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
Reminder: Amended Director's orders for visitation and testing released —  Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud has signed the following orders: General visitation requirements for nursing homes and assisted living facilities remain the same, including the requirement that visitors schedule appointments in advance, are screened at the door, and wear masks. Changes to the orders include:
  • Ohio is requiring that visitation be permitted whenever safety protocols can be met. Previously, visitation was permitted, not required.
  • Vaccinated residents may have physical touch with their visitor while wearing a mask. Previously, touch was discouraged.
  • Visits may occur in a resident's private room, as opposed to the previous requirement of a separate visitation area.
  • 30 minutes should serve as the minimum amount of time for a visit. Previously, 30 minutes was the maximum time to visit.
The order also expands the circumstances in which compassionate care visits should be granted.

In addition, the order updates nursing home and assisted living testing requirements to require the facilities to test vaccinated staff once per week and unvaccinated staff twice per week. The previous order made no distinction between vaccinated or unvaccinated staff.

ODM halts NF cost report validations —  After careful consideration, ODM has determined pausing the NF cost report validation work for two months is in the best interest of the NFs. ODM will provide advance notice when this work is to resume. ODM will be reaching out to all providers selected for the review to ensure they are aware of this decision.

HB 120 - "Compassionate Care Visits" passes House —  As noted in last week's Weekly, H.B 120 Compassionate Care Visits was passed by the House Families, Aging, and Long-Term Care Committee. The bill generally requires a long-term care facility to permit compassionate caregivers to enter the facility to provide in-person visitation to facility residents during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Compassionate caregivers must comply with the facility's visitor policy required by the bill. When a compassionate caregiver is visiting a patient at a facility governed by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the caregiver must also comply with all regulations and guidance issued by CMS. The bill mirrors compassionate care situations described in the Director's order on visitation and CMS QSO memos and has similar requirements for visitation policies (screening, logging, etc..). The provisions of the bill expire at the end of the public health emergency. The House passed the bill last week 88-2, sending it over to the Senate for their consideration.

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