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On Saturday, October 15, 2016, new state law will become effective that includes new requirements to utilize the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT), the new online Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Please make sure you are prepared for the new requirements.
• A registered individual practitioner must utilize MassPAT each time the practitioner issues a prescription to a patient for any Schedules II and III narcotic drug.
• Prescribers must continue to check MassPAT the first time they prescribe to a patient a benzodiazepine or any controlled substance in Scheduled IV or V which the Department has designated in guidance as a drug that is commonly abused and may lead to dependence. At this time, there are no drugs that have received this designation.
For more information on all Scheduled drugs, please visit the DEA Website .
For more information on MassPAT, and the PMP, please visit the PMP website .
Important Information for Health Care Facilities
The Board of Registration in Nursing has taken action to revoke or suspend the licenses of individuals identified as having provided fraudulent information and documentation concerning their qualifications for Massachusetts licensure by reciprocity. More information is available on ourRevocation/Suspension of Licensespage.
Information on Board-approved pre-licensure Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse education programs, resources for nurse educators, statistics on student numbers and NCLEX pass rates, list of programs not approved and information regarding closed nursing education programs.
Information on how to obtain a nursing license including APRN authorization, applications, forms, fees, statistics, renewal eligibility for expired out of state discipline, verification and other frequently asked questions. Pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 112 80 and 80A, all nurses who practice within Massachusetts are required to have a current Massachusetts license. Massachusetts is not a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Additional information regarding the NLC can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.
Primary Source Verification
Information on Scope of Practice, Decision-Making Guidance, Advisory Rulings, APRN Practice, and Prescriptive Authority.
Information on continuing education requirements for licensed nurses and providers; includes checklists to assist with compliance and frequently asked questions.
Information on complaint process and filing information, disciplinary action list and probation forms.
Follow this link for information on benefits available under the VALOR Act, signed into law by Governor Patrick on May 31, 2012.