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The first item on the docket was a request for approval of the Public Health Council for the Commissioner to address the public health issue of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. The Council voted to approve this request. On a related note, the Council delegated the Department’s authority to require isolation and quarantine if necessary, to the Commissioner or her designee.

Following that, the Council took up two Determination of Need requests:

  • A request by AmSurg BMC, LLC to acquire ownership interest in Pioneer Valley Surgicenter, LLC
  • A request by Partners HealthCare System, Inc., for substantial capital expenditure at Newton Wellesley Hospital

After consideration, the Council voted to approve both requests.

Finally, the Council heard an informational update from DPH staff on the status of proposed amendments to 105 CMR 665.000, Minimum Standards for Retail Sale of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.

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