On December 11, 2018, the ACS State Affairs team presented a webinar, which is available for viewing. With a new state legislative year on the horizon, they share the tools made available by the College to engage in advocacy and public policy issues in the state legislature, as well as best practice experiences on planning and executing advocacy programs by ACS Chapters. Review the agenda.
For questions, contact Christopher Johnson, MA State Affairs Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne C. Larkin, MD, FACS, MCACS President,
UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester
Peter T. Masiakos, MD, FACS; MCACS Treasurer & ACS Governor,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
A View from the Street
William B. Evans, Commissioner, Boston Police Department
Allison F. Bauer, JD, LICSW, Department of Public Health, Substance Addiction Services
An Epidemic of Opioid-Related Death
Sarah E. Wakeman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Robert A DeLeo, Speaker of the House
Surgeons and the Opioid Epidemic: Time for a Surgical Culture Change?
Haytham M. Kaafarani, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
John Collins Warren Award Presentation
Karyn Polito, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
A Call for Procedure Specific Opioid Administration Strategies
Michael Reinhorn, MD, FACS, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton
Peter Koutoujian, Sheriff of Middlesex County
Surgical Opioid Prescribing Practices: The MCACS Survey
Edward M. Kwasnik, MD, FACS, Brigham and Women's Hospital at South Shore, Weymouth
James J. O'Day, Representative of the 14th District
MCACS Resident Advocate Awardee
Erica Kane, MD, MPH, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield
Preparation for Legislative Office Visits
Christopher L. Johnson, American College of Surgeons, Washington, DC
There were over 80 attendees at the 5th MCACS Advocacy Day comprising medical personnel, government officials, law enforcement, legislators and their staff. Peter T. Masiakos, MD, FACS of Massachusetts General Hospital moderated a morning panel of speakers including: Sarah E. Wakeman MD and Haytham M. Kaafarani, MD, MPH of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Michael Reinhorn, MD, FACS of Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton; and Edward M. Kwasnik, MD, FACS of Brigham & Women's Surgical Associates at South Shore, Weymouth. William Evans, Boston Police Commissioner, spoke on the effect of the opioid crisis on the local population. Allison F. Bauer, JD, LICSW Director of the Department of Public Health's Bureau of Substance Addition Services, spoke on the role of the surgeons on the front line of the epidemic. Anne C. Larkin, MD, FACS, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MCACS President, set the tone at the beginning of the day and presented the 5th John Collins Warren Award to Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, who also accepted the award for Governor Charlie Baker. Christopher Johnson, State Affairs Associate of the American College of Surgeons, concluded the morning by preparing attendees for afternoon visits with their legislators.
Led by seasoned surgical Fellows with participation from residents and students, grassroots advocacy helps us build and sustain relationships with our federal legislators through local interactions. Periodic meetings in your MA district office enable us to advocate on issues critical to surgery, demonstrating to members of Congress that we are trusted resources on healthcare policy. With your help, we can continue to foster relationships that we have initiated with our legislators. Read below what your colleagues have been doing and consider becoming an MCACS Surgeon Advocate by sending your contact information to the MCACS office.
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|MCACS member, Dr. David King, of the Massachusetts General Hospital, has been teaching limb and junctional bleeding control to lay persons for years. His first efforts, training all the elementary school teachers at a parochial school in Boston, pre-dated the Stop The Bleed campaign. Since the Stop The Bleed campaign began, the public visibility and interest in limb and junctional bleeding control has increased. Dr. King shared his knowledge during the September 20, 2016 MCACS Lobby Day. Now he is taking the lead in exporting this training to other schools, civic groups, police departments, and other first responders.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the ACS hosted an Advocacy Day in the Great Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, September 20th from 9 am to 2 pm.
The event featured a panel on the surgical response to firearm violence. Guest speakers included Peter Koutoujian, Sheriff of Middlesex County; Dr. Eric Goralnick of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Dr. David King of MGH; Dr. Michael Hirsh of UMass Memorial Medical Center; William Evans, Boston Police Commission; and Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker of the House.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
(ACS) honored President Pro Tempore Richard T. Moore (D- Uxbridge)
and Representative Viriato Manuel deMacedo (R-Plymouth)
for their advocacy and leadership in helping to secure funding for 1.5 full-time positions for the Massachusetts State Trauma Registry. The event took place on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in the Ether Dome at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Department of Public Health will use these positions to study trauma care in Massachusetts and research the outcomes of every trauma patient who visits an emergency department in the state. Funding for these positions was a part of the overall all state budget for 2014-2015 which was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Deval L. Patrick (D) in August.
In the photo from left to right: Robert DeLeo, MA Speaker of the House; Peter Masiakos, MD, FACS-MCACS Council Member and its Chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee; Senator Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) President Pro Tempore; Representative Viriato Manuel deMacedo (R-Plymouth); Terry Buchmiller, MD, FACS-MCACS President; Dr Peter Slavin, President of MGH
For many years, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has sponsored an annual spring Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. I have had the good fortune of participating in several of these events, which provide a wonderful chance for Fellows, ACS chapter officers, Governors and Regents, as well as young surgeons to learn about the legislative process and to gather with colleagues who face similar challenges. The program is growing: nearly 450 surgeons attended in 2014, up from 350 in 2013. However, we must do more to encourage greater participation of Fellows in advocacy and to foster collaboration between surgeons and policymakers, especially considering the relative number of representatives (435), senators (100), and Fellows of the College (approximately 79,600).
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We are pleased to report on the success of the second annual Surgical Advocacy Summit
at the State House on Beacon Hill in Boston on November 19, 2013 that was sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MCACS). There were over 100 participants including surgeons, medical personnel and legislators and their aides. A panel discussion about "The Surgical Experience and Impressions of the Marathon Bombing on April 15" was moderated by Mr. Steven Baddour and there were presentations by Dr. Frederick Millham of Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Chairman of the State Trauma Committee, Dr. George Velmahos of Mass General Hospital, Dr. Peter Burke of Boston Medical Center, and Dr. Russell Nauta of Mount Auburn Hospital. Mr. Robert DeLeo, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, received the second John Collins Warren Award. Senate President Therese Murray presented citations to representatives of the State's trauma centers and registrants met personally with their legislators and aides. A "white paper"
was presented to the legislators and an article
about the event was posted in the Boston Globe on November 19th. Photos of the event can be viewed here
2013 Advocacy Day Agenda