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.
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.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014