Nursing Homes

The Division of Nursing Homes surveys Nursing Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These facilities are surveyed with unannounced site visits. Survey teams include nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dieticians, and generalists. The Division is divided into four program areas, each concerned with respective Medicare/Medicaid federal regulations.

Long Term Care Program

The Long Term Care Program surveys Nursing Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities (NF/SNF) for compliance with Medicare/Medicaid regulations.

Medicare and Medicaid Certified Nursing Home Comparison - The primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

Nurse Aide Abuse Registry Program

The Nurse Aide Abuse Registry Program is responsible for placing Certified Nurse Aides with substantiated allegations of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of resident property, and/or findings in a court of law on the Abuse Registry of the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. See the Nurse Aide Registry.

Complaint Program

The Complaint Program has a special staff of surveyors who go to facilities for the express purpose of investigating complaints. The same basic survey process is used as for the regular surveys, but with a focus on the complaint.

If you would like to register a complaint against a Nursing Home, or any other Medicare Certified healthcare facility (including any Hospital, Home Health Agency, Hospice, Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID), End Stage Renal Dialysis (ESRD) facility, Outpatient Physical Therapy/Speech Therapy (OPT/ST), Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORF), Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC), Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC), Rural Health Clinic or CLIA Laboratory) please contact the Bureau of Certification Complaint Hot Line at 1-800-922-6735. Please give us the facility name and the full details of your concern via the Hotline or email address below.

Complaint/Hotline: 1-800-922-6735     Public Complaint Email:


Medicare Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment instrument information. OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set).

The regulation requiring the automation and transmission of the resident assessment instrument for Nursing homes was published and final in the Federal Register on December 23, 1997.

This regulation requires nursing facilities to use a designated Assessment Instrument (MDS 3.0, 10/01/2010) and to transmit the assessment data to the state repository.

Read the Long Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument User's Manual.

MDS & OASIS update from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including RAVEN/HAVEN software.

If MDS assistance is needed contact Jesse Olivares by email or call (803) 545-4104. If OASIS assistance is needed contact Barbara Brague by email or call (803) 545-4868.

Civil Money Penalty Funds (CMP) Grant

Nick Ruden, South Carolina CMP Coordinator (803) 545-4311

A portion of CMPs collected from nursing homes are returned to the states in which CMPs are imposed. State CMP funds may be reinvested to support activities that benefit nursing home residents and that protect or improve their quality of care or quality of life. Requests to use CMP funds may be made by various organizations and entities. Applications may be submitted by certified nursing homes, academic or research institutions, state, local or tribal governments, profit or not-for-profit, or other types of organizations.
The form below is a fillable application. The form contains instructions, outlines the process and provides an overview of guidelines for the CMP application. Please ensure all information is filled in completely and accurately. To view guidelines and/or apply, please see the link below.

CMP Grant Application (pdf)

CMS Funded Projects

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