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DOH Temporarily Suspends Routine State Compliance Inspections

The Department of Health (DOH) has temporarily suspended routine state compliance inspections in all health care facilities it regulates. 

This change will allow health care facilities to focus their energy, resources, and staff on the COVID-19 response and caring for patients. It will also allow the department to focus our work on technical assistance, resolution of on-going enforcement actions, and investigations of complaints that pose the greatest risk to patients.

We will continue the following state compliance activities and investigating complaints that allege immediate risk to patient safety or patient abuse/neglect.

The DOH will continue to:

  1. Investigate complaints that allege immediate risk to patient safety due to infection control concerns, including facilities with potential or confirmed COVID-19 or other respiratory illness.
  2. Perform on-site visits as necessary to resolve pending enforcement actions.
  3. Conduct initial state licensure inspections of new facilities and remodel of facilities to support access to care.

This approach is consistent with guidance published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Additional CMS guidance is located here (sort on posting date to find the most recent guidance).