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State Regulations On-line
All State regulations are available on-line. To locate regulations, you may search by subject or the regulation citation if you know the COMAR (Code of Maryland Regulations) cite.

Hint: Each regulation within a regulation chapter is a separate retrievable document. For example, under the COMAR 10.07.14 chapter, there are 53 regulations on specific topics. You may retrieve and print any of the 53 specific regulations to suit your information needs.

Regulations on-line are found on the Maryland Division of State Document’s web site,

You may still contact the Office of Health Care Quality to obtain regulation booklets for all licensure programs that are regulated by OHCQ.

Click here for more information.

Doing Business in Maryland
OHCQ monitors licensed community-based health care providers and licensed health care facilities to ensure that they comply with regulations and standards concerning quality of care.

A community-based provider or health care facility may need to meet other business-oriented State regulatory requirements in order to do business in Maryland, i.e. some health care facilities must obtain a Certificate of Need from the Maryland Health Care Commission before OHCQ can issue an operating license.

If you are considering starting a health care business in Maryland, information on all State licensure or certification requirements can be found on Maryland’s Business License Information System (BLIS).

Click here for information from Maryland’s Business License Information System (BLIS).
Click here for quality of care standards.

Nursing Home QA Survey, 2006
OHCQ Surveyors from the Nursing Home Technical Assistance Unit will be using a new survey tool that focuses on Patient Safety.

Click here to download the survey form.

State Laws Online
State regulations often cite State laws. For your convenience, full text of Maryland laws are available online at the General Assembly website,

On the MLIS website, under the subject heading, “Everything Else”, click on Maryland Code On Line to link to the Michie/Lexis website.
Select Maryland Code.
Select Next document.
Select the subject of your search to retrieve the appropriate “Annotated Code of Maryland” law volume.
Continue to narrow your search by selecting appropriate subjects until you find the desired section of the law.

Free Legal Assistance for Assisted Living Residents, Families, and Small Providers

The Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. has received grant funding to provide free legal assistance to assisted living residents in Maryland. Help is available if you:
  • Are thinking about moving to an assisted living home
  • Are resident of an assisted living home
  • Meet established financial eligibility requirements
  • Have a legal question or concern

Small assisted living providers may also request free legal assistance.

The Legal Aid Bureau may be able to help you with the following types of problems or concerns:
  • Admission agreement contracts
  • Quality of care issues
  • Involuntary discharges and transfers
  • Resident rights
  • Advance directives
  • Staff duties and responsibilities
  • Billing disputes
  • Cost and payment issues
  • Understanding state assisted living regulations
  • Medicare and Medical Assistance eligibility and coverage
  • Health care decision documents etc.

Help is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You may call:
410-296-6705 in the Baltimore Metropolitan area; or 1-800-367-7563 toll free in Maryland

Or write:
Assisted Living Project
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
29 W. Susquehanna Avenue
Suite 305
Towson, MD 21204-5201