Crisis Standards of Care Planning Guidance for the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Overview: "In March of 2020, a Crisis Standards of Care Advisory Working Group ('the Working Group') was convened by the Commissioner of Public Health to prepare guidance in the event of the potential scarcity of necessary medical treatment resources in the Commonwealth caused by a surge in need due to the number of people suffering from COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. This Committee included medical experts and ethicists from across the Commonwealth, representing both large academic medical centers and community hospitals, and was charged with expeditiously developing recommendations for ethical, equitable and transparent guidelines for providing acute care during a crisis. The Committee issued its original guidance document on April 7, 2020 ('the Original Guidance'). The Original Guidance drew commentary from a number of groups and individuals, including advocates for residents with disabilities, older adults, and communities of color. The Committee and the Department carefully considered these comments and issued revised Guidance on April 20, 2020 ('the Revised Guidance'). Additional comments were received from various advocacy groups after publication of the Revised Guidance and the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of Public Health agreed to revisit the Revised Guidance in the late summer of 2020 in preparation for any spike in COVID-19 case in the Fall or Winter of 2020."

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