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The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program.

First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical Center for a significant change to its previous approved DoN involving the build-out of shell space and renovation activities at the Springfield hospital. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.

Next, DPH leadership in the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Science presented final proposed amendments to regulations in the area of Reportable Diseases, Surveillance, and Isolation and Quarantine Requirements. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the final amendments.

Following that, the Council took up a request for final promulgation of proposed amendments to 105 CMR 100.00, Determination of Need. After consideration of the merits, the Council voted to approve those final amendments.

Finally, the Council heard an informational briefing from DoN program leadership on proposed DoN Program Guidelines addressing Community Health Initiatives.

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