SBA is Always at the Forefront of DPH Regulatory Changes!

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently announced exciting reforms to the plan review process. Here is an excerpt explaining some of these reforms from Tim Miley, Director of Government Affairs at DPH: Effective with plans submitted on or after March 1, 2017, any project that involve patient care areas, and with an estimated project construction cost of less than $2,000,000, will qualify for Self-Certification review, with the exception of hospice inpatient facilities and long term care facilities originally designed and constructed in accordance with the 1968 or 1972 edition of DPH construction standards. All projects that involve non-patient care areas in a hospital, clinic, dialysis facility or ambulatory surgery will continue to qualify for Self-Certification review regardless of the estimated project construction cost.”

SBA has an excellent relationship with the MA DPH, typically we shepherd more than 60 projects every year through the Plan Review process, as well as assisting in Determination of Need (DoN) submissions. Our understanding and familiarity with the DPH process, as well as the individual plan reviewers, allows our team to assist in the interpretation of requirements, discussions of waivers and temporary approvals during phased construction.

We are actively participating in creating industry guidelines through Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI). Our Global President & CEO, Kurt Rockstroh, is the current president of FGI and vice chair for FGI 2010 and 2014 editions. Our President of U.S. Operations, Kirsten Waltz, is the Vice Chair for the Outpatient Group for FGI’s 2018 edition. Our experience allows us to be at the forefront of changes in the regulatory environment which directly impact on the types of spaces our client’s encounter in your patient care areas.

To learn more about information regarding the plan review process- click the link below:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/healthcare-quality/health-care-facilities/plan-review/types/

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