Chapter 173-60 Long-Term Care Quality Initiative

173-60-01 Nursing home quality initiative: introduction and definitions.

(A) Introduction: Division (B) of section 3721.072 of the Revised Code requires every nursing home to participate in a quality improvement project at least once every two years. Pursuant to section 173.60 of the Revised Code, ODA adopted this chapter to establish the requirements for becoming an ODA-approved quality improvement project, the approval and rescission process for quality improvement projects, and the publication of quality improvement projects on the "Nursing Home Quality Initiative" website (https://aging.ohio.gov/nursinghomequalityimprovement).

(B) Definitions for this chapter:

"Nursing home" has the same meaning as in section 3721.01 of the Revised Code.

"ODA" means the department of aging.

"ODH" means the department of health.

Replaces: 173-60-01


Effective: 1/9/2020
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/29/2024
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 173.01, 173.02, 173.60
Rule Amplifies: 173.60
Prior Effective Dates: 10/12/2014

173-60-02 Nursing home quality initiative: requirements for approval.

To receive ODA approval, a quality improvement project shall meet the following requirements:

(A) The project shall improve the quality of a nursing home.

(B) The project shall have elements that include a plan, action aimed at improving quality, evaluation of the action, and new action resulting from the evaluation.


Effective: 1/9/2020
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 10/11/2019 and 11/29/2024
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 173.01, 173.02, 173.60
Rule Amplifies: 173.60
Prior Effective Dates: 10/12/2014

173-60-03 Nursing home quality initiative: approval and rescission processes for quality improvement projects.

(A) Approval:

(1) An entity that sponsors a quality improvement project may apply for ODA's approval of its project by completing the application found by following the "submit your proposal here" link on the "Nursing Home Quality Initiative" website (https://aging.ohio.gov/nursinghomequalityimprovement).

(2) ODA shall deny a proposed project if the entity in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule does not submit a complete application.

(3) ODA, in consultation with the state long-term care ombudsman, shall review a proposed project, then decide whether to approve or deny the project.

(B) Rescission: If a quality-improvement project no longer meets the requirements in rule 173-60-02 of the Administrative Code, ODA shall remove it from the "Nursing Home Quality Initiative" website.

Replaces: 173-60-03


Effective: 1/9/2020
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/29/2024
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 173.01, 173.02, 173.60
Rule Amplifies: 173.60
Prior Effective Dates: 10/12/2014

173-60-04 Nursing home quality initiative: online publication of approved quality improvement projects.

On the "Nursing Home Quality Initiative" website, ODA shall list the following:

(A) Each approved quality improvement project.

(B) A description of the evidence that participating nursing homes shall produce for ODH surveyors to demonstrate the nursing home's compliance with section 3721.072 of the Revised Code.

Replaces: 173-60-04


Effective: 1/9/2020
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/29/2024
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 173.01, 173.02, 173.60
Rule Amplifies: 173.60
Prior Effective Dates: 10/12/2014