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Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Final Hospital Licensure Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has promulgated final Hospital Licensure Regulations. Approved by unanimous vote of the Massachusetts Public Health Council (PHC) on March 8, 2017, DPH anticipates that the...more

Massachusetts Determination of Need Program – Final Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Determination of Need (DoN) Program has promulgated final DoN regulations (shown here compared against the draft revisions.) Approved by the Massachusetts Public Health...more

Massachusetts Long Term Care Facility Regulations – Proposed Amendments

Massachusetts Long Term Care Facility Regulations – Proposed Amendments - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues its efforts to revise its regulations to comply with Executive Order 562, which...more

Massachusetts Regulatory Overhaul Continues

At Public Health Council meeting on November 9, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) released yet another round of proposed regulatory amendments. On deck were regulations concerning Long Term Care...more

The Health Policy Commission’s Annual Cost Trends Hearings

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission conducted its fourth annual Cost Trends Hearing on October 17 and 18, 2016, under the requirements of Massachusetts’s 2012 health care reform legislation (“Chapter 224”). The hearing...more

Massachusetts Licensure of Clinics Proposed Regulations – Key Take-Aways

In previous blog posts, we addressed the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) proposed regulations that affect hospitals, dialysis clinics and medical marijuana programs. In this final post on DPH’s recent...more

Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts – DPH Proposes Amendments to Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has released for public comment proposed amendments to DPH’s Medical Marijuana Regulations (105 CMR 725) (the “regulations”). DPH believes that believes the proposed...more

Massachusetts Hospital Licensing Regulations Proposed Amendments – Key Take-Aways

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has released for public comment proposed amendments to DPH’s Hospital Licensure Regulations (105 CMR 130.00) (the “regulations”). The proposed amendments are designed to...more

Massachusetts Regulatory Overhaul: Hospitals, Clinics, Dialysis Units, and Medical Marijuana – Oh My!

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has released proposed amended regulations for the licensure of hospitals, clinics, and out-of-hospital dialysis units, proposed the rescission of separate birth center...more

Massachusetts Determination of Need Regulation Overhaul

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Determination of Need (DoN) Program has unveiled proposed regulations that constitute an ambitious and, perhaps, long overdue overhaul of the DoN Program regulations....more

New Rules for ACOs in the MSSP

CMS issued a final rule, published in the Federal Register on Friday, June 10, 2016, updating how the performance of ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) is measured and compensated. This rule is...more

Massachusetts Establishes Road-Map for New ACO Program

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders, held a public meeting earlier this week to receive feedback on the proposal of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to overhaul the...more

4/22/2016  /  ACOs , HHS , State Medicaid Programs

Massachusetts Health Care Reform – Full Speed Ahead; Health Policy Commission 2015 Cost Trends Report

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) has issued its 2015 Cost Trends Report, based on the HPC’s annual health care cost growth hearings. The report contained 13 key recommendations across a wide range of health...more

Gun Control: HIPAA Final Rule Targets Background Checks and Mental Health Reporting

President Obama has announced plans to tighten gun control regulations, including applying the background check requirement to dealers at gun shows and on websites. Federal law already requires that those “engaged in the...more

CMS Releases Final Rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program

On June 4, 2015, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") released the highly anticipated Final Rule ("Final Rule") updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program ("Shared Savings Program"). One of the few provisions...more

Physician Compensation Arrangements – OIG Fraud Alert Warns of Potential Anti-kickback Statute Violations

In a fraud alert released today, the OIG warns that physician compensation arrangements, such as medical directorship compensation, may potentially violate the anti-kickback statue. The fraud alert reiterates the “one...more

Massachusetts Announces Significant Changes to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program  

At today’s Massachusetts Public Health Council meeting, Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, announced sweeping changes to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program in Massachusetts. The changes...more

OIG Defends Its Hospital Compliance Reviews in Response to AHA Criticism

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services(“OIG”) responded to concerns expressed by the American Hospital Association (“AHA”) regarding the OIG’s hospital compliance reviews,...more

CMS’s Proposed Changes to the MSSP Aim to Grow Two-Sided Risk Models and Modify Processes for Evaluating and Facilitating Care...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published long-awaited changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The official version of the proposed rule (the Proposed Rule), released December 8th, 2014,...more

Final Medical Marijuana Regulations Approved in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Public Health Council approved, by unanimous vote, final regulations for the implementation of the medical marijuana ballot initiative law that will allow qualifying patients with...more

5/10/2013  /  Final Rules , Medical Marijuana

Negligent Credentialing Claim Recognizable Under Massachusetts Law

A recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision recognizes a claim against a hospital for “negligent credentialing.” The court in Rabelo v. Nasif, et al found that, through the credentialing process, a hospital must “exercise...more

Medical Marijuana – Massachusetts Department of Public Health Posts Proposed Regulations

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued proposed regulations regarding the medical use of marijuana. The proposed regulations, formally called Proposed Regulations at 105 CMR 725.000: Implementation of An...more

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