Chapter four of the Health of Massachusetts gives an overview of the data held by MDPH’s Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. The Bureau focuses on patient safety and health care quality while working towards the goals of improving health and reducing growing health care costs.
The activities of the Bureau underscore DPH’s commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the health of our residents. From the licensing of health care professionals such as nurses and pharmacists, to assessing nursing home utilization rates, to monitoring adverse events and injuries in hospitals, the Bureau strives to make sure that our health care providers and facilities continually provide safe and appropriate care to our residents.
To learn more and to find additional data and resources on the topics covered in chapter four, visit our website at www.mass.gov/dph/healthofmassachusetts.
Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22
Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge. In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries. These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014, …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20
When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained
Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting