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Nursing Homes/ Facilities

The Ohio Department of Health licenses and/or certifies 964 nursing homes/facilities. The Department of Health certifies nursing facilities for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

A nursing home provides accommodations and care of individuals who by reason of illness or physical or mental impairment require skilled nursing care and of individuals who require personal care services but not skilled nursing care. A nursing home is licensed to provide personal care services and skilled nursing care.

The Division of Quality Assurance ensures the quality of care and quality of life of the residents of nursing homes and nursing facilities by conducting on-site inspections/surveys for compliance with state and federal rules and regulations in nursing homes/facilities. Each nursing home/facility in Ohio receives at least one unannounced inspection/survey during a 9 to 15 month inspection/survey cycle. During these surveys, all aspects of care and services are evaluated based on state and federal laws and rules. The Division also investigates complaints related to resident's rights, quality of care, quality of life, staffing, abuse, dietary and environmental concerns.

When nursing homes/facilities do not comply with rules and regulations, an enforcement action is initiated. Enforcement may include civil money penalties, denial of payment for new Medicare/Medicaid eligible admissions, and license revocations.

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Nursing Homes/Facilities
246 North High Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 752-9524
Fax: (614) 564-2450


Last Updated: 09/30/2011                                          ODH Programs / Links