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
Contact R3AP for assistance —  Nursing home and assisted living providers are reminded that Ohio's R3AP program is available to provide assistance in the following areas:
  • Vaccination,
  • COVID-19 testing and cohorting,
  • Temporary staff support, and
  • Infection prevention and control education.
As the number of COVID cases increase in Ohio and staffing shortages continue, there is a greater likelihood providers will need assistance. If you require any help in the areas above, please contact R3AP at 1-855-732-7632 between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday. You may leave a message during off hours. R3AP will have a 24/7 call line with an expected start date of January 3. Until that call line is active for 24 hours, if you are facing an urgent crisis situation where you are concerned about the safety of your residents, have exhausted all other options, and it is outside of the R3AP calling hours and you have left a message and have not heard back within 2 hours, please contact The Academy at 614-915-9265. We will notify the administration of your crisis situation so they can help you find a solution.

Governor signs H.B. 169; S.B. 58 —  Governor Mike DeWine signed H.B. 169 last week. The bill allocates $300 million of enhanced federal matching dollars to nursing homes. It also provides additional pandemic funding to other health care provider groups and education. We are unsure at this time how those funds will be allocated among the nursing homes. We do know that the funding amount includes federal matching dollars; therefore, ODM will have to request an 1135 waiver from CMS to get permission from CMS to spend those dollars and receive the match. That will delay the release of the funds to the providers for at least a month as ODM drafts and submits the 1135 waiver request and waits for approval from CMS. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

The Governor also signed S.B.58. That bill, named "Esther's Law," requires nursing homes to allow monitoring devices in rooms under certain conditions. (Click here to view the LSC analysis of the bill.) That bill takes effect March 21, 2022.

January 1 Medicaid rates available —  ODM has calculated the January 1 to June 30 Medicaid rates for nursing homes. Providers should be able to access their rate package via MITS.

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