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Registration of Provider Organizations

Program Overview

The Massachusetts Registration of Provider Organizations (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: administrative 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.

The MA-RPO Program was established through Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation. The law directed the HPC to develop and administer a registration program for Provider Organizations, through which entities would submit information on their organizational and operational structure and governance. The law also required Provider Organizations to complete an annual filing with the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA). To streamline the administration of the program, in 2017 the HPC and CHIA created a single 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 the law.  

Provider Organizations interested in receiving program updates and notifications about the MA-RPO Program can use this link to be added to our mailing list.

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 §12 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    

CHIA’s regulation implements M.G.L. c. 12C § 9 and describes the annual reporting requirements for Provider Organizations. The regulation, effective March 10, 2017, is available here.