One of the most pivotal times facility staff faces is inspection and survey time. These can be some of the most stressful times for the community due to the increased pressure of having your license and reputation on the line and at the judgment of a surveyor. Fear not my friends, as you have planned for
this moment and hopefully have implemented policies and procedures designed to meet the
requirements of the Maryland OHCQ regulations. Check out the regulation below as to what to expect
when a surveyor visits your community:
.12 Compliance Monitoring.
A. The Department shall be responsible for monitoring and inspecting assisted living programs to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements of this chapter.
B. Consistent with an interagency agreement, the Department may delegate certain aspects of its monitoring,
inspection, or waiver responsibilities to the Department of Aging or a local health department.
C. The Department or its designee may conduct announced or unannounced licensure or complaint investigation visits.
D. An assisted living program shall be surveyed on-site, at least annually. The Department may extend the time between surveys to up to 15 months if it determines that a licensee has demonstrated satisfactory compliance with this chapter.
E. The Department or those agencies delegated responsibility under this regulation, may inspect an assisted living
program more frequently than annually through follow-up surveys, if it is considered necessary to ensure
compliance with this chapter or for the purpose of investigating a complaint