Throughout the COVID public health emergency, all Massachusetts hospitals have been and will continue to provide emergency care for all patients.
Effective May 18, acute care hospitals that attest to meeting specific capacity and safety standards, such as having adequate PPE and certain workforce and patient protections, may resume a limited set of non-emergency services in-person. Allowable in-person procedures and services are limited to those that, based on the provider’s clinical judgment, constitute:
- High-priority preventative services, including pediatric care, immunizations, and chronic disease care for high-risk patients; and
- Urgent procedures that cannot be delivered remotely and would lead to high risk or significant worsening of the patient’s condition if deferred, based on the provider’s clinical judgment.
Here is the current list of facilities attesting they have met the standards (individual attestation forms can be found on the hospitals’ websites):
- Acute Care Hospital Attestations
Received as of 5 p.m. on May 28, 2020 in HCFRS
A chart of hospital bed occupancy and availability as reported by Massachusetts hospitals is available in the Dashboard on COVID-19 Response Reporting
Alternate Medical Sites
Temporary alternate medical sites (or “Field Medical Stations”) opened at Worcester’s DCU Center, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Joint Base in Cape Cod, UMass Dartmouth, and UMass Lowell. Currently, only the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center continues to operate. These alternate medical sites provided additional medical care capacity for hospitals in Massachusetts.
Command Center Surge Modeling
April 2, 2020 Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Outlines COVID-19 Surge Modeling, Response Efforts To Boost Hospital Capacity