Help Protect Your ED!

An Urgent Joint Message from Your Emergency Room Doctors and Nurses The Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP) and Massachusetts Emergency Nurses Association (MENA) We are overwhelmed. Your Emergency Departments are at a breaking point. Our Emergency Departments are at critical capacity and things will get worse. Waiting rooms are overflowing and hospital admission beds…

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Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care Partners with Honoring Choices MA

We are excited to welcome Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care (BILHPC) as an Honoring Choices Community Partner.  BILHPC is the first major primary care organization partnering with Honoring Choices to routinely engage their patients in early and high quality care planning conversations. BILHPC’s Senior Leadership Team and Primary Care Leadership Council have sponsored the…

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Palliative Care as a Standard in Serious Illness

We welcome the Southeast and Central Massachusetts Palliative Care Workgroups to the Honoring Choices Partner Network! The Workgroups are a subset of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Network. This multi-disciplined group of care providers focus on ways to embed palliative care as a standard practice in serious illness care for all – with…

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“I Have a Health Care Proxy”- Make Your Own Wallet Card.

Adults who have completed a MA Health Care Proxy can make a handy wallet card to use in case of a medical emergency. The wallet card helps emergency personnel quickly contact your Health Care Agent to advocate for the care you want. Bi-lingual wallet cards are available. EASY TO DO. Just follow the simple instructions…

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QUICK START! Everyone can start to make a plan!

Your concerns and care choices matter! Our new Quick Start program helps adults take control of their health care decisions and start to make their own health care plan. Your health care plan is your road map in working with your care providers to get you good care. Your plan protects your right to get…

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Baystate Health Advances Language Access for the Health Care Proxy

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Baystate Health, an Honoring Choices MA Community Partner, we can now provide a free downloadable Honoring Choices MA Health Care Proxy translated into Swahili and Nepali. On behalf of Baystate Health, Tim Moriarty, MPA, CMI, CHI, Manager of Interpreter and Translation Services, offered to underwrite the cost of translation…

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Welcome Asian Women for Health as an Alliance Partner!

We are delighted to welcome Asian Women for Health as an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner. Asian Women for Health, AWFH, is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support. AWFH envisions a world where Asian women are well-informed, have access to care that is culturally appropriate…

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Achieving Reciprocity, Advancing Health Equity Across New England

Q: If you are traveling in New Hampshire or Connecticut and suddenly require acute medical care- would your MA Health Care Proxy and MA MOLST form be honored? A: Unfortunately, due to different state laws and different forms, MA documents are not always honored across borders. The New England Healthy Living Collective (NE Collective), health…

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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, Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form, as it was not possible for seriously ill and frail patients and their clinicians to have in-person planning conversations and sign a MOLST…

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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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