Below are definitions of Massachusetts health care facilities as the terms are used in the Navigator. Because it was designed primarily for use by licensed health care providers, definitions provided here are generally based on language used in the licensing regulations, although the definition may be modified to fit the purposes of the Navigator. Government-operated facilities (e.g. public health hospitals) are generally outside the scope of the Navigator, even if they may be subject to all or some of the same reporting obligations.
Below are further definitions of a number of terms used in the Navigator. Be aware that different statutory provisions and agencies may define the same term differently. Please make note of the specified context, if provided. Use our feedback form if there is a definition that you would like to see included here.