Important Update on the MOLST form and Verbal Consent

In April 2020 during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Honoring Choices and our Partners requested the State waive the requirement for written consent on a MOLST form, Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, as it was not possible for patients and clinicians to have in-person planning conversations and sign a MOLST. The State honored our request…

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Take the Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge

The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech is seeking digital health startups with solutions for unpaid family caregivers to compete in the Massachusetts The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech is seeking digital health startups with solutions for unpaid family caregivers to compete in the Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge. The Challenge is focused on finding…

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NEW: Rhode Island Care Planning Tool Kit

With the guidance of our Rhode Island (RI)Partners, we put together a simple health care planning tool kit for RI residents. Starting at 18 years old, adults can make their own health care decisions and write down their decisions in a health care plan. The RI Care Planning Tool Kit includes state specific care planning…

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Nursing Facilities Are Making Significant Progress Against COVID-19

Nursing facilities across Massachusetts have made significant strides in mitigating the spread of, and preventing deaths from, the COVID-19 virus. To date, over 135,000+ vaccine doses have been administered to nursing facility residents and staff in Massachusetts. Since April 2020 there has been a 98% reduction in daily infections and daily deaths for residents and…

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Consumers Driving the Agenda for Equitable Change

This has been a transformational year in addressing health inequities. Consumers, who are the heart of our work, have helped us gain a deeper understanding of racism, bias and the social barriers they face every day in staying healthy and accessing equitable quality care. We must listen carefully in order to move towards equitable solutions.…

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Spring Webinars are here Sign-up Today!

Spring is on the way and with it April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day. We celebrate all season offering webinars and free multilingual tool kits. It’s more important than ever to make a plan. Schedule a webinar for your care providers to confidently engage adults in planning conversations, or co-host a webinar for consumers in…

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At-a-Glace Road Map to Plan for Lifelong Good Care

Introducing: HCM Health Care Planning Guide Create your own personal road map to get good care at every phase of health! Health care planning is an active process to ensure you can get good care everyday to stay well and plan for future care. The  new Health Care Planning Guide provides helpful information and resources…

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Vaccinating Home Health & Hospice Clinicians and Professional Staff

On Friday, January 8, 2021,  the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs announced members of the home-based healthcare worker community were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1 of the vaccine roll-out. Read announcement here. Our Partners in the home-health community, who include  home based health care professionals, home care nurses, professional staff, palliative…

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MADRC: Aging and Memory Loss Road Map Education Series

This informational article is contributed by Lenore Jackson-Pope MSM, BSN, CCRP, Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC), Mass General Brigham, an Honoring Choices MA Partner. The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC) works from bench to bedside to develop novel therapies and to conduct cutting-edge research so that we may someday find more effective treatments…

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TELEHEALTH: How Are We Doing?

 “Telehealth is a blessing much needed in primary care.  This way of practice is modern, fresh, and needed reform in our practice…” “I’m seeing huge disparity in English speaking and non-English speaking access to telehealth at the outset…” These are just two of the many thoughtful comments submitted by clinicals in the “Together for Better Telehealth” survey…

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