42 U.S. Code § 1396g - State programs for licensing of administrators of nursing homes
(a) Nature of State program
(b) Licensing by State agency or board representative of concerned professions and institutions
Licensing of nursing home administrators shall be carried out by the agency of the State responsible for licensing under the healing arts licensing act of the State, or, in the absence of such act or such an agency, a board representative of the professions and institutions concerned with care of chronically ill and infirm aged patients and established to carry out the purposes of this section.
(c) Functions and duties of State agency or board
It shall be the function and duty of such agency or board to—
(1) develop, impose, and enforce standards which must be met by individuals in order to receive a license as a nursing home administrator, which standards shall be designed to insure that nursing home administrators will be individuals who are of good character and are otherwise suitable, and who, by training or experience in the field of institutional administration, are qualified to serve as nursing home administrators;
(2) develop and apply appropriate techniques, including examinations and investigations, for determining whether an individual meets such standards;
(3) issue licenses to individuals determined, after the application of such techniques, to meet such standards, and revoke or suspend licenses previously issued by the board in any case where the individual holding any such license is determined substantially to have failed to conform to the requirements of such standards;
(4) establish and carry out procedures designed to insure that individuals licensed as nursing home administrators will, during any period that they serve as such, comply with the requirements of such standards;
(5) receive, investigate, and take appropriate action with respect to, any charge or complaint filed with the board to the effect that any individual licensed as a nursing home administrator has failed to comply with the requirements of such standards; and
(6) conduct a continuing study and investigation of nursing homes and administrators of nursing homes within the State with a view to the improvement of the standards imposed for the licensing of such administrators and of procedures and methods for the enforcement of such standards with respect to administrators of nursing homes who have been licensed as such.
(d) Waiver of standards other than good character or suitability standards
No State shall be considered to have failed to comply with the provisions of section 1396a (a)(29) of this title because the agency or board of such State (established pursuant to subsection (b) of this section) shall have granted any waiver, with respect to any individual who, during all of the three calendar years immediately preceding the calendar year in which the requirements prescribed in section 1396a (a)(29) of this title are first met by the State, has served as a nursing home administrator, of any of the standards developed, imposed, and enforced by such agency or board pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.
(e) “Nursing home” and “nursing home administrator” defined
As used in this section, the term—
(1) “nursing home” means any institution or facility defined as such for licensing purposes under State law, or, if State law does not employ the term nursing home, the equivalent term or terms as determined by the Secretary, but does not include a religious nonmedical health care institution (as defined in section 1395x (ss)(1) of this title). 
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Source(Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, title XIX, § 1908, as added Pub. L. 90–248, title II, § 236(b),Jan. 2, 1968, 81 Stat. 908; amended Pub. L. 92–603, title II, §§ 268(b), 269, 274 (b),Oct. 30, 1972, 86 Stat. 1451, 1452; Pub. L. 93–233, § 18(y)(3),Dec. 31, 1973, 87 Stat. 973; Pub. L. 104–193, title IX, § 913,Aug. 22, 1996, 110 Stat. 2354; Pub. L. 105–33, title IV, § 4454(b)(2),Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 431.)
Repeal of Section
Pub. L. 101–508, title IV, § 4801(e)(11),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1388–217, provided that, effective on the date on which the Secretary promulgates standards regarding the qualifications of nursing facility administrators under section 1396r (f)(4) of this title, this section is repealed.
Another section 1908 of act Aug. 14, 1935, was renumbered section 1908A and is classified to section 1396g–1 of this title.
1997—Subsec. (e)(1). Pub. L. 105–33which directed substitution of “a religious nonmedical health care institution (as defined in section 1395x (ss)(1) of this title).” for “a Christian Science sanatorium operated, or listed and certified, by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts; and” in “Section 1908 (e)(1) (42 U.S.C. 1396g–1 (e)(1))” of the Social Security Act, was executed by making the substitution in subsec. (e)(1) of this section to reflect the probable intent of Congress, because section 1396g–1 of this title, which is also section 1908 of the Social Security Act, does not have a subsec. (e).
1996—Subsec. (e)(1). Pub. L. 104–193, which directed substitution of “The Commission for Accreditation of Christian Science Nursing Organizations/Facilities, Inc.” for “The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts” in section 1908(e)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396g–1 (e)(1)) could not be executed to this section or section 1396g–1 of this title, both of which are section 1908. Section 1396g–1 does not have a subsec. (e) andsubsec. (e)(1) of this section does not contain the quoted language with the word “the” capitalized.
1973—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 93–233struck out second sentence reading substantially the same as the first sentence but containing the following additional text reading “other than such standards as relate to good character or suitability if—
“(1) such waiver is for a period which ends after being in effect for two years or on June 30, 1972, whichever is earlier, and
“(2) there is provided in the State (during all of the period for which waiver is in effect), a program of training and instruction designed to enable all individuals with respect to whom any such waiver is granted, to attain the qualifications necessary in order to meet such standards” and also “calendar year” instead of “three calendar years” and reference to “subsection (c)(1) of this section” instead of “subsection (c) of this section”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 93–233redesignated subsec. (g) as (e), and repealed prior subsec. (e) relating to authorization of appropriations for fiscal years 1968 through 1972 and to limitation of grants.
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 93–233repealed subsec. (f) providing for creation of National Advisory Council on Nursing Home Administration and for its composition, appointment of members, the Chairman, representation of interests, functions and duties, compensation and travel expenses, technical assistance, availability of assistance and data, and termination date of Dec. 31, 1971.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 93–233, redesignated subsec. (g) as (e).
1972—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 92–603, §§ 269, 274 (b), inserted references to the grant of waivers to individuals who, during all of the three calendar years immediately preceding the calendar year in which the requirements prescribed in section 1396a (a)(29) of this title are first met by the State, have served as nursing home administrators and substituted “subsection (c)(1)” for “subsection (b)(1)”.
Subsec. (g)(1). Pub. L. 92–603, § 268(b), inserted “, but does not include a Christian Science sanatorium operated, or listed and certified, by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts” after “Secretary”.
Effective Date of 1997 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 105–33effective Aug. 5, 1997, and applicable to items and services furnished on or after such date, with provision that Secretary of Health and Human Services issue regulations to carry out such amendment by not later than July 1, 1998, see section 4454(d) ofPub. L. 105–33, set out as an Effective Date note under section 1395i–5 of this title.
Effective Date of 1996 Amendment
Pub. L. 104–193, title IX, § 913,Aug. 22, 1996, 110 Stat. 2354, provided that the amendment made by that section is effective Jan. 1, 1997.
Effective Date of 1972 Amendment
Amendment by section 268(b) ofPub. L. 92–603effective Oct. 30, 1972, see section 268(c) ofPub. L. 92–603, set out as a note under section 1396a of this title.