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

This month's meeting of the Public Health Council featured a range of discussions related to Determination of Need (DON) requests, a vote on proposed amendments to certain Environmental Health regulations, and an informational presentation on trends in healthcare-associated infections in Massachusetts acute care hospitals.

First, the Council voted to approve a Category 1 Determination of Need (DON) request from Middlesex Endoscopy Center LLC, involving the transfer of ownership of a single specialty ambulatory surgery center.

Council members then received an update from Suzanne Condon, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Health, on the results of a public comment period for proposed amendments to state Environmental Health radiological regulations. The amendments set out training and other professional requirements that would allow physician assistants to perform flouroscopic procedures under a supervising physician. Following the presentation, Ms. Condon recommended that the Council approve the proposed amendments. The Council discussed and then voted to approve the amendments in question.

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Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, is joined by her DPH colleague Iyah Romm in presenting to the Council.

Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, Director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, then provided a comprehensive overview on trends in healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals in the state. Data from the presentation was culled from a new DPH report on the topic, which looked at Massachusetts acute care hospital data from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011.

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