Post Content

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

Today’s Public Health Council meeting featured a series of discussions, presentations, and votes on matters of public health interest in the Commonwealth.

First, the Council received a brief update from Interim Deputy Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett on the upcoming process for review and promulgation of regulations to support the use of medical marijuana in Massachusetts.

Cheryl Bartlett

Council members then took up discussion of a Determination of Need (DoN) request that would transfer ownership of Hawthorn Ambulatory Services in Dartmouth to Steward St. Anne’s Hospital. The Council voted to approve the DoN request.

Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, MD, Director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality (HCSQ) then appeared before the Council to request final approval of proposed amendments which would require all prescription providers to use tamper-resistant prescription forms, consistent with federal Medicaid requirements. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the final regulations.

Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo

Dr. Biondolillo was then joined by Iyah Romm, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at HCSQ, to provide an informational presentation to the Council on proposed amendments to regulations which would require hospitals and community health centers to implement certified Electronic Health Record and Computerized Provider Order Entry technology as a condition of licensure.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015 posted on Jan 23

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness during the past seven days. Flu season is certainly here in New England – but there are some simple, common-sense steps that you can take to keep from getting or spreading the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015 posted on Jan 16

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decline in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. But flu is unpredictable, and we know from past years that flu season won’t likely peak in Massachusetts until February or March – so there’s still   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015

State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System posted on Jan 14

Last month, the Health Planning Council voted to approve the first section of the State Health Plan, which looks at behavioral health. The Health Planning Council was established by Chapter 224, a 2012 law that includes a variety of initiatives aimed at controlling health care   …Continue Reading State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System