Includes Abortion Providers
May 7, 2013 – The Ohio House of Representatives recently passed a state operating budget, which includes an amendment addressing ambulatory surgical facilities. Abortion providing facilities in Ohio are classified as ambulatory surgical facilities.
Representative John Adams offered the amendment to require that rules the Director of the Ohio Department of Health adopts establishing quality standards for ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs) include a requirement that each ASF maintain an infection control program and specify the forms inspectors must use when conducting ASF inspections.
Among other provisions, the amendment also requires an ASF to have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital regarding the safe and immediate transfer of patients from the ASF to the hospital when necessary.
Note: If this amendment is adopted, an ASF operating under a variance (exception) to the written transfer agreement will be able to continue to do so until the facility’s license is reviewed for renewal, at which time the variance will also be reviewed. This applies to the Women’s Med Center abortion facility in Sharonville, Ohio.
Rep. Adams said, “Making sure these facilities are operating in a manner that meets all the quality standards we have in the state, and to require these facilities maintain an infection control program as well as be inspected on an ongoing basis, is needed to guarantee these facilities are operating appropriately going forward.”
The Ohio budget, including this amendment, is now in the Ohio Senate for further consideration and vote.