Massachusetts Medical Society: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Articles

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 WCVB

WCVB: Health system turns slowly back to preventative care under Massachusetts reopening plan

May 19, 2020 – "The expansion of medical practice must proceed in a collaborative manner among patients, physicians, policymakers, and all who engage with and comprise the health care system," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said.


WBUR

WBUR: Mass. reopening plan allows limited expansion of non-emergency health care services

May 18, 2020 – MMS commended the Baker administration for guidelines that "rightfully prioritize the safety of individuals above all, while increasing access to high-priority preventative care and other urgent procedures and services."


 CommonWealth Magazine

CommonWealth Magazine: Telehealth is available, but no one’s calling

May 13, 2020 – If primary care and other medical practices don’t survive, "That would create a real issue of access, and when that occurs it will have all sorts of health ramifications," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Firefighters, paramedics concerned over using KN95 masks

May 4, 2020 – “It is not the gold standard,” MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said about KN95 masks. “We know the N95 masks. We know how well they work, and what they filter, and the safety profile around them.”


Washington Post

Washington Post: In educated and affluent Massachusetts, coronavirus cases surged. The decline has yet to come.

May 1, 2020 – “I would say that as a state we are doing this right,” said MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh, citing the prevalence of testing in Massachusetts, including of asymptomatic people, as factoring into the state’s relatively high infection levels.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Massachusetts website helps front-line heroes find resources in coronavirus battle

April 30, 2020 – "While our health care workforce and first responders have fearlessly and selflessly answered the call to care for our critically ill patients, they are tired — physically, mentally and emotionally," said MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh.


Masslive

MassLive: Caring for all patients during the COVID-19 outbreak

April 29, 2020 – "We do not want to see a widespread avoidance of medical care prompt yet another public health crisis within Massachusetts," write MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh and MHA President and CEO Steve Walsh.


Salem News

Salem News: Don't ignore your health during a pandemic

April 23, 2020 – "Please do not ignore your physical, mental and emotional health or forgo checking in with your physician or health care team out of fear of contracting COVID-19 in a health care setting," writes MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh.


WBUR

WBUR: Gov. Baker, Army Chief Of Staff Visit New 'Boston Hope' Field Hospital

April 18, 2020 – The Massachusetts Medical Society reminded patients that doctors and health care workers are available by phone, telehealth and in-person visits, and patients should be assured that safeguards are in place in doctor's offices.


Telegram

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Army chief at Mass. field hospital: ‘We will defeat this virus’

April 18, 2020 – "Ensuring patient safety is our responsibility and our obligation in any and every interaction. We urge patients to never abstain from seeking care out of fear of contracting COVID-19," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said in a statement.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Medical workers share concerns about masks delivered by Patriots plane

April 12, 2020 – "It is not the gold standard," MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh told the Boston Globe. "We know the N95 masks. We know how well they work, and what they filter and the safety profile around them. We know these (KN95) masks are different."


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Time to help house health care workers

April 3, 2020 – We need all hands on deck now. Empty rooms at hotels, casinos can serve those on the front lines of the state’s coronavirus outbreak.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Near tripling of employee coronavirus infections in largest Massachusetts hospitals in past week

April 2, 2020 – Head of nurses association also says current worker infection numbers may understate the problem.


abc6

ABC6: Massachusetts asks for equipment donations and volunteers to join coronavirus fight

March 30, 2020 – The Baker-Polito Administration announced Sunday a new online portal where people can donate personal protective equipment and sign up to volunteer to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Mass. opens online portal to manage protective equipment donations, sales

March 29, 2020 – Governor Charlie Baker said Sunday that his administration has created an online resource.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Coronavirus Testing, Transparency Ramp up, but Still Lag Recommended Levels

March 16, 2020 – Coronavirus screenings have ramped up in Massachusetts, but testing supplies are still at a premium. MMS Past President Dr. Alain Chaoui told the Globe his medical practice began drive-through testing last Friday, but is running low on swab kits.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Kids Should Have Virtual Playdates During Coronavirus School Closure

March 16, 2020 – Instead of get-togethers with friends, children should adhere to social distancing by having virtual playdates, MMS President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh told the Boston Herald.


MassLive

MassLive: Gov. Baker Mandates Health Insurance Cover Telehealth Services

March 16, 2020 – A new mandate directs insurers to cover medically necessary telehealth services to limit hospital visits by patients with acute illnesses during the coronavirus outbreak.


WBUR

WBUR: With School Closures, a Scramble to Get Food to Students in Need

March 15, 2020 – Efforts are underway to help the 300,000 students in Massachusetts that rely on free and reduced-price lunch programs during coronavirus school closures.


WBUR

WBUR: As Mass. Coronavirus Cases Top 100, State Asks To Expand Testing

March 13, 2020 – MMS president Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh stressed the need for COVID-19 testing that provides a result at the point of care in an interview with Morning Edition.


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