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The October meeting of the Public Health Council featured a discussion focused on an approved Determination of Need request, a vote on final amendments to regulations related to the work of the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure, and an informational presentation from DPH staff on a recent infectious disease outbreak in Massachusetts.

First, the Council reviewed the Determination of Need Program’s staff recommendation for updates to a Determination of Need issued on April 4, 2018 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.  The staff presentation included a review of updated and additional conditions on the Determination of Need approval, in light of the Health Policy Commission’s final Cost and Market Impact report released September 27, 2018. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the transfer, with the amended and new conditions attached.

Next, the Council took up a DPH request to promulgate final amendments to regulations related to M.G.L. c. 94C. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.

Finally, the Council received an informational presentation from leadership at the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences on the DPH response to an HIV outbreak among injection drug users in northeastern Massachusetts.

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