3727.101 Initial verification or reverification as adult or pediatric trauma center.

(A) If a hospital is seeking initial verification as an adult or pediatric trauma center, verification at a different level, or reverification after having ceased to be verified for one year or longer, the hospital shall submit an application to the American college of surgeons for a consultation visit. If a hospital is seeking reverification after having ceased to be verified for less than one year, the hospital shall submit an application for either a consultation visit or a reverification visit, except when operating pursuant to division (C)(1)(b) of this section.

The hospital shall undergo the visit and obtain a written report of the results of the visit. If the report is not obtained by the date that occurs one year after the application for the visit is submitted, the hospital shall submit a new application.

(B) Not later than one year after obtaining a report under division (A) of this section, a hospital may apply to the American college of surgeons for verification or reverification as an adult or pediatric trauma center if, based on the report, all of the following occur:

(1) The hospital's chief medical officer and chief executive officer certify in writing to the hospital's governing board that the hospital is committed and able to provide adult or pediatric trauma care consistent with the level of verification or reverification being sought.

(2) The hospital's governing board adopts a resolution stating that the hospital is committed and able to provide adult or pediatric trauma care consistent with the level of verification or reverification being sought.

(3) The hospital's governing board approves a written plan and timetable for obtaining the level of verification or reverification being sought, including provisions for correcting at the earliest practicable date any deficiencies identified in the report obtained pursuant to division (A) of this section.

(C)

(1) A hospital may operate as an adult or pediatric trauma center under provisional status, as follows:

(a) On submission of an application under division (B) of this section;

(b) Until it receives the final result of its reverification if the application was submitted within one year before it ceased to be verified.

(2) A hospital operating as an adult or pediatric trauma care center under provisional status is subject to both of the following:

(a) The hospital shall limit its provisional status activities to those activities authorized by the level of verification or reverification being sought.

(b) The hospital shall make a reasonable, good faith effort to comply with all requirements established by the American college of surgeons that must be met for the level of verification or reverification being sought.

(D)

(1) A hospital shall cease to operate as an adult or pediatric trauma center under provisional status if any of the following applies:

(a) The application for verification or reverification is denied, suspended, terminated, or withdrawn.

(b) In the case of a hospital seeking initial verification, verification at a different level, or reverification after having ceased to be verified for one year or longer, the hospital has not obtained verification or reverification by the date that occurs eighteen months after commencing to operate under provisional status.

(c) In the case of a hospital seeking reverification after having ceased to be verified for less than one year, the hospital has not obtained reverification by the date that occurs one year after commencing to operate under provisional status.

(2) A hospital that ceases to operate as an adult or pediatric trauma center under provisional status pursuant to division (D)(1) of this section shall do all of the following:

(a) Except as otherwise provided by federal law, at the earliest practicable date transfer to one or more appropriate trauma centers all trauma patients in the hospital to whom the hospital is not permitted to provide trauma care.

(b) Promptly comply with section 3727.10 of the Revised Code according to its current status.

(c) Not later than one hundred eighty days after ceasing to operate under provisional status, comply with section 3727.09 of the Revised Code according to its current status.

(3) A hospital that ceases to operate as an adult or pediatric trauma center under provisional status may not operate as an adult or pediatric trauma center under provisional status until two years have elapsed since it ceased to operate under that status.

(E) With respect to the availability of documents and other information prepared pursuant to this section, an adult or pediatric trauma center operating under provisional status is subject to both of the following:

(1) The trauma center shall make available for public inspection during normal working hours a copy of the certification, resolution, and application prepared pursuant to division (B) of this section. On request, the trauma center shall provide a copy of the documents. A reasonable fee may be charged to cover the necessary expenses incurred in furnishing the copies, except that no fee shall be charged if the copies are being furnished to the director of health.

(2) On request, the trauma center shall furnish to the director of health a copy of the report of the consultative or reverification visit obtained from the American college of surgeons pursuant to division (A) of this section and a copy of the plan and timetable approved pursuant to division (B)(3) of this section for obtaining verification or reverification. The documents provided may omit patient-identifying information. Submission of the documents to the director does not waive any privilege or right of confidentiality that otherwise applies to the documents and the information in them.

The documents and the information in them are not public records and shall not be disclosed to any person except employees of the department of health who are expressly authorized by the director of health to examine the copies and information in them. The documents and information in them are not subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in a civil action, except an action brought by the director against the trauma center or a person that authorized, approved, or created the original documents and the information in them.

(F) Notwithstanding any provision of this section regarding the receipt of a report of the results of a consultation visit or reverification visit from the American college of surgeons, if a hospital submitted an application for a consultation visit or reverification visit as an adult or pediatric trauma center on or before May 20, 2002, the hospital may operate as an adult or pediatric trauma center under provisional status. The hospital shall do all of the following:

(1) Comply with divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section as though the report has been received;

(2) Approve through its governing board a written plan and timetable for obtaining the level of verification or reverification being sought, including provisions for correcting at the earliest practicable date any deficiencies identified in the exit interview following the consultation or reverification visit and any subsequent report received;

(3) Comply with all other provisions of this section applicable to the operation of a trauma center under provisional status, including the requirements of division (D) of this section regarding the ceasing of operation under provisional status.

Cite as R.C. § 3727.101

History. Effective Date: 11-03-2002