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.

CHAIR: Carmel Roques, Secretary, Department of Aging
Heather Reed, Secretary, Department of Health
Dr. Patricia Nay, Director, Office of Health Care Quality
Stefani O’Dea, Behavioral Health Administration
Greg Sesek, Department of Human Services
Kristen Robb-McGrath, Department of Disabilities
Stevanne Ellis, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Honorable Pamela Beidle, Finance Committee
Delegate Tiffany T. Alston, House Health and Government Operations Committee
Delegate Ken Kerr, House Health and Government Operations Committee
Heang Tan, Area Agency on Aging
Karen Sylvester, Area Agency on Aging
Gail Gannon, Local Ombudsman
Hope Morris, Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM)
Kathryn Graning, Mid-Atlantic Lifespan
Chris Cherkouras, Hospice Network
Catherine Hamel, Maryland Hospital Association
Claudia Balog, 1199 SEIU, United Health Workers East
Tammy Bresnahan, Maryland Chapter, AARP
Virginia Crespo, United Seniors of Maryland
Lorrie Van Akkeren, Voices for Quality Care 
Margo Quinlan, Mental Health Association of Maryland
David McShea, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter 
Karin Lakin, Maryland Association of Adult Day Services
Beverly Mlynar, Consumer Representative
Joanne L. Smikle, Consumer Representative
Alan L. Breitler, Consumer Representatives
Tyler Babich, Department of Legislative Services

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For more information, questions, or concerns, please contact: 
Lisa O'Connor at 410-767-1085, ​​lisa.oconnor@maryland.gov​

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