Richard M. Dupee
DATE/PLACE OF BIRTH: August 11, 1945 Boston, Massachusetts
EDUCATION: Tufts University, 1967, Tufts University School of Medicine, 1971;
POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Newton Wellesley Hospital & New England Medical Center, 1971 - 1974
CERTIFICATION: ABIM – 1975 ABIM – Geriatrics, 1990 - 2000
PRESENT POSITION: Chief - Geriatrics Service - Tufts Medical Center
ACP ACTIVITIES: FACP - 1992, AGSF - 1998, Manuscript Reviewer - Annals - 2003 - Present
HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Tufts Medical Center - Chief Geriatrics Service, Newton Wellesley Hospital - Active Status, MetroWest Medical Center - Active Status
OTHER APPOINTMENTS: President – Massachusetts Geriatrics Society - 2005 - 2008, COSAR - American Geriatrics Society, President & CEO - Wellesley Medical Associates & MedWest, LLC, Medical Director & Founder - Alliance for Quality Care
AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Alzheimer’s Disease & Polypharmacy
I was honored when asked by my colleagues if I would run for Governor of the the Massachusetts chapter of the ACP. I have just completed a second stint as President of the Massachusetts Geriatrics Society, so I feel that I’m pretty well-qualified to take on the responsibilities inherent in this position.
My goal as Governor is to continue the success of our high-quality CME conferences, but also to broaden the topics, to include conferences on coding, billing, and health information technology. As an internist and geriatrician, I am especially interested in end-of-life care, one of the most costly line-items in the Medicare budget.
The current payment system for providers is broken, both Medicare and commercial. We are under-paid for the time spent in caring for patients with multiple co-morbidities. Some insurers are down-coding our office visits with no rationale. The administrative costs, including CEO payments for some commercial insurers, are absurd.
Access to care is a huge issue in this state and in our country. There is a dire need for primary care physicians. As Governor, I plan to work aggressively with state and federal legislators to design a more efficient and financially fair care delivery system.
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