By April 1, 2010, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) posted each county’s long-term care bed need or excess, identifying the maximum number of beds that may be approved for relocation pursuant to the comparative review process. In calculating the bed need or excess, ODH had to first identify each county’s current bed supply. A county’s bed supply includes the number of licensed nursing home beds, beds certified as nursing facility or skilled nursing facility, certain county home beds, and beds held under an approved Certificate of Need.

Will a county’s bed need or excess for the July, 2010 comparative review process change as contiguous county bed relocation projects are implemented? No, a contiguous county bed relocation project that is implemented after a county’s bed need or excess is calculated and posted will not impact a county’s bed supply for the current comparative review process. ODH will not re-calculate a county’s bed need or excess to account for a contiguous county bed relocation project that was implemented after the county’s bed need or excess is posted.

Christine Kenney