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

December’s Public Health Council meeting began with an update from Kevin Cranston, Director of the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease, on recently proposed amendments to infectious disease reporting regulations for laboratories. The proposed amendments were the subject of a public hearing in November which drew no oral or written public response. The Bureau of Infectious Disease therefore recommended the promulgation of the proposed amendments, and the Council voted to approve them.

In other business, the Council heard an informational presentation on proposed amendments to regulations which would expand access to preventive dental services through the administration of fluoride varnish and similar topical fluorides. The briefing was provided by Cheryl Bartlett, Director of the DPH Bureau of Community Health and Prevention.

The Council also heard a summary of the latest data on serious reportable events (SRE’s) in Massachusetts hospitals, which was provided by Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, Director of the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality.

SRE Presentation
Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, Director of the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, presents to the Public Health Council.

Finally, the Council voted to approve a request for transfer of ownership of Milton Hospital due to a proposed change of its corporate membership whereby Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center would become the sole corporate member.

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