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
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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
ODM releases updated SNF July 1 rates —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid released updated SNF July 1 rates this week. ODM identified an error in the quality component calculation. Rates went down for almost every provider, with an average decrease of $0.06. Some providers saw rates fall by more than $0.30, while one provider saw a rate increase. You can download a comparison of the rates by clicking here.

ICF-IID quality workgroup discuss data collection —  The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and other interested parties met last Friday to discuss how data is to be collected and used to determine the upcoming quality payment for ICF-IID facilities. The meeting began with OPRA expressing concern over the burden of providing the information and lack of additional funding, including the impact current employee wages can have on quality. The group agreed that additional monies for workers and high quality providers would be ideal; however, that is a debate for the next state budget. The group is to consider administrative simplicity when determining what and how to collect the data. With that in mind, the group went through each quality measure and addressed the data and how to collect it. Most of the discussion focused on how providers are to report the data that supports providing diverse community activity opportunities to residents. The discussion included how frequently the data is to be provided, how much detail is necessary, and how providers with children should respond. The group also discussed day program requirements and how a provider can show resident choice. DODD will consider either a provider offering multiple day program providers or multiple day programming activities to meet that requirement. Many of the other quality measures required more detail or guidance. For example, how participation is to be considered for a resident council and how often that has to occur. DODD is to begin creating definitions and guidelines for the measures with the idea of those helping to resolve the questions raised at the meeting. The group will meet again in late July.

House and Senate pass flurry of bills —  The General Assembly is no different than most people; tasks get done as the deadlines approach. And the GA was facing the deadline of its summer recess which is expected to last until after the November elections. The Senate did schedule session dates in July, while the House does not plan to meet again until September at the earliest. So over the past few weeks the chambers have been busy clearing their docket. The Senate took payday lending off the board as the various stakeholders continued to lobby lawmakers for changes to the current bill. However, legislation regulating online charter schools from the ECOT fallout acquired most of the attention this week. Most of the bills passed would not impact the SNF industry. The House did move a bill that has been sitting in committee for a while related to tort reform. H.B. 7 makes changes to medical related lawsuits including not permitting the admission of state or federal standards for care and allowing ODH permission to access peer group committee information so long as PHI and provider information are redacted. The bill now heads over to the Senate where it appears it will have to wait until lame duck if it were to pass. The Academy is currently analyzing the bill to determine its potential impact on the industry.

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