Massachusetts Medical Society: 2020 Archives

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NBC Boston

NBC Boston: Long lines keep people waiting for pre-Christmas COVID testing

December 23, 2020 – "If you're going to travel, then getting tested is the right thing to do. Ultimately, though, the real news is we shouldn't be traveling," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full NBC Boston story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: Mass. long-term care facilities prepare for coronavirus vaccines after months of isolation and loss

December 22, 2020 – "Most of the nursing homes are trying to stagger (their vaccinations)," said Dr. Asif Merchant, Chair of the MMS Committee on Geriatrics.

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


CNBC

CNBC: Sen. Warren introduces bill to provide free Covid testing for teachers, students and essential workers across U.S.

December 22, 2020 – "A strong national testing framework is a critical component of an optimal COVID-19 mitigation strategy, and we applaud U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for her leadership in introducing this thoughtful bill," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.

To read the full CNBC story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: Health Care Leaders: It's the most wonderful, and dangerous time of year

December 21, 2020 – "Please stay home this holiday season, to ensure that next year is joyous and bright," MMS President Dr. David Rosman and other Massachusetts health care leaders said in a video.

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


Wicked Local

Wicked Local: Plymouth District Medical Society names 2020 Community Clinician of the Year

December 16, 2020 – Dr. Stephen Bresnahan, a physician and humanitarian, was recently honored posthumously as the Plymouth District Medical Society’s 2020 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing his professionalism and contributions as a physician.

To read the full Wicked Local story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: The Safe Communities Act isn’t only about immigration, it will protect public health

December 16, 2020 – "Cultivating trust in medical providers and public health officials protects us all, and is critical to fighting the pandemic," write MMS President Dr. David Rosman and Michael Curry, incoming President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


Eagle Tribune

Eagle-Tribune: Contact tracing calls go unanswered

December 13, 2020 – "Contact tracing works best when the numbers are small, but it becomes an incredible challenge as a larger percentage of the population is exposed to COVID," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.

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


Radio Boston

Radio Boston: The vaccine could arrive in Massachusetts by mid-December

December 3, 2020 – "We need to make sure (the people) who are most vulnerable, who have been known to be getting COVID at higher rates, die of it at higher rates, that they have access – easy, free, ready access – to vaccines," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman.

To listen to the full Radio Boston segment, click here.


 Daily Hampshire Gazette

Daily Hampshire Gazette: The people’s pediatrician: Jonathan Schwab named 2020 Community Clinician of the Year

November 26, 2020 – Schwab, a Northampton resident and the medical director for Northampton Area Pediatrics, was named the 2020 Community Clinician of the Year by the Hampshire District Medical Society, an honor once bestowed upon his uncle as well.

To read the full Daily Hampshire Gazette story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: Let’s use the vaccine to make our health system more equitable

November 18, 2020 – "There’s almost no better opportunity to change how we deliver health care in this country, than with the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine," writes MMS President Dr. David Rosman.

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Mass. Medical Society president says it is ‘past time’ for Congress to pass COVID-19 relief

November 13, 2020 – "It is past time for Congress to act and assure that our patients and all those who need care are supported and given every opportunity to access the vital resources they urgently need," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

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


NBC Boston

NBC Boston: College Students Weigh Risk of Traveling Home for Thanksgiving Amid COVID

November 9, 2020 – "What we need to do is just buckle in and do the hard thing, which is not go home for Thanksgiving," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full NBC Boston story, click here.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Leader of Mass. Medical Society pleads with residents to follow measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

November 6, 2020 – "Please be considerate of those who are risking their own lives to care for your loved ones," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

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


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: As Massachusetts faces coronavirus second surge, doctor urges residents to make choices that ‘will save lives’

November 5, 2020 – "This coronavirus is not relenting and the choices you make will save lives or will cost lives," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


Boston 25

Boston 25 News: Gov. Baker mandated the flu shot for school kids. Could a COVID-19 vaccine, when available, be required too?

October 28, 2020 – MMS President Dr. David Rosman said would "absolutely" consider giving the COVID-19 vaccine to his children "so long as it goes through the channels that it’s going through now and is approved by all the appropriate regulatory authorities."

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


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Massachusetts coronavirus data shows second wave: ‘It’s impossible not to be concerned’

October 26, 2020 – "As much as I love Thanksgiving with family, the way we show we love our families is staying home and caring about their health," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


NBC Boston

NBC Boston: Revamped Coronavirus Risk Map: Mass. Up to 77 Communities in the Red

October 22, 2020 – "It matters that there’s a cluster anywhere because clusters are an opportunity for the disease to spread," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full NBC Boston story, click here.


Herald News

Herald News: It’s crucial this year to get vaccinated against the flu

October 21, 2020 – "You can be certain that the location at which you receive your flu vaccination is using strict safety and cleaning protocols to protect you and other patients from exposure to any illness," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full Herald News story, click here.


Wicked Local

Wicked Local Waltham: Hospitals brace for ‘twindemic’ patient surge, but some families refuse mandated flu shot

October 20, 2020 – "As the health care system continues to work toward treating and mitigating COVID-19, flu vaccination will be a critical tool in our ability to cope with a lack of resources that will almost certainly occur," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full Wicked Local story, click here.


MassLive

MassLive: More than 70% of recent positive COVID tests in Massachusetts involve people under 50

October 16, 2020 – "Public health is more than just the number of cases," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "It’s people being able to work and thus have consistent housing and being able to have food and being able to keep their kids in school."

To read the full MassLive story, click here.


Boston 25

Boston 25 News: COVID-19 fear kept many Americans from seeking care

October 7, 2020 – "Those lingering fears should be put aside and people should seek the care that they need," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "Hospitals are safe. Your doctor’s offices are safe."

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


Boston.com

Boston.com: The number of hospitalized coronavirus patients is on the rise in Massachusetts

October 5, 2020 – MMS President Dr. David Rosman warned that a surge in cases has "the potential to overwhelm and deplete our state’s health care resources and imperil the ability to keep children in school."

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


Boston 25

Boston 25 News: Cape Cod doctor who spent 7 years at Walter Reed knows firsthand the care President Trump received

October 5, 2020 – MMS immediate past president Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh previously served as the division chief of gynecology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Hospitals digging in for a long winter as coronavirus patients increase

October 4, 2020 – "We have serious concerns regarding daily individual positive test results that have doubled since the summer to approximately 3% and a sharp increase in daily new cases," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


WBJ

Worcester Business Journal: Worcester, Framingham remain in highest-risk category as virus cases rise

October 2, 2020 – "Efforts must be made to slow the spread of the virus and avoid an expected surge in cases accompanying a move of many activities back indoors with cooler weather." MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To read the full Worcester Business Journal story, click here.


WHDH

WHDH: Baker announces transition to Step 2 of Phase 3 for low-risk communities effective Oct. 5

September 29, 2020 – "The combination of flu spreading as well as being indoors and spreading COVID, it really put us at a tenuous space right now," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To watch the full WHDH segment, click here.


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 Lowell Sun 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.


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