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Health Facilities Licensing & Certification

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Regulatory Questions?
Contact Matthew Thomas at matthew.thomas2@alaska.gov or 907-334-2664 if you have questions related to state and federal regulatory requirements.

COVID-19 and Quarantine Questions?
Contact DHSS Epidemiology or refer to CDC guidelines, information, and reports regarding COVID-19 cases and quarantine protocols.

If you are advised to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 after a possible COVID-19 exposure, please visit COVID-19: If You May Have Been Exposed for additional information.

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

This team inspects health facilities across 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:

Health Facilities Licensing and Certification Facilities List
** The current State licensing period for all facilities runs July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024 unless otherwise noted for facilities currently on a provisional license.
Provider Updates:
If the information on our list for your facility is incorrect, please email the information to us at dhcs.hflc@alaska.gov.

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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 types of facilities: 

  • General Acute Care Hospitals (GACH)
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAH)
  • Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACH)
  • Specialty Hospitals (Psychiatric)
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC)
  • Volunteer Hospice
  • Full Service Hospice 
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy Providers (OPT)
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHC)
  • Freestanding Birth Centers (FBC)
  • Home Health Agencies (HHA)
  • Frontier Extended Stay Clinics (FESC)
  • End Stage Renal Disease Facilities (ESRDS)
  • Federally Qualified Health Care Facilities (FQHC)

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.