Licensing and Legislation
The Office of Licensure and Certification (OLC)
regulates nursing facilities and the Department of Social Services
regulates assisted living facilities. State inspectors visit facilities
at least once a year to determine their compliance with state standards
and their qualifications to receive Medicare and Medicaid program
participants. Long-term care insurance, private pay, Medicare and
Medicaid (www.cms.hhs.gov) are the ways that residents pay for long-term
care. Medicare also provides information through
Nursing Home Compare to help consumers research nursing home
facilities, and includes inspection reports. These can be seen by
entering the name of the facility and scrolling down the page to see the
list of inspections. Inspection reports for assisted
living facilities can be viewed by typing in the name of the
facility, then clicking on the name when it comes up.
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs all over the country have long voiced concern over poor staffing in nursing homes. If you have concerns about short staffing, we encourage you to file a complaint with the appropriate licensing agency and to participate in the political process by contacting your legislators to let them know your experiences and suggestions to improve long-term care.
While in a long-term care facility, most problems can be worked out with
the administration. If they cannot, assistance may be obtained through
the Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. We are designated
to investigate concerns and to try to resolve conflicts. Again, if we can
be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our
office at 703-324-5861, TTY 711.
Nursing facilities are licensed by The Office of Licensure and Certification (OLC) at the Virginia Department of Health. Licensed home healthcare agencies and Hospice agencies are also licensed by the Office of Licensure and Certification.
Assisted Living Facilities are licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Health professionals are licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions (doctors, nurses, administrators, etc.).
You may also write or e-mail your Representative or Senator at:
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
E-mail your U.S. Representatives
To Research Current and Proposed Legislation
Long-term care facilities are regulated by the Code of Virginia. Current
and past legislation can be accessed using the Legislative
Information System (Virginia Administrative Code).