3701-7-17 Waivers and variances.

(A) Upon written request of a hospital maternity unit, newborn care nursery, or maternity home the director may grant:

(1) A variance from any requirement in rules 3701-7-01 to 3701-7-16 of the Administrative Code if the director determines that the intent of the requirement has been met in an alternative manner; or

(2) A waiver from any requirement in rules 3701-7-01 to 3701-7-16 of the Administrative Code if the director determines that the strict application ofthe requirement would cause an undue hardship to the maternity unit and that granting the waiver would not jeopardize the health and safety of any patient or resident.

(B) In granting a variance or waiver, the director shall stipulate a time period for which the variance and waiver is to be effective and shall establish conditions the maternity unit must meet for the variance or waiver to be operative.

(C) The decision regarding a variance or waiver is a discretionary act by the director and an informal procedure not subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. Thedirector's decision shall be based on documentation of the following:

(1) In the case of a variance request, the alternative means by which the hospital maternity unit, newborn care nursery, or maternity home is meeting the intent of the requirement; and

(2) In the case of a waiver request, the undue hardship caused by the requirement and the reasons why a waiver of the requirement will not jeopardize the health and safety of any patient or resident.

(D) The granting of a variance or waiver by the director shall not be construed as constituting precedent for the granting of any other variance or waiver. All variance or waiver requests shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.

(E) The provider whose request for a waiver or variance under this rule is denied may request reconsideration of the decision by the director. A request for reconsideration must:

(1) Be received in writing by the director within thirty days of receipt of the director's denial of a waiver or variance request;

(2) Present significant, relevant information not previously submitted to the director by the provider because it was not available to the provider at the time the waiver or variance request was filed; or

(3) Demonstrate that there have been significant changes in factors or circumstances relied upon by the director in reaching the initial decision.

(F) A decision on an appropriately filed request for reconsideration shall be issued within forty-five days of the director's receipt of the request for reconsideration and all information determined necessary by the director to make a decision.

(G) The reconsideration process is an informal procedure not subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The director's decision on reconsideration is final.

Replaces: 3701-7-06,3701-7-13

Effective: 01/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/01/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3711.12
Rule Amplifies: 3711.05 , 3711.12
Prior Effective Dates: 7/15/1976, 4/30/03, 8/1/08