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
Updated Medicaid prices —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid provided The Academy with the inflation factors they will use to calculate the SFY 2017 (July 1, 2016) nursing home rates. ODM calculated a -2.1381% factor for the Ancillary and Support prices and a 3.0450% factor for the Direct Care prices. Please note that the final rate for each facility will depend on their case-mix score and quality points. We currently do not know what the QM thresholds are. We expect ODM to release the March case mix scores along with the rates in the near future.

LTC biennial survey hit inboxes this week —  Scripps Gerontology Center at the University of Miami in Ohio will be conducting the 2016 LTC Biennial Survey of Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities. Scripps emailed a letter out today to make providers aware that they will be receiving another email within the next few weeks about the survey. The second email will contain instructions and a unique password for that facility. The password is necessary to access the online survey. You can view a copy of the letter by clicking here.

NH rules stakeholder committee discuss activity, food requirements —  The third meeting of the stakeholder committee responsible for the five year rule review of nursing home rules met this week. The meeting focused on two rules: 3701-17-09 and 3701-17-18. Discussion around the first rule, -09, focused mainly on activities and resident choice. The committee agreed that the rules should be worded to encourage providers to incorporate individual preferences in developing activities. Discussion around the second rule, which covers food and nutrition, was a little more contentious. Most of the friction centered on how far a provider would be required to go in order to meet an individual's choice of dining or food. While the group agreed that providers should make an effort to accommodate resident's preferences, the committee members had difficulty in determining where to drawn the line. Representatives of the state's Ombudsman program felt that if a resident wanted a fried egg sandwich at 4 in the morning, the provider should meet that request. The Academy was adamant that providers should not be held to the expectation that they meet all of a resident's desires. While it is an admirable goal to strive for, the reality of scarce resources and current food preparation regulations make it difficult if nearly impossible to achieve. The recommendation included the word "practical" to account for provider limitations in meeting resident choice. The final wording of the proposed rule has not been completed.

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