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.
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On March 6, the president signed an $8.3 billion funding bill for COVID-19-related activities for the United States and abroad.
03.04.2020  | Coronavirus
Information and resources on the Coronavirus
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DPH reports that the risk of the novel coronavirus – newly named Covid-19 last week by the World Health Organization – is still low in Massachusetts.
As of late last week, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had spread to more than 8,000 people around the world (but mostly in China) and has caused more than 210 deaths in China.
DPH last week informed hospitals and other providers to be on the lookout for potential coronavirus patients.
09.02.2019  | Are You Prepared?
DPH’s Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management has announced details of its “Know, Plan, Prepare” campaign to alert individuals and organizations about disaster preparedness materials.
The U.S. House of Representatives on June 4 passed S.1379, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019, which the Senate had passed in May.
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.
11.19.2018  | Another Flu Reminder
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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.

Resources

Click on the link below for timely webinars, articles, toolkits and more with information on stress management, self-care, and caregiver support. (April 2020)

Click on the link below for the MMS-MHA Joint Task Force on Physician Burnout and Reliant Medical Group white paper on EHR best practices to reduce clinician burnout (April 2019).

Click on the link below for the MMS/HSPH/MHA report on physician burnout (January 2019).


Click on the link below to see The Massachusetts Behavioral Health System Report: Implications of Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios (August 2018).