Massachusetts Public Health Council Approves Rules For Limited Service Medical
Boston, MA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Massachusetts
Public Health Council (PHC) today approved regulations allowing for Limited Service Medical
Clinics in Massachusetts. The Council voted to approve the new rules at its monthly meeting
in Boston. The new regulations take effect immediately.
"I appreciate the Public Health Council taking a proactive and thoughtful approach to
this issue," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby. "This is a
new model for health care delivery that can benefit many people in the Commonwealth. These
regulations will improve consumer convenience and make it easier for non-profit
organizations to establish satellite clinics in a variety of settings to serve vulnerable
Dr. Bigby also noted that having specific regulations in place for Limited Service
Clinics will allow the Department of Public Health to better monitor the care delivered at
such clinics and recommend licensure changes, if necessary.
John Auerbach, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Chair of the
PHC added, "Properly regulated, these types of clinics will serve an important function,
making care for minor medical care more convenient. The Council was mindful of not wanting
to create a stand-alone system of health care, so these regulations require coordination
and linkages to primary care providers."
Today's approval comes at the end of a long review process that included two public
hearings and the submission of hundreds of pages of testimony in favor of and in opposition
to the regulations. DPH's Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality will process
applications for licensure and enforce rules established by the new regulations.
The move toward developing specialized regulations was prompted by CVS Corporation's
application to open a "Minute Clinic" in one of the chain stores in Weymouth. Early in
the application review process, it became clear that DPH regulations governing medical
clinics did not address the operation of medical clinics with limited scopes of services.
Rather than consider applications requiring numerous waivers from full-service clinic
regulations, the Department decided to develop a specialized set of rules.
For more information on the Limited Service Clinic regulations please visit the DPH web
site at www.mass.gov/dph or call the Department's
Bureau of Health Care Quality at (617) 753-8100.
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