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RESOLVED, That the MMS amend its bylaws to designate the Boston Medical Library as the library of the Massachusetts Medical Society. (D) Fiscal Note:   No Significant Impact  (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)   FTE:  Existing Staff  (Staff Effort to Complete Proje
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THE REPORT The Committee on Bylaws recommends that the House of Delegates approve the following amendments to the Bylaws (except as otherwise noted, added text is shown as “ text ” and deleted text is shown as “ text ”):   TFTL Report: I-16 C-1 [I-15 C-3] Ensure Representative Diversity in MMS Leadership Pathways CHAPTER 5 • Sections 5.01 Categories of Sections There shall be a Medical Student Section, a Resident and Fellow Section, an Organized Medical Staff Section, an Academic Physician Section and , an International Medical Graduate Section, and a Minority Affairs Section . • • 5.07 Minority ...
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C2: Policy Sunset Process

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That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt as amended CWM Report I-16 C-3 to read as follows: That the Massachusetts Medical Society facilitate increased leadership opportunities on its special committees by limiting a special committee member’s service as chair to three consecutive years (not sum total). A committee member who has served as chair for three consecutive years may be re-elected as chair after not serving as chair for at least two presidential years. Years served as chair shall not include time served filling a vacancy in the position of chair. (D) That a Massachusetts Medical Society member’s leadership service as chair ...
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) evaluate the voucher program for its designated intent to waive fees for MMS-sponsored programs in addition to educational offerings provided by the New England Journal of Medicine , for those members who volunteer their time and services to the MMS with regard to the program’s value, member opportunities for use, equity in calculation of voucher values and limit, and operational efficiencies. (D) That the findings and recommendations of the voucher program evaluation be reported back to the HOD at I-17. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff ...
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt as amended the capitation policy (2c) adopted at I-09 to reads as follows: Physician Payment The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) supports physicians’ right to contract directly with payers and/or employers to obtain payment for services.  (HP) The MMS opposes the imposition of capitation and/or bundled payments on physicians and groups that state they are not ready to do so. The MMS insists that the decision to accept capitation and/or bundled payments be voluntary and self-determined by said physicians and groups based on their financial assessments and clinical integration competencies. ...
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C7: Physician Call Policy

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That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt as amended the physician call policy (4c) adopted at I-09, to read as follows: The Massachusetts Medical Society will modify its model Medical Staff  Bylaws, as necessary, to address emergency department call coverage  policies. (D) The MMS will explore ways in which to address the safety and equitability of specialty emergency department on call coverage by all institutions, with a special emphasis on underserved communities. (D) That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt in lieu of the physician call policy (5c) adopted at A-09 the following: The MMS will advocate for a balance between ...
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt as amended the advance directives policy amended and reaffirmed at A-09 to reads as follows:  The Massachusetts Medical Society will continue to work with hospitals, medical schools, and other interested organizations to develop and promote educational materials to improve physician and patient knowledge of and implementation of health care proxies beginning at age 18 and continuing throughout the life span. (D) The Massachusetts Medical Society will continue to work with hospitals, medical schools, and other interested organizations to develop public education materials and programs ...
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt as amended the policy on impaired drivers reaffirmed at A-09, to read as follows:   The Massachusetts Medical Society supports initiatives that improve driving safety, such as periodic re-testing of drivers in increased-risk categories, promotion of alternative modes of transportation, and improved patient education about driving responsibly. (HP) The Massachusetts Medical Society promotes education on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving in all its forms. (HP) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete ...
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That the MMS adopt as amended its opioids and substance use disorder policy amended and reaffirmed at A-10 to read as follows: 1.   The MMS recognizes that addiction, equivalent to a severe substance use disorder, is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. (HP) 2.   The MMS supports efforts to educate physicians and physicians-in-training about pain management, principles for safe opioid prescribing, prevention of substance use disorder, identification of substance use disorder, treatment of substance use disorder, and referring patients to appropriate treatment. (HP/D) 3.   The MMS will work with appropriate public and private entities ...
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C3: Bullying Policy

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That the MMS adopt in lieu of the bullying policy adopted at I-10 the following: The Massachusetts Medical Society will develop and make available training for health care providers about bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of harassment directed at vulnerable populations across the lifespan. Topics will include the spectrum of bullying behaviors, definitions, risk factors, health effects, techniques for inquiry and identification, intervention and response, and empowerment of those victimized to seek help from a trusted person or organization. All training will emphasize the employment of a trauma-informed and culturally responsive approach, paying ...
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society’s strategic priorities for Fiscal Year 2017–2018 are the following: a focus on physician and patient advocacy, membership value and engagement, governance, and communication. In order to advance the Society’s mission and prepare for the future needs of the physician community and their patients, the goals of our one-year strategic plan will be the following: Physician and Patient Advocacy : Ensure that the Society is a productive and credible voice for physicians and patients at the state and federal level, as well as local and national health care organizations. Provide a leadership ...
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt as amended Resolution A-16 B-203 to read as follows: RESOLVED, That the MMS advocate for legislative and regulatory efforts to  expand access to care for patients of Massachusetts licensed physicians, who wish to use telemedicine where appropriate to minimize the barriers to care for their patients and that can be delivered to the patient at home or wherever the patient may need care. (D) RESOLVED, That the MMS advocate for continuing efforts to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and applicability of telemedicine. (D) RESOLVED, that the MMS continue to advocate for parity in payment for telemedicine ...
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RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts Medical Society coordinate and collaborate with the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons to promote the curriculum and continuing education/certification in the Stop the Bleed Program, developed by the American College of Surgeons to promote widespread population awareness and first-responder training for disaster and trauma events, throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and, be it further (D) RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts Medical Society coordinate and collaborate with the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and other appropriate local and national partners to ...
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt the following adapted from American Medical Association policy: That the MMS continue its advocacy to expedite interoperability of electronic health record (EHR) systems, standardize key EHR elements, and engage the vendor community to promote improvements in EHR usability. (D) That the MMS support evidence-based discharge criteria and principles regarding discharge planning, teamwork, communication, responsibility/accountability among attending physicians and continuing care providers, as well as the transfer of pertinent patient information and the discharge summary. (HP) That the MMS advocate ...
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That the MMS advocate for a transparent process, including opportunity for an appeal, within alternative payment models and Medicare Advantage to protect physicians from punitive consequences for patient referrals out of network when those referrals are made in order to provide optimal and timely care for patients. (D) That MMS supports protecting the patient’s freedom to choose a physician and a health care delivery system, in order to preserve the patient-physician relationship. (HP) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt as amended CSPP Report I-16 B3 to read as follows: That the Massachusetts Medical Society will introduce and support legislation requiring that MassHealth will recognize the value of physician supervision of advanced practice nurses (APNs) and physician assistants (PAs), within a physician-led team-based practice, by reimbursing services provided by APNs and PAs who are actively supervised, at 100% of the physician’s reimbursement rate. (D) That the Massachusetts Medical Society encourage all payers to recognize the value of physician supervision of advanced practice nurses (APNs) ...
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B11: Scope of Practice

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RESOLVED, That the MMS advocate in legislative forums where allied health professionals seek to provide the same or similar services as a physician with no, limited, or reduced oversight structures, that said individuals be subject to the same statutory and regulatory mandates with regard to the provision of those services, including but not limited to residency requirements, professional liability insurance requirements, continuing education mandates, and adjudicatory and discipline standards. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Projec
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RESOLVED, That the MMS advocate to relevant review websites that they develop a method to verify a physician-patient relationship before allowing public comments about physicians to be posted on their website. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Projec
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That the Massachusetts Medical Society not adopt Resolution A-16 A-102, w hich reads as follows: 1. That the MMS advocate for laws that would make a Living Will legal in the state of Massachusetts. The Living Will would serve as an alternative to the Health Care Proxy, allowing a person to choose either one, but not both. (D) 2. That the MMS advocate for appropriate education of the public regarding the use of the Living Will once it becomes legal in the state of Massachusetts. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Project
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