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
ODM releases Medicaid managed care report card  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid released its first every report card on Medicaid managed care companies. The report card is an attempt to give consumers information so they can make an informed choice when selecting a plan. Plans were rated from one to three stars in five different areas: Getting Care, Doctors' Communication and Service, Keeping Kids Health, Women's Health, and Living with Illness. Unfortunately, there is no clear winner among the five plans (Buckeye, CareSource, Molina, Paramount, and UnitedHealthCare). Molina and CareSource where the only plans to receive the top three star rating in at least one of the categories. All of the plans were lacking in some areas. Should consumers refer to the report card, they will have to select which category or categories is most important to them when considering a plan. The report card can be viewed here.

MyCare Ohio open enrollment now? Sort of...  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid has began "rolling open enrollment" for MyCare Ohio. The official enrollment period is November; however, the advance notice requirements and the inability for the MITS system to do future enrollment created a situation that could be problematic if Medicaid waited until November. As a result, the state has been sending out letters to consumers notifying them of the open enrollment period in November. (View a copy of the letter here.) If consumers decide to act upon the letter now, the enrollment will be processed and effective the following month. Note that MyCare Ohio consumers fully enrolled for Medicare and Medicaid benefits can change their plans at any time effective the next month. Medicaid only consumers must use the open enrollment period to change plans.

Registration opening soon for 2015 ASHS/OANAC Fall Conference!  —  Be on the lookout next week for the opening of registration for our 2015 Fall Conference. We have some great presenters rolling into Columbus on October 22 and 23 that will cover topics including:

  • MyCare Ohio billing
  • New proposed federal regulations
  • MDS Focused surveys
  • PASRR compliance
  • New Adult Comprehensive Assessment Tool (ACAT)
  • New HCBS regulations
  • Licensure and survey update
  • Life Safety Code update
  • Quality Measures
  • PEPPER reports
  • MDS Updates
  • I could go on and on!
We will also be using our new app, Whova. (Thank you Webster & Associates Co., LPA) It will include an agenda, presenter information and the ability to download the presentations directly to your cell phone, tablet or other computing device. See you in Columbus on October 22 and 23!
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