Nursing Homes/ Facilities
The Ohio Department of Health licenses and/or certifies approximately 960 nursing homes/ facilities.
Nursing home means a home used for the reception 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, Bureau of Information and Operational Support is responsible for processing initial, renewal, and change of operator license applications. See link for applications/forms for a copy of the application and instructions.
The Division of Quality Assurance, Bureau of Information and Operational Support certifies nursing facilities for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The Division of Quality Assurance, Bureau of Long Term Care Quality is responsible for conducting on-site inspections/surveys of nursing homes/facilities for compliance with state and federal rules and regulations and to ensure the quality of care and quality of life of the residents. 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. Information regarding the quality of care is available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare website and the Department of Aging’s Long Term Care Consumer Guide.
When nursing homes/facilities do not comply with rules and regulations, an enforcement action may be initiated. Enforcement may include civil money penalties, denial of payment for new Medicare/Medicaid eligible admissions, ad license revocations.
Investigation of a complaint in a nursing home/facility is completed by surveyors after receiving the written documentation from the Ohio Department of Health complaint unit located in Columbus, Ohio. The toll free number for registering complaints is 1-800-342-0553. The complainant may choose to be anonymous.
Ohio Department of Health
246 North High Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 752-9524
Fax: (614) 752-2450
Last Updated: 07/01/2014 Nursing Home/Facilities / Home