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COVID-19 Updates and Resources for the MHAC Network: 3/20-3/26

MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below: Continue reading

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Changes To Expedite Health Care Licensing, Increase Support For Local Boards Of Health And Small Businesses

The Baker-Polito Administration announced further actions to support residents, health care providers, and small businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including several emergency orders expediting the onboarding process of more licensed health care professionals. Continue reading

Updates and Info from Organizations, State Agencies Aid Coronavirus Response

State agencies and organizations are providing valuable information, updates and action in response to the coronavirus.

In addition to those updates from MHAC partners and organizations listed below, people can continue to visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for updates on the coronavirus. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MassUP, Innovative Stable Housing Initiative

Moving Massachusetts Upstream (MassUP) Initiative:

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking partnerships between provider and community-based organizations looking to address upstream social, economic, and environmental barriers to health as part of the “Moving Massachusetts Upstream” (MassUP) initiative. Continue reading

Annual Report on Hospital Readmissions in Mass. Looks at Trends Among Older Adults Patients

Although hospital readmission rates decreased overall in recent years for patients age 65 and older, both the volume and rate of readmissions increase with older patient age groups. For example, patients aged 85 and over had the highest readmission rate in 2018 (17.2%), followed by patients aged 75-84 (17.1%).

This is among a list of findings in the Massachusetts Hospital-Wide Adult All-Payer Readmissions SFY 2011-2018 report produced by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA). The report provides a statewide look at readmissions from Massachusetts acute care hospitals, enabling insights into statewide, regional, and hospital-specific readmission rates, including breakdowns by payer type, discharge setting, and hospital characteristics. Continue reading

‘Good Talk Toolkit’ Released to Aid Advanced Care Planning

Based on public messaging research, the Massachusetts Coalition on Serious Illness Care developed the Good Talk Toolkit to be a resource that supplements your organization’s capacity to build awareness and understanding for advance care planning.

The messaging and campaign are intended to shift the frame of advance care planning away from “end of life” and “life-sustaining treatment choices” towards goals of care, quality of life and shared decision making thus also bringing it into closer alignment with palliative care principles. Continue reading

WebMD/JAHF Surveys Older Adults and Their Caregivers Highlights Opportunity of Community Collaboration

A new survey of more than 2,700 older patients and caregivers from The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) and WebMD assesses opinions on Age-Friendly Health Care, which require attention to what matters to the older person and their caregivers in order to ensure high-value care resulting in consumer satisfaction.

The good news is that 87% of the more than 2,700 respondents to the Driving Towards Age-Friendly Care for the Future survey of older adults and family caregivers report satisfaction with the care they have received in the past 12 months. This high satisfaction, however, has some caveats. Continue reading