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
Fall Conference registration discounts end today!  –  This year's ASHS Fall Conference, slated for November 6 and 7 at the Quest Conference Center, is packed with vital information for the profession. We have several sessions dedicated to MyCare Ohio along with the latest topics in person centered care, MDS 3.0, regulations and more! Earn up to 14 BELTSS CEUs (ASHS-P-57-14) for as little as $229. But the low rates are set to increase after today. Don't wait - register online for the lowest rates, or by fax, or email today! See you November

MyCare Ohio: Information on Medicare passive enrollment  —  The Department of Medicaid released information on passive enrollment for the Medicare benefit of MyCare Ohio. The letters were mailed on Wednesday and should have arrived to most current and pending MyCare enrollees. The Academy has been made aware of a few "hiccups" at the start of the enrollment period. Medicaid Hotline representatives have been notifying people that they cannot opt-out until the letters were mailed. This should no longer be a concern given the letters are in the mail; however, individuals can change plans or opt-out even if they did not receive a letter. This is true for the "Medicaid only" population also. The effective date of any changes will be January 1, 2015.

HW&Co: SNF costs increased in 2013  —  HW&Co released an analysis of CY2013 cost report data. The analysis indicates that the state wide average per diem (less direct consolidated services) increased $3.22 from $192.58 to $195.80. The report also notes that nursing salaries increased despite a decrease in the average per diem nursing hours. They attribute this to staffing reductions in nursing. The full HW&Co analysis, including a break down by cost center, is available here.

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