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Recommendations: 1. That the Massachusetts Medical Society reaffirm for one year the Special Committee Renewals Criteria policy and the report adopted at A-13, which reads as follows: Committees (Special Committee Renewals Criteria) All requests for approval of committee continuance should include a brief written evaluation and recommendation by the Board of Trustees based on: • How well the committee met its stated objectives • Frequency of meetings and attendance • Evidence of an effective work product • Additional evidence (such as educational benefit, publications, increased membership, etc.) • Reasonable cost to the Massachusetts Medical ...
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(Due to significant length of this report, recommendations are not posted below, but can be found in the Delegates’ Handbook. Should you wish to testify on a policy((cies)), please indicate the policy # and heading; for example a1, {topic heading})
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Recommendation: That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt in lieu of its Cloning policy, reaffirmed for six months at I-20, the following updated policy, set forth in Opinion 4.2.6 of the American Medical Association Code of Ethics, “Cloning for Reproductive Purposes,” which reads as follows: Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is the process in which the nucleus of a somatic cell of an organism is transferred into an enucleated oocyte. Cloning for reproduction, that is, the application of SCNT to create a human embryo that shares all of its nuclear genes with the donor of the human somatic cell, has been debated as having possible clinical benefit. ...
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Recommendation: That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt in lieu of its Gifts to Physicians from Industry policy, reaffirmed for six months at I-20, the following updated policy, set forth in Opinion 9.6.2 of the American Medical Association Code of Ethics, “Gifts to Physicians from Industry,” which reads as follows: Relationships among physicians and professional medical organizations and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies help drive innovation in patient care and contribute to the economic well-being of the community to the ultimate benefit of patients and the public. However, an increasingly urgent challenge for both medicine ...
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Recommendation: That the House of Delegates approve the proposed membership dues for calendar year 2022. Physicians: Current: Proposed: Introductory: $100 $200 Family (two phys. in same household): $225 $275 Regular (second year and beyond): $300 $350 Military: * Dues are exempt if on active military duty Current member price of NEJM Out-of-state: $150 $175 Life Membership Calculated based on age Senior / Emeritus Senior and Emeritus are dues exempt per bylaws Free Free Residents: One-year ...
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Recommendation: That the Massachusetts Medical Society develop guidelines to require that online written and live-spoken testimony in response to reports and resolutions presented meet the highest ethical standards, and that in their responses, delegates refrain from using language that is demeaning toward its contents or its constituents of any creed, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender, including women physicians. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Estimated Expenses) Estimated Staff Effort to Complete Directive(s): One-Time Expense of $3,500
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Recommendations: 1. That the House of Delegates operationalize their goal of greater gender equity by aiming for parity in women physician delegates within three years. (D) 2. That the MMS update and distribute educational materials to members regarding the role of the House of Delegates in policy making, with explicit inclusion of benefits associated with gender equity in the creation of strong policy. (D) 3. That the MMS create an internal campaign using existing MMS web/print channels and emails to recruit women physicians for delegate and other medical society leadership positions. (D) 4. That the MMS educate district leadership on specific strategies ...
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1. RESOLVED, That the MMS acknowledges civic voting as a dimension of public health and potential driver of health outcomes; and, be it further (HP) 2. RESOLVED, That the MMS encourage medical schools and entities employing health care professionals to target and facilitate 100 percent eligible employee voter registration; and, be it further (D) 3. RESOLVED, That the MMS improve voting access for MMS members via regular MMS-facilitated dissemination of non-partisan election information for local, state, and national elections, including but not limited to date and polling location reminders, and information regarding registration, absentee ballot request, ...
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Recommendations: 1. That the MMS collaborate with appropriate governing bodies (e.g., Association of American Medical Colleges, American Council for Graduate Medical Education) to support the requirement of sexual and gender minority (SGM) content in undergraduate and graduate medical education. (D) 2. That the MMS collaborate with appropriate governing bodies (e.g., Board of Registration in Medicine, state legislature) to ensure continuing education requirements include training specific to SGM health. (D) 3. That the MMS work with appropriate specialty societies and governing bodies to ensure continuing education, including training specific to SGM ...
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Recommendations: 1. That the Massachusetts Medical Society request that the Bylaws be amended as appropriate to create an Early Career Physician Section (ECPS). The ECPS would be composed of all MMS members aged 40 or younger or within the first eight years of practice (whichever occurs later). The purpose of the section would be to provide a forum for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and leadership development for early career physicians in the Commonwealth and provide leadership training opportunities and resources targeting early career physicians. (D) 2. That the MMS Early Career Physician Section (ECPS) be entitled to one delegate in the House of Delegates, ...
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Recommendation: 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”): ITEM A BOT Informational Report I-20–1a MMS Committees: FY20 and FY21 Activities and Initiatives CHAPTER 11 • Committees • • • 11.02 Committee Member Selection The members of the Committee on Nominations and the Committee on Legislation shall be appointed by the districts as provided in 3.14 and 11.041. The chair of the Committee on Nominations and the Judicial Committee shall each be selected by the members of ...
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Recommendation: That the Massachusetts Medical Society adopt as amended the Principles for Physician Employment policy adopted at A-13 to reads as follows: HOSPITALS Hospital/Organized Medical Staff/Employed Physicians The Massachusetts Medical Society adopts the following Principles for Physician Employment: Principles for Physician Employment 1. Addressing Conflicts of Interest   (a) A physician’s paramount responsibility is to his or her patients. Additionally, an employed physician is likely to feel some sense of obligation to his or her employer. This divided loyalty can create conflicts of interest, such as financial incentives to over- ...
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1. RESOLVED, That the MMS supports and prioritizes high-quality care at preventive annual well visits, including recommended screening, behavioral health integration, preventive care measures, care coordination, and other individualized care needs, for all populations; and, be it further (HP) 2. RESOLVED, That the MMS advocate to other stakeholders, such as Massachusetts Health Quality Partners and the American Medical Association, to develop updated guidance for reasonable and appropriate panel sizes and optimal visit times for office visits and preventive care visits in all populations, with consideration of existing recommendations for screening, behavioral ...
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1. RESOLVED, That the MMS convene a meeting of commercial health plans and MassHealth stakeholders with the goal of creating a single, comprehensive, online, EMR-accessible, cross-referenced formulary list arranged by drug category that will allow all stakeholders, including the pharmacy, to clearly show which medication of the same class is approved by each individual patient’s insurance plan; and, be it further (D) 2. RESOLVED, That the MMS supports the eventual goal of a single, nationally adopted, pharmacy formulary for all patients, which will allow for further cost savings and reduction of pharmacy time spent on burdensome and unnecessary administrative ...
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1. RESOLVED, That the MMS act, including advocating to the commissioner of the Division of Insurance, to oppose attempts by Blue Cross Blue Shield and any other insurance agency to place a preauthorization process into the prescribing of appropriate opioid medication, which is already subject to good clinical practice, science, and the law; and, be it further (D) 2. RESOLVED, That the MMS oppose proposed legislation introducing unnecessary paperwork into the patient-physician relationship especially as it can interfere with timely treatment for acute illnesses. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Estimated Expenses) Estimated Staff Effort to Complete ...
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Recommendation: That the Massachusetts Medical Society reaffirm the following policy in lieu of Resolution I-19 B-103: The MMS will 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) The 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) MMS House of Delegates, 4/29/17 Fiscal Note: ...
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RESOLVED, That our Massachusetts Medical Society advocate to third-party payers that a medical peer should be available as part of the appeals process for claims payment rejection or reduction based on diagnosis and coding payment rules, as well as other non-administrative issues, should a physician request such review. (D) Fiscal Note: No Significant Impact (Estimated Expenses) Estimated Staff Effort to Complete Directive(s): One-Time Expense of $1,500
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RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts Medical Society create and promote an online resource that organizes and revises (as needed) the current resources available from state and national medical societies regarding lessons learned and best practices for physicians in private practice in Massachusetts when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics. (D) Fiscal Note:                                                     No Significant Impact (Estimated Expenses) Estimated Staff Effort to Complete Directive(s):                                One-Time Expense of $3,000
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