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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 separate Determination of Need (DON) applications from Massachusetts hospitals and a vote on emergency amendments to regulations for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

First, the Council voted to approve a DON application from Massachusetts General Hospital to expand the existing proton beam radiation therapy service offered at the MGH main campus.

The Council then voted to approve a significant change to an existing DON application from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield which involves the build-out of shell space at the facility in order to accomodate the replacement of 96 medical/surge beds and support functions.


DPH staff attorney Carol Balelescue joins Iyah Romm in presenting to the Council on amendments to regulations for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

Finally, members of the Council considered a proposal for emergency amendments to regulations for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer conduct which would allow health care providers to receive meals at non-Continuing Medical Education presentations outside of the medical office or health care facility setting. Following a presentation on the topic from Iyah Romm of the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality and subsequent discussions, the Council voted to approve the emergency amendments to regulations. A public hearing on the topic will take place in October, and the PHC will take up a vote on the final regulations at the November PHC meeting.

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