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Health Care Facility Regulation

75137-woman_wheelchair.jpgODH's Office of Health Assurance and Licensing regulates many types of health care facilities through both state licensure and federal certification rules. ODH also licenses and/or registers personnel in several fields. 

Bureau of Regulatory Compliance

The Bureau of Regulatory Compliance (BRC) helps protect the health and safety of more than 100,000 Ohioans living in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and county homes by enforcing state and federal health care and environmental standards.

Bureau of Community Health Care Facilities & Services

Through a program of regulatory oversight involving onsite surveys, inspections, and investigations, the Bureau of Community Health Care Facilities & Services serves and protects the consumers 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.

75197-woman.jpgBureau of Long Term Care (Nursing Homes and Assisted Living)

The Bureau of Long Term Care Quality ensures the quality of care and quality of life of the residents of nursing homes and Residential Care Facilities (RCFs),
also known as assisted living facilities, by conducting on-site inspections/surveys for compliance with state and federal rules and regulations
in nursing homes/facilities.

Home Health Agencies

Home Health Agencies (HHAs) constitute the largest number of Medicare providers managed by the Bureau of Community Health Care Facilities & Services (BCHCFS). There is no state licensure for HHAs in Ohio.

Hospice Care

Hospice programs for the terminally ill stress relief of pain and uncomfortable symptoms as opposed to curative care. Hospices in Ohio are licensed by ODH and the licenses are good for three years.


Ohio does not license hospitals, but ODH does register hospitals. As part of this registration process, hospitals in the State of Ohio are required to complete and submit the Annual Hospital Registration and Planning Report (AHR) each calendar year. While hospitals are not licensed in Ohio, the maternity unit within a hospital is licensed by ODH. Maternity units and maternity homes are subject to rules that set the standards for operation.

Hospital Consumer Guide

This hospital consumer guide contains reports on Ohio hospital inpatient and outpatient utilization and charges for the most frequently treated diagnosis related groups and procedures. It also contains links to data on health care services and hospital quality reports.

Medical Records Fees

ODH is required to adjust the fees that health care providers and medical records companies may charge for medical records during 2011.

Minimum Data Sets (MDS)

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is a standardized uniform comprehensive assessment of all residents in Medicare- or Medicaid-certified facilities mandated by federal law (P.L.100-203) to be completed and electronically transmitted to the state.  The MDS identifies potential resident problems, strengths and preferences.

NEWS -- House Bill 280 -- Abortion Signage Provisions

House Bill 280 which becomes effective April 6, 2009, has a provision at R.C. 3701.791 that requires any office or facility at which abortions are performed or induced, except as an emergency procedure as defined in the Bill, to post certain signage at a conspicuous location in the office or facility accessible to all patients, employees, and visitors. This sign, in a downloadable poster format, is available at this website and should be displayed on a poster with dimensions of at least 17" x 11".

Nurse Aide Registry

The Nurse Aide Registry keeps track of those individuals who have met written and skills test criteria to be certified for employment in long-term care settings, usually nursing homes. The registry also maintains records of those nurse aides who have had a finding of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property against them.

Page Updated: 7/18/2017