Medical School Graduation

Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and DPH Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel have coordinated with Massachusetts medical schools to facilitate early graduation of their qualified fourth-year students to allow graduates to support the health care workforce during the COVID-19 response. This coordinated effort includes Boston University School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School,…

Travel Guidance

Beginning March 27, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance will be displayed as posters at service plazas along 1-90 eastbound, distributed as flyers at major transportation hubs and on posted on highway message boards. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms….

Health Care Professional Volunteers

To support ongoing COVID-19 emergency response efforts, the Baker-Polito Administration has partnered with the Massachusetts Medical Society to match volunteers with our communities and health care providers based on skillsets and need. There is an immediate need for respiratory therapists and public health nurses, and the administration is asking health care professionals interested in volunteering…

MassHealth Waiver

By Tiffany Williams – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved, in part, the Baker-Polito Administration’s 1135 waiver to fast-track MassHealth enrollment, streamline administrative requirements for providers and better deliver critically needed health care services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. CMS has approved the following items of the waiver: Enrollment of out-of-state providers…

Federal Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 Response

By Tiffany Williams – In response to Governor Charlie Baker’s request for federal disaster assistance, the White House and FEMA announced today that the President has issued a Major Disaster Declaration that will make federal disaster assistance available beyond what was included in the Emergency Declaration declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020. Public…

11 Veteran Residents Have Died At The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

By Tiffany Williams – At the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, 11 veteran residents have died. Five of the vets who died tested positive for COVID-19 and test results for five others is still pending. Other residents at the home and some staff have also tested positive for the coronavirus. In a tweet Governor Charlie Baker…

Gov. Charlie Baker Not Planning To Issue A Shelter In Place

By Tiffany Williams – On Monday Gov. Charlie Baker held his daily briefing on coronavirus and again the Governor said that he’s not planning to issue a shelter in place or lock down. However this time the Governor used one keyword and that was “yet.” He also said it’s too early to rule it out….

Shareholder Meeting Requirements

Under Massachusetts law, public companies can permit shareholders and their proxies to participate in annual or special shareholder meetings by remote communication, but they are also required to hold a meeting in a physical space that shareholders can attend in person. Given the challenges of meeting such requirements while non-essential workers are required to stay…

Financial Relief For Care Providers

Governor Baker today issued an order providing the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) administrative flexibility to extend financial relief to providers of critical health care and social services that serve EOHHS clients, including members of MassHealth. The financial relief may be in the form of temporary rate adjustments, supplemental payments, and new…