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 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.

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