The latest information on COVID-19, a novel coronavirus.



The latest information on COVID-19, a novel coronavirus.


Massachusetts hospitals are dedicated to ensuring safe patient care and providing the our caregivers with the safest possible environments to conduct their lifesaving work. They have responded heroically to the pandemic, creating separate COVID units, standing-up field hospitals across the state, vaccinating individuals, and continuing their day-today provision of medical care for non-COVID patients in a safe and effective manner.


Hospitals are playing an important role in vaccinating Massachusetts residents. They are currently following all state guidance as they allocate vaccines, and are committed to keeping patients updated on the latest developments - including details on general public vaccination.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the state’s COVID-19 webpage. Through the webpage, you can:

  • Check when you are available to get vaccinated
  • Find a vaccinating site near you
  • Sign up for an appointment
  • Prepare for your appointment and fill out the attestation form


Please note that there is no need to call your doctor or hospital to sign up to be vaccinated. They will contact you directly when you qualify and will help walk you through the process. Have other questions about the COVID-19 vaccines? Refer to this FAQ to learn more.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is it? How does it spread? How do I protect myself? What about my pet and the novel coronavirus?  Check here for answers to these and other common questions.

Federal Waivers

In certain circumstances, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services using section 1135 of the Social Security Act can temporarily modify or waive certain Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, or HIPAA requirements, called 1135 waivers. Click here to view a list of waivers relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Executive Orders

The Baker Administration under the emergency order issued on March 10 has used its authority to grant a series of emergency orders and guidance documents to ease restrictions on providers responding to the pandemic. Click here for a list of these orders


MHA’s Strategic Partner, Symmetry Workforce Solutions, is offering MHA members free access to a rapid response option for your supplemental staffing needs via their parent company, Aya Healthcare. Aya is proactively qualifying a workforce of nurses, respiratory therapists, and other staff that may be needed to respond rapidly to the situation. To date, more than 20 state hospital associations are participating and Aya has engaged more than 500,000 clinicians regarding interest and opportunities to serve across the U.S. For information, contact Diane Adams, RN, at or (609) 240-5006; Guy Evans, at or (732) 245-0212; or MHA’s Jim Vahey at

Caring for the Caregiver: COVID-19 Resources

MHA has assembled resources to support caregiver wellbeing during this challenging time. The list at the link here includes timely webinars, articles, toolkits and more with information on stress management, self-care, and caregiver support.

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Happenings on Beacon Hill

Massachusetts is recognized as a national leader in healthcare, whether in its delivery or in the efforts to reform how can be provided more efficiently and cost-effectively. The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association represents healthcare providers by working with legislators and regulators to make sure their voices are heard in the ongoing day-to-day business of providing high quality, lower-cost care.

Happenings on Capitol Hill

The Massachusetts congressional delegation works tirelessly to ensure Washington decision-makers on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies hear the needs and concerns of the Commonwealth’s healthcare providers. The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association works closely with our delegation by sharing strategic information and perspective on the healthcare environment.
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News & Media

There’s always a lot going on in healthcare, so stay up to date with MHA’s help. Find our latest updates, or get the information delivered to your inbox via RSS feed. MHA members and subscribers can also sign in for access to our Monday Report newsletter and daily compilations of healthcare news. For media requests, contact Sam Melnick at (781) 262-6091, and email Communications for all other requests.

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The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association offers healthcare leaders and professionals cost effective learning opportunities to understand and address emerging issues, learn and share best practices, and comply with legal and regulatory requirements.

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