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
FPF assessments located in MITS portal  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid will not be mailing FPF assessments this year. Instead, the assessments will be posted in the MITS portal under "Admin" and "correspondences" tab. Please see the screen shot below. If you have any questions regarding the FPF assessment, ICF-IID providers may contact DODD at 614.644.7596 and SNF providres may contact Medicaid 614.752.3600.

Medicaid provides guidance on QIT funds post death  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid has provided further guidance on how to handle funds in a QIT after a resident passes. As reported in an earlier edition of the Weekly, ODM expects all Medicaid debts to be paid prior to releasing any funds to the estate. A SNF provider may not know all Medicaid debts owed by the resident. Providers, or others responsible for the QIT account, need to go through the estate recovery process to ensure all Medicaid debts are paid. Per ODM: "ODM has spoken with the Estate Recovery unit at the Attorney Generalís office and they indicated that when a NF resident with a QIT passes away, a NF serving as trustee should contact Estate Recovery. Notifying the Attorney General immediately that estate recovery should commence will be much cleaner than sending a check with remaining funds to ODM. This equally applies when someone other than the NF is serving as trustee (like a family member). Please note that estate recovery is not limited to long term care expenditures; rather, the Attorney Generalís office recovers all Medicaid expenditures. The Estate Recovery unit can be reached at:

Ohio Attorney General's Office
Medicaid Estate Recovery Unit
150 E. Gay Street, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3130
(888) 246-0688
(614) 752-2211
(614) 752-9070 fax

Scripps to extend reach, scope of LTC research projects  —  Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University held their LTC Research Advisory Board meeting this week. The Board, consisting of a wide variety of LTC stakeholders including The Academy, meets every year to review current Scripps projects and discuss issues impacting the LTC industry. Scripps provided information on their latest research, including their creation of a PELI-type instrument for PASSPORT waiver recipients, the challenges of providing LTC services and supports to an increasingly older population, and their Opening Minds through Art (OMA) project partially funded by Medicaid CMP dollars. Scripps noted that they have received a record number of grants, including several national grants to help support and broaden their LTC research. Scripps has also hired a public relations/communications person to help disseminate their findings. The board was also asked by Scripps to determine methods to better disseminate the research results. Ideas included creating shorter notes or write-ups for distribution, utilizing association newsletters, more webinars, and greater use of graphics to depict results. If you would like more information about the Scripps Ohio LTC Research Project Advisory Board, please contact The Academy.

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