Interim Meeting 2008

MMS House of Delegates Meets This Weekend

Posted in Interim Meeting 2008, Interim Meeting 2009 on December 3rd, 2009 by MMS – Comments Off on MMS House of Delegates Meets This Weekend

House of DelegatesHealth care reform and payment reform will be major topics of discussion this weekend when the chief policymaking body of the MMS convenes for its semi-annual, or interim, meeting.

The first session Friday starts with remarks from MMS President Mario Motta, MD. After that,  Dr. Motta and MMS President-Elect Alice Coombs, will speak to the House about the current status of federal reform and state payment reform, with a question and answer period from delegates.

Then, the House’s three reference committees will get together to review and take testimony from Society members for about two dozen proposed resolutions. The full House of Delegates meets all day Saturday to vote on the resolutions.

What We’ll Do

  • We’ll publish updates on the home page of our website.
  • We’ll blog and post Twitter updates about the opening sessions, the reference committee hearings and the House of Delegates session.
  • We’ll post videos and PowerPoint slides of these events where possible.

Interim Meeting Concludes

Posted in Interim Meeting 2008 on November 15th, 2008 by MMS – Comments Off on Interim Meeting Concludes

The MMS House of Delegates concluded their Interim Meeting this afternoon after working through 34 reports and resolutions. Among their votes:

  • They adopted a strong report expressing their concerns about the advent of retail-based health clinics in Massachusetts.
  • They approved several measures to address the shortage of the primary care physicians in Massachusetts.
  • They adopted several policies regarding the investigation of adverse medical events, and related billing issues.
  • They approved a resolution supporting a ban on the sale of tobacco products in facilities that provide health care services.

The MMS news release is available here.

The text and disposition of resolutions will be made available to MMS members next week at www.massmed.org/interim08.

2008 Interim Meeting: President’s Report

Posted in Interim Meeting 2008 on November 14th, 2008 by MMS – Comments Off on 2008 Interim Meeting: President’s Report

The Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates began this morning
with remarks from MMS President Bruce Auerbach, who called on delegates
to be bold and creative in their solutions to health care's problems.

He
said the public wants physicians to lead the development of health care
solutions, and "we must not squander this opportunity."

He
said, "People trust us with their lives, because we have earned it.
They are now willing to trust us with the redesign of their health care
system. Let's use the weekend to prove to them that we remain worthy of
that trust."

Dr. Auerbach also urged delegates to align with the leadership of the Society to invest its resources wisely, and with discipline, given the current conditions of the financial markets and the economy.

Interim Meeting Begins

Posted in Health Policy, Interim Meeting 2008 on November 14th, 2008 by MMS – Comments Off on Interim Meeting Begins

The Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates began this morning with remarks from MMS President Bruce Auerbach, who called on delegates to be bold and creative in their solutions to health care's problems.

He said the public wants physicians to lead the development of health care solutions, and "we must not squander this opportunity."

He said, "People trust us with their lives, because we have earned it. They are now willing to trust us with the redesign of their health care system. Let's use the weekend to prove to them that we remain worthy of that trust."

The House of Delegates will vote on 34 resolutions tomorrow during the second day of its meeting. Today, reference committees heard testimony and comments on the resolutions, which cover topics in health policy, public health, and MMS administrative matters.

Read the full text of the speech.