Ohio Makes Moves to License Home Health Agencies

In the wake of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s plans to phase out up to 13,000 independent home care workers, the state is now making moves to further regulate the home health care industry.

Its next step? Agency licensure, which would create more robust oversight of “the inconsistency and poor quality of care some Ohioans say they’ve received from agencies,” according to a Columbus Dispatch article.

Recent testimony about such poor care prompted state legislators to consider the idea, after long remaining indifferent as one of only eight states that don’t license home health care agencies.

Now, Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania), House majority floor leader, is leading the charge, saying, “We’re dealing with folks … who may not be able to take care of themselves. I think sometimes licensing is necessary. When we have vulnerable people, I think the state needs to step up and address that issue.”

Sears hopes plans for this additional oversight will be implemented by the time the new budget takes effect on July 1.

To read the full Columbus Dispatch article, click here.

Written by Emily Study