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The September monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a single Determination of Need request, an update for the Council on some proposed amendments to regulations, a vote to promulgate a set of final regulations, and finally a pair of informational presentations for the Council from DPH staff.

First, the Council took up a Determination of Need request for a significant change to a Notice of Determination of Need issued to North Shore Medical Center, as amended in August 2017. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the current request.

Next, the Council received an informational update on the status of proposed amendments to 105 CMR 1000.000, Determination of Need.

Following that, the Council took up a request from the Department to promulgate amendments to 105 CMR 590.000, State Sanitary Code Chapter X – Minimum Standards for Food Establishments. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.

Finally, DPH subject matter experts provided the Council with informational updates on Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination in 2017 and the Department’s efforts in the area of suicide prevention.

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