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Peter Martin Writes “States of Emergency” for Worcester Medicine

On March 10, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Baker declared a state of emergency. Since then, the declaration was rescinded and the state of emergency terminated, and the Commissioner of Public Health re-issued 14 public health orders related to the pandemic. This sequence of events, and the legal authorities that are allowed to make these decisions, raise interesting questions about what is a public health emergency and how do we know when it is over. Peter Martin dives into more detail in his article in Worcester Medicine magazine. Here is an excerpt:

The problem of finding a public health emergency in garden-variety health problems is exacerbated by the lack of a clear path out of emergency and into resumed normality. The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act permits the governor to terminate the public health emergency by executive order; limits emergency declarations to 30 days, but permits the governor to renew declarations for an unlimited number of additional 30-day periods; and gives the legislature the power to terminate the declaration but only with a majority vote of both chambers.

Continue reading the full article “States of Emergency” in Worcester Medicine magazine.

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Peter Martin concentrates his practice on healthcare law, representing hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians and other facilities and providers facing complex regulatory and contractual issues throughout Massachusetts and beyond. Peter’s clients include ambulatory care facilities, hospices, community health centers and home health agencies as well as social workers, counselors and psychologists.

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Peter Martin concentrates his practice on healthcare law, representing hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians and other facilities and providers facing complex regulatory and contractual issues throughout Massachusetts and beyond. Peter’s clients include ambulatory care facilities, hospices, community health centers and home health agencies as well as social workers, counselors and psychologists.

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