Advocates recommend nondiscriminatory triage assessment criteria for use in Massachusetts hospitals

April 1, 2020

Today, CPR and other advocates urged leaders at the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the College of Boston Teaching Hospitals, and the Massachusetts Medical Society to ensure that life-saving medical care is allocated consistent with federal disability law and recent directives from the Office of Civil Rights.

Co-signers expressed their gratitude for the courage and selflessness shown by health care professionals in during the COVID-19 crisis, and offered support, feedback and resources to help health care systems design and implement nondiscriminatory triage assessment protocols.  The letter includes 8 specific recommendations for operationalizing principles of fairness and nondiscrimination in the allocation and delivery of life-saving care.

Advocates’ April 1st letter can be read here.

Massachusetts advocates’ March 26 letter to the Baker Administration can be read here.