Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
This page is designed to assist providers through the federal certification process, as well as provide additional resources to maintain compliance.
State licensing is not required for home health agencies. Individual health professionals should check on licensure requirements with the Bureau of Professional Licensing.
Important Note: The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has suspended some survey activities in order to prepare for the protentional threat of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). CMS issued Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO) Memos with details and guidance for infection control and prevention: QSO-20-13-Hospitals, QSO-20-14-NH, QSO-20-15 Hospital/CAH/EMTALA, QSO-20-16-Hospice, QSO-20-17-All, QSO-20-18-HHA, QSO-20-19-ESRD, QSO-20-20-All, QSO-20-22-ASC,CORF,OPT,RHC/FQHCs, QSO-20-24-ASC, QSO-20-28-NH
Home health agencies that provide skilled nursing services may apply for certification to participate in the Medicare/Medicaid programs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with LARA to evaluate compliance with the federal regulations by conducting certification surveys and complaint investigations.
For initial certification or change of ownership:
Complete and submit to BCHS:
Contact Accrediting Organization (AO) to schedule survey (initial only)
For address/location changes:
* Note-address/location changes should remain within the approved geographic area
For branch site application (one application packet per site):
For a change in administrator, please email the following:
For submitting correspondence or application documents, please email BCHS_FedDivision@michigan.gov.
Federal Reciprocal Agreements - For a federally certified provider in Michigan to provide services in another state, the provider must be federally certified in the other state or the provider must be recognized under a CMS-approved Reciprocal Agreement between the State of Michigan and the other applicable state. Michigan has no reciprocal agreement with Indiana or Ohio for home health agency services. In short, federally certified home health providers in Michigan cannot offer services within these states unless certified as a provider within these states. Michigan does have an agreement with Wisconsin. This agreement recognizes only the following certified Michigan providers: 23-7292 and 23-7093.
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Community & Health Systems - Federal Certification
611 W. Ottawa Street
PO Box 30664
Lansing, MI 48909
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