FOR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES  Provides Free, Reliable Senior Information and Resources

The content on is provided as a courtesy for our site visitors. The information, resources, links, advertisements and other material on AsYouAge does not constitute a professional opinion or advice; nor does it constitute an endorsement of any organization or the information, products and/or services they may offer. AsYouAge reviews and updates its content regularly when new and relevant information is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional advice in any area: health, medical, legal, insurance, financial or any other area. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider, or caregiver, attorney, financial, insurance expert or other specialist prior to starting, dropping or changing your current program or have questions or concerns  regarding current or anticipated issues.


Copyright 2009 - 2013.  All Rights Reserved.

As You Age

State Licensing Agencies For Health Care Facilities

 Join Our Care Provider NetworkSign_Up_Provider_Network_Directory_and_Provider_Referrals.html

State Licensing Agencies

For Health Care Facilities

Health care facilities are licensed, regulated, inspected, and/or certified by a number of public and private agencies at the state and federal levels. There are over 150 regulatory standards that nursing homes, other health care facilities and providers must meet at all times in order to receive a license and/or certification to operate 

State Departments of Public Health, State Licensing and Certification Programs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) oversee regulate and license health care facilities and providers. They share a number of responsibilities, including

  1. Facility and Provider licensing and certification

  2. Facility reviews (called surveys) and ensuring health care facilities comply with state laws and regulations

  3. Certification of nurse assistants, home health aides, hemodialysis technicians, the licensing of nursing home administrators and others

  4. Cooperative actions with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to certify that facilities accepting Medicare and Medicaid payments meet federal requirements

  5. Response, Investigation, follow-up compliance reviews and follow-through on complaints filed against licensed facilities and/or providers

During the nursing home or health care facility inspection, the State looks at many aspects of quality. The inspection team observes resident care processes, staff/resident interaction, and environment. Using an established protocol, the inspection team interviews a sample of residents and family members about their life within the nursing home, interviews caregivers and administrative staff and reviews clinical records.

Use this directory of State Licensing Agencies for Health Care Facilities to find contact information for State Departments of Public Health & Health Care Facility Licensing/Certification Divisions.

Medicare’s online program Nursing Home Compare enables consumers to review detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.

Find inspection reports and compare nursing homes now.

Find and compare information  with Nursing Home Compare is a directory of Senior information and Senior resources for in-home care, healthcare, senior housing, Social Security, Medicare, Veterans benefits, elderlaw, nutrition, fitness, travel, finance, medical symptoms, consumer protection, senior  care, caregiving and more.