Wednesday, November 24, 2021

COVID-19: Massachusetts Hospitals to Delay Non-Essential Procedures


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 23 released an order requiring hospitals facing limited bed capacity to reduce non-essential, non-urgent procedures by Nov. 29. Gov. Charlie Baker co-issued the update (pdf) with the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) in order to "preserve hospitals' ability to respond to COVID-19 and to ensure that there is acute care inpatient capacity." The Health and Human Services (HHS) cited critical staffing shortages "stemming from the pandemic," which has contributed to the loss of approximately 500 medical/surgical and ICU hospital beds across the Commonwealth." "These factors, coupled with the current high census level and annual increases in hospitalization commonly seen during the period post-Thanksgiving through January, require this concerted effort to preserve inpatient capacity," it added in a statement. "The current strain on hospital capacity is due to longer than average hospital stays and significant workforce shortages, separate and apart from the ...