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Recommendation:That the House of Delegates support the renewal of the following special committees: Global Health, Sustainability of Private Practice, and Physician Preparedness. (D) Fiscal Note: Average Annual Expense per Committee(Out-of-Pocket Expenses): (for 3 years beginning FY19):$3,000 per committee, for a total of $27,000 FTE: Existing Staff(Staff Effort to Complete Project
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Resolution A-17 C-301, The Boston Medical Library is the Library of the Massachusetts Medical Society   That the MMS amend its bylaws to designate the Boston Medical Library as the library of the Massachusetts Medical Society. (D)     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 ”):   CHAPTER 20 • Miscellaneous • • 20.03 Library. The Boston Medical Library is the library of the Massachusetts Medical Society. (D)   Fiscal ...
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RESOLVED, That the MMS request that the Bylaws be amended as appropriate to designate former speakers of the House of Delegates as ex-officio members of the House of Delegates as long as they remain members of the MMS. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff(Staff Effort to Complete Project
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Recommendations : That the Massachusetts Medical Society work to promote to its members and other physicians licensed in Massachusetts the value of the Medical Malpractice Tribunal. Such promotion could include, but need not be limited to: Updating the online video explaining the tribunal and its role Publishing a brochure about the tribunal to distribute to members and others Article placement in Vital Signs and Vital Signs This Week Advertising in Vital Signs (D)   That the Massachusetts Medical Society work to recruit physicians licensed in Massachusetts to join a database of physicians ...
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Recommendation:That the Massachusetts Medical Society not adopt Resolution I-16 B-207, which reads as follows:  That the MMS advocate for and affirm the importance of allowing independent surgi-centers to operate in Massachusetts and deem current regulatory and legislative impediments to this to be barriers to competition and against the value-driven interest of patients and physicians. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Project
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Recommendation: That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt in-lieu-of Resolution A-17 B-206 the following: Recognizing the importance of patients having access to reliable information, the Massachusetts Medical Society believes it is essential for the hosts of relevant review websites to develop a transparent method to verify a physician-patient relationship, while also protecting patient privacy, before allowing public comments about physicians to be posted on their website. (HP) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Project
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Recommendations: That the MMS work to educate appropriate entities (e.g., medical staffs, hospitals, hospital associations, medical specialty societies) regarding application of the HIPAA rules that assist the transfer of information to the members of a patient’s treatment team without written authorization. (D) That the MMS develop model procedures and template releases to facilitate the speedy transmission of relevant medical information to any member of the patient’s treatment team, as allowed by HIPAA, regardless of the provider’s location. (D)  Fiscal Note:  One-Time Expense of $15,000(Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff ...
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Recommendation: That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt the following adapted from American Medical Association policy: That the MMS work with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), health insurers, and pharmacists to address the problem of patients, discharged by a health care facility on a weekend or holiday, being denied access to vital medications because the patient’s health insurance carrier or applicable PBM does not havestaff available on weekends or holidays to resolve coverage and/or formulary issues. (D)  Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Project
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Recommendation: That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt the following adapted from American Medical Association policy: That the MMS actively educate Massachusetts physicians about the AMA Medical Staff Code of Conduct, and promote its use. (D) That the MMS advocate for the separation between the terms of employment contracts and medical staff privileges. This separation includes an ongoing right of review for all physicians regardless of employment status with the organization. (D) Fiscal Note: One-Time Expense of $5,000 (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Project)
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Recommendations: 1. That the Massachusetts Medical Society advocate for changes in federal law to establish that Direct Primary Care membership fees may be paid with pre-tax funds in Health Savings Accounts. (D) 2. That the Massachusetts Medical Society advocate for passage of state legislation to establish the right of patients to seek care from specialists who are contracted with their insurance plan and to have that service covered when referred by a primary care physician who is not contracted with their insurance plan. (D)  Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)   FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Project)
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Recommendation: That the MMS advocate to the legislature and relevant regulatory bodies to permit physicians in Massachusetts to dispense prepackaged prescription medications directly to appropriate patients from their office practice. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff(Staff Effort to Complete Project
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RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts Medical Society conduct a comprehensive educational conference on Universal Health Care, including Medicare for All/Single Payer, improvements to the Affordable Care Act, other recent Congressional proposals, and access to and cost of medical care.  (D) Fiscal Note: One-Time Expense of $25,000 (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete Project
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RESOLVED, That the MMS encourage the AMA, and any appropriate state or federal agency, to investigate starting a program, similar to that of Scotland, in the United States to train immigrant physicians to be able to practice in areas where needed without having to repeat training that may be unnecessary and wasteful of limited resources. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses) FTE: Existing Staff(Staff Effort to Complete Project
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RESOLVED, That the MMS work with the legislature and appropriate state legislative agencies to mandate that all Massachusetts health insurance policies provide coverage for both long-acting reversible contraceptives devices and the insertion procedure in the immediate postpartum period. (D)RESOLVED, That the MMS work with the legislature and appropriate state legislative agencies to mandate that all Massachusetts health insurance policies provide coverage for both long-acting reversible contraceptives devices and the insertion procedure in the immediate postpartum period. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff ...
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RESOLVED, That the MMS encourages education and training on the appropriate use of urine drug screening and scientifically validated confirmatory testing interpreted by qualified health care practitioners for all administrators, staff, and health care practitioners who administer urine drug screens or initiate legal or punitive action based on urine drug screen results as part of their professional duties; and, be it further  (HP) RESOLVED, That the MMS encourages the mandatory use of appropriate, scientifically validated confirmatory testing interpreted by qualified health care practitioners for all instances in which presumptive positive urine ...
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RESOLVED, That the MMS advocate for a mechanism of medical parole, whereby inmates who are terminally ill or who are mentally or physically incapacitated may be released to civilian living conditions in order to receive necessary physical, palliative, and psychosocial end-of-life care. (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 Massachusetts Medical Society rescind the following policy:The Massachusetts Medical Society is opposed to physician-assisted suicide.  (HP)  ; and, be it further RESOLVED, That the MMS adopt the position of engaged neutrality regarding legislative efforts to authorize medical aid-in-dying, provided that physicians shall not be required to practice medical aid-in-dying if it violates personally held ethical principles; and, be it further (HP) RESOLVED, That the MMS asserts that medical aid-in-dying should be practiced only by a duly licensed physician in conformance with standards of good medical practice and statutory authority; ...
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RESOLVED, That the MMS advocate for the requirement that all medical students enrolled in medical schools in Massachusetts receive training in the administration of nasal naloxone; and, be it further  (D) RESOLVED, That the MMS create and distribute an educational worksheet regarding the signs of opioid overdose and the steps of naloxone administration to Massachusetts medical schools to aid in training.  (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact(Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete
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RESOLVED, That the MMS advocate for the adequate availability of intramuscular and subcutaneous forms of naloxone for first responders and their training; and, be it further (D) RESOLVED, That the MMS supports all national efforts and local endeavors to reduce the cost of naloxone auto-injectors, including compounding generic naloxone into appropriate auto-injectors. (HP) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Out-of-Pocket Expenses)  FTE: Existing Staff (Staff Effort to Complete
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The resolution/report directs:  That the MMS support family leave with job protection and pay for parents to care for newborns and infants; and, be it further (HP) That the MMS work with other appropriate organizations and advocate for improved social and economic support for family leave to care for newborns and infants; and, be it further (D) That the MMS investigate specific state and federal legislative strategies in support of improved early child care, such as increasing the job protected leave time to six months, providing paid leave time for three months, and providing tax deductions for unpaid child care by extended family members. (D) ...
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