Reopening Massachusetts
In-office care allowed, but telehealth prioritized
Massachusetts residents can go back to receiving routine in-office medical, dental and vision care as of this week, according to guidance from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), as part of Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.

On June 8, EOHHS announced that health care providers may incrementally resume offering in-person elective, non-urgent procedures and services, including routine office visits, dental visits, and vision care. However, providers must remain in compliance with current public health and safety standards.

While EOHHS recommends that patients no longer defer necessary care, the emphasis remains on telehealth as the preferred means of providing that care.

“Telehealth must continue to be utilized and prioritized, whenever feasible and appropriate,” according to the statement. Policy for providing services in person should focus “on high-priority preventive services, pediatric care and immunizations, and urgent procedures that lead to high risk or significant worsening of the patient’s condition if deferred.”

Fallon members can access telehealth services from all network providers that are offering these services. Fallon members who have the Teladoc benefit can also use that service. Fallon is waiving all member cost-sharing for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related medically necessary telehealth services, along with telehealth well visits. Members who have the NurseConnect benefit can also use this channel to receive medical services or advice at no cost.
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Health and wellness
Keep yourself healthy while taking care of others
While becoming a caregiver can be rewarding, it can also be emotionally and physically draining—that’s why it’s especially important to take care of yourself when you’re a caregiver. It can take some planning to be able to find time for yourself while a loved one is ill, but it’s essential to your well-being.

Here are some tips for dealing with caregiver stress :

  • Carve out time to do something for yourself. Take a relaxing bath, go for a walk or practice a quiet meditation. A short nap can help you recharge physically and mentally.

  • Reach out for help. Ask a friend or family member to help with responsibilities such as preparing a meal. Accept an offer of help. Join a support group or reach out to community services.

  • Stay organized. Keep a calendar of upcoming appointments, and have essential contact numbers readily available. Maintain a list of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Record questions and changes in symptoms to report back to the medical team.

  • Manage your emotions, recognizing that frustration and anger are normal feelings. Set realistic goals for what you’re able to provide, and don’t overcommit.

  • Be honest. Acknowledge feelings of being overwhelmed, tired and even resentful. Let the person you’re caring for know how you’re feeling. Holding in frustrations may lead to unwanted arguments or chronic stress. Talk with your doctor to ask for help if you are having difficulty managing stress and responsibilities.
In case you missed it …
Visit our website for previous COVID-19-related messages for employers. We’ve posted PDF versions of the messages for you there.