NC DHSR: What We Do
The mission of the Division of Health Service Regulation is to provide for the health, safety and well-being of individuals through effective regulatory and remedial activities including appropriate consultation and training opportunities and by improving access to health care delivery systems through the rational allocation of needed facilities and services. We will focus on: customer; employees and work teams; managed care and traditional providers; and outcomes and continued improvement. The Acute and Home Care Licensure and Certification Section provides regulatory oversight and remedial activities to assure state licensed and federally certified providers maintain compliance with state and federal laws governing the quality of health care rendered to recipients of care. Program areas include: clinical laboratories, acute care hospitals and licensing of nursing facility beds in these hospitals; rural primary care hospitals; psychiatric hospitals; ambulatory surgery centers; cardiac rehabilitation programs; abortion clinics; home care and home health agencies; hospice agencies; nursing pools; end stage renal disease facilities; rural health clinics; outpatient rehabilitation providers; comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities; portable x-ray suppliers. The Adult Care Licensure Section licenses and regulates adult care homes and provides supervision, and consultation.
Complaint Intake receives complaints for provider types regulated by DHSR. These provider types include: nursing homes; adult care homes; hospitals; home care, home health, or hospice agencies; dialysis centers; suppliers of portable x-ray services; providers of outpatient physical therapy or speech pathology services; rural health clinics; comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities; ambulatory surgery facilities; abortion clinics; cardiac rehabilitation programs; nursing pool agencies; clinical laboratories; and mental health group homes and other 24-hour facilities, outpatient, and day treatment facilities. Health Care Personnel Investigations reviews and investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, fraud, diversion of drugs, and misappropriation of property against unlicensed health care workers and lists any substantiated finding(s) on the Nurse Aide I Registry and Health Care Personnel Registry for use by health care providers in their hiring process. Technical and administrative assistance is provided to the North Carolina Medical Care Commission for the Health Care Facility Finance Program. The Health Care Personnel Education and Credentialing Section reviews and determines federal and state compliance of all nurse aide education programs offered in the state.
The section also administers the standardized Nurse Aide I and Medication Aide Competency Evaluation programs, the approval of Nurse Aide I and geriatric aide education programs, the administration of the Nurse Aide I, Medication Aide, Geriatric Aide and Health Care Personnel Registries and the investigation of allegations of abuse, neglect, fraud, diversion of drugs, and misappropriation of property against unlicensed health care workers and the listing of substantiated findings on the Nurse Aide I Registry and Health Care Personnel Registry for use by health care providers in their hiring process. The commission has the duty and power to promulgate, adopt, amend and rescind rules in accordance with the laws of the state regarding the regulation and licensing or certification, as applicable, of hospitals, hospices, free standing outpatient surgical facilities, nursing homes, adult care homes, home care agencies, nursing pools, facilities providing mammography/pap smear services, free standing abortion clinics, ambulances and emergency medical services personnel. In 1975, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Health Care Facilities Finance Act, which enables the commission to issue tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance construction and equipment projects for non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, continuing care facilities for the elderly and facilities related to the foregoing.
Profile – Judge Michael Morgan
Judge Morgan’s own historic community involvement began at an early age. As an 8-year old fifth-grader in 1964, young Mike was the first black student to attend all-white Trent Park Elementary School as one of five black students to integrate the New Bern public school system that year. In high school, he became the first black drum major of the marching band of New Bern High School, the city’s only public high school at the time. Upon graduation from the New Bern Public Schools, Judge Morgan attended Duke University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Sociology. He furthered his education at North Carolina Central University School of Law distinguishing himself by serving as student body president in his final year of law school and earning his Juris Doctorate with Honors.
With his law degree in hand, as a young attorney, Judge Morgan provided legal services on behalf of the citizens of North Carolina on the staff of the North Carolina Department of Justice for ten years. While Judge Morgan has been a member of a host of professional organizations and associations throughout his distinguished career, he has still faithfully rendered service to the community through Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, an organization of which he became a charter member of the Duke University chapter as a college student. Judge Morgan is also a member of the professional brotherhood Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. For over half of his judicial career, Judge Morgan has been on the Board of Directors of Re-Entry, Incorporated, an organization which provides guidance and opportunities to individuals who seek help in successful transitions after involvement in the criminal justice system. Other community based entities and programs with which Judge Morgan has worked are the Methodist Home for Children, Strengthening the Black Family and the Garner Road YMCA.
Judge Morgan is an active member of Rush Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Raleigh where he serves as Chair of the Steward Board, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the male chorus and in other leadership and membership capacities. Judge Morgan is married with an adult daughter and adult stepson. Judge Morgan has a unique blend of veteran judicial experience in the courtroom, lengthy judicial teaching in the classroom, proven leadership in the legal and wider community and steadfast commitment to society which eminently qualify him to be an Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.