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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 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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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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Mass Live logoSeptember 21, 2018 - Sen. Ed Markey proposes mandatory labels warning of addiction on opioid drugs

The Massachusetts Medical Society supports the bill. "Labeling opioids is a valuable additional tool to raise people's awareness of the risk and hopefully decrease the number of people who fall into the terrible abyss of misuse leading to addiction," said Dennis Dimitri, chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Society's task force on opioid therapy and physician communication.

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STAT News logoDecember 13, 2017 - As a doctor, I was opposed to supervised injection facilities. Now I’m ready to give them a try

Back in the spring, the Massachusetts Medical Society began advocating for the establishment of a pilot supervised injection facility in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was not an easy decision because physicians don’t want to condone, or to be seen as condoning, the use of illicit drugs. Yet after close review and thorough debate, it was clear that the data supported their use.

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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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