Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation directs the HPC to develop and administer a registration program for Provider Organizations, through which those entities subject to the law will submit information on their organizational and operational structure and governance. The law also requires Provider Organizations to complete an annual filing with the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA). The HPC and CHIA have created a single platform – the Massachusetts Registration of Provider Organization (MA-RPO) Program – that incorporates the required data elements for both the HPC and CHIA. Under the MA-RPO Program, a Provider Organization will submit an annual filing to the Commonwealth, which will satisfy its obligations under both M.G.L. c. 6D, § 11 and M.G.L. c. 12C.
The MA-RPO Program is a first-in-the-nation program that increases transparency of provider structure and performance, tracks changes in the healthcare market over time, and provides researchers, policymakers, market participants, and the public with access to the resulting dataset.
The MA-RPO program is guided by the following principles: administration simplification, avoiding duplicative data requests through ongoing coordination with other state agencies, balancing the importance of collecting data elements with the potential burden to Provider Organizations, and phasing in the types of information that Provider Organizations must report over time.
MA-RPO Program Regulations
The MA-RPO Program is governed by two regulations: one issued by the HPC and one issued by CHIA.
The HPC’s regulation implements M.G.L. c. 6D §11 and creates the framework for Provider Organization registration, including applicability, registration and reporting processes, and specifies the type of information that will be collected by the Commission upon registration. The HPC’s regulation took effect on July 18, 2014.
Final Registration of Provider Organization Regulation (958 CMR 6.00)
CHIA released its proposed regulation, which implements M.G.L. c. 12C, § 9, on November 4, 2016.
A public hearing where comments can be submitted in person for CHIA’s proposed regulation will be held on December 13, 2016 at 10:00am at 501 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116. Please see the Notice of Public Hearing for more details.
CHIA is accepting public comment on its proposed regulation through 5:00PM on Friday, December 23, 2016. Please see CHIA’s website for instructions on how to submit public comment.
The 2017 Filing will include review and verification of all data elements submitted as part of Initial Registration, making updates only where changes have occurred, as well as the submission of two new files: (1) The Financial Statements file, and (2) the APM & Other Contract Revenue file
The MA-RPO Program anticipates that 2017 Filing information will be due in the summer of 2017. For more information on the 2017 Filing requirements, please see the 2017 Filing tab on the left hand side of the page
The MA-RPO program will hold training sessions to provide an overview of the program framework, the process for completing the 2017 Filing, and the process for using the online submission platform. Slides from the training sessions will be made available on this page.