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Health Regulation Inspection/Investigations Frequently Asked Questions

1. What exactly is available on the Public Records Site?

Public record investigation reports for health care providers licensed or permitted by DHEC:
  • Abortion Clinics
  • Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Body Piercing Facility (Permitted, not licensed)
  • Birthing Centers
  • Community Residential Care Facilities (CRCF),
  • Day Care Facilities for Adults
  • Freestanding or Mobile Technology
  • Hearing Aid Specialists and Temporary Permit Holders
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Agencies
  • Hospice Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Facilities that Treat Individuals for Psychoactive Substance Abuse or Dependence
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disability (ICFMR)
  • Midwives and Midwife apprentices
  • Nursing Homes
  • Perinatal Oversight of Hospitals
  • Renal Dialysis Facilities
  • Residential Treatment Facilities for Children and Adolescents
  • Tattoo facilities

2. How soon will investigation reports be available online?

Generally, Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing reports are available 30 days after the inspection and Bureau of Certification reports are available 60 days after the inspection.

3. How far back can I search records?

Reports for Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing inspections and the Bureau of Certification surveys performed during the last three (3) years are available. Reports prior to those dates and other public records may be requested by mail, phone, fax, or email by contacting DHEC’s Freedom of Information office.

Please direct your public records requests to:

Freedom of Information Center Director
SC DHEC
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Tel: 803-898-3882
Fax: 803-898-3816

4. Why is DHEC doing this?

These inspection reports can provide valuable information to consumers and the public about the regulatory history of a health care provider. Posting these documents online allows consumers to access this information in a convenient and efficient way.

5. What type of information will be available on the investigation reports?

Inspections and/or investigations of licensed healthcare providers as well as any regulation standards and/or state statutes that are found to be out of compliance during an inspection or investigation.

6. What do the Class violations mean?

Answer: Not all health care provider types have “Classifications” for violations. The classifications are defined by statute or regulation. Class is defined differently for different provider types, but generally means:
  • Class I violations are those that the Department determines to present an imminent danger to the health and safety of the persons in the facility, activity, or professional, or a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result therefrom. A physical condition or one or more practices, means, methods or operations in use in a facility, activity, or professional may constitute such a violation.
  • Class II violations are those, other than Class I violations, that the Department determines to have a negative impact on the health and safety of persons in the facility, activity, or professional.
  • Class III violations are those that are not classified as Class I or II in the regulations or those that are against the best practices as interpreted by the Department.

7. How can I access documents that are not on the site?

You can request any public records by mail, phone, fax, or email by contacting DHEC’s Freedom of Information office.

Please direct your public records requests to:

Freedom of Information Center Director
SC DHEC
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Tel: 803-898-3882
Fax: 803-898-3816

Contact Information

Melinda Bradshaw (803) 898-0163 Fax: (803) 898-0501


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