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Health Facilities Licensing & Certification


Health Facilities Licensing and Certification is a unit in the Division of Health Care Services, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The team is comprised of health facility surveyors (Registered Nurses), life safety surveyors (certified fire inspectors), and support staff.

This team inspects all health facilities in the state to determine whether they meet state and federal standards. In addition, the team investigates complaints made against health facilities and agencies licensed or certified under our program. The purpose of the inspections is to determine a health care provider's ability to give services which are safe and of an acceptable quality.

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Important information:

**The current State licensing period for all facilities runs July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020 unless otherwise noted for facilities currently on a provisional license.

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Program Areas

Our office is responsible to license and certify health facilities throughout the state of Alaska. We license and/or certify the following facilities: 

  • Hospitals
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Ambula​tory Surgery Centers
  • Hospice
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy Providers
  • Rural Health Clinics
  • Freestanding Birth Centers
  • Home Health
  • Frontier Extended Stay Clinics
  • End Stage Renal Disease Facilities

Certification takes part through an agreement with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for those facilities who take part in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs.