Bureau of Community and Health Systems - Covered Providers

  • The Bureau of Community and Health Systems performs state licensing and federal certification regulatory duties as required by state and federal laws. The bureau programs are designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of individuals receiving care and services through various covered licensed/certified provider types. Activities include issuance of state licenses and construction permits, routine inspections, complaint investigations, enforcement of state and federal requirements, and a host of other regulatory activities. The bureau covers more than 20 various provider types.

    The following link is to be used by health care facilities and agencies for reporting fires, fire watches, and emergent events lasting more than 6 hours, such as natural disasters, outside/external threats, and critical lack of staff: Fire Watch and Emergent Event Reporting System. (This excludes adult foster care homes, adult foster care and child camps, child care homes and centers, and homes for the aged.) 

    The Bureau is pleased to provide a new feature through GovDelivery which allows you to sign up for announcements and alerts from the Bureau of Community and Health Systems by specific provider types. Your information will not be shared.

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    Important Notes:

    • 1135 Waivers - "When the President declares a disaster or emergency under the Stafford Act or National Emergencies Act and the HHS Secretary declares a public health emergency under Section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, the Secretary is authorized to take certain actions in addition to her regular authorities. For example, under section 1135 of the Social Security Act, she may temporarily waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements to ensure that sufficient health care items and services are available to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in Social Security Act programs in the emergency area and time periods and that providers who provide such services in good faith can be reimbursed and exempted from sanctions (absent any determination of fraud or abuse)" (from the CMS website).

    On March 30, 2020, CMS issued blanket waivers to address the growing COVID-19 pandemic. These waivers are now in effect and do not need to be requested. A detailed list of the waivers can be found here.

    If a provider/supplier wishes to apply for an 1135 waiver they must complete the web-based tool located at CMS PHE Emergency Web Portal. Training on the new system can be found on the following link: CMS YouTube 1135 Waiver and Inquiry Web Training. More Information can be found on CMS memo QSO-21-11-All.

    For further information you can review the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Provider Fact Sheet.