Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality
Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification
105 CMR 155.00: Patient and resident abuse prevention, reporting, investigation, penalties and registry
Chapter 336 of the Acts of 1998
M.G.L. Chapter 111, Sections 72F through 72L
TO: Directors, Home Health Agencies; Directors, Hospice Programs; Directors, Homemaker Agencies
FROM: Paul I. Dreyer, Ph.D., Director
DATE: April 26, 2000
RE: Home Health Agencies, Homemaker Agencies and Hospice Programs Amendments to the Department of Public Health's Regulations at 105 CMR 155.000 Concerning Patient and Resident Abuse Prevention, Reporting, Investigation, Penalties and Registry.
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide you with information and instructions that you will need to implement amendments to 105 CMR 155.000: Patient and Resident Abuse Prevention, Reporting, Investigation Penalties and Registry regulations which became effective on March 17, 2000. These amendments were developed with the assistance of an advisory committee that was convened by the Department to implement Chapter 336 of the Acts of 1998 which amended Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, Sections 72F through 72L, commonly called "The Patient Abuse Statute." The regulations set for standards forth the prevention, reporting and investigation of patient and resident abuse, neglect and mistreatment, and the misappropriation of patient and resident property by individuals working in or employed by a home health agency, homemaker agency, hospice program or a long term care facility. A copy of the regulations is enclosed in Attachment A.