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 still accepting comments on MMC procurement —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid is still accepting comments related to the next procurement of Medicaid Managed Care organizations. Gongwer news service reported last week that despite the deadline for ODM's request for information at the end of July. ODM has indicated that they continue to be open to feedback and any ideas on how to improve the system. A second request for information, more directed to possible vendors that will bid, will go out in the fall. If you have any ideas or changes you would like to see in the future of Medicaid managed care, please contact The Academy. Please note that ODM has indicated this procurement process is for the non-dual Medicaid managed care and not the MyCare Ohio program.

AGE reviewing NHQI rules —  The Ohio Department of Aging notified The Academy that they were beginning the process of reviewing the Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) rules that require a nursing facility to conduct an approved quality program. The rules can be viewed here. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact The Academy.

BELTSS adopts HSE license; rule changes —  BELTSS is moving forward with the Health Services Executive (HSE) licensing that was recently enacted in HB 166. The HSE is a national standard that indicates a person holds a license in multiple areas of long-term care services and supports. As part of the process, BELTSS has proposed rule changes that, among other changes, incorporates HSE into the rules. From BLETSS: "Section 119.032 of the Revised Code requires the Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) to review the rules of Chapter 4751 of the Ohio Administrative Code no later than the rules’ assigned review dates. The rules regulate BELTSS. BELTSS is proposing to modify OAC 4751-1-03, 4751-1-05, 4751-1-10, 4751-1-10.1, 4751-1-10.3, 4751-1-11, 4751-1-12, 4751-1-13, 4751-1-15, 4751-1-16, and 4751-1-17 as well as propose a new rule, 4751-1-10.2. Please see the website at www.beltss.ohio.gov under the link “rule changes” for the proposed changes. The early stakeholder outreach period will end on August 12, 2019. Any person may direct written comments or requests for information concerning BELTSS’ rule proposals to Deborah Veley, Executive Director of BELTSS on or before the end of the public comment period by writing to dveley@age.ohio.gov."

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