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Office of Health Care Quality : Regulated Programs


The Office of Heath Care Quality (OHCQ) is the agency within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene charged with monitoring the quality of care in Maryland’s 9,900 health care and community residential programs.

The OHCQ licenses and certifies the state’s health care facilities. Through licensing, a facility gains the authority to operate or do business in the State; through certification, a facility obtains the right to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The OHCQ uses state and federal regulations, which set forth minimum standards for provision of care and conducts surveys to determine compliance. When problems or deficiencies are noted, the OHCQ initiates administrative action against facilities that violate State rules and regulations. If a facility fails to correct problems and is unable or unwilling to do so, the OHCQ may impose sanctions such as license revocation, fines, bans on admission, or other restrictions on the operating license.

The OHCQ also educates provides, consumers, and other stakeholders through written materials, presentations, this web site, and at conferences and seminars. 
Long Term Care

Long Term Care

  • Nursing Homes
  • MDS 3.0
Assisted Living

Assisted Living

  • Residential or facility-based programs that provide housing and supportive services, supervision, personalized assistance, and/or health-related services to meet the needs of residents who are unable to perform or need assistance in performing activities of daily living.
Adult Medical Day Care

Adult Medical Day Care

  • Community-based program designed to meet the needs of functionally and/or cognitively impaired adults through an individualized plan of care. These structured and comprehensive programs provide a variety of health, social, and other related support services in a protective setting.
Mental Health

Mental Health

  • Group Homes for Adults with Mental Illness
  • Mental Health Vocational Programs
  • Mobile Treatment Services
  • Outpatient Mental Health Center
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services for Minors
  • Psychiatric Day Treatment Services, Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Residential Rehabilitation Programs
  • Residential Crisis Services
  • Respite Care Services
  • Therapeutic Group Homes
  • Therapeutic Nursery Programs
Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

  • Opioid Maintenance Therapy Programs
  • Outpatient Treatment Programs
  • Residential Programs
  • Early Intervention
  • Detoxification Treatment
  • Education Programs (DWI)


  • Acute Care & Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Freestanding Medical Facilities
  • HMOs
  • Hospital Patient Safety Programs
  • Prison Hospitals
  • Residential Treatment Centers
Ambulatory Care

Ambulatory Care

  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Birthing Centers
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice
  • Nurse Referral Agencies
  • Nursing Staff Agencies
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Portable X-Ray
  • Residential Services Agencies
Developmentally Disabled

Developmental Disabilities

  • Community Residential Services
  • Community Supported Living Arrangements
  • Family Support Services
  • Individual Support Services
  • Resource Coordination
  • Vocational & Day Habilitation Services including Support Employment


  • Blood Drawing Stations or Blood Test Results
  • Blood, Sperm, and Tissue Banks
  • Cholesterol Testing Sites
  • Employer Drug Testing
  • Health Awareness Testing Sites
  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Independent Laboratories
  • Maryland Cytology Proficiency Testing Program
  • Point of Care Laboratories
  • Physician Office Laboratories

Forensic Laboratories

  • Accredited
  • Non-Accredited