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Recent meetings: NY DOH Public Health and Health Planning Council

Taking a look at recently archived DOH meeting webcasts, the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) meetings of 6/10 and 6/16 provided, as one member commented, an eloquent vision of their work.(1) The first hours of the various Committee meetings (reports by staff on DOH Activities and various Standing Committees reports) included discussions about proposed ideas for regulatory changes (certain 10 NYCRR provisions) which might expand the realm of accreditation entities and other ideas about how hospital observation units would work. State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., spoke about these exciting times in health care and public health, describing the paradigm shift in health care delivery and services, describing the old and new models and identifying the types of challenges at hand.
Also of interest, the Committee on Health Planning identified various topics on which it might focus its work which included the important area of new and emergent technology (e.g. proton beam therapy in NY- see 2 below).
Much more was discussed with questions and comments.
(1)
http://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/public_health_and_health_planning_council/ See DOH Webcasts section to view the webcasts.
(2)http://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/cons/proton_beam_therapy_demonstration_project/additional_questions_and_answers.htm

From the PHHPC webpage content:

The Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) has a broad array of advisory and decision-making responsibilities with respect to New York State's public health and health care delivery system. It is charged with adopting and amending the Sanitary Code and health care facility, home care agency, and hospice operating regulations; makes decisions concerning the establishment and transfer of ownership of health care facilities, home care agencies and hospice programs; makes recommendations to the Commissioner of Health concerning major construction projects, service changes, and equipment acquisitions in health care facilities and home care agencies; and advises the Commissioner on issues related to the preservation and improvement of public health, the powers and duties as set forth in section 225 of the Public Health Law.

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