Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
This month's Public Health Council meeting featured an in-depth presentation on newly proposed draft regulations to support the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Massachusetts. The draft regulations were created after Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question on the issue last November.
DPH staff brief the PHC on the draft regulations on the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Next steps in the process include a series of public hearings on the draft regulations which will take place concurrently on Friday, April 19th in Boston, Northampton, and Plymouth. The Department will then review the sum total of public comments received during this period, and present a final version of the regulations to the PHC on May 8th.
Today's PHC meeting also included a discussion on a Dermination of Need request for transfer of ownership of South Shore Hospital, Inc. with respect to a change in corporate control. As part of the DON, Partners HealthCare System, Inc. proposes to become the sole corporate member of South Shore Educational Hospital and Educational Corporation. Following discussion, the Council voted to approve the DON request.
Finally, the Council voted to approve final regulations related to the Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive.
Sharing the Massachusetts Approach to Fighting a National Epidemic posted on May 21
Today I had the distinct pleasure of appearing before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at a hearing entitled “What are the State Governments Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?”. It was an honor …Continue Reading Sharing the Massachusetts Approach to Fighting a National Epidemic
Weekly Flu Report, May 15, 2015 posted on May 15
Rates of flu-like illness continued to decline over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. The full report can be viewed here.
Highlights of the May 13th Public Health Council Meeting posted on May 13
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates and presentations from various DPH programs. First, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management Director Mary Clark provided an overview of DPH’s activities to support the health and medical aspects of the …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 13th Public Health Council Meeting