The term "alternative medicine" is used to describe healing treatments that are not part of conventional medical training — like acupuncture, massage therapy, or herbal medicine. People used to consider practices like these outside the mainstream, which is why they got the name "alternative." But today more doctors are open to trying them. Learn more about alternative medicine and how to find out what's safe and effective. Get information on seeking treatment and finding a practitioner, plus fact sheets about specific herbs and botanicals, and more.
The Office of Emergency Medical Services licenses all ambulance services that are based in or regularly operate in Massachusetts and certifies ambulance vehicles. Here you can download various license applications; explore administrative requirements for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs); and download EMT forms. You can also find contact information for statewide Ambulance Services, accredited training institutions, instructors, examiners, and certification requirements; other government rules, such as those related to ambulance restocking safe harbor ruling; Massachusetts laws regarding emergency services, and more.
Regular trips to the dentist are an important part of maintaining optimal dental health. Our set of teeth will last us a lifetime with the proper preventive dental care. Learn about the BLOCK Oral Disease Toolkit, which contains useful tools (especially for children with special health care needs) to assist child health providers incorporate oral health into their medical practice. Explore the advances in fluoridation and sealants for preventing child tooth decay. And find out about loan repayment programs designed to help dental professionals repay loans accrued during their education, and more.
Choosing the right health provider can be difficult. Explore these tips on how to make the right decisions, such as finding the right hospital, medical group, or community health center and the right physician, dentist, or personal care attendant (PCA). If you’re a MassHealth provider, you’ll want to check out the provider participation requirements, bulletins on important procedures and reminders, provider manuals, forms, transmittal letters containing manual changes, billing guidelines for paper claim submitters, and more. Important information on women’s health care providers is also included.
Two of the questions dislocated workers often ask are: What happens to my health coverage? What happens to my retirement benefits? Learn more here.
Children and their families who are facing life-limiting (terminal) illness need medical, psychological, social, and spiritual support. Hospice care or palliative care does just that. Its focus is on caring, not curing. Learn more about hospice care, who the hospice team typically includes, where patients can receive hospice care, and more.
When a person requires someone else to help him with his physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time, this is long term care. If you are looking for guidance on how to help a loved one in need of long term care, explore these links. You’ll find information on prescription drug insurance, health insurance counseling services, MassHealth and CommonHealth, which is offered as part of MassHealth for Massachusetts residents with disabilities, long term care nursing faculties, chronic disease and rehab hospitals, coordinated care systems for frail individuals, and more.
If you or a loved one are dealing with a mental health issue such as depression or schizophrenia and have questions about how to apply for mental health services, how to get help with medication decisions, or where to turn for rehabilitative/recovery support and services, the Department of Mental Health (DMH) can help. Explore resources and tools to help improve the health and wellness of residents with psychiatric illness as well as information for everyone interested in making healthy changes. Also learn about the Mass Support Network, recovery learning communities, accredited DMH psychiatric hospitals, and more.
Choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one is a very important decision. Here you can search for a nursing home, evaluate nursing home scores, find the results of the Nursing Home Consumer Satisfaction Scores for the nursing homes you choose, along with Survey Performance Report Card Scores. In addition, you can check out nursing home consumer surveys, regulations, and guidelines, get a list of suggested topics and questions you can use for evaluating a facility, find resources to assist you in your evaluation, get answers to frequently asked questions, and more.
How do you decide when a medical condition rises to the level of a medical "emergency?" Find recommendations from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) here. Also included is a list of warning signs from ACEP and tips on what you should bring with you to the emergency room to ensure you receive the best possible care as quickly as possible.