Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Today's meeting of the Public Health Council began with the consideration of a Determination of Need (DoN) request for a transfer of ownership of Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, by which Massachusetts General Hospital would become its sole corporate member. Following a discussion of the merits of the DoN request, the Public Health Council voted to approve it.
Following that, the Council deliberated the merits of final regulations brought to the Council by the Department on the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Following a lengthy discussion between Council members and DPH staff, the final regulations were approved. Click here to see the final and approved regulations, and here for an updated FAQ on next steps in the process of implementing them.
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!