The District of Columbia Department of Health licenses and certifies health
care facilities for compliance with state and federal health and safety
standards. Facilities include nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies,
dialysis centers, ambulatory surgical centers, intermediate care facilities
for the mentally retarded, and laboratories. The Health Care Facilities
Division ("HCFD") is charged with conducting regular on-site
surveys to ensure health, safety, sanitation, fire, and quality of care
requirements. HCFD identifies deficiencies that may affect state licensure.
The D.C. government publishes a list of nursing home facilities in DC and
also has a list of home health agencies in DC. A family member, friend
or even the resident can file a complaint on line or can call the DC Hotline
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