Health Care Reform in Spotlight as MMS Interim Meeting Opens

Mario Motta, MMS President Waltham may not be Washington, but the conversations about how to overhaul health care were as impassioned here as in our nation’s capitol, as the MMS House of Delegates opened its 2009 Interim Meeting.

During his report to the House, Society President Mario Motta, M.D., called on physicians to stay engaged in all facets of the state’s fledgling payment reform process.

“We simply cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and let others define the problems or the solutions,” Dr. Motta said. “It is inconceivable to have health care reform without physician input and participation.” Dr. Motta also called on doctors “to do a better job managing our complex patients, “ and to “support programs – and payment systems – that help us work better together.”

Following the opening session, Dr. Motta and MMS President-Elect Alice Coombs, M.D., summarized the current status of federal and state payment reform and the Society’s present and future advocacy strategies. As delegates broke to attend reference committee hearings, many headed for Reference Committee A, where five resolutions related to health system reform were up for debate.

The full House meets again Saturday morning to debate the resolutions.

We’ll report on the deliberations on this blog, the MMS Twitter feed, and the MMS Facebook page.

Federal Health Reform Slides

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Payment Reform Slides

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