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The Bureau of Regulatory Operations is responsible for processing initial and change of ownership applications.

The Bureau of Regulatory Operations certifies Home Health Agencies for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determines whether a provider can participate in the Medicare program with the help of its regional home health intermediary.  The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) also assists CMS in making this determination by compiling information and, based on the information ODH collects, recommending to CMS whether the provider should be approved to participate.  ODH uses the application process to compile information and make the recommendation.  This approval is also a prerequisite for participation in the State Medicaid program as well.  Please note that you cannot claim provider reimbursement for services furnished prior to your approval.

You may obtain applications and information about the Medicare certification process from by clicking this HHA Medicare Application, Forms, and Instructions link.

MEDICAID CERTIFICATION is administered by the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM).  An application for Medicaid certification can be requested by calling ODM at (800) 686-1516.