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NEW: Mass Medical Society Policy Opposes Youth Use of E-Cigarettes

Monday, December 09, 2013


At the Massachusetts Medical Society's (MMS) Interim Meeting held on Saturday, resolutions were adopted by physicians on electronic cigarettes, the use of antibiotics in farm animals, physician participation in accountable care organizations, and physician preparedness for public health and disaster response.

The Interim Meeting brought together hundreds of physicians from across the Bay State to consider specific resolutions on public health policy, health care delivery, and organizational administration by the Society’s House of Delegates, its policy-making body. The resolutions adopted by the delegates become policies of the organization.

The policies adopted by the organization include:

Electronic Cigarettes

Delegates voted for a resolution stating that the MMS opposes the marketing, sales, and use of e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery products among youth, particularly for persons under the age of 18, and that the MMS continue to work with state lawmakers and officials to develop strategies to prevent the marketing, sale, and use of those products for individuals within that age group. In voting for the policy, MMS noted that the use of electronic cigarettes by U.S. middle and high-school students (grades 6-12) more than doubled from 3.3 percent in 2011 to 6.8 percent in 2012 according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The Society also expressed concern that the nicotine containing vapor generated from the battery powered e-cigarettes is often flavored, which can make them more appealing to young people and that the use of e-cigarettes has the potential negative impact of nicotine on adolescent brain development and may encourage young non-smokers to become users of conventional cigarettes or other tobacco products.

Use of Antibiotics

Declaring that the widespread use of antibiotics in animal husbandry presents a threat to personal and public health by increasing the resistance to antibiotics, physicians resolved to educate the public about the antibiotic resistance that arises from excessive use of non-therapeutic doses of antibiotics in farm animals and to advocate for legislation and regulations that prohibit the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in farm animals in the Commonwealth.

Accountable Care Organizations

With the rapid growth of ACOs as a new model of health care delivery, the MMS adopted an extensive policy on physician participation in these organizations to include such considerations as eligibility, use of health information technology, transparency of information, governance, management and administration, legal and contractual compliance, and standards for quality of care and clinical practice.

Physician Preparedness and Disaster Response

Stating that emergency preparedness and disaster response training are essential parts of public health and with the marathon bombing still in memory, delegates voted to engage physicians in preparedness efforts and to support the development of emergency preparedness and disaster response resources for physicians.

Physicians also voted for resolutions to begin developing guidelines and policies on health information technology mandates imposed by statutes and regulations and to advocate for a more open and affordable process to meeting those mandates; to advocate for legislation to provide funding for the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a three-year-old agency that brings attention to perinatal public health and safety issues; and to establish principles on maintenance of licensure for physicians. Other resolutions were related to the organization’s bylaws and administrative procedures.


Related Slideshow: Central MA Non-Profit Hospital CEO Pay, From Least To Most

Here are the total annual compensation amounts for the CEOs of the four non-profit hospital groups in Central Massachusetts. The source is each hospital group’s latest available 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, which is filed with the IRS and available at Guidestar.org. The CEOs are shown here, from lowest to highest total compensation.

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#4 Winfield Brown

Salary: $192,828

President and CEO, Heywood Healthcare, with campuses in Athol and Gardner

Note: Henry Heywood Memorial Hospital and Athol Memorial Hospital merged in January 2013 to form Heywood Health Care. Brown, who had been president and CEO of Athol Memorial, became head of Heywood Health Care in August 2011. Daniel Moen, who had been president and CEO of Henry Heywood Memorial, was terminated in January 2011. His total compensation for fiscal 2011 was $993,456.

Latest available 1099 filing: Athol Memorial

Latest available 1099 filing: Henry Heywood Memorial

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#3 Edward Moore

Salary: $461,607

President and CEO, Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge

Latest available 1099 filing

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#2 Francis Saba

Salary: $603,232

CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford

Latest available 1099 filing

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#1 John O'Brien

Salary: $2,358,455

Former President and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care, with campuses in Worcester, Clinton, Leominster, Marlboro and Palmer

Note: John O’Brien retired as president and CEO in January 2013. Dr. Eric Dickson, MD, became the new president and CEO the following month. The UMass Memorial news release announcing Dickson’s appointment did not include his compensation package. According to UMass Memorial’s latest available 1099 form, Dickson received a total of $650,589 in compensation during the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2012.

Latest available 1099 filing


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