Massachusetts Medical Society: Legal and Regulatory Issues

Legal and Regulatory Issues

“DoctorThe practice of medicine is highly regulated. While the MMS does not provide legal advice to its members, we provide general resources on common legal and regulatory questions.

If you need legal advice, please consult a private attorney.

Licensure Information

Board of Registration in Medicine: Online Licensing Renewal

Board of Registration in Medicine: Licensing Division

General licensure information, download renewal forms, change your address, Frequently Asked Questions, and more.

Continuing Medical Education Requirements for Physician License Renewal in Massachusetts

Information on hours and type of CME and documentation required, reporting cycle, and other related requirements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Board of Medicine To Audit CME Credits

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine will begin conducting random audits of CME credits for physicians whose license renewal date is after July 1, 2011.

Practice Operations

Practice Compliance Checklist

This compliance checklist will help you assess the current state of your practice in light of current compliance requirements. (.pdf, 4 pages)

Mass. Electronic Death Registration System

An overview of the state's electronic death registration system and resources for assistance.

Federal Sunshine Act: An Overview

Starting in 2014, manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologics, or medical supplies must publicly disclose transfers of value to physicians over $10.

Securing Your Identity: Prospective and Retrospective Considerations


How to identify and reduce risks, and what to do if your data has been stolen, or if you believe it may have been stolen.

Office-Based Surgery Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to promote patient safety in the non-hospital setting during procedures that require the administration of local anesthesia, conscious sedation, deep sedation, general anesthesia, or minor or major conduction blockade.

Legal FAQs: Medical Records

Physician Self-Governance: Model Documents

Closing a Practice

Fraud and Abuse/Stark Law


Peer Review Resources

Your Patients: Resource Guides

Ethics and MMS

Legal Services for MMS Members Only

  • MMS Legal Advisory Plan
    Is a prepaid legal services plan that provides legal advisory and consultation services to MMS members for specified Board of Registration in Medicine matters.
  • Attorney Referral Service
    MMS members may contact the MMS Office of the General Counsel to request referrals to private practice attorneys. There is no charge for this service. MMS members may call (800) 322-2303, ext. 7520.

MMS Corporate Documents

Related Links

  • PIAM: Physicians Insurance Agency of Massachusetts 
    Offers a range of insurance products, financial planning (including retirement & estate planning), and practice services
    Provides the Harvard medical community's physicians, institutions, and employees with a medical malpractice insurance program
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MMS Awards Program

The Society is proud to sponsor a number of prestigious awards to highlight and recognize outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of patients in the Commonwealth, throughout the country, and around the world.

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PIAM the Insurance Agency of the Massachusetts Medical Society

Boston Medical Library

Boston Medical LibraryMembers have access to the Waltham branch of the Boston Medical Library and the Countway Library of Medicine in Boston.

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Physician Health Services

PHS provides confidential consultation and support to physicians, residents, and medical students facing concerns related to: alcoholism, substance abuse, behavioral or mental health issues and physical illness. 

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