The Ohio Department of Health is proposing new Ohio Administrative Code rules 3701-7-01 to 3701-7-17 for the licensing of maternity units, newborn care nurseries, and maternity homes. These proposed rules replace health care service rules 3701-84-42 to 3701-84-65 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The proposed rules 1) update professional standards; 2) update application fees; 3) base licensure fees on service level classification; 4) change inspection frequency from annual to triennial; 5) provide for additional drill requirements; 6) update staff educational requirements; and 7) set forth requirements for children’s hospitals, among other proposed changes.

Proposed rules may be reviewed at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/rules/drafts/drafts.aspx.. The Public Health Council will hold a public hearing concerning these proposed rules at 10:00 A.M. on April 26, 2010 at the Ohio Department of Health, located at 246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, in the 8th floor conference room.