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 discussion of two Determination of Need (DoN) requests from area health care facilities, and an informational briefing on a proposed amendment to current DPH regulations.
First, the Council considered a DoN request for transfer of ownership of Candescent Eye Health Surgicenter LLC to Greater New Bedford Surgicenter, Inc. Following a discussion of the merits of the request with company representatives, the Council voted to approve the request.
The Council then assessed a Determination of Need request from North Shore Medical Center Inc. for capital improvements to buildings on the Salem NSMC campus. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.
DPH Commissioner John Auerbach chairs the October 10th Public Council Meeting.
Finally, the Council received an informational briefing from the DPH Bureau of Healthcare Safety and Quality on proposed amendments to DPH regulations which would expand access to midwife services for expectant mothers in Massachusetts. The next step in the process is a public hearing on the merits of the proposed amendments which will take place in November 2012.
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Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
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