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Lynda Young Becomes 129th MMS President

Posted in Annual Meeting 2011, Videos on May 24th, 2011 by MMS – Comments Off on Lynda Young Becomes 129th MMS President

Worcester pediatrician Lynda Young, MD, became the 129th president of the Massachusetts Medical Society last week, delivering an address that extolled the benefits of the small physician practice, and committing the Society to leading by working together with others.

She said, “Our bedrock principle is to keep the physician and patient in control of clinical decision-making.  I agree that health care must be affordable. And I understand that decision-making is not a simple matter anymore.

“But if we lose sight of this central relationship – the physician-patient relationship — we lose health care — not health care as we know it – but health care itself.”

President’s Report: Make Our Society Stronger

Posted in Annual Meeting 2011, Videos on May 20th, 2011 by MMS – Comments Off on President’s Report: Make Our Society Stronger

The address of MMS President Alice Coombs, MD, at the Opening Session of the Massachusetts Medical Society House of Delegates, May 19, 2011.

Read the related news release from MMS.

JudyAnn Bigby Talks to MMS About Payment Reform and ACOs

Posted in Accountable Care Organizations, Annual Meeting 2011, Health Reform, Payment Reform, Videos on May 19th, 2011 by MMS – Comments Off on JudyAnn Bigby Talks to MMS About Payment Reform and ACOs

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby offered a little something for everyone at this morning’s opening session of the MMS House of Delegates.

After emphatically defending the state’s record on health reform, Dr. Bigby told the delegates that she agrees with the MMS payment reform principle that “one size doesn’t fit all.” Bigby also delighted some in the audience when she said, “We don’t believe that hospitals should be the center of the universe for ACOs. … We envision a wide range, a diversity of integrated providers.”

She also strongly criticized the proposed federal rules for Medicare ACOs. “We have a challenge getting the federal government to understand if they put out those types of regulations and those types of restrictions … it’s going to hamstring us all in being innovative and being able to create entities in Massachusetts that represent much more diverse entities that they envision.”

Dr. Bigby also said the state will soon invite providers to suggest how the state should design payment models that support the delivery of integrated care. She said the feedback will help the state design demonstration projects for different payment models.