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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3305        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1967


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Sean Garballey


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to standardize the regulation of skilled nursing facilities.






Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3305        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1967

By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1967) of Sean Garballey and others that the Department of Public Health be directed to establish a formal public hearing process prior to certain licensing and ownership of nursing home facilities decisions.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to standardize the regulation of skilled nursing facilities.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1:  The Department of Public Health shall amend the Licensure Procedure and Suitability Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities in Massachusetts regulations (105 CMR 153).  Such amendment shall establish a formal and open public hearing process that would precede approval of and allow for public input on any application for a license, notice of intent for transfer of ownership or notice of intent to sell or close any skilled nursing facility whether for-profit or non-profit.

              SECTION 2:  The Department of Public Health, the Center for Health Information & Analysis, the Office of Elder Affairs, the Office of Medicaid and the Office of the Attorney General shall work together with all interested stakeholders to review and develop policy recommendations for improvements to the licensing of long term care facilities in the Commonwealth (105 CMR 150; 105 CMR 153), regulations concerning standard payments and cost reporting by nursing facilities (114.2 CMR 600) and the requirements for the provision of nursing-facility services under MassHealth (130 CMR 456).  Such recommendations shall include proposed amendments to these regulations to:

              a)              Provide more transparent, timely and complete public access to information concerning skilled nursing facility licensing, reimbursement and quality care standards; and

              b)              Improve the regulation and public reporting of information concerning transfers of licenses for, new ownership of, and the closure of skilled nursing facility licenses; and

              c)              Otherwise enhance the regulation of skilled nursing facilities in the Commonwealth.

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