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The April monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of Determination of Need (DON) requests followed by a vote by the Council on the recission of specific regulations related to the construction of long-term care facilities.

First, the Council took up consideration of a DON request for a transfer of ownership from CareGroup, Lahey Health System, and Seacoast Regional Health Systems to integrate and create a new corporation, known for the time being as NewCo, which will serve as the sole corporate member of the new health care system. After a discussion with representatives of those entities as well as representatives of three stakeholder groups on the merits of the application, the Council voted to approve the DON request.

Next, Council members discussed a DON request from Marquis Health Services for a substantial capital expenditure at an existing skilled nursing facility in Boston. The Council voted to approve the DON request.

Finally, the Council voted to approve a request from DPH to rescind 105 CMR 151.000, General Standards of Construction for Long Term Care Facilities in Massachusetts.

Due to time constraints, the planned informational presentation on the status of the Public Health Information Tool (PHIT) initiative was postponed to the next monthly meeting of the PHC, which will take place on May 9th.

 

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