Nursing Homes

"Nursing home" or "home" means a private home, institution, building, residence or other place, serving two or more persons who are not related by blood or marriage to the operator, whether operated for profit or not, and including those places operated by a political subdivision of the state of Louisiana, which undertakes, through its ownership or management, to provide maintenance, personal care, or nursing for persons who, by reason of illness or physical infirmity or age, are unable to properly care for themselves.  The term does not include the following:

(a)  A home, institution, or other place operated by the federal government or agency thereof, or by the state of Louisiana.

(b)  A hospital, sanitarium or other institution whose principal activity or business is the care and treatment of persons suffering from tuberculosis or from mental diseases.

(c)  A hospital, sanitarium or other medical institution whose principal activity or business is the diagnosis, care and treatment of human illness through the maintenance and operation of organized facilities therefor.

(d)  Any municipal, parish or private child welfare agency, maternity hospital or lying-in home required by law to be licensed by some other department or agency.

(e)  Any sanitarium or institution conducted by and for Christian Scientists who rely on the practice of Christian Science for treatment and healing.

(f)  Any nonprofit congregate housing program which promotes independent living by providing assistance with daily living activities such as cooking, eating, dressing, getting out of bed, and the like to persons living in a shared group environment who do not require the medical supervision and nursing assistance provided by nursing homes.  No congregate housing program, except those licensed or operated by the state of Louisiana, shall: (1) use the term "nursing home" or any other term implying that it is a licensed health care facility; or (2) administer medications or otherwise provide any other nursing or medical service.

RS 40:2009.2



1. Payments & Payment Transmittal form must be submitted to Chase Bank
P.O. Box Below:

DHH Licensing Fee
P.O. Box 62949
New Orleans, LA 70162-2949

2. Documentation, such as the application form, Disclosure of Ownership, OPH reports must be sent to Health Standards Section at:

Health Standards Section
P.O. Box 3767
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3767


Click here for information regarding the current and upcoming Nursing Home Regulation Revisions.



Online Tracking Incident System (OTIS) for Nursing Homes & ICF/DDs

Nursing Home Locations

Alternate Use Beds- as of 06/18/2018

Contact Information

(225) 342-0114
(225) 342-5073

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Health Standards Section issues Nursing Home licenses. Once a license has been issued it shall be valid until its expiration date, unless otherwise revoked, suspended, or terminated.

There is currently a moratorium in place for nursing homes in Lousiana.

See common questions

Information for Nursing Homes

Tropical Storm Nate SIgned Memo- 10/06/2017

Educational Information (2016 Regular Legislative Session - HB 969 Act 155 & HB 468 Act 28)

Click here to find the CMS Survey and Certification website providing information regarding:

  • CMS National Background Check Program
  • National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
  • Nursing Home Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement
  • CMS Policy & Memos to States and Regions  

Click here to find the CMS website regarding:

  • Payroll Based Journal (PBJ)

Click here to find the CMS New Survey Process Tools

ePOC Information:

Phase 1 (Training): Nursing Home Electronic Plan of Correction (ePOC)

Phase 2 (Enrollment): ePOC Enrollment Instructions

Nursing Home Change of Ownership (CHOW) Packet

Nursing Home Blue Books

Minimum Data Set (MDS) 

Dementia Partnership

Nursing Home Quality Improvement- Click here for Pressure Ulcer Information

Click here for Nursing Home Compare website

Developing an All Hazards Risk Assessment and Emergency Plan

Louisiana Ombudsman Contact List- click here


Updated Flu Information- 02/05/2018

Given the high incidenses of flu this season, CMS has provided  the following information to State Agencies to share with providers:

Hospital Alternative Care Sites

Please note that currently, there are no approvals for any 1135 waivers.

All hospitals must continue to meet the Conditions of Participation and State licensing regulations.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Cecile Castello at 225-342-4997 or Dora Kane 225-342-6096.

Contact Information

(225) 342-0114
(225) 342-5073