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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included discussions on a series of Determination of Need (DoN) requests followed by informational presentations on the status of a number of proposed amendments to public health regulations.

First the Council took up a pair of DoN requests from Shields Imaging, LLC to provide mobile Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) service one day per week at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve both requests.

The Council then took up a request from Lawrence General Hospital for a significant change to an approved DoN for renovations of shell space at the facility. The Council voted to approve that change as well.

Next, the Council received informational updates from Department staff on three proposed amendments to regulations including:

  • 105 CMR 155 – Patient and Resident Abuse Prevention, Reporting, Investigation, Penalties and Registry
  • 105 CMR 701 – Proposed Recission of Regulations Adopted Jointly by DPH and the Board of Registration in Pharmacy
  • 105 CMR 302 – Congenital Anomalies Registry

Finally, the Council heard an update from the Bureau of Infectious Disease on the Department’s activities in responding to Zika virus.

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