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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.

CHIA’s regulation implements M.G.L. c. 12C § 9 and describes the annual reporting requirements for Provider Organizations.

2020 Physician Roster

Recognizing the unprecedented challenges to the health care system from the COVID-19 pandemic, the MA-RPO program did not require Provider Organizations to submit a filing in 2020. The only 2020 filing requirement for the MA-RPO program was an updated physician roster, which can be submitted along with Provider Organizations’ 2021 filing.

A 2020 Physician Roster file template is below. The requirements for completing the 2020 physician roster are the same as the requirements for the 2019 physician roster, as detailed in the 2019 Data Submission Manual, with the exception that the Physician Roster must include all physicians participating in at least one contract on January 1, 2020 that was established by the Corporately Affiliated Contracting Entity.

Provider Organizations may submit their 2020 Physician Roster as a file attachment in the online submission platform as part of their 2021 filing. If you would like to submit your roster prior to the 2021 filing, you may submit it at any time via email to HPC-RPO@mass.gov.

2020 Physician Roster File Template

2021 Filing

To complete the 2021 filing, Provider Organizations must review and update the data that they submitted in the 2019 filing to reflect their structures and relationships as of January 1, 2021. Provider Organizations will also submit their Financial Statements file(s), Physician Roster file(s) for both 2020 and 2021, and their Payer Mix file(s) as attachments. Templates for each of these files are available in the 2021 Filing Templates section of the 2021 Filing page. 

Program staff will email Provider Organizations when the 2021 online submission platform is live. 2021 filing materials are due by Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM. For more information on the 2021 filing requirements, please see the 2021 Filing tab on the right hand side of the page.

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