Emergency Preparedness


Healthcare organizations face emergencies as widely varied as mass casualty incidents to infectious disease threats. The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association offers members the latest information on those threats with guidance from a wide range of state, federal and clinical resources.
Even though incidences of influenza in Massachusetts dropped slightly last week as compared to the week before, DPH still considers flu "widespread" and at "high" intensity.
Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), along with several Democratic Senate and House members, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), announced the release of three bills intended to lower drug prices.
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Massachusetts General Hospital is just one of two hospitals nationwide to receive an important federal grant to develop a regional plan for delivering medical care during an emergency.
Congratulations to Lawrence General Hospital which treated a large influx of patients from the gas explosions that rocked the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.
In the event of a public health or medical emergency, a wide-scale threat or a disaster, will you be ready?
Massachusetts DPH last week issued advisories about Hepatitis A and West Nile virus.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge threw out a MNA lawsuit that challenged Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s mandatory flu vaccination policy for employees.
Hospitals are still reporting that they are low on IV bags, saline and emergency products.
After the state experienced a small dip in the flu during the first two weeks of January, last week flu cases spiked upward.
Since 1976 there have been 17 federal government shutdowns.
The harsh flu season has resulted in a spike in boarding at Massachusetts acute care hospital emergency departments.
There's been a nationwide shortage of IV fluids through injection bags since Hurricane Maria disrupted production facilities in Puerto Rico.
Massachusetts DPH and the Mass. Adult Immunization Coalition will hold the 23rd Annual Mass. Adult Immunization Conference on Tuesday, April 10.
As of the end of last week, about 34% of Puerto Rico residents lacked electrical power and in some parts of the island at least 10% of the residents didn’t have running water.
Providers participating in the Medicaid or Medicare program are facing new “Conditions of Participation”
HB1162, HB1219, SB1265 Emergency Medical Services; Vital Records; Disposition of Remains
SB2208 An Act Relative to the Scheduling of Employees
SB1193 An Act Relative to Emergency and Disaster Planning For Healthcare Providers
HB2469 / SB1214 An Act to Enhance Access to Prescription Information and Overdose Reporting for Care Coordination