Health Facilities Division
Health and habilitation professionals in the Department's Health Facilities Division inspect, license and/or certify under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs more than 4,000 health care providers and suppliers in the State of Iowa. Among the regulated providers and suppliers are long-term care facilities, hospitals, hospices, end-stage renal disease units, rural health clinics, and child-placing agencies. Survey teams from the Division conduct unannounced on-site inspection at health care facilities to assess the quality of care and services provided to clients, patients, residents and tenants. If problems are discovered during an inspection, the Division can initiate corrective and/or disciplinary action to assure a facility's compliance with state and federal rules. Additionally, the Health Facilities Division staffs the state's Hospital Licensing Board. The Board advises the Division and the Department on issues impacting the administration of hospitals in the State of Iowa.
Boarding Home Registration Web Site
Owners, operators, and managers of Iowa boarding homes may now register their buildings electronically using the Boarding Home Registration web site. The web site permits boarding home registrants to comply with the requirements of Iowa Code chapter 135O, which was enacted during the 2009 session of the Iowa General Assembly. The list of boarding homes registered with the Department is available here.
Health Facilities Division's Web Site
A contact sheet is maintained for health care providers and suppliers so that they can communicate with the appropriate individual in the Department's Health Facilities Division. The contact information is updated as necessary to reflect program coordinator areas, bureau chiefs, etc.