Meeting with Sen. Scott Brown Highlights MMS National Advocacy Efforts

photo by the Office of Governor Patrick, via flickrMMS physicians held their first meeting with newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown on Tuesday afternoon, and the session produced a “good exchange of ideas,” said MMS President Mario Motta, M.D.  The meeting was held as part of the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference, held over three days in Washington.

“It was a very cordial meeting,” Dr. Motta said of the 40-minute session with Brown and his staff. “I think we laid the groundwork for a long-term collaborative effort with him to improve health care. We were able to present our viewpoints on key issues, he listened carefully, and he indicated he wanted to work with us. We look forward to an ongoing dialogue with him, just as we have had with every member of our Congressional delegation.”

Physicians were scheduled to meet with every member of the delegation or their staffs. A meeting with Senator John Kerry was on tap for Wednesday afternoon, and sessions with Representatives Markey, Delahunt, Lynch, McGovern, Neal, Tsongas, Tierney, Olver, and Capuano and their staffs occurred over Tuesday and Wednesday. A previous meeting was held with Congressman Barney Frank in his district.

Some 35 physicians, residents, and medical students from Massachusetts attended the event in Washington.  The National Advocacy Conference gives physicians the opportunity to share their concerns and perspectives on a range of health care issues affecting physicians, patients, and the health care industry. Among the major issues MMS members discussed were the Medicare payment formula for physicians, defensive medicine, and health care reform.

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