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|
Litigation protection being considered by G.A.
The General Assembly is back to work and one of a number of COVID-19 related issues being discussed by legislators is litigation immunity for health care workers and service providers. Members from both chambers have said the issue is an immediate concern. One bill, S.B. 302, would revise the law governing immunity from civil liability and professional discipline for health care providers during disasters or emergencies, and would provide qualified civil immunity to service providers providing services during and after a government-declared disaster. (Click here to view the bill and analysis.) The bill appears to be on the fast track and is scheduled for a committee hearing and vote this week. The
Academy has reviewed that bill and it does include nursing home providers. We will continue to advocate for, and to track the developments of, litigation protection for health care service providers during the emergency.
ODM audit team requesting two email addresses for reports
The Ohio Department of Medicaid is continuing their efforts to collect as many current email addresses as possible prior to emailing the FYs 2017 & 2018 overpayment reports. ODM is asking Ohio LTC members to send two valid email addresses to LTCAudits@medicaid.ohio.gov. The message should include the Ohio Medicaid seven-digit number in the subject line. If multiple facilities, please include all Medicaid provider numbers for the facilities in the message. ODM would prefer to be able to cc a second person when sending the reports to ensure they are received. ODM will add this information to its current list to ensure as many facility’s as possible are able to participate in this streamlined approach.
In related news, ODM updated its letters and response forms for NHs and ICF/IIDs. Please click here for the updated NH form and click here for the updated ICF form. Below are the significant updates to these forms:
These forms are not final and may change based on feedback from interested parties. If you have any comments on the forms, please send them to The Academy.
- Added language to account for the reports being emailed;
- Clarified language regarding providers' not being required to send supporting documentation along with the response form if requesting a resolution;
- Added areas to collect additional email addresses;
- Mailing address removed so as to only present LTCAudits@medicaid.ohio.govaddress to send forms/supporting documentation/agreements/etc;
- Clarified language regarding the true nature of requesting a reconsideration.
Central Ohio hospitals develop transfer criteria guidance
The three hospital systems of the Columbus area have developed a transfer criteria guidance document for the central Ohio area. Please click here to view the document. It is only applicable to the central Ohio area. From the Columbus Public Health Dept: The guidance document that was created by the physician leadership team at the 3 health systems in Columbus for congregate setting to gauge the need to send a patient to the ED for positive or suspected COVID 19. The ask from the 3 health systems in Columbus is to
utilize the transfer center lines to arrange for transfer to the ED as this helps with load balancing so as to not overwhelm any one hospital. For facilities outside of Franklin County- the guidance on determining if a patient should go to the ED may be used by you as well. Everyone should remember to call ahead to the ED to give a report so they know your patient is coming and they are ready for them with appropriate PPE.
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