Massachusetts passed a law in 2008 requiring all acute and rehabilitation hospitals in the state to establish a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The legislation remains the only one of its kind in the country.
In past years, Health Care For All (HCFA) has collected and aggregated annual reports from each hospital to share with the wider community using the template below to collect information and key activities. As of 2023, the responsibility for collecting and sharing PFAC reports has been assumed by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety. The Center is also planning to revitalize efforts to support PFAC work across the state and will have more information in the coming months on those efforts.
Hospitals are asked to email updated annual reports to PFAC@BetsyLehmanCenterMA.gov by October 1, 2023 or as soon as possible.