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Freestanding Dialysis Centers
Freestanding Dialysis Centers
Freestanding Dialysis Centers
Freestanding dialysis centers provides chronic maintenance dialysis to end stage renal disease patients on an outpatient basis, including dialysis services in the patient's place of residence. These centers are licensed and inspected by the Bureau of Regulatory Operations and Bureau Of Survey and Certification at the Ohio Department of Health.

The Ohio Department of Health licenses and/or certifies approximately 300 Freestanding Dialysis Centers/ End Stage Renal Disease Facilities

A freestanding dialysis centers are licensed as a "Health Care Facility" and provide chronic maintenance dialysis to end stage renal disease patients on an outpatient basis, including dialysis services in the patient's place of residence.

A certified end stage renal disease facility is a facility that provides outpatient maintenance dialysis services, or home dialysis training and support services, or both.  A dialysis center may be independent or hospital-based unit

Licensure/Certification

Freestanding dialysis centers are required to be licensed by the Ohio Department of Health as Health Care Facilities under section 3702.30 of the Ohio Revised Code. You may view the rules pertaining to freestanding dialysis centers in Chapter 3701-83 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The Office of Health Assurance and Licensing, is responsible for processing initial, renewal, change of capacity, and change of owner applications. Please select this Health Care Facilities   link for more information, applications, and instructions.

The Bureau of Regulatory Operations certifies end stage renal disease facilities for participation in the Medicare programs.

Inspections/Surveys

The Bureau of Survey and Certification, is responsible for conducting on-site inspections/surveys for compliance with state and federal rules and regulations. Medicare-certified ESRDs are not currently subject to an annual survey visit, but do receive an unannounced inspection/survey on a schedule established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. During these surveys, all aspects of care and services are evaluated based on state and federal laws and rules.  

Health Care Provider and Services: To obtain real-time information, generate, print and download reports regarding health care providers that are licensed and/or Medicare/Medicaid certified by the Ohio Department of Health.

Contact the Office of Health Assurance and Licensing for additional information.

ESRD-Dialysis Facility Self-Reporting of Adverse Events

Pursuant to chapter 3701 – 83 – 23.1 of the Ohio Administrative Code, each dialysis center shall report to the director adverse events involving the following:

An event requiring emergency treatment or hospitalization;

An involuntary discharge of the patient;

Contamination of the water or dialysate;

Development of infection or communicable disease; and

An event having direct or immediate impact on the health, or security of the patient or staff member.

You may submit these reports utilizing the online self-report form.

Mailing Address:

Ohio Department of Health
Office of Health Assurance and Licensing, ESRD
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 995-7466
Fax: (614) 564-2475
E-mail: community@odh.ohio.gov