This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured two informational presentations on proposed amendments to existing regulations, a request to rescind an existing regulation and the consideration of a Determination of Need (DoN) request from one Massachusetts health care facility.
First, the Council voted to approve rescinding existing regulations which require air testing and remediation for homes containing urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI). Given the decades that have passed since UFFI was banned from use, there are no longer homes in Massachusetts with UFFI which could pose a health risk to residents.
The Council then took up a request from Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a substantial capital expenditure associated with the relocation, consolidation, and expansion of certain ambulatory care services. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the DoN request.
Lastly, the Council heard two presentations on draft regulations. First, Bureau of Infectious Disease Director Kevin Cranston, State Medical Director Dr. Alfred DeMaria and Gillian Haney, Director of Infectious Disease Surveillance and Informatics provided an informational presentation to the Council on proposed amendments to existing regulations regarding reportable diseases, surveillance, and isolation and quarantine. Following, Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, Interim Associate Commissioner, Director, Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Paul DiNatale, Assistant Director, Division of Health Care Quality and Heather Engman, Office of General Counsel provided an informational presentation to the Council on proposed amendments to existing regulations regarding Adult Day Health programs licensing. Public hearings for both amendments have been scheduled for October to garner feedback from residents and stakeholders on the proposed amendments, after which DPH will return to the Council with final amendments on which to vote.
Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA posted on Apr 23
Registration for the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 20, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA attracts professionals from local public health organizations, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, employers, health …Continue Reading Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse