to improve leadership skills and personal effectiveness with work relationships, the course also teaches how to enhance skills for addressing difficulties in the workplace. To register, click here.

MMS Interim Meeting Spotlight: Eleventh Annual Research Poster Symposium

The 2016 Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates will be held Friday, December 2, at MMS Headquarters and Saturday, December 3, at the Westin Hotel, Waltham. Plan to attend the Eleventh Annual Research Poster Symposium on December 2 at 12:30 p.m., where fellows, residents, and medical students display original scientific research and compete for awards. Members are invited to meet participants and judge the posters and abstracts. Awards are presented in basic research, clinical research, clinical vignettes and health policy/medical education. Register for the Poster Symposium and other Interim Meeting events at Hotel room deadline is Friday, November 4.

MMS Awards - Call for Nominations

MMS recognizes its members by presenting numerous awards annually. Let us know if you have a colleague who deserves to be nominated for their outstanding work or service to the community, or if you know a medical student or resident worthy of recognition due to cutting edge innovation. For information, click here.

Student and Resident Information Technology Awards Program Accepting Applications

Each year the MMS Committee on Information Technology presents two $3,000 awards for the creation of information technology solutions for medicine by one student and one member of a hospital house staff or training program. Deadline for submission is Sunday, November 20, 2016. Click here for information.

MMS LGBT Committee Sponsors Fall Mixer

MMS Committee on LGBT Matters is sponsoring a fall mixer at Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston, on November 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dr. Harvey Makadon, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center in Boston, will be presented with the 2016 MMS LGBT Health Award. Register for the event here.

Educational Programs and 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.

Workplace Violence Against Healthcare Workers in the US (Webinar)
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Via Live Webinar.

Managing Workplace Conflict: Improving Leadership & Personal Effectiveness
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. & Friday, November 4, 2016, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Bristol North District Medical Society Fall Meeting: A Physician’s Perspective on Dying
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

PCSS-MAT Half and Half Buprenorphine Waiver Training – Provider’s Clinical Support System For Medication Assisted Treatment
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 1:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

2016 Annual Oration – Zika: Responding to the Challenges of an Emerging Infection
Friday, December 2, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2016 Ethics Forum – Ethical Challenges in Systems of Care
Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

Featured Online CME Activities – Risk Management Credit

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

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This Week in Health Care

Neighborhood Health Plan: No New Members

Neighborhood Health Plan, a subsidiary of Partners HealthCare and the largest Medicaid insurer in Massachusetts, has stopped accepting new Medicaid members, freezing enrollment as part of a "corrective action plan" developed with state health officials.

MGH Explores ‘Green’ Pediatric Hospital

Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime, a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon, launched a campaign to create a consolidated pediatric facility that would expand the definition of a "green" hospital.

Boston Children's to Spend $53 million on Behavioral Health

Boston Children’s Hospital will spend $53 million to study children with behavioral health needs.

CDC: Fewer HPV Vaccinations Needed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement that younger children need two, not three, dosages of a vaccine that protects against cervical and other cancers caused by human papillomaviruses was hailed by pediatrician Jonathan Schwab, M.D. of Northampton Area Pediatrics, and others.

Clergy Urged to Join Fight Against Opioid Addiction

U.S. Rep. William Keating urged South Coast churches, which already sponsor AA meetings, to be places where those struggling with opioid addiction in southeastern Massachusetts can find “a new path…to get help.”

Massachusetts Families Pay More for Health Care

Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based research foundation, reported that Bay State families spent 7.3 percent of their incomes on health insurance last year, up from 5.7 percent in 2010 and 5.2 percent a decade ago.

Cape Cod Partnership Creates Nursing Opportunities

Cape Cod Health Care and Cape Cod Community College formed a partnership aimed at helping more students pursue nursing careers.

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