The Academy of Senior
Health Sciences, Inc.
17 South High Street
Suite 770
Columbus, OH 43215
Fax: 614.461.7168


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
SFY2017 Medicaid QM thresholds, RUGs-IV category still unknown  —  As reported earlier this week in an Academy Update, Medicaid has yet to release the QM thresholds or which RUGs-IV grouper will be used. Indications are the clinical measures will be the number at the 50th percentile. Medicaid has also suggested that they are taking a broad interpretation of what it means to utilize the PELI tool; they expect every facility to receive that point. We hope to learn more about the QM thresholds next week.The RUGs-IV grouper appears to be a question of state expenditures. Medicaid has suggesting using the RUGs-IV 57 based on their expenditure estimates coming close to what was budgeted for in HB 64. The Academy contends that they can meet the RUG-IV 48 expenditures within their budget. While the timeline for a final decision is still not know, facilities should be preparing for the switch to RUGs-IV. Medicaid has said that they will be converting the December 2015 and March 2016 case mix scores to RUGs-IV for the July 1, 2016 rates. Providers need to prepare now for that change.

Have a novel QI idea? We can help make that a reality! —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid will be releasing several million dollars of civil monetary penalty funds for use in quality improvement projects via a request for proposal process. Medicaid has indicated that they would like these funds to go towards a QI project that is new and can provide quantitative results that can be studied. If you have an idea on how to improve the quality of care or life of a resident, but have not tried it because of a lack of funds or resources, now is your chance! The Academy can help facilitate the application process and connect you with necessary resources. Please contact The Academy with your ideas by clicking here.

Medicaid releases RUGs-IV hierarchy reports to facilities  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid has made their estimated RUGs-IV distribution for each grouper available to providers. Based on our sample analysis, the CMI calculations are close to the expected values given the new categorical weights. These reports are now available via the MITS portal that is used by providers to review their quarterly MDS reports. Note that ODM had to change the naming convention of this report in order to allow it to be posted on the portal. These reports should be used by facilities to help estimate the impact of the move from RUGs-III to RUGs-IV. More information is available by clicking here.

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