BOSTONProposed regulations for retail-based clinics from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health drew fire from physician groups during a recent hearing to vet public response to the suggested standards. The standards, released last month, were revised in response to a June letter from five state medical groups criticizing requests for facility waivers submitted by CVS MinuteClinic (July 2/9, p. 18). The drugstore chain plans to open Massachusetts first retail-based clinic early next year. The nine requests included waiving the obligation to create a soiled-linens workroom, dedicated toilet facilities for patients and a separate patient entrance. Under the proposed changes, MinuteClinic and other limited-services clinics would not need to have soiled-linens workrooms or dedicated patient restrooms. Massachusetts Medical Society President- elect Bruce Auerbach said during the hearing, however, that the health departments proposed regulations would put patients at risk for infections and other health problems, according to the Boston Globe. A final hearing on the proposed regulations is set to take place Sept. 18.
NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I.RehabCare Group inked a deal to take over operations of Landmark Health Systems Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the deal calls for RehabCare, a physical rehabilitation service provider based in St. Louis, to become majority owner of the hospital and provide day-to-day management of the facility. Under the arrangement, RehabCare will take over ownership of the rehab hospital from its current parentthe 133-bed, acute-care Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I.and it will become a 41-bed specialty hospital. RehabCare will contract with Landmark to provide the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island with clinical and support services. In a news release, RehabCare President and Chief Executive Officer John Short noted that the deal represents the companys entry into the Rhode Island market.
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.