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. Please note that prior to being introduced, the Department may make further revisions to the posted rules to address recommendations from the advisory council. The proposed rules are now expected to be introduced to the Public Health Council on April 22, 2010 and a public hearing concerning these proposed rules will be held at 10:00 A.M. on June 10, 2010 at the Ohio Department of Health, located at 246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, in the 8th floor conference room.