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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 20 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. 

MACMRI Holds 5th Annual Forum April 13
The Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury (MACRMI) is holding its 5th Annual Forum at MMS headquarters on April 13. The first session, which begins at 11 a.m., will explore basic principles of CARe and its history. The general session, which begins at 1 p.m., will include discussion of the MACRMI pilot study. The free program is designated for CME and nursing credit. Click here to register.

Benefit Buzz: Legal Advice with Board of Registration in Medicine Issues
Safeguard your medical license. Physicians receiving notification from the Board of Registration in Medicine (BRM) of a complaint or investigation can find the experience time-consuming and costly. The Legal Advisory Plan (LAP), a member-only, low-cost legal service, is designed to effectively respond to Board issues. Enrollment for 2017 - 2018 plan year is available. Click here to learn more. Questions? Email lap@mms.org, or call (781) 434-7311.

Adult Immunization Conference April 25
Make plans to attend the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference. Early bird registration ends on April 11 for the April 25 conference. For more information, click here.

Massachusetts Healthcare Decisions Month
April marks Massachusetts Healthcare Decisions Month, an expansion of National Healthcare Decisions Day, which falls on April 16. This month-long initiative aims to engage physicians and patients in end-of-life conversations. Everyone is encouraged to continue those conversations with their loved ones and appoint a health care proxy. The MMS has joined the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, which is promoting Healthcare Decisions Month. The Coalition’s campaign, Write Your Script, emphasizes healthcare at all life stages that honors the wishes of each individual.

MMS Annual Meeting 2017:
Online Opportunities for Annual Meeting Participation

We invite all members to take advantage of the online opportunities we have for the Annual Meeting!

> Testify! Unable to attend in person, but feel passionate about a resolution or report? Any MMS member may view the online Delegates’ Handbook and post testimony
> Engage! Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MMSAnnual.
> Learn! Want to participate in the Annual Education Program from the comfort of your home or office? Register now for the Annual Education Program webinar The Winding Road of Addiction: Hope on the Horizon and experience the same high-quality learning experience in a convenient format.

If you do plan to attend the meeting in-person, please take the time to pre-register. Register online at www.massmed.org/annual2017/register.

Information Available on Oral Health
Members of the Committee on Oral Health underscore the importance of oral health in general health. The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health has developed posters outlinging the facts of gum disease and other related topics. Please consider downloading these posters and sharing with colleagues. 

Educational Trip to Cuba Planned  
The Connecticut State Medical Society has extended an invitation to MMS members to participate in an educational experience in Cuba, May 20 – 24, 2017. Deadline for reservations is May 1, 2017 For more information, click here.

Risk Management Course on Addiction Medicine  
A risk management course, “Addiction Medicine for All Providers: Pearls for Practice in a Time for Advocacy,” is scheduled for May 19-20. For registration information click here.

Senior Physician Luncheon: Experiencing Retirement - Before, During and After  
The Committee on Senior Physicians invites MMS members who are retired or considering retirement to discuss various aspects of retirement. A panel of MMS member physicians will be sharing their experiences. The free luncheon will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at the MMS headquarters, Waltham. Significant others are welcome. Learn more and register for the event here.

Symposium on Arts, Humanism, and Caregiving  
A symposium about caregivers and caregiving will take place on April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at WamsWorks in Worcester, Included are presentations on the use of literature, music, and art in providing care for our patients, our family members, and ourselves. This program has been approved for 5.5 Category 1 CME credits. $30 registration includes lunch; students and residents are free.

Leading Experts to Speak
at Women’s Health Forum April 21

Are you up-to-date on how certain hormonal changes can worsen – or improve – a woman’s well-being?
At the Women’s Health Forum on April 21, leading experts will explore how hormones can affect the women you treat from puberty to pregnancy and through postmenopause. It will also feature 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).
JoAnn Manson, M.D. will deliver the morning keynote address. 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 is provided by the Massachusetts Medical Society and its Committee on Women in Medicine in collaboration with the Brigham and Women's Hospital Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology. It will be held at MMS headquarters in Waltham.
For registration, visit www.massmed.org/whf2017, or contact Erin Tally at etally@mms.org.


Educational Programs and Events

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

Women’s Health Forum – Hormones: Do They Define Us?
Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Ethics Forum
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 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 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    

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.  

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.

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™    

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The Many Facets of Men’s Health: Clinical Conversations Impacting Your Patients
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Featured Online CME Activities – Risk Management Credit

Helping Patients with COPD Breathe Easier 

The above activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
For additional risk management online CME activities, visit www.massmed.org/cme.  


This Week in Health Care

NE Baptist to join merger of Beth Israel and Lahey
New England Baptist Hospital agreed to join the two health systems as they plan a combination to challenge Partners HealthCare, the state's largest health network. Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge also may take part in the deal.

Mass. Lawmakers Seek to Raise Tobacco Legal Age to 21
Massachusetts lawmakers want to harmonize the legal age for three drugs: alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco. And it would level the playing field because more than 140 towns and cities, including Boston and Worcester, have already raised the tobacco sales age to 21.    

Teen Birth Rate Hits New Low
The teen birth rate in Massachusetts
declined to its lowest recorded level — 9.4 births per every 1,000 women ages 15 through 19, according to DPH. In 2011 the teen birth rate was 15.4, and the 2015 data represents a 39% decline in teen births between 2011 and 2015.  

Doctors, Lawmakers Urge Alternatives to Painkillers
A proposal with bipartisan support seeks to get commercial insurers to expand coverage for alternative treatments for pain, which supporters say will prod providers and prescribers to rely less on opioids.   

Partners, GE Launch Opioid Addiction Effort 
General Electric, Partners HealthCare and others committed nearly $13 million, and they're looking to other local corporate donors to help raise the rest during the next three years. 

Bay State Towns Plan to Ban Pot Sales 
Massachusetts Municipal Association reports nearly two dozen communities have either enacted moratoriums through bylaws or begun the process to bring the matter before their spring town meeting or municipal election banning pot sales in their towns.

Trump’s Proposed NIH Cuts Could be Dire for Mass. 
The NIH annual funding is important in Massachusetts, which receives the highest amount per capita of NIH funding annually. The proposed cut comes after a year of record funding for the Bay State, with Massachusetts organizations collecting $2.57 billion.

Neighborhood Health Plan Announces Layoffs
Neighborhood Health Plan announced layoffs after a difficult first quarter and several challenging years for the insurer and a $17 million operating loss in the first quarter ending Dec. 31.

Rate of infants born on opioids soaring
The state counted 1,197 cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome in 2015, a 27 percent spike from just four years earlier, according to a 100-page report state health officials quietly filed with lawmakers last week.  

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