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
Medicaid delays FPF late payment penalties  –  The Ohio Department of Medicaid notified the Academy today that it would delay withholding vendor payments and late fees for the August franchise permit fee payment. This is in response to the payment difficulties being experienced in the MyCare Ohio program. According to ODM: "The next quarterly payment of the Nursing Facility Franchise Permit Fee is due to the Ohio Department of Medicaid on August 14, 2014. ODM has decided not to place vendor holds for non-payment of the franchise fee until after September 14, 2014. Additionally, any penalties authorized for non-payment of the franchise fee will not be assessed — as long as payment is received by the Department on or before September 14, 2014. Please note that the subsequent payment, due on December 14, 2014, is not impacted."

MyCare Ohio: Enrollment numbers, consumer complaints focus of first MOIT meeting  —  The Integrated Care Delivery System (ICDS, better known as MyCare Ohio) Enrollment Workgroup has officially ended and in its place is the MyCare Ohio Implementation Team (MCOIT). The first meeting was this week and began with an enrollment update. According to ODM, about 120,000 people are enrolled in MyCare Ohio, with 66% of those passively enrolled. Of the 33% that actively enrolled, about 50% chose the Medicaid and Medicare option. Of the 120k, about 86% are Medicaid only. There will be no more passive enrollment for effective dates of 2014, so these numbers will not change much over the final five months of this year. This is because of the passive Medicare enrollment to take place starting in January of 2015, with notices going out to members in October. The rest of the MCOIT meeting was filled with complaints around provider payment issues, mostly from independent providers. Consumer advocacy groups also raised many issues over the delivery of services, or lack thereof. Both ODM and the plans continued to urge providers and the consumers to work with the plans and to notify ODM if issues do not get resolved. The Academy continues to work with the plans on limiting the impact of payment and service delivery to our members. If you have any issues or concerns, please let us know so we can help get them resolved. The Academy will be providing updated information on MyCare Ohio early next week.

Time is running out to maximize your Fall Conference sponsorship!  —  The Academy's 2014 Fall Conference, November 6 and 7 in Columbus, is fast approaching. And we don't want you to miss-out on all the benefits of being a sponsor. The conference brochure, which is distributed widely across the state, is being designed right now - and we want your company on it! All you have to do is be a conference sponsor and your company will be marketed along with the conference. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Order your sponsorship using our online order form or by downloading our mail/fax order form TODAY!

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