The Academy of Senior
Health Sciences, Inc.
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Columbus, OH 43215
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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
MDS focused surveys start this month  –  CMS completed a pilot study last year that investigated the relationship between the MDS and patients' medical records. More specifically, surveyors looked at:
  • Facility compliance with the regulatory requirement related to an RN conducting or coordinating MDS 3.0 assessments;
  • Timeliness of OBRA Admission, Quarterly and Annual, and Significant Change in Status assessments, and facility compliance with the requirement to initiate a Significant Change in Status Assessment as appropriate, and;
  • Agreement of the MDS 3.0 and the residentís medical record using a series of worksheets that prompted surveyors to compare MDS 3.0 assessments to the residentís medical record and, in some cases, to their (surveyor) observations of the resident and interviews with staff and/or residents.
The study found that the MDS failed to accurately reflect the status of a resident by as much as 25% in some areas. While it is noted that the pilot study results do not represent all nursing homes, CMS decided to initiate MDS focused surveys nationwide. Ohio trained 25 surveyors in April and will begin doing MDS focused surveys in May. The surveys are not associated with other surveys, although the surveyors can and will cite any deficiencies during the survey process. More information, including the pilot survey information and results, are available in S&C Memo 15-25-NH.

Funds available for Music & Memory  —  The Ohio Department of Aging received permission from CMS to use CMP funds to help skilled nursing facilities cover the cost of becoming Music & Memory certified. While almost 250 providers have become certified, ODA still has enough funds to help about 45 more providers. More information is available here if you are interested, or you can contact The Academy.

HB 64: Senate may start from status quo  —  House Bill 64 (aka the Budget Bill) is in the hands of the Senate. At this time, it is uncertain what exactly that means. There has been indications that they will be working off of current statute as they go through the legislative process. How this will ultimately impact the process has yet to be seen. Early testimony by government agencies include the House changes while touting the administration's original proposal - nothing out of the ordinary. Some of the changes The Academy advocated for were made in the House, although more changes are necessary. However, starting with the status quo is not necessarily a setback. The administration's proposal and subsequent House version of the bill still contain policies that are not beneficial to the industry or the people we serve. Getting a fresh start in the Senate allows us to focus the discussion on what is important: sustainable Medicaid rates and quality services.

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