Chapter 173-60 Long-Term Care Quality Initiative
(A) Beginning on July 1, 2013, 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, the Ohio department of aging (ODA) has adopted Chapter 173-60 of the Administrative Code to establish the criteria 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 "Ohio Long-Term Care Quality Initiative" website.
To be included in ODA's list of approved quality improvement projects, the project shall meet the following criteria:
(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.
(1) An entity that sponsors a quality improvement project may propose that ODA approve its project by sending a description of the project to the email inbox that ODA provides on the "Ohio Long-Term Care Quality Initiative" website.
(2) In the description, the sponsoring entity shall include the following information:
(a) The project's name.
(b) The project's focus and expected quality improvement.
(c) The project's dates of availability for nursing homes.
(d) The contact information for the project's sponsoring entity.
(e) The expected activities the nursing home would undertake as part of the quality improvement project.
(f) The quality improvements that the sponsoring entity predicts nursing homes would experience if they participate in its project.
(g) The evidence that a participating nursing home would provide to the Ohio department of health to demonstrate participation.
(3) ODA shall deny a proposed project if the email in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule does not contain all the information required under paragraph (A)(2) of this rule.
(4) 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 criteria in rule 173-60-02 of the Administrative Code. ODA will remove it from the "Ohio Long-Term Care Quality Initiative" website.
On the "Ohio Long-Term Care Quality Initiative" website, ODA shall list the following:
(A) Each quality improvement project that it has approved.
(B) A description of the evidence that participating nursing homes shall produce for the Ohio department of health surveyors to demonstrate compliance.