The Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification is the Massachusetts state agency responsible for the licensure of health care facilities under state law, and the certification of health care facilities and agencies participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
List of Health Care Facilities Licensed or Certified by the Division:
A list of health care facilities and programs licensed or certified by the Department is available at List of Health Care Facilities licensed by the Division . Bed counts represent most recent licensing data available at the time of the report. Please note that nursing home and hospital bed totals may include beds temporarily out of service, and not the total number of active beds in a facility.
Copies of a Facility License:
Information regarding the process to obtain a copy of a health care facility license is available at: DHCFLC Public Records Information.
Complaints Regarding Licensed Facilities:
If you wish to file a complaint against a licensed or certified provider, please contact the Complaint Unit at 617-753-8150 or go to: How To File a Complaint. For information on regulations prohibiting abuse, neglect and misappropriation see: 105 CMR 155.000 .
Additional Information for Applicants Regarding the Licensure and Certification Process:
- Nursing Home, Rest Home and Hospital Coordinator: 617-753-8084
- Clinic, Hospice, Home Health, Temporary Nurse Staffing Agency, Adult Day Health Coordinator: 617-753-8124
Adult Day Health Licensure Information
The Department strongly recommends that all existing programs read, in their entirety, the new licensure regulations which are available online at: 105 CMR 158.000.
Existing Adult Day Health programs must complete the licensure process in accordance with the following timeline:
- January 2, 2015: Effective date of Adult Day Health licensure regulations.
- February – April 2015: Programs obtain copies of local occupancy permit and a fire inspection certificate for their program site. Programs are reminded that if meals are cooked on-site, their kitchen must be approved by the local board of health.)
- March 20, 2015: Licensure applications available on-line from the Department.
- April 1, 2015: Department begins accepting licensure applications.
- May 1, 2015: Deadline for filing complete application with the Department for each program site.
In accordance with 105 CMR 158.005(C), a complete licensure application filed by the May 1, 2015, deadline shall have the effect of a license until acted upon by the Department. New programs anticipating opening after January 2, 2015 must obtain a license from the Department before beginning operation.
State law requires the following health care facilities and programs to be licensed before they begin providing service. Licensure statutes and regulations are available online at:
- Adult Day Health Programs: 105 CMR 158.000
- Clinics: MGL Chapter 111, section 51, and 105 CMR 140.000 ;
- Hospice: MGL Chapter 111, section 57D and 105 CMR 141.000 ;
- Hospitals: MGL Chapter 111, section 51, MGL Chapter 111, section 51G, and 105 CMR 130.000 file size 1MB;
- Nursing Homes and Rest Homes: MGL Chapter 111, section 71; and 105 CMR 150.000 , 105 CMR 151.000 , and 105 CMR 153.000 ;
- Out of Hospital Dialysis Units: MGL Chapter 111, section 51A and 105 CMR 145.000 .
Home Health Agencies: The Department of Public Health does not license home health agencies. A home health agency may become certified to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Initial Licensure and Change of Ownership Process
1. Applicants for initial licensure or a change of ownership must satisfy applicable Determination of Need and Plan Review requirements before submitting their application for a determination of suitability.
2. Applicants must complete and submit an initial licensure application or notice of intent to acquire, and all required attachments in order for their application to be deemed substantially complete. The Department is unable to process incomplete applications for licensure. Blank forms and related information is available at:
- Initial Licensure Application/Notice of Intent to Acquire file size 1MB
- Suitability Application Disclosure Form file size 1MB (as required)
- Table 1 - DPS Certificate or Local Occupancy Permit
- Table 2 - Fee Schedule
- CORI Form file size 1MB
3. Applicants must also submit appropriate programmatic documentation specific to their provider type. Contact the appropriate licensure coordinator for additional information and forms:
- Nursing Home, Rest Home and Hospital Licensure Coordinator: 617-753-8084
- Clinic, Hospice, Home Health, Temporary Nurse Staffing Agency, Adult Day Health Licensure Coordinator: 617-753-8124
Additional Licensure Actions
All licensees must contact a licensure coordinator in advance any action which will result in a change to licensure status. Advance approval in accordance with applicable licensure regulations is required for the following changes in licensure status:
- Change of location
- Addition of new beds or services or approval following renovations
Medicare and Medicaid Certification Requirements and Process
Health care facilities and programs must be certified to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification is the CMS State Survey Agency for the following provider programs:
- Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC)
- Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF)
- End-Stage Renal Dialysis (ESRD)
- Home Health Agency (HHA) - for forms see: HHA Certification Forms
- Laboratory (CLIA)
- Nursing Home
- Outpatient Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Speech Pathology Service (OPT/SP)
- Portable X-Ray (PortX)
- Rural Health Center (RHC)
For additional information on the certification process, please contact the appropriate program coordinator:
- Nursing Homes and Hospitals: 617-753-8084
- All other program types: 617-753-8124
This information is provided by the Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification within the Department of Public Health.