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Licensing AND Certification Program

Welcome to the Licensing and Certification Program

Our top priority is to protect patient safety and ensure quality care for all patients and residents of the more than 11,000 health care facilities we regulate in California. These include general acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, skilled nursing facilities, and other facility types.

We ensure compliance with state licensing laws and federal certification regulations in our role as the state survey agency for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for which we certify facilities to receive Medicare and Medi-Cal reimbursements.

We also oversee the certification and/or licensing of four types of health-care professionals: nurse assistants, home health aides, hemodialysis technicians and nursing home administrators.

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