(a)  An application for a license to operate a hospice agency or facility shall be submitted to the Department prior to the scheduling of an initial licensure survey.  The hospice agency shall establish, maintain and make available for inspection such documents, records and policies as required in this Section and statistical data sufficient to complete the licensure application and upon request of the Department, to submit an annual data report, including all information required by the Department as noted in Rule .0303 of this Subchapter.

(b)  The Department shall issue a license to each hospice agency premises when determined to be in compliance with licensure rules.  Initial licensure inspections shall be conducted at the Department offices.  On‑site inspections shall include one or all sites as described in Rule .0209 of this Subchapter.  Initial licensure shall be for a period of not more than one year.  Subsequent licensure shall extend for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years, at the discretion of the Department.  Each license shall expire at midnight on the expiration date on the license and is renewable upon application.

(c)  The license shall be posted in a prominent location accessible to public view within the premises.  The agency shall also post a sign at the public access door with the hospice agency name.

(d)  The license shall be issued for the premise and persons named in the application and shall not be transferable.  The name and street address under which the agency operates shall appear on the license.  If the agency operates an inpatient facility or unit, or a residential facility to provide inpatient or residential hospice care, the number of beds for each shall be reflected on the license.

(e)  Prior to change of ownership or the establishment of a new hospice agency, the agency shall be in compliance with all the applicable statutes and rules established under Article 10 of G.S. 131E.

(f)  The licensee shall notify the Department in writing of any proposed change in ownership or name at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the change.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E‑202;

Eff. November 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1996; June 1, 1991; November 1, 1989.