Health Facilities Division

Health and habilitation professionals in the Department's Health Facilities Division inspect, license and/or certify under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs more than 4,000 health care providers and suppliers in the State of Iowa. Among the regulated providers and suppliers are long-term care facilities, hospitals, hospices, end-stage renal disease units, rural health clinics, and child-placing agencies. Survey teams from the Division conduct unannounced on-site inspection at health care facilities to assess the quality of care and services provided to clients, patients, residents and tenants. If problems are discovered during an inspection, the Division can initiate corrective and/or disciplinary action to assure a facility's compliance with state and federal rules.  Additionally, the Health Facilities Division staffs the state's Hospital Licensing Board. The Board advises the Division and the Department on issues impacting the administration of hospitals in the State of Iowa.


Boarding Home Registration Web Site

Owners, operators, and managers of Iowa boarding homes may now register their buildings electronically using the Boarding Home Registration web site. The web site permits boarding home registrants to comply with the requirements of Iowa Code chapter 135O, which was enacted during the 2009 session of the Iowa General Assembly.  The list of boarding homes registered with the Department is available here.


Health Facilities Division's Web Site
The Health Facilities Division maintains an extensive web site with valuable information for its stakeholders, including consumers and health care providers and suppliers. Available through the Division's web site are the Health Facilities Report Cards, which contains the compliance history and inspection reports for Iowa long-term care facilities. Available, too, are copies of the administrative rules governing regulated entities, as well as copies of INSIGHT, the Department's newsletter for health care providers and consumers, alike. Iowans can access the Health Facilities Division's web site by clicking here.

Contact Information

A contact sheet is maintained for health care providers and suppliers so that they can communicate with the appropriate individual in the Department's Health Facilities Division. The contact information is updated as necessary to reflect program coordinator areas, bureau chiefs, etc.

Division Administrator

Dawn Fisk

(515) 281-4233


Additional Health Facilities Division Resources
Click on the following link for additional resources available to health care providers and suppliers, consumers, and DIA stakeholders.


Sharing in Our Goal: Improving Residents' Lives


Listed below are the handouts for the DIA-health care providers joint training.  Materials are available for download.

Capacity Assessment for People Who Have Dementia

Falls Brochure for Family and Friends

Falls Presenters April 16th Handout

Falls Scene Investigation Report - EMPIRA - 2012

Family Resident Brochure

Iowa - Abbreviated Consent Issue - Tags - Investigation

Iowa - Abbreviated DAB Guidance on Abuse and Immediate Jeopardy

Iowa - Abbreviated Sexually Aggressive Residents - Peace River Exercise

Iowa - Kenwood Manor - Sex Offenders Hypo Handout

Resources for Findings 2013

Sex Abuse - 2567 - Peace River

Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes - Marquette Article

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