The mission of the South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification is to partner with consumers, families, healthcare providers, healthcare organizations, and other regulatory agencies to ensure the health, safety, and appropriate care of patients and residents in South Dakota.
Under contract with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office of Health Facilities Licensure & Certification assures that:
- Facilities comply with construction and fire and life safety standards. Engineers and environmental sanitarians review blue prints and drawings for new construction and renovation projects and make on-site visits during and after construction to ensure compliance. The department must approve use of space within a licensed or certified health care facility before it can be occupied and utilized.
- Facilities comply with regulations for level of service provided and overall operations for licensure and Medicare and Medicaid certification. Department surveyors (which include nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, laboratorians, x-ray technicians, and environmental sanitarians) review policies and procedures, staffing patterns and employee qualifications, orientation and in-service education, and standards of practice. They also review patient and personnel records, observe actual practice, and interview patients and staff.
- Registered and certified practitioners and providers safely utilize controlled substances. Agency pharmacists register practitioners eligible to prescribe and/or administer controlled substances and investigate reports of abuse.
- Training is provided to health care providers, and, occasionally to patient groups.