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States Respond to COVID-19: N.M. Implements Crisis Standards of Care

For the second time during the COVID-19 public health emergency, New Mexico enacted crisis standards of care to address critical workforce shortages.

The state is experiencing a drastic shortage of health care workers as it battles provider burnout and higher wages offered in other states.

The crisis standards of care direct the New Mexico Department of Health to take all steps necessary to credential and approve certain physicians and other licensed health care professionals to perform medical duties during the public health emergency. The standards of care suspend non–medically necessary procedures and help guide hospitals on how to prioritize care.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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