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
Vaccine maintenance program helps meet mandate —  Ever since CMS announced that skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes would be required to be vaccinated, the industry has been anxiously awaiting the final regulations. Those regulations were released late last week. (See related story in National News.) One of the requirements is that providers have a plan in place to vaccinate staff and residents. The Ohio Vaccine Maintenance Program can be used to meet that requirement. While the program has been highlighted for providing booster shots to residents, providers can also use the clinics to vaccinate staff. There are just under 200 clinics currently scheduled before November 30. The deadline for unvaccinated staff to have at least one shot is December 05.

14 CEs. $100. Industry Insights. Score! —  What can be better than 14 BELTSS CEs and learning insights into the nursing home industry for as little as $100? Okay, maybe the Browns winning the Super Bowl. But when it comes to educational opportunities, the 2021 ASHS Virtual Fall Conference and Annual Meeting is the bee's knees. You can earn 7 CEs December 9 (#38958-SS-21) and 7 CEs December 10 (#38959-SS-21) learning about the MDS, NH reimbursement, IPC, Medicaid Policy, Legal Update...and more! Check our the full line-up and register by visiting our conference webpage. We hope to see you online December 9 and 10!

Notes from the premier ODH provider COVID monthly meeting —  The Ohio Department of Health created a separate monthly meeting with long-term care providers to discuss issues directly related to infection prevention control, vaccinations, testing, or other issues not related directly to survey and certification. The first meeting was held last week. Below are notes from the meeting.

  • Vaccination: Almost all NHs and ALs have updated their information in the vaccination maintenance program. There are some providers that have not updated their information, but are still submitting requests. ODA will be cleaning the data to determine if there are any providers that have not updated and are not using the program.
  • Outbreaks: The R3AP program continues to make calls to providers that are experiencing an outbreak. (Two or more resident positive tests.) These calls are to help providers - provide technical assistance, answer any questions, and help with any unmet needs. Providers are encouraged to accept these calls and use the resource as necessary.
  • Holiday Guidance: The clinical advisory group is working on guidance for the holidays. They are trying to develop one document that can be used across health care settings (hospitals, NHs, ALs). They plan to host a webinar closer to the holidays that will cover visitation, monoclonal antibody treatment and other COVID related issues.
  • Nursing Home/ Long-Term Care Strike Teams: Ohio is expecting to have $27 million of ARPA funds available to fund NH/LTC strike teams and infrastructure improvement. The state would have to apply for the funds. They are looking at four possible areas with the goals of assisting the immediate response to COVID-19 and building a long-term infrastructure for infection prevention and control. Areas of focus may include: workforce, technology, workforce support, and program and system enhancements.
If you have any questions or concerns for the next ODH COVID provider meeting, please contact The Academy.
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