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.

Winding Down of COVID-19-Related Public Health Emergency Flexibilities and Waivers

This resource summarizes the various wind down timelines for numerous legislative and regulatory flexibilities that were put in place to ease burdens of medical practice posed by COVID-19. Many of these flexibilities were tied to the Public Health Emergency declarations, which are set to expire on May 11, and will be rescinded once those declarations come to an end.

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)

Legal FAQs: Medical Records

Physician Self-Governance: Model Documents

Fraud and Abuse/Stark Law

Your Patients: Resource Guides

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. 7242.

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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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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