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Community Health Care Facilities & Services

Through a program of regulatory oversight involving onsite surveys, inspections, and investigations, the Bureau of Community Health Care Facilities and Services serves and protects the consumers of the services of health care providers (those who care for patients) and suppliers (those who furnish goods and services used in care and treatment) whose operations are not considered long term care. In addition to federally certified provider/suppliers and state-licensed only health care facilities or programs, the bureau has regulatory oversight responsibilities for: hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries; maternity homes; freestanding birthing centers; and monitoring safety standards and quality care for designated hospital services. To fulfill its mission, roles, and functions, the bureau is organized with a professional staff of managers and field surveyor/inspectors who hold licenses in the state of Ohio either as a registered nurse, licensed social worker, or registered sanitarian, and also includes administrative support staff. The bureau performs its roles and functions related to Medicare survey and certification as an agent of the federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the authority of section 1864 of the Social Security Act. The authority for state-related regulatory functions comes from the Ohio Revised Code.

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Community Health Care Facilities & Services
246 North High Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 995-7466
Fax: (614) 564-2475

E-mail: community@odh.ohio.gov

Last Updated: 1/05/2012