The February monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of Determination of Need requests, a vote on final regulations, a procedural clarification related to another final regulation which was approved by the Council in January, and an informational briefing for Council members from the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality.
First, the Council took up for consideration two Determination of Need requests from HealthAlliance Hospital Inc.: an application for transfer of ownership of Clinton Hospital in order to establish the hospital as a licensed campus of HealthAlliance Hospital; and an application for substantial capital expenditure for new construction and renovation at HealthAlliance Hospital. Following discussions, the Council voted to approve both requests.
The Council then took up a request for final promulgation of proposed amendments to 105 CMR 125.000, Licensing of Radiologic Technologists. After a discussion, the Council voted to approve those amendments as final regulations.
Following that, the Council was briefed by Bureau of Environmental Health staff on clarifications to draft language on a statutorily mandated warning to consumers about the health effects of tanning beds. Following a review, the Council voted to approve the new draft language which will now be incorporated into the regulation for promulgation and subsequently provided to tanning salon operators as a warning notification form translated into the most commonly spoken languages in Massachusetts, for distribution to customers.
Finally, the Council received an informational briefing from the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality on rates of personal influenza vaccination among Massachusetts healthcare personnel for the 2015-2016 influenza season.
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