Office of Health Care Quality

Protecting the health and safety of Marylanders throughout the health care system and communities. 

Office of Health Care Quality
Spring Grove Center
55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

410-402-8000 or 877-402-8212

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OHCQ does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability


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. As of July 1, 2016, OHCQ licensed and certified 18,032 facilities and programs throughout Maryland. Licensing authorizes a facility to do business in the state. Certification authorizes a facility to participate in the 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. In addition to licensure and survey activities, OHCQ educates providers, consumers, and other stakeholders through written materials, presentations and websites.

OHCQ's mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Maryland's citizens and to ensure there is public confidence in the health care and community service delivery systems. 

OHCQ's vision is that all those receiving care in Maryland can trust that their health care facility or program is licensed and has met the regulatory standards for the services that they offer.

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