Regulations, Public Policy and Legal Issues

  • Assisted Living & Shared Housing Code
    Rules for operating an Assisted Living or Shared Housing facility
  • Assisted Living and Shared Housing Licensure Application
  • Center For Disease Control
    Agency of the Department of Health and Human Services providing health information, publications, data and statistics.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS)
    The federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health Insurance Programs.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Site provides considerable information on policy, program evaluation and policy research with links to different areas of the Department and its constituencies.
  • FedWorld
    Gateway to government information and is managed by the National Technical Information Services (NTIS) as part of its information management mandate.
  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Database of Licensed Professionals
    Information is provided on the 600,000 professionals actively licensed in Illinois. Search for information on licensees, including date of license issue, license status and disciplinary action. Licensed professionals can also renew their licenses and change addresses through this web site.
  • Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)
    Formerly the Department of Public Aid, the state agency dedicated to improving the lives of Illinois' families through health care coverage, child support enforcement and energy assistance.
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
    IDPH is responsible for protecting the state's 12.4 million residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and control of disease and injury. The Department's nearly 200 programs touch virtually every age, aspect and cycle of life.
  • Illinois General Assembly Legislation
    The Illinois General Assembly web site provides users with the ability to search for Senate and House Bills and Resolutions by number, gives the full text of the bill, and lists activity for the bill.
  • Illinois Department on Aging
    IDoA is the agency responsible for protecting and advocating for older Illinoisans and their caregivers through the administration of various programs and services.
  • The Illinois Register
    PDF files of past issues of the Illinois Register from August 16, 2002 until present.
  • Medicare Learning Network (MLN)
    Official CMS national provider of educational products designed to promote national consistency of Medicare provider information developed for CMS initiatives.
  • Medlearn Matters
    MLN Matters is a series of national articles designed to inform the physician, provider, and supplier community about the latest changes to the Medicare Program.
  • OSHA
    Includes links to resources that provide safety and health information.
  • Regulatory Codes for Illinois Healthcare Facilities
    Includes links to regulations on Nursing Home Licensure, Assisted Living and Shared Housing, CON, Health Care Worker Background Check, Life Care Facilities Review among others.
  • THOMAS/Library of Congress
    Federal Legislation – search by Bill number or content, Committee information and Congressional record.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Your Internet gateway for timely safety information on drugs and other medical products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
    The objective of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing. Although all clinical laboratories must be properly certified to receive Medicare or Medicaid payments, CLIA has no direct Medicare or Medicaid program responsibilities. This site includes interpretive guidelines, applying for a certificate and waivers.
  • CMS Internet-Only Manuals (IOMs)
    The Internet-only Manuals (IOMs) are a replica of the Agency's official record copy. They are CMS' program issuances, day-to-day operating instructions, policies, and procedures that are based on statutes, regulations, guidelines, models, and directives.
  • CMS Overview on Consolidated Billing (CB)
    Reviews requirements for providers regarding their responsibilities for Consolidated Billing.
  • CMS Program Transmittals
    Program transmittals are used to communicate new or changed policies, and/or procedures that are being incorporated into a specific Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program manual. The cover page (or transmittal page) summarizes the new changed material, specifying what is changed.
  • CMS Quarterly Provider Updates
    CMS publishes this Update at the beginning of each quarter to inform the public about the following: regulations and major policies currently under development during this quarter; regulations and major policies completed or cancelled; and new/revised manual instructions.
  • CMS State Operations Manual Chapter 5 – Complaint Procedures
  • CMS State Operations Manual – Chapter 7
    Survey and Enforcement Process for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities
  • CMS State Operations Manual – Appendix P
    Survey Protocol for Long Term Care Facilities
  • CMS State Operations Manual – Appendix PP
    Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities
  • CMS Survey and Certification Memos
  • HFS Long-Term Care Provider Notices
  • Medicare's Nursing Home Compare Web Site
    Contains facility-specific information about eight(8) resident conditions in nursing facilities. The nursing home resident characteristic information is collected through the inspection process. Site also contains information about the facility (e.g., date of last inspection, size, Medicare/Medicaid participation, and ownership.)
  • National Provider Identifer (NPI) Educational Tools
    The National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) collects identifying information on health care providers and assigns each a unique National Provider Identifier (NPI). Site includes educational resources, regulations and how to apply.
  • QIES Technical Support Office
    Includes information on the Illinois specific MDS Section S


  • HUD Office of Policy Development & Research
    Responsible for maintaining current information on housing needs, market conditions and existing programs. Data sets include annual adjustment factors, fair market rents, and income limits.
  • HUD Form #27061-H: Race and Ethnic Data Reporting Form
    This form is to be completed by individuals wishing to be served (applicants) and those that are currently served (tenants) in housing assisted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Owner and agents are required to offer the applicant/tenant the option to complete the form. The form is to be completed at initial application or at lease signing.
  • HUD's Client Information and Policy System (CLIPS)
    Includes directories of HUD official policies, notices, letters and handbooks.
  • HUD TRACS Home Page
    Provides an industry user guide, quick reference guide, documents, announcements, industry meeting notes, a discussion forum and a Whats New Section all related to HUD's Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System.
  • HUD Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide Changes
    This guide provides comprehensive guidance for renewing expiring Section 8 project-based contracts. It incorporates the procedures contained in previous Section 8 expiring contract Housing Notices, along with a number of changes.
  • HUD - Service Coordinator Web Page
    Provides information on the Service Coordinator Program which provides funding for the employment of Service Coordinators in insured and assisted housing developments that are designed for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
  • HUD USER: Policy Development and Research Information Service
    HUD USER is your go-to source for housing research and information. We have over 800 publications and datasets, most available as free downloads on this site
  • Illinois Development Housing Authority