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 xls format of List of Health Care Facilities Licensed or Certified
. 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 pdf format of 105cmr155.pdf
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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

Individual Providers Seeking Medicare Certification

If you are an individual provider such as a doctor or dentist that is operating as a practice rather than a licensed clinic, and are seeking Medicare certification, please contact the Medicare Provider Line at 1-877-869-6504.

“Urgent Care” Licensure Requirements

All providers of ambulatory care, including those offering what is described as “urgent care”, must be appropriately licensed as a clinic or hospital satellite before they begin providing service, unless exempt from facility licensure under MGL Chapter 111, section 52 as  “…one or more practitioners engaged in a solo or group practice, whether conducted for profit or not for profit, and however organized, so long as such practice is wholly owned and controlled by one or more of the practitioners so associated, or, in the case of a not for profit organization, its only members are one or more of the practitioners so associated.”

Under MGL Chapter 111, section 56, whoever advertises, announces, establishes or maintains, or is concerned in establishing or maintaining a clinic without a license shall, for a first offense, be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, and for a subsequent offense by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars per day or by imprisonment for not more than two years.  Additionally, the Department is required to report violations to the Attorney General any such.

Information regarding the licensure process is available below.

Licensure Requirements

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:

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:

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
  • Closure

Change of Nursing Home Administrator or Director of Nursing

All changes of nursing home administrators or directors of nursing, including resignations and terminations,  must be reported to the Department using the Health Care Facility Reporting System (HCFRS).

See Reporting a change in Administrator or Director of Nursing for instructions.

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
  • Hospice
  • Hospital
  • Laboratory (CLIA)
  • Nursing Home
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Speech Pathology Service (OPT/SP)
  • 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