Post Content

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The December Public Health Council meeting featured a wide range of discussions related to pending Determination of Need (DoN) requests and a series of proposed amendments to regulations.

First, the Council voted to approve two DoN requests related to a strategic alliance between Athol Memorial Hospital and Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

Members of the Council then heard a presentation from Iyah Romm of the Bureau of Healthcare Safety and Quality on proposed emergency amendments to regulations related to the DPH Medication Administration Program (MAP). The revisions would extend the MAP to include prescription of medications to minors served by the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the emergency amendments.

Next, the Council took up a discussion of proposed emergency amendments on standards for prescription format and security in Massachusetts. The proposed revisions would require that all prescriptions issued in the state must be written on tamper-resistant forms consistent with federal Medicaid requirements. Upon consideration the Council voted to approve these emergency amendments as well.   

 Suzanne Condon

Bureau of Environmental Health Director Suzanne Condon addresses the Council.

Finally, the Council heard a presentation from Suzanne Condon, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Health, on a proposed recission of now-obsolete regulations related to air testing and remedial measures for Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI) in residential homes. The next step in that process is the scheduling of a hearing to receive public comment.

Written By:


health communication writer and editor

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, May 26, 2017 posted on May 26

Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This week’s document marks the final Weekly Flu Report from DPH for the 2016-2017 flu season. Have a terrific summer and see you back here this autumn!

Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe! posted on May 26

Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe!

By V. Paige Murphy The warmer spring and summer months provide the perfect excuse to fire up the grill. Use this opportunity to try more seasonal fruits and vegetables available in your area. Fruits and veggies are high in fiber and packed with the nutrients   …Continue Reading Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe!

EMS Strong: Always in Service posted on May 22

EMS Strong: Always in Service

National Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS Week) recognizes the dedication of EMS professionals across the United States who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line” to keep their communities safe and healthy. This year, we honor these brave men and women from May   …Continue Reading EMS Strong: Always in Service