Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Office of Health Facilities Licensure & Certification

This office surveys, licenses and recommends federal certification for health care facilities. Its goal is to ensure state health and safety standards are met and also federal standards if the facility is a Medicaid or Medicare provider.


  • Department of Health has issued a Request for Proposals to provide additional nursing facility capacity in the areas of Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Proposals are due August 14, 2015 5 p.m. (CST). Contact Tom Martinec, Deputy Secretary of Health, at 605-773-3361.
  • The Office of Licensure & Certification will hold a public heairng August 26 at 1 p.m. in the Mathew’s Training Center, Joe Foss Building, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota, to consider the
    adoption and amendment of proposed rules numbered: 44:04, 44:73, 44:74, 44:75, 44:76, 44:77, 44:78, 44:79, 44:80, 44:03, 44:72. The effect of the rules will be to update and create separate Articles for each health care
    provider currently regulated in Article 44:04, to allow facilities the ability to consider inclusion of operators of X ray equipment to meet federal provisions of electronic health records, and designate geographic areas for the redistribution of nursing facility beds. Rules notice | Proposed rules
  • Partnership News and Best Practice newsletter - August 2015

Note to providers:

Pursuant to the March 22, 2013 CMS Survey & Certification Memo, effective April 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) may impose civil money penalties (CMPs) on nursing homes in South Dakota when serious deficiencies are identified.  At this time, the Department of Health does not intend to begin recommending CMPs to the CMS Region VIII Office.  However, this will not preclude CMS from imposing CMPs directly on South Dakota nursing facilities.  Below is the evaluation tool and guidance documents issued by CMS.  DOH will closely monitor the situation and will continue to provide further information to providers regarding CMPs as it becomes available.


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Use of door alarms at main doors of nursing facilities and assisted living centers

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