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: 617-753-8036
- 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.
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 and Adult Day Health Program Licensure webpage
- 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 and Suitability Application forms have been replaced with revised versions as of April 11, 2016. Applicants who have already begun the application process may continue to use the old forms. As of April 11, 2016, all new applications should be completed on the new version of these forms. The Bureau will not accept any applications for licensure and suitability that use the old forms after May 6, 2016.
- Table 1 - DPS Certificate or Local Occupancy Permit
- Table 2 - Fee Schedule
- CORI Form file size 1MB
- Local Fire Certificate
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: 617-753-8036
- 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
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
- 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: 617-753-8036
- 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.