The September meeting of the Public Health Council focused on several items related to hospitals and health care plans in Massachusetts.
The Council also heard a request from the DPH Office of Patient Protection (OPP) for the promulgation of emergency amendments related to the external review of the appeals processes of health plans operating in the state. The amendments would bring Massachusetts into compliance with new federal requirements in this area, which are in place following the 2010 federal health care reform law.
Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, Director of the DPH Health Care Safety and Quality Bureau, joined Dr. Robert Duncan and Dr. Kenneth Sands (above) in giving an informational presentation on the continuing efforts to promote flu vaccination for health care workers in Massachusetts. It’s an important issue, because high rates of flu vaccination coverage among health care workers has been shown to reduce illness and absenteeism in that work force, protect patients in health care environments, and lead to reduced health care costs overall.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014