Interim Meeting 2009

MMS House Rejects “Imposition” of Capitated Payments

Posted in Interim Meeting 2009 on December 5th, 2009 by MMS – 1 Comment

IMG_1031-loAfter nearly three hours of strenuous debate, the MMS House of Delegates this morning approved two separate policies that oppose the “imposition of capitation on physicians and groups” and mandatory “universal” global payment systems statewide.

During the debate, MMS President Mario Motta, M.D., reminded delegates that the Society’s current position is to oppose any form of payment being imposed on physicians who are not ready and willing to participate voluntarily.

President-Elect Alice Coombs, M.D., who served on the state Payment Reform Commission, agreed that current MMS advocacy aligns with today’s adopted policy.

In other action:

  • The House acknowledged that defensive medicine is a major contributor to rising health care costs and adopted policy stating that “liability reform should be a priority in health-care legislation.”
  • Delegates rejected a resolution that would have had the Society support a “public universal health insurance system.” The Society conditionally supports a “public option” as one way to achieve universal coverage, but favors an overall “pluralistic” approach to achieving that. During floor debate, past MMS President Joseph Heyman, M.D., said lawmakers and the public currently deem a single-payer plan to be “politically unacceptable.”
  • The House opposed the construction of three large-scale biomass plants in western Massachusetts because of their “unacceptable health risk.” It wants such plants declared ineligible for renewable energy tax credits, and urged the state to adopt policies that would minimize approval and construction of new biomass power plants.

Health Care Reform in Spotlight as MMS Interim Meeting Opens

Posted in Health Reform, Interim Meeting 2009, Payment Reform Commission on December 4th, 2009 by MMS – Comments Off on 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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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.