The Academy of Senior
Health Sciences, Inc.
17 South High Street
Suite 770
Columbus, OH 43215
614.461.1922
800.999.6264
Fax: 614.461.7168
cmurray@seniorhealthsciences.org



 

The Academy of Senior Health Sciences, Inc. (formerly The Ohio Academy of Nursing Homes, Inc.) seeks to provide public education and awareness initiatives to the long-term care community in Ohio. Our membership represents a true cross-section of the skilled nursing facility profession, from small sole proprietorships to larger Ohio-based multi-facility companies, as well as those businesses that service our industry. Through our public education and awareness efforts, the Academy brings the collective influences of the members together into a single voice on vital issues affecting our profession.

Founded in 1966, the Academy then identified one of its core purposes as "To foster a spirit of goodwill among those persons engaged in the nursing home industry, to promote ethical practices in their relationships with each other, their employees, and the general public to the end that all interests may be served fairly..." Though the organization has undergone several transformations over the years, most notably in 2011, its dedication and commitment to Ohio's most frail and elderly remains the same.

 The Academy Weekly Headlines from 2 Weeks Ago
ODM to release online survey for Medicaid quality points for payment March 16  –  Sixteen dollars and forty-four cents of the Medicaid daily reimbursement rate is tied to a facility earning quality points to be eligible for the full $16.44. The data for the quality measures comes from a variety of sources, including the ODH survey process, the Medicaid Cost Report and the Ohio Department of Aging Consumer Satisfaction Survey. In order to collect the additional information needed to determine the quality points earned by each provider, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) has developed a web based quality incentive payment survey tool. The survey tool, available Monday, March 16, and online instructions can be found at http://medicaid.ohio.gov/PROVIDERS/ProviderTypes/LongTermCareFacilities.aspx (click on "Survey tool" about half way down the web page). It is designed to capture data for calendar 2014. Instructions on the quality survey are available here. The letter sent to administrators is available here.

ODH provides guidance on closed facility policy  —  Last week The Academy reported that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) was going to provide guidance on their policy related to closed skilled nursing facilities. ODH has posted that guidance on their webpage and it is also available here. The guidance contends the director has broad authority to revoke a license for a closed facility under the notion that the facility has to be open for inspection, even if it is closed.

BELTSS proposes rule changes  —  The Board of Executives of Long Term Services and Supports has posted the latest version of proposed rule changes. The rules provide clarification related to training agencies and the ability to request a waiver for some CE requirements. The rules also allow BELTSS to determine the number of CEs that can be obtained online. The rules can be viewed here. Please send your rule comments to BELTSS Executive Director Deborah Veley (dveley@age.ohio.gov) by April 9. (Back to top)

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