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Maryland Department of Health - Office of Health Care Quality

The Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) is the agency within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene charged with monitoring the quality of care in Maryland's health care facilities and community-based programs. ​​
 
​The Office of Health Care Quality licenses and certifies facilities and programs throughout Maryland. Licensing authorizes a facility to do business in the state. Certification authorizes a facility to participate in Medicare and Medicaid​Programs. OHCQ surveys these facilities and programs to determine compliance with State and federal regulations, which set forth minimum standards for the delivery of care.

 

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