Maryland Register
Issue Date:  March 18, 2016
Volume 43• Issue 6• Page 414
Title 10
Subtitle 07 HOSPITALS
10.07.10 Home Health Agencies
Authority: Health-General Article, §19-404, Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to adopt new Regulation .05 and recodify existing Regulations .05—.15 to be Regulations .06—.16, respectively, under COMAR 10.07.10 Home Health Agencies.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to require a home health agency to be open for inspection by the Department to verify compliance with licensing regulations, to investigate complaints, and to inspect the operations of the home health agency at least every 3 years.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
The proposed action has no economic impact.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through April 18, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
.05 Inspections.
A licensed home health agency or an entity proposing to operate such a facility shall be open during normal business hours, or any other times that the facility is serving residents, for inspection by the Department or by any other agency designated by the Department to:
A. Survey home health agencies at least every 3 years;
B. Verify compliance with licensing regulations; or
C. Investigate complaints.
Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene