Healthcare Facility Regulation

Health Facility Regulation

Supporting the delivery of safe, accessible, affordable and quality health care services through effective and efficient planning, regulation and oversight

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About Healthcare Facility Regulation

Healthcare Facility Regulation (HFR), a division of the Department of Community Health (DCH), is responsible for health care planning, licensing, certification and oversight of various health care facilities and services in Georgia. The division was created in 2009 as a result of the passage of two laws, HB 228 (2009) and SB 433 (2008). These laws transferred functions previously performed by the Office of Regulatory Services to DCH in 2009.  

The division is composed of the following:

Looking ahead, HFR will continue to streamline business processes to improve timeliness of complaint investigations and to provide courteous and effective surveys.


Healthcare Facility Regulation makes your health care facility search easier, smarter and more comprehensive.  With  GaMap2Care,® you can search more than 7,000 licensed health care facilities, including Georgia hospitals, nursing homes, personal care homes, home health services and community living arrangements throughout Georgia.

User-friendly, GaMap2Care combines Google’s geomapping technology with HFR’s expansive health care facility database allows the consumer to take a virtual tour of the location where the licensed facility is operating. This robust tool will help make searching and comparing health care facilities easier and more convenient, allowing consumers to make more informed decisions about health care options.

  • Find a FacilityFor people with browsers older than IE8, use this system to search for Health Care Facilities by name, city, county, ZIP code or category. Use GaMap2Care with  newer browsers including FireFox, Mozilla, Chrome and Safari.

File a Complaint  - You have the option of filing a complaint on-line against a facility or program licensed through the Division of Healthcare Facility Regulation if you believe you received poor quality care from the licensed facility or program. 

Forms and Applications - Obtain forms and applications for licensure and certification of various categories of health care facilities.

HFR NewsLearn about Public Meetings, Public Notices and Rule Changes.

Georgia Nurse Aide Registry – Validate the certification of active or inactive nurse aides on the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry.

Hospital Transparency Information – Under House Bill 321, Georgia hospitals are required to provide all documents listed in Rule 111-8-41-.04.