Section 1. Chapter 111 of the Massachusetts General Laws as appearing in the 2014 edition is hereby amended by inserting the following new sections after Section 72BB:
“The Department through its division of health care facility licensure and certification shall provide annual training for long term care facilities on the licensure and certification process. This training shall include, but not be limited to, the department’s interpretation of the general laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and policies concerning the licensure and certification process for such long term care facilities. The training shall be interactive, with the sharing of information and recommendations between long term care facilities and the department on most frequently cited deficiencies, both state and federal, and best practices to ensure resident quality care.
The department shall notify long term care facilities of proposed policy changes and seek comment from long term care facilities before instituting a policy change concerning the licensure and certification process.
The Department in conjunction with long term care facilities shall establish clear and consistent protocols for collecting and gathering information in order to better evaluate trends in long term care facility operations. The Department shall exchange this information with long term care providers on a biannual basis.
For the purpose of this section, the term “long term care facilities” shall mean nursing homes, rest homes or other long-term care facilities.”
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.