(A) The Ohio respiratory care board may inspect the operations and facility, subpoena the records, and compel testimony of employees of any home medical equipment services provider licensed under this chapter. Inspections shall be conducted as provided in rules adopted by the board under section 4752.17 of the Revised Code.
(B) The board shall employ investigators who shall, under the direction of the executive director of the board, investigate complaints and conduct inspections. Pursuant to an investigation or inspection, investigators may review and audit records during normal business hours at the place of business of the person being investigated. The board and its employees shall not disclose confidential information obtained during an investigation, except pursuant to a court order.
(C) The board shall send the provider a report of the results of an inspection. If the board determines that the provider is not in compliance with any requirement of this chapter applicable to providers licensed under this chapter, the board may direct the provider to attain compliance. Failure of the provider to comply with the directive is grounds for action by the board under division (A)(1) of section 4752.09 of the Revised Code.
(D) A provider that disputes the results of an inspection may file an appeal with the board not later than ninety days after receiving the inspection report. The board shall review the inspection report and, at the request of the provider, conduct a new inspection.
Effective Date: 09-16-2004 .