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.
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!