Posted On: Aug 20, 2015

    The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts are proud to announce that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker officially signed into law groundbreaking legislation, titled Mobile Integrated Health Care, which will propel community health to new heights.

    Through foreword thinking, President Edward Kelly, and the PFFM executive board in conjunction with the PFFM EMS committee, successfully lobbied the legislature about the needed change in the infrastructure and care delivery systems within the pre-hospital realm.

    This legislation provides an integrated, multidisciplinary, and multi-sector approach to community health that seeks to maximize patient outcomes, while fostering community, health and wellness. In conjunction with Massachusetts Nurses Association, Brewster Ambulance Service, and the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, together we aim to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to health and wellness along the continuum.

    Recognizing the pivotal role the fire service will play in mobile integrated health, President Kelly has advanced a multidisciplinary strategic vision paving the way for Mobile Integrated Health Care, the first legislation of its kind in the nation to incorporate fire-based EMS in mobile community health.

    President Kelly has been instrumental in establishing collaborative and productive relationships between public and private sector entities; relationships that are the foundation of a successful strategic plan. The passage of this Bill signifies evolutionary progress in pre-hospital health care that will inevitably transform not only the manner in which care is delivered, but also, progress that will sustain healthy communities.

    The PFFM would like to recognize and thank Stephen Walsh of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals for his collaboration with fire-based EMS in drafting and promoting the Mobile Integrated Health Care bill.

    Here is a link to the legislation http://www.mass.gov/bb/gaa/fy2016/os_16/h93.htm

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