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The Public Health Council took up a wide range of issues at the October monthly meeting, from a pair of Determination of Need (DoN) requests, to a series of proposed recissions of existing regulations, and two votes on final amendments to regulations.

First, the Council hear a DoN request from West Suburban Eye, LLC to relocate and renovate an existing licensed Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center to create one operating room with clinical and administrative support space, in an existing building in Chelmsford. The Council voted to approve this DoN request.

Next, the Council took up a DoN request from South Shore Hospital, Inc. for the construction of a two-story addition to an existing building which would house a new 24-bed Critical Care Unit; and a renovation of another existing building to accommodate 24 new private medical/surgical beds. The Council voted to approve this DoN request.

Following the DoN discussions, the Council heard informational presentations from a number of DPH programs about the proposed recission of various existing regulations that the Department assesses as no longer necessary. The proposed recissions relate to the following regulatory areas:

Each of these proposed recissions will next undergo a public comment period, after which Department staff will return to the Council with amendments for a final vote.

Next, the Council heard a request from Department staff to promulgate final regulations on proposed amendments to 105 CMR 700.000: Controlled Substances Act related to use of the Prescription Monitoring Program. After a discussion, the Council voted to approve the proposed amendments.

Finally, the Council heard a request from Department staff to approve proposed Emergency Amendments to 105 CMR 164.00, Licensure of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. After a discussion, the Council voted to approve the Emergency Amendments.

 

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