SECTION 1. A physician from a state bordering the Commonwealth who is licensed by the appropriate medical licensing board in that state where the practice resides shall be authorized to order home care services to be delivered by a Massachusetts home care agency certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, or a private pay agency accredited by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, for a citizen permanently residing in the Commonwealth without being required to obtain a license from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.
SECTION 2. Upon request by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine or Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts home health care agency responsible for delivering home care services ordered by an out-of-state physician will demonstrate:
a) The out-of-state physician must hold a license in good standing conferred by the licensing board or other medical licensing authority in another state, as shown by photocopy or facsimile of their valid license submitted to the Massachusetts home health agency.
b) Prescribed home health care services pursuant to an in-person physical examination of the patient.
SECTION 3. The referring physician from another state shall ask the patient if they have a primary care physician in this Commonwealth. If so, the referring out-of-state physician shall contact the patient’s primary care physician in the Commonwealth and obtain the concurrence of that individual for ordering home health care services. The referring physician shall make notation of such contact in the patient’s medical record.
The out-of-state referring physician shall also contact the patient’s primary care physician in the Commonwealth if alterations are made to the plan of care.
SECTION 4. A licensed out-of-state physician relative to this Act shall not be subject to any penalties pursuant to section 6 of chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition.
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