The Department's Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing (BHFL) is the bureau responsible for licensing various healthcare facilities, activities, and professionals in South Carolina. BHFL is also responsible for enforcing compliance with the applicable state regulations and statutes relating to these healthcare facilities, activities, and professionals to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the State of South Carolina. In addition, as necessary, BHFL investigates complaints and serious incidents.About the Inspections and/or Investigations
- Inspectors are healthcare professionals.
- Inspections and/or investigations are unannounced.
- A report of visit (ROV) is left with the facility, activity, or professional after each inspection or investigation. An ROV includes a detailed description of the conditions, conduct or practices, if any, that were found to be in violation of statutory or regulatory requirements. Each individual inspection or investigation is not be construed as a check of every condition that may exist, nor does it relieve the licensee from the need to meet all applicable standards regulations and laws.
- If an applicable regulation and/or statute is not met, then the facility, activity, or professional must submit a plan of correction to the BHFL.
- In some cases, a follow-up inspection is made to verify that violation(s) of applicable regulations and/or statutes are corrected.
- Consumers can use these reports to compare the performances of healthcare facilities, activities, and professionals.
Violations of standards in SC regulations are generally classified as follows:
- Class I violations are those that the Department determines to present an imminent danger to the health, safety, or well-being 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, safety or well-being of persons in the facility, activity, or professional.
- Class III violations are those that are not classified as Class I or II in these regulations or those that are against the best practices as interpreted by the Department.
Melinda Bradshaw (803) 898-0163 Fax: (803) 898-0501