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The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of Determination of Need (DoN) requests followed by a vote on final regulations and finally an informational presentation from DPH staff on the Department’s programmatic activities.

First, the Council took up a Determination of Need request (with this addendum) from Dana Farber Cancer Institute for substantial capital expenditure related to a new hospital satellite facility located in Chestnut Hill. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.

Next, the Council considered a Determination of Need request from Tenet Healthcare on behalf of its subsidiary St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester to expand behavioral health services at that facility. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.

The Council then took up a request to promulgate final amendments to regulations related to 105 CMR 100.000, Determination of Need. The Council voted to approve the request.

Finally, the Council heard an informational overview and update from DPH staff on efforts to automate the Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration process.

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