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February 25, 2014

Serious Incident and Accident Reporting and Disaster Plans

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On February 12, 2014, the Department of Public Health (“Department”) adopted regulations finalizing changes to 105 CMR 150.000. The primary focus of these regulations is to reinforce the requirement that long-term care facilities use the Department’s web-based reporting mechanism that was implemented in the Fall of 2012. This web-based system is designed to improve the process by which facilities file incident reports and improve communication with facilities as well. With the newly amended regulations, the Department requires all long term care facilities (including rest homes) to register with the Health and Homeland Alert Network.

Overall the Department’s goal is to change how and to whom facilities shall report incidents and create greater protection for residents in the event of an emergency or a natural disaster.

For more information see the Department of Public Health's website.

Andrew Levine is a Boston attorney providing regulatory guidance, business and corporate legal services, as well as strategic advice, to healthcare clients.

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Andrew Levine is a partner and head of the firm's regulatory practice. He provides regulatory guidance, business and corporate legal services, as well as strategic advice to healthcare clients. You can find him on Google+ and LinkedIn.

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