June 15, 2016

The Medical Society had an excellent meeting this past Wednesday.  Before the council meeting we reviewed our annual budget audit with the finance committee (we are in good shape), followed by an excellent discussion, led by Seddon Savage, MD, about making training for MAT (medication-assisted therapy) for those suffering from opioid addiction more easily accessible for NH physicians.  We discussed the agenda for the annual scientific session Nov. 4-6, which will include presentations on the ongoing opioid crisis, rules and regulations on the prescribing of medical marijuana, and innovative models for the delivery of primary care.  At the end of the meeting, we heard about the challenges facing the mental health providers at the New Hampshire State Hospital as they undergo transition from one employer to another, and how this might serve as an example of the potential risks associated with allowing health care reform to lead to a model of corporate medicine without working towards an equally robust provider-led model to achieve an appropriate balance between the realities requiring a financially sustainable system and the primary mission of ensuring the health and well-being of our fellow citizens. 

John R. Butterly, MD