As defined by Texas Health and Safety Code Section 251.001 and Texas Administrative Code Part 1, Chapter 117, Section 117.2, an end stage renal disease facility is a facility that provides dialysis treatment or dialysis training and support to individuals with end stage renal disease.
Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 251 establishes the state licensing requirements for ESRD facilities. Under state law, HHSC is responsible for the licensing and regulation of ESRD facilities in Texas, and the Regulatory Services Division within HHSC carries out these duties.
HHSC adopts rules for ESRD facilities including establishing standards for:
- Licensing procedures and fees
- License denial, probation, suspension, and revocation
- Qualifications and supervision of a facility's professional staff and other facility personnel
- Facility equipment, sanitary and hygienic conditions, and clinical records
- Quality assurance for patient care
- Facility treatment and service provision and coordination
- Indicators of the quality of care provided by a facility
- Water treatment and reuse by the facility
- Facility design and space requirements for safe access by patients and facility personnel and for ensuring patient privacy
Laws and Rules
Rules & Regulations
- Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 117, End Stage Renal Disease Facilities
- ESRD Additional Staffing Guidelines Chart (PDF)
- Federal Regulations:
Find or Verify a License
- Verify a facility license by searching the Online Licensing System
- View the accessible version of the Directory of End Stage Renal Disease Facilities (Excel)
An applicant seeking an ESRD facility license must submit a completed application, license fee, and other applicable documents to HHSC. The Health Facility Licensing Unit will not process an application until after HHSC Accounts Receivable receives and posts the license fee.
Refer to the application or instructions linked in this section for specific requirements.
HHSC must review and approve all required application materials received before issuing a license to an applicant.
Initial Licensure Application
Change of Ownership Application
Renewal Licensure Application
Supporting Forms and Documents
- CMS - ESRD Application and Survey and Certification Report (PDF)
- ESRD Emergency Rule Exception Request Form (PDF)
Architectural Review Information and Forms
Refer to the Architectural Information page for more information.
Complaint and Incident Submission Information
- Incidents Submission Portal for Health Care Regulation Providers page
- File a Complaint for a Health Facility page
HHSC conducts health compliance on-site inspections to determine compliance with the provisions of the Health and Safety Code and associated rules listed in the Laws and Rules section of this page. During the inspection, HHSC staff generally perform the following activities:
- Conduct an entrance and an exit conference with applicable facility personnel
- Explain the inspection process and answer questions
- Review clinical records
- Review facility and personnel records
- Review facility policies and procedures
- Review quality assurance activities
- Interview staff
- Assess the facility’s compliance with applicable statutes and rules
- Discuss final inspection findings with applicable facility personnel
Human Trafficking Resources
The Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services directs state health agencies or other appropriate agencies to determine whether health care entities meet federal standards. This helping function is termed "provider certification." Health Care Regulation staff are responsible for providing certification oversight on behalf of CMS for ESRD facilities.
For more information on the certification process, refer to our Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Information page, or contact your regional office (PDF).
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments Information
Health Care Regulation Contact Information
For Health Care Regulation contact information, visit our Contact Us page.
Health Care Facility Enforcement
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Regulatory Services Division
Health Care Facility Enforcement, MC 1866
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
Open Records Requests
Texas Health and Human Services is committed to providing full access to public information. For information on how to submit an open records request, visit the Open Records Policy & Procedures webpage.