Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS In The News

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WBUR

WBUR: Get a flu shot before the end of October, Mass. Medical Society urges

September 17, 2020 – "There are only so many ICU beds and we want to make sure we preserve them as best needed," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Should you send your child back to school? The expert consensus leans toward 'yes,' with caveats

September 13, 2020 – The MMS said it supported "the safe and equitable return of as many students, teachers, and support staff as possible to in-person school settings."

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


MassLive

MassLive: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hear arguments on Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 executive orders

September 11, 2020 – The MMS and others argued in an amicus brief that the coronavirus pandemic counts as a "disaster" and "catastrophe" as it has strained the state’s health care system, killing thousands in its path.

To read the full MassLive story, click here.


MetroWest Daily News

MetroWest Daily News: Families of high school athletes face a decision: Should their children suit up during the coronavirus pandemic?

August 30, 2020 – MMS Vice Chairwoman of the Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine Dr. Mary Beth Miotto said the decision to postpone football to February is a "wise decision for the time being," because more public health data is needed.

To read the full Daily News story, click here.


Telegram

Worcester Telegram: Sutton mom among protesters defying flu vaccine mandate

August 29, 2020 – The new vaccine requirement has the support of several medical organizations, including the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Worcester District Medical Society.

To read the full Worcester Telegram story, click here.


Lowell Sun

Lowell Sun: Our frontline heroes deserve better

August 23, 2020 – "Passing the Pandemic Production Act now – before another catastrophic spike in coronavirus cases – is imperative to preventing the additional loss of life," write Congresswoman Lori Trahan and MMS President Dr. David Rosman.

To read the full Eagle-Tribune story, click here.


Eagle-Tribune

Eagle-Tribune: Race for vaccine raises ethical dilemmas

August 23, 2020 – "We need to make sure that the (vaccine) trials are done in an ethical way, and that there’s diversity in who is getting it," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.

To read the full Eagle-Tribune story, click here.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Boston athletes filmed a PSA urging sports fans to wear masks

August 19, 2020 – In an effort to encourage people to wear masks as a protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19, New England sports figures teamed up with the MMS for a #MaskUp video.

To read the full Boston.com story, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Insurers, hospitals at odds in telehealth debate on Beacon Hill

August 17, 2020 – MMS President Dr. David Rosman said doctors still need to pay bills – rent, utilities, staffing – regardless of whether they are seeing many of their patients virtually.

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Baker slows Mass. Reopening process, tightening restrictions on gatherings and restaurants

August 7, 2020 – "Things are moving in the wrong direction," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman, adding that Governor Charlie Baker is now "taking new steps to turn that back around."

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


Boston 25

Boston 25 News: Mass. joins multi-state agreement to buy 3 million rapid tests as testing delays persist

August 6, 2020 – "Rapid and equitable availability of testing, and rapid testing is incredibly important," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To watch the full Boston 25 News segment, click here.


Brockton Enterprise

Brockton Enterprise: Experts say act now or another COVID-19 surge is coming in Massachusetts

August 5, 2020 – "The positive test rate has been going up ever since around July 11," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "We need to respond to that."

To read the full Brockton Enterprise story, click here.


 WCVB

WCVB: Gov. Baker warns rollback of reopening possible if COVID-19 spread increases

August 4, 2020 – "If the numbers get much higher than they are, it will be very difficult to turn this back around," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To watch the full WCVB segment, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Experts urge rollback of reopening as COVID-19 cases rise in Mass.

August 3, 2020 – "The trajectory that COVID takes, it takes a while to get it turned around," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "Problems we’re seeing in August will resonate in September and October."

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


 WCVB

WCVB: Gov. Baker visits Pfizer to discuss vaccine work

July 30, 2020 – "People seem to think that perhaps there is magic to being outside and that if you’re outside you don’t need a mask, and it’s simply not true," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To watch the full WCVB segment, click here.


Cape Cod Times

Cape Cod Times: Cape health departments struggle with enforcing local, state COVID-19 regulations

July 29, 2020 – "People need to do the right thing," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "They can’t have these parties. They have to wear masks."

To read the full Cape Cod Times story, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Doctors uneasy about uptick in state coronavirus cases

July 27, 2020 – "We need to decide, as a community, how much we value being able to reopen schools. If that is a high priority, as I think it should be, we need to make sacrifices around that." said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.

To read the full Boston Globe story, click here.


 WCVB

WCVB: Another COVID-19 cluster identified: 13 patients, 23 employees at Baystate Medical Center

July 27, 2020 – "We should respond sooner rather than later," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said about preventing another wave of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. "I’d rather be too early in our response than too late."

To watch the full WCVB segment, click here.


 CommonWealth Magazine

CommonWealth Magazine: Telehealth is burgeoning, but how to pay for it?

July 24, 2020 – "At least for the foreseeable future, we’re dealing with a situation where telehealth is incredibly important, specifically in reducing health care inequity, " MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full CommonWealth Magazine story, click here.


WHDH

WHDH: Top MA doctor warns PPE shortage could happen again

July 21, 2020 – "Back to the old, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "The equipment needs to be there first, it needs to be there preemptively."

To watch the full WHDH segment, click here.


The Appeal

The Briefing: The public health crisis of racism in America

July 17, 2020 – "If you think about the people who are living in majority Black communities, they are three times higher rate of COVID, six times higher rate of COVID death, and both of those numbers are incredibly appalling," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.

To watch the full The Briefing episode, click here.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Zero deaths at underground supervised injection site helps Massachusetts effort to open facilities: Advocates

July 9, 2020 – "Yes, we have a new and serious pandemic, but the epidemic of substance use disorder continues," MMS past president Dr. Dennis Dimitri said. "We need to continue to work on this very serious health problem."

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


WGBH

WGBH: The coronavirus pandemic could change the way America pays for health care

July 7, 2020 – "(If practices close) there may be no one on the Cape who is able to open their practice to them. So, they will lose access. And it will be incredibly problematic," MMS immediate past president Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said.

To read the full WGBH story, click here.


MassLive

MassLive: ’Every mother counts’: Massachusetts House passes bill to study racial disparities in maternal health

June 30, 2020 – "This vital undertaking is a necessary step in remedying a shameful history of racial injustice in health care," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said in a statement.

To read the full MassLive story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: Providers Urge State To Stock Up On PPE For Second Wave

June 30, 2020 – "For medical practices right now, PPE is the utilities and although it's not what the state has done in the past, it's an important one," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


 Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire Eagle: Tulgan honored by state medical society

June 17, 2020 – Dr. Henry Tulgan of Pittsfield has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2020 Award for Distinguished Service. Dr. Tulgan is a nationally recognized expert in the field of medical education

To read the full Berkshire Eagle story, click here.


MassLive

MassLive: Massachusetts Medical Society calls Trump Administration reversal of inclusive health care protections ‘cruel’

June 15, 2020 – "Eliminating nondiscrimination protections “perpetuates stigma and will have serious consequences to the physical and mental health of untold members of the LGBTQ community, women and non-English speaking patients," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full MassLive story, click here.


Newburyport News

Newburyport News: Medical offices face reopening challenges

June 15, 2020 – "People are nervous to go back to their doctor," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "They may be worried about getting COVID-19 in health care settings, but in reality, you're safer going to the doctor than you are a grocery store."

To read the full Newburyport News story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: Close, sell, consolidate? Tough prognosis for some Massachusetts health care providers

June 11, 2020 – “We may end up folding, but right now we’re keeping our head above water,” MMS member Dr. Kate Atkinson said. “A lot of private practices could be in big trouble.

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


 CommonWealth Magazine

CommonWealth Magazine: Despite pandemic, health care jobs may be lost

June 10, 2020 – “We need to acknowledge the need for repair of a health care financing system that is leading to financial woes and bankruptcies in the midst of a health care crisis,” MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full CommonWealth Magazine story, click here.


Taunton Gazette

Taunton Daily Gazette: Job losses sting usually stable health care sector

June 10, 2020 – “We have serious concerns about access and continuity of care for patients whose primary care provider are forced to consider consolidating or selling their practice or retiring,” MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full Daily Gazette story, click here.


 WCVB

WCVB: Health system turns slowly back to preventative care under Massachusetts reopening plan

May 19, 2020 – "The expansion of medical practice must proceed in a collaborative manner among patients, physicians, policymakers, and all who engage with and comprise the health care system," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said.

To read the full WCVB story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: Mass. reopening plan allows limited expansion of non-emergency health care services

May 18, 2020 – MMS commended the Baker administration for guidelines that "rightfully prioritize the safety of individuals above all, while increasing access to high-priority preventative care and other urgent procedures and services."

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


 CommonWealth Magazine

CommonWealth Magazine: Telehealth is available, but no one’s calling

May 13, 2020 – If primary care and other medical practices don’t survive, "That would create a real issue of access, and when that occurs it will have all sorts of health ramifications," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said.

To read the full CommonWealth Magazine story, click here.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Firefighters, paramedics concerned over using KN95 masks

May 4, 2020 – “It is not the gold standard,” MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said about KN95 masks. “We know the N95 masks. We know how well they work, and what they filter, and the safety profile around them.”

To read the full Boston.com story, click here.


Washington Post

Washington Post: In educated and affluent Massachusetts, coronavirus cases surged. The decline has yet to come.

May 1, 2020 – “I would say that as a state we are doing this right,” said MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh, citing the prevalence of testing in Massachusetts, including of asymptomatic people, as factoring into the state’s relatively high infection levels.

To read the full Washington Post story, click here.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Massachusetts website helps front-line heroes find resources in coronavirus battle

April 30, 2020 – "While our health care workforce and first responders have fearlessly and selflessly answered the call to care for our critically ill patients, they are tired — physically, mentally and emotionally," said MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh.

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


Masslive

MassLive: Caring for all patients during the COVID-19 outbreak

April 29, 2020 – "We do not want to see a widespread avoidance of medical care prompt yet another public health crisis within Massachusetts," write MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh and MHA President and CEO Steve Walsh.

To read the full MassLive editorial, click here.


Salem News

Salem News: Don't ignore your health during a pandemic

April 23, 2020 – "Please do not ignore your physical, mental and emotional health or forgo checking in with your physician or health care team out of fear of contracting COVID-19 in a health care setting," writes MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh.

To read the full Salem News story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: Gov. Baker, Army Chief Of Staff Visit New 'Boston Hope' Field Hospital

April 18, 2020 – The Massachusetts Medical Society reminded patients that doctors and health care workers are available by phone, telehealth and in-person visits, and patients should be assured that safeguards are in place in doctor's offices.

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


Telegram

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Army chief at Mass. field hospital: ‘We will defeat this virus’

April 18, 2020 – "Ensuring patient safety is our responsibility and our obligation in any and every interaction. We urge patients to never abstain from seeking care out of fear of contracting COVID-19," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said in a statement.

To read the full Worcester Telegram story, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Medical workers share concerns about masks delivered by Patriots plane

April 12, 2020 – "It is not the gold standard," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh told the Boston Globe. "We know the N95 masks. We know how well they work, and what they filter and the safety profile around them. We know these (KN95) masks are different."

To read the full Boston Globe story, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Time to help house health care workers

April 3, 2020 – We need all hands on deck now. Empty rooms at hotels, casinos can serve those on the front lines of the state’s coronavirus outbreak.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Near tripling of employee coronavirus infections in largest Massachusetts hospitals in past week

April 2, 2020 – Head of nurses association also says current worker infection numbers may understate the problem.


abc6

ABC6: Massachusetts asks for equipment donations and volunteers to join coronavirus fight

March 30, 2020 – The Baker-Polito Administration announced Sunday a new online portal where people can donate personal protective equipment and sign up to volunteer to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Mass. opens online portal to manage protective equipment donations, sales

March 29, 2020 – Governor Charlie Baker said Sunday that his administration has created an online resource.


Cape Cod Times

March 25, 2020 – Cape Cod residents try to navigate stay-at-home advisory

Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh, Mashpee physician and president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said that with coronavirus cases and deaths escalating in Massachusetts, this is not a time to take risks with social distancing. "Please shelter in place," Bombaugh said. "We have an opportunity to really change the course of what this virus will do. Try to minimize being out in public at all."

To read the full Cape Cod Times story, click here.


WBUR

March 20, 2020 – Donations And DIY Masks: Health Care Workers Get Creative With '#GetMePPE'

Health workers have also begun using alternative equipment for protection like ski goggles, or reusing protective gear – which can put them at risk of infection, says Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh, the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

To listen to the entire WBUR segment, click here.


Boston Globe

March 20, 2020 – For Physicians and Nurses on the Front Line, There’s Worry over Bringing Coronavirus Home

 "There’s such anxiety right now in the general community, period," said Maryanne Bombaugh, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and a clinician at the Community Health Center of Cape Cod. “But certainly with health care workers, there’s an anxiety there because we don’t want to be bringing anything home to our families."

To read the entire Boston Globe story, click here.


WHDH

March 20, 2020 - Brookline woman sewing face masks for medical staffers puts out call for help on social media

The President of Massachusetts Medical Society, Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh, said, supplies are low and the production of personal protective equipment or PPE needs to happen now.

To watch the entire WHDH segment, click here.


 NBC Nightly News

March 19, 2020 – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

The Massachusetts Medical Society says the situation there is dire – not enough protective equipment for doctors, nurses and technicians on the front lines of the pandemic.

To watch the full NBC Nightly News broadcast, click here.


 The Rachel Maddow Show

March 19, 2020 – The Rachel Maddow Show

The Massachusetts Medical Society, the professional association for doctors in the state, they put out a statement saying that they cannot safely administer the tests they have got even if they have got swabs and even if they have got tests, because doctors in Massachusetts right now don't have enough protective gear to keep themselves safe.

To read the transcript from The Rachel Maddow Show, click here.


Boston Herald

March 16, 2020 - Medical experts: Kids should have virtual playdates during coronavirus school closure

Social distancing and routine will be key for kids as they stay home for at least the next three weeks during the coronavirus school closure in Massachusetts, MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh told the Boston Herald. Instead of normal get-togethers in the neighborhood, children should have virtual playdates.

To read the entire Boston Herald article, click here.


WBUR

March 13, 2020 - As Mass. Coronavirus Cases Top 100, State Asks To Expand Testing

MMS president Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh stressed the need for COVID-19 testing that provides a result at the point of care in an interview with WBUR's Morning Edition.

To listen to the entire WBUR segment, click here.


Berkshire Eagle

February 17, 2020 - Women's Health Initiative launched

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires recently launched a Women's Health Initiative with help from a grant from the Massachusetts Medical Society. Under this new program, VIM will now offer a weekly women's health clinic and add three new members to its specialized, dedicated team of practitioners.

To read the entire Berkshire Eagle article, click here.


WGBH

February 13, 2020 - Healey Announces Her Office Is Suing Juul: 'We Are Going To Make Them Pay'

In February 2018, vaping and e-cigarette giant Juul canceled an order that was to be shipped to Milton because of an issue that came up in verifying that the recipient was at least 21 years old, the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the town. Then "Don" from the Juul Care Team reached out to the buyer from the support@juulvapor.com email account with a tip: just have the purchase shipped to neighboring Quincy, where the minimum age to buy was then 18 years old.

To read the entire WGBH article, click here.


Cape Cod Daily

February 13, 2020 - Senator Cyr Reports Passage of Mental Health "ABC" Act

Today, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Mental Health ABC Act, comprehensive legislation aimed at reforming the mental health care system in Massachusetts.

To read the entire Cape Cod Daily article, click here.


NPR

February 12, 2020 - Doctors Push Back As Congress Takes Aim At Surprise Medical Bills

When Carol Pak-Teng, an emergency room doctor in New Jersey, hosted a fundraiser in December for Democratic freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, her guests, mostly doctors, were pleased when she steered the conversation to surprise medical bills.

To read the entire NPR article, click here.


Mass Live

January 16, 2020 - Congressman Richard Neal is taking the right approach on ‘surprise medical billing’ (Guest viewpoint)

With the growing national clamor over how to address healthcare costs in the U.S., one of the greatest ongoing concerns – understandably – has been surprise medical bills.

To read the entire MassLive article, click here


Fierce logo

January 6, 2020 -  Industry Voices—The Massachusetts Medical Society declares 'health care is a basic human right'


The Massachusetts Medical Society is the first state medical society to assert through an organizational policy that healthcare is a basic human right, a policy subsequently supported by the American Medical Association.

To read the entire Fierce Healthcare article, click here.


Advocate logo

January 4, 2020 - Massachusetts Shows Us What We Must Do Next for Intersex Rights

The Massachusetts Medical Society takes a stand against doing intersex surgery without patients' consent, but other groups need to follow suit, writes Kimberly Zieselman.

To read the entire Advocate article, click here.


Yuba Net

January 2, 2020 – America's Doctors Send Letter Urging President Trump to Re-Enter Paris Climate Agreement

Today, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals are urging President Trump to reverse his withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

To read the entire Yuba Net article, click here.


blade logoDecember 20, 2019 - Postponing intervention urged for intersex children


The Massachusetts Medical Society and its 25,000-member physicians and students last week adopted organizational policy supporting the notion that intersex children not be operated on until the child is able to participate in decision making, the group announced in a press release.

To read the entire Washington Blade article, click here.



Boston Globe logoDecember 15, 2019 - A slow, cautious slog toward opening a safe injection site



In April 2017, the Massachusetts Medical Society voted overwhelmingly to support a concept that it acknowledged was “counter-intuitive”: opening a center where people can inject illegal drugs under medical supervision.

Doctors in the society, which had conducted a study of safe injection sites, reasoned that drug users who are now dying in public bathrooms and on public streets should have the chance to come inside — and survive.

To read the entire Boston Globe article, click here.


Human Rights WatchDecember 13, 2019 - Massachusetts Medical Society Supports Intersex Rights



The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) passed a resolution supporting the principle that intersex children should not be operated on until they are old enough to make the decision themselves.

This deferral of all medically unnecessary intervention is in line with medical evidence, bioethics, human rights standards, and every intersex-led policy organization in the US.
To read the entire Human Rights Watch article, click here.


Boston Globe logoDecember 9, 2019 - Cutting through the clutter on surprise billing


In an effort to force change on behalf of our patients, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association are supporting legislative efforts aimed at holding patients harmless, requiring transparency, demanding network adequacy, and insisting that information on care and coverage is easily accessible and easy to understand.

To read the entire Boston Globe article, click here.


Mass Live logoDecember 9, 2019 - Support for elimination of religious exemptions to mandatory school vaccines critical to public health (Guest viewpoint)

“As pediatricians and primary care doctors, our role is to keep children safe. We share this same goal with parents. Vaccines are an important tool in our toolbox to do just that."

"The Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics oppose religious exemptions to mandatory school vaccinations,” MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh and MCAAP President Dr. Elizabeth Goodman stated in an opinion piece.

To read the entire Mass Live article, click here.


Cision LogoDecember 4, 2019 - Massachusetts Medical Society Endorses Program to Help Providers Care for Patients with Chronic Pain and/or Substance Use Disorders

"MCSTAP is revolutionizing the way we treat and manage our patients with chronic pain and substance use disorders," said MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh.  "Never before have providers in Massachusetts had immediate access to a team of physician consultants with extensive academic and clinical expertise in caring for these patients.  We are thrilled about this new resource and the benefit it is providing to our community."

To read the entire Cision article, click here.


SHNSDecember 3, 2019 - Exemption, standards bills stir debate over vaccinations


The bill is backed by a number of health-related organizations, including the Massachusetts Medical Society.

“Eliminating the non-medical vaccine exemption for school-aged children, as Representative Vargas’ bill intends, is an important step toward protecting our patients of all ages from illness and its harmful, sometimes deadly, consequences ... and will greatly reduce the likelihood of an outbreak of preventable disease that could bring with it a dangerous public health crisis,” MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said in a statement.

To read the entire SHNS article, click here.


wbjournalNovember 25, 2019 - UMass Memorial ramping up interpretation services for non-English-speaking patients


"Language barriers can create an obstacle to patients’ access to care and present a safety issue when communications by a physician or the healthcare team are not well understood," said Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh, the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

To read the entire Worcester Business Journal article, click here.


WBUR logoNovember 21, 2019 - Why Some Boston Doctors Are Taking Up Immigration Advocacy


A silent protest staged earlier this month outside of Boston Medical Center drew hundreds of BMC employees, as doctors, nurses and other health care providers scrawled messages on white lab coats and held posters that said things like, "More hospitals, less cages."

To read the entire WBUR article, click here.


HCIGNovember 15, 2019 - EHR Usability Gets an ‘F’ Grade, New Research Finds

Earlier this year, researchers with the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA), the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Global Health Institute, collaborated to issue a noteworthy report on physician burnout; findings from the report unsurprisingly revealed that inefficient EHRs are one of several leading causes of burnout among healthcare providers.

To read the entire Healthcare Innovation article, click here.


Gloucester Daily TimesNovember 13, 2019 - Ban on flavored vapes, tobacco advances


The state House of Representatives approved “first-in-the-nation” legislation that will outlaw flavored vapes, including menthol and mint-flavored cigarettes, limit the nicotine content of vape pods and impose a 75% excise tax on the wholesale price of e-cigarettes. The 127-31 vote went largely along party lines, with a number of Republicans voting against it.

To read the entire Gloucester Daily Times article, click here.


The Herald News
November 13, 2019 - Lawmakers wrestle with balance between drug treatment, incarceration



Legislation (H 1343 / S 937) allowing those on pre-trial release conditions or probation to stay out of prison if they relapse or test positive for drugs or alcohol remains in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary following an Oct. 22 hearing. Eldred, along with legal and health experts, discussed the bill and called for its passage on Wednesday.

To read the entire Herald News article, click here.


Mass Live logoNovember 3, 2019 - ‘Senior’ flu shot proves hard to find

Massachusetts Medical Society officials said everybody over the age of 6 months should get vaccinated from the flu this year and every year. “Influenza can be deadly and should be taken seriously by every patient and their physician,” the MMS said in a press release. “Each year, 12,000 to 79,000 Americans die from the flu.” MMS officials also asked people to practice “cough courtesy” — coughing or sneezing into the sleeve of their upper arm to limit airborne germs — and to wash their hands frequently.

To read the entire Mass Live article, click here.


Mass Live logoOctober 28, 2019 - Lawmakers take steps to ban flavored tobacco, menthol products

“We cannot leave out menthol products,” said Cynthia Loesch-Johnson of the Codman Square Neighborhood Council in Dorchester, alongside lawmakers and representatives from the Mass Medical Society, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and the Massachusetts Health Council, among other heath groups.

To read the entire Mass Live article, click here.


Mass Live logoSeptember 30, 2019 - Massachusetts Medical Society among those to testify at safe injection site hearing

MMS was the first state medical society in the country to back the concept of a supervised consumption site as early as 2016 and in 2017 issued a report in support of such sites. In a 2017 Boston Globe article, Dorkin, then MMS president, wrote about changing his mind to support such sites in recognition of the need to meet “patients where they are in their disease to eliminate existing barriers to rehabilitation" and that data from sites in other countries shows them to have “yielded substantial and evidence-backed reductions of death, disease, and expenditures.”.

To read the entire Mass Live article, click here.


Gloucester Daily TimesSeptember 15, 2019 - Lawmakers want tighter rules for vaccines


A proposal filed by Rep. Paul Donato, D-Medford, and Sen. Becca Rausch, D-Needham, would require the state Department of Public Health to set standards for medical and religious exemptions to vaccines required of children attending public and private schools, and take over the processing of applications to opt-out.

To read the entire Gloucester Daily Times article, click here


wbjournalAugust 23, 2019 - Burnout is now a recognized contributor to your health


“It’s a conflicting healthcare model that physicians and everyone is working in right now,” Bombaugh said. “Physicians are leaving medicine because of the impact burnout is having on their personal lives and professional lives.”

To read the entire Worcester Business Journal article, click here


Salem News LogoAugust 22, 2019 - Cases of Drug Diversion Increase


The Massachusetts Medical Society, the state's largest physician group, has called for tougher rules to limit the amount of excess opioid medication that can be diverted, including through safe disposal programs, strict adherence to prescription monitoring programs and prescribing guidelines, partial-fill prescriptions and patient and caregiver education.

To read the entire Salem News article, click here


Boston Globe logoAugust 15, 2019 - What to know about the planned merger of 2 big Mass. health insurers

“As physicians who care for patients in Massachusetts, we value all our local nonprofit health plans,” Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said in a statement.

But Bombaugh said she didn’t want to guess what a Tufts-Harvard Pilgrim merger would look like. “We will rely on the process of review from state and federal regulators,” she said.

To read the entire Boston Globe article, click here


WBUR logoAugust 12, 2019 - New Immigration Rule Could Affect Half A Million Mass. Residents

Massachusetts Medical Society President Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh said in a statement she feared that the new regulation will have serious consequences for some of the most vulnerable patients. "Physicians recognize that social determinants play a pivotal role in one’s ability to access appropriate, quality medical care, and the fact that those who are disadvantaged will be penalized for utilizing Medicaid, food and housing assistance and other services aimed at addressing social determinants is inhumane,"

To read the entire WBUR article, click here


Lowell SunAugust 11, 2019 - Data shows flood of opioids before OD surge

For Maryanne Bombaugh, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the database, shows where we were and what we should change — from education to prescribing practices.

“We have data to look at,” she said. “We can see where we were, what was going on. Getting a better idea of how serious, significant and widespread prescriptions for opioids happened to be occurring. And because of that data, it facilitates us to be able to make changes.”

To read the entire Lowell Sun article, click here


Boston Globe logoAugust 9, 2019 - Safe injection sites are another tool on the path to recovery


Researchers from the Massachusetts Medical Society assisted with an AMA study and issued an April 2017 report recommending that the state pursue a pilot program for safe injection facilities, create an advisory board to design an evaluation protocol for the pilot, and build on programs with expertise in providing high-quality harm-reduction services to populations that would be served by the facilities.

To read the entire Boston Globe article, click here


AMAAugust 7, 2019 - Cut burnout by following these 3 steps to optimize the EHR

In 2016, Reliant’s EHR ranked in the 97th percentile nationally for usability, according to a white paper from the Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and Reliant Medical Group.

To read the entire AMA article, click here


Boston Globe logoJuly 29, 2019 - State watchdog seeks to simplify complex health care system — and save money

“From the physician perspective, administrative complexities, specifically prior authorization, are a patient safety concern,” Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said in a statement. “We strongly support the Health Policy Commission’s focus on administrative complexities.”

To read the entire Boston Globe article, click here


Boston HeraldJuly 26, 2019 - Mass. Medical Society backs end to religious exemption for vaccines 

“I think we, as a state, have been a vanguard for promoting public health and making sure that our population is insured, and I think this particular bill and what it’s trying to accomplish will make our children and our communities and people safer and healthier,” Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh,  president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said Thursday on Herald Radio. 

To read the entire Boston Herald article, click here


commonwealthJuly 25, 2019 - Are vaccines a religious matter?

In May, the Massachusetts Medical Society adopted a resolution making it the society’s policy to oppose non-medical vaccine exemptions for students to enter school.

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Boston Herald RadioJuly 25, 2019 - "On the Mend" Podcast: MMS President Discusses Vaccinations

Massachusetts Medical Society president Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh joined the “On the Mend” podcast, hosted by Boston Herald health reporter Alexi Cohan, to discuss vaccinations. Dr. Bombaugh affirmed the medical society’s support for state legislation that would remove religious exemption from state law in an effort to increase vaccination levels and prevent disease.

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wbjournalJuly 24, 2019 - Worcester pharmacies stocked 49 million opioids in years leading up to crisis

The Massachusetts Medical Society, a group advocating for physicians and medical students, helped develop the state’s opioid prescribing guidelines and has worked to offer provider education and support the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, said Maryanne Bombaugh, the society’s president.

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Cape Cod TimesJuly 15, 2019 - Falmouth doctor sees major issues ahead for state medical society

Bombaugh, 65, said issues concerning Cape physicians — including health care as a human right, burnout and insurance struggles — also affect doctors across the state.

Bombaugh said it was an exciting time to be head of the medical society, which represents 25,000 physicians and medical students in 20 districts across the state. The medical society also publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the nation’s premier medical journals.

During the society’s annual meeting in May, its house of delegates adopted a policy declaring that health care is a basic human right.

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Mass Live logoJune 23, 2019 - Health care systems turn to a ‘new’ old medicine: healthy food

Maryanne Bombaugh, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said doctors increasingly recognize the importance of social factors, including nutrition, in health. But, she said during the panel discussion, “There’s definitely a need for education. Most of us in medical school get very little education on nutrition.

In Western Massachusetts, there are programs already underway — and hoping to expand — to treat food as medicine.

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WBUR logoJune 11, 2019 - 1 In 5 people in Mass. have experienced a recent medical error

Study finds the excess cost of medical errors in just one year is more than $600 million. The researchers used insurance data to track preventable errors like infections after surgery, excess blood loss and bed sores.

MMS president Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh discussed the findings and opportunities to collaborate on improving patient safety.

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Boston Globe logoJune 11, 2019 - Mass. lawmaker faces antivaccine backlash over his bill to scrap religious exemption

He is not alone in facing vitriol over his stance. Local doctors also say they are being attacked online for recommending parents vaccinate their children, with the attacks part of a coordinated effort by antivaccine groups.

Last month, the Massachusetts Medical Society’s House of Delegates passed a resolution opposing nonmedical vaccine exemptions for schoolchildren. Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh, the society’s president, said it is important to discuss — and later embrace — vaccinations by relying on accurate, transparent information.

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WBUR logoJune 4, 2019 - Mass. Sees 2nd Measles Case This Year. Now There's A Bill To Remove Religious Exemption For Vaccines

Last month, the Massachusetts Medical Society's House of Delegates adopted a resolution making it the society's policy to oppose non-medical vaccine exemptions for school entrance.

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The Eagle TribuneMay 27, 2019 - Pain patients struggle amid drug scrutiny 

In recent years, the society has trained thousands of prescribers on how to manage pain without overusing opioids; how to screen for substance abuse; and alternative therapies to opioids.

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Computer WorldMay 23, 2019 - Poorly designed systems make doctors 'a slave to their EHR'

Problems with clunky electronic health record workflows – and the inability to share patient information between clinics – are driving some physicians right out of healthcare. But some facilities have figured out how to make things work more smoothly.

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The Eagle TribuneMay 13, 2019 - Physicians want to end vaccine exemptions

A group representing the state's physicians wants to limit parents' options to opt out of vaccines required of children attending school.

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WBUR logoMay 13, 2019 - Mass. Medical Society Calls For An End To Religious Vaccine Exemptions For Schoolkids

The Massachusetts Medical Society wants to do away with religious vaccine exemptions for students entering school. The association, which has more than 25,000 members, says it will start advocating for state legislation and regulation that would end the practice.

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Mass Live logoMay 8, 2019 - Falmouth physician Maryanne C. Bombaugh elected Massachusetts Medical Society president

Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh, an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Community Health Center of Cape Cod who earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, has been elected the new president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

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South Coast TodayApril 27, 2019 - Why the measles virus is spreading again in Massachusetts

Massachusetts in April reported this year’s first case of the measles, for which Enders created a vaccination more than 50 years ago. The deadly virus is making a comeback across the United States.

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Mass Live logoApril 12, 2019 - Prescription spending in MassHealth doubled over past 5 years, Massachusetts officials say

Dr. Alain Chaoui, the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said rising prescription drug costs are affecting his ability to give his patients the best care he can.

Chaoui also told of a patient who went into diabetic ketoacidosis after rationing insulin, another who had a stroke after being unable to afford an anticoagulant, and a patient with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who couldn't afford inhalers.

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News Medical logoMarch 20, 2019 - Five things to know about the electronic health records mess


The U.S. government claimed that ditching paper medical charts for electronic records would make health care better, safer and cheaper. Ten years and $36 billion later, the digital revolution has gone awry.

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Boston 25 logoFebruary 6, 2019 - New study says physician burnout is becoming major problem

Now, a new study is claiming that physician burnout is becoming a major problem, with doctors forced into doing too much paperwork, and too little of why they became doctors in the first place..."You can say it's talked about, and it's actually not talked about enough," Alain Chaoui, M.D., of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said.

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NBC Boston logoFebruary 28, 2019 - Gov. Baker rejects supervised drug injection site proposal

On Tuesday, a legislative commission recommended the state approve one or more supervised injection sites for drug users on a test basis. Commission members said the state should allow the sites to see if they can help reduce the harm associated with injecting illegal drugs, including the risk of overdosing alone.

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WBUR logoMarch 19, 2019 - Sen. Markey, pro-choice advocates slam administration's Title X proposed changes

"Providing a patient with all the relevant information and options within the context of a confidential, trusting relationship is an obligation for physicians, one that we don't take lightly," said Dr. Carole Allen, a trustee with the Massachusetts Medical Society. "To strip from a physician the ability to provide all needed information to a patient is unconscionable."

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CBS Boston logoFebruary 27, 2019 - We have to think outside the box’: Lawmakers consider safe injection sites

Dr. Alan Chaoui, President of Massachusetts Medical Society says, “The access really is to the patient and giving the patient the opportunity and the facility and the education to move on to the medical assistance treatment.”

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Boston Globe logoJanuary 17, 2019 - Physician burnout now a public health crisis

A lot of physicians feel they are on a treadmill, on a conveyor belt,” said Dr. Alain A. Chaoui, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and a family doctor in Peabody. “They’re not afraid of work — it’s the work that has nothing to do with the patients that makes physicians unhappy. And it makes the patients unhappy, because they feel the system is failing them.

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