Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-389-R1

Redraft EHS 389

Personal Protective Equipment Supply

Messrs. Tarr, Moore and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 4510-0100, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that the office of preparedness and emergency management shall develop and implement a personal protective equipment, or PPE, inventory tracking, management and procurement system for the purposes of projecting the amounts of PPE necessary to combat a declared state of emergency or public health emergency by category and ensuring the timely availability of such materials for hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers; provided further, that said system shall include, but not be limited to, a standardized system for health care providers to report: (i) existing stocks of PPE; (ii) outstanding and anticipated orders of PPE; (iii) disruptions in supply chains; (iv) incidents of price gouging; and (v) projected need for PPE; provided further, that said system shall contain a database of PPE suppliers and an indication of the reliability of said suppliers based on the experience of governmental and institutional consumers; provided further, that the system shall include a mechanism for bulk or coordinated procurement of PPE; provided further, that the system shall include a mechanism for a health care provider to alert the office to an impending shortage of PPE, if deemed necessary for maintaining adequate supplies and stockpiles; and provided further, that not later than 90 days following the effective date of this act, the office shall produce weekly reports on the status of the commonwealth’s PPE inventory and post said reports electronically".