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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of Determination of Need (DoN) requests, informational updates on the status of various pending amendments to regulations, final votes on other amendments to regulations, and a pair of informational presentations on pressing public health concerns in the Commonwealth.

First, the Council took up a set of three Determination of Need requests for the Transfer of Ownership of Kindred Healthcare facilities in Boston, Peabody, and Stoughton to Curahealth LLC. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the DoN requests.

Next, the Council received informational updates on proposed regulatory amendments to the Determination of Need program and a newly proposed regulation for Mobile Integrated Health Care and Community EMS Programs.

Following those discussions, the Council voted to approve final promulgation of proposed amendments related to:

  • 105 CMR 170, Emergency Medical Services System
  • 105 CMR 380, Approval of Bacteriological and Serological Laboratories
  • 105 CMR 620, Bedding, Upholstered Furniture and Related Products
  • 105 CMR 630, Plastic Bags and Plastic Film
  • 105 CMR 670, Right to Know

Finally, the Council received two informational presentations from DPH subject matter experts on Health Care Associated Infections and Serious Reportable Events in health care facilities in 2015.

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