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Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF)
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy or Speech Pathology Services (OPT/SP)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

A CORF is a functionally and operationally independent facility established and operated at a single fixed location exclusively for the purpose of providing diagnostic, therapeutic, and restorative services to outpatients by or under the supervision of a physician. A CORF must provide, at a minimum, physicians’ services, physical therapy, and social or psychological services. With the exception of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology, all CORF services must be provided on the CORF premises. CORFs are not licensed in Ohio. Federal standards for Medicare certification are found at 42 CFR Part 485, Subpart B. CORFs are not currently subject to an annual survey visit, but are surveyed consistent with a percentage of total state universe as set by the Medicare budget each Federal Fiscal Year.

OPT/SP providers may be rehabilitation agencies, clinics, or public health agencies. A rehabilitation agency provides an integrated, multidisciplinary program designed to upgrade the physical functions of handicapped, disabled individuals by bringing together, as a team, specialized rehabilitation personnel. A rehabilitation agency must provide physical therapy or speech pathology services and a rehabilitation program that includes social or vocational adjustment services. A clinic provides for physicians’ participation to provide medical services. The public health agency is an official agency of a state or local government, the primary function of which is to maintain the health of the population served by providing environmental health services, preventive medical services, or therapeutic services. An OPT/SP may provide services on its own premises, or on the premises of another provider such as a hospital or nursing facility. OPT/SPs are not licensed in Ohio. Federal standards for Medicare certification are found at 42 CFR Part 485, Subpart H. OPT/SPs are not currently subject to an annual survey visit, but are surveyed consistent with a percentage of total state universe as set by the Medicare budget each Federal Fiscal Year.

An inpatient rehabilitation facility is one operated for the exclusive purpose of providing specialized rehabilitation services on an inpatient basis to persons with functional limitations or chronic disabling conditions. Patients must be medically stable and have the potential to achieve significant improvement in independent functioning. Alcohol and drug treatment services, general hospital rehabilitation services, and nursing homes are not inpatient rehabilitation facilities for purpose of ODH licensing. Freestanding inpatient rehabilitation facilities are licensed under section 3701.30 of the Revised Code.

Outpatient Physical Therapy facilities may be deemed to meet the federal Medicare program certification requirements through accreditation by the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

Health Care Provider and Services: To obtain real-time information, generate, print and download reports regarding health care providers that are licensed and/or Medicare/Medicaid certified by the Ohio Department of Health.

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 Reviewed: 06/09/11

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