Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Maryland Department of Aging

In October 2000, the Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted-Living Facilities originated when the General Assembly established the Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes (Chapter 216, Acts of 2000). The Committee adopted its present name on October 1, 2005 (Chapter 400, Acts of 2005). The Committee evaluates progress in improving the quality of nursing home and assisted-living facility care statewide.

From the Maryland Department of Health, the Deputy Secretary of Health Care Financing reports annually to the Committee on the status of the Medicaid Nursing Home Reimbursement System. Also, annually, the Office of Health Care Quality in the Maryland Department of Health reports to the Committee on the status of quality of care in nursing homes. As the Committee reviews these reports, it develops further proposals on how to improve nursing home and assisted-living facility care (Code Health-General Article, sec. 19-1409).

In addition to its original charge, the Committee also may consider: staff training and development; the rights of residents; data on resident satisfaction; resident assessments; resident care planning; monitoring of residents; and the change of resident status (Chapter 473, Acts of 2018). Further, the Committee may review legislation and proposed regulations that may affect nursing home and assisted living facility care, and make recommendations both to the General Assembly and the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review.

​Members:
Afshin Abedi, Maryland Association of Adult Day Services
Claudia Balog, 1199 SEIU, United Health Workers East
Honorable Pamela Beidle, Member of the Finance Committee
Delegate Lisa Belcastro, House Health and Government Operations Committee
Steven Bloyd, Assisted Living Facility
Odile Brunetto, AAA
David Cherry, Deputy Director, Long Term Care Unit, Office of Health Care Quality
Eric Colchamiro, Representing Alzheimer’s Association, Greater MD Chapter 
Virginia Crespo, United Seniors of Maryland
Stevanne Ellis, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Carol Fenderson, Deputy Secretary, State Programs, Office of Health Care Quality
Kathy Graning, Mid-Atlantic Lifespan
Lee Greenbeck, Maryland Hospital Association
Catherine Hamel, Maryland Hospital Association
Delegate Ken Kerr, House Health and Government Operations Committee
Honorable Rona Kramer, Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging
Phyllis Meyerson, Maryland Chapter, AARP​
Beverly Mlynar, Consumer Representative
Hope Morris, Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM)
Dr. Tricia Nay, OHCQ
Stefani O’Dea, Behavioral Health Association
Kirsten Robb-McGrath, Director of Health and Behavioral Policy, Department of Disabilities
Joanne L. Smikle, Consumer Representative
Karen Sylvester, AAA 
Lorrie Van Akkeren, Voice for Quality Care 
Heather Zeiss, Assisted Living Facility

Click here for: Schedule & Minutes​

For more information, questions, or concerns, please contact: 
Carol Meek, 410-767-1102, carol.meek1@maryland.gov​ ​​