BOSTON (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been awarded full accreditation through December 16, 2022, by the National Association of Medical Examiners.
Such accreditation, according to a news release sent to 22News, “is an endorsement indicating that the office or system provides an adequate environment for a medical examiner in which to practice his or her profession and provides reasonable assurances that the office or system well serves its jurisdiction.”
Just last year, the 22News I-Team reported that the state’s medical examiner office was at risk of losing accreditation for failing to complete autopsy reports, toxicology reports, and death certificates on time over the past three years.
It’s an issue the office has been working to fix.
“Under the leadership of Dr. Hull many changes have been made to increase the efficiency of the OCME and address longstanding criticisms,” said Daniel Bennett, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. “Since assuming the role of Chief Medical Examiner in October of 2017, Dr. Hull has established a backlog reduction program to reduce the number of unfinished cases, implemented a successful workload monitoring system to achieve the goal of completing 90% of the OCME work product (namely autopsy reports and death certificates) in 90 days, and increased efforts to recruit and retain staff”
This is the first time the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has earned full accreditation. It’ll be applied retroactively from December 16, 2017 to December 16, 2022.