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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
Scripps summarizes latest LTC research projects —  Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University held its annual LTC Research Project Advisory Council meeting last week. The meeting is an opportunity for Scripps to review their current research projects, latest results, and receive feedback on future projects from LTC industry stakeholders. Scripps staff presented their latest research findings at the meeting:
  • Tracking Utilization in Ohio's LTSS - Dr. Bob Applebaum presented on the latest LTC utilization trends. Looking at data that goes back over 20 years, Dr. Applebaum showed the transition from SNFs serving a mostly long-term care population to one with more post-acute care needs. Despite a significant increase in admissions and the same number of beds, SNF percent occupancy has declined from the mid-90s to just above 80 percent. Some of this decline is from greater utilization of home and community based services, yet other factors are also at play including greater enrollment in managed care for those 65 and older. Dr. Applebaum also noted that the majority, by type, of LTCSS is still provided in the home and is private pay. The final report is expect later this month. [Fall Conference plug: Dr. Applebaum will be presenting at our Fall Conference. Learn more first hand by attending!]
  • Memory Care in Ohio's Nursing Homes and RCFs - Dr. Jane Straker provided preliminary results of the availability of memory care in SNFs and RCFs. About one-third of SNFs reported have a memory care unit. The survey also looked at staffing levels and memory care training. Staffing levels between the settings varied throughout the day, with SNFs generally having more nursing staff available than RCFs. The precision of the memory care training results were in question because SNF staff are required to have memory care training, yet the survey results were in the 80 percent range. The final report will be released later this month. P
  • opulation Projections and More - Dr. Traci Wilson presented the latest population projections. The data now extends to 2050. The projections show a "leveling out" of the 60+ population in Ohio around 2030 and then a decline into 2050. The population projections now offer more robust data, such as number of people raising grandchildren in the home. Scripps has updated their website to make the data more user friendly. Website visitors can "slice and dice" the data in numerous ways, download the data, create custom maps, and even view time lapse changes by decade. To check it out yourself, please visit www.ohio-population.org.

Last day for Fall Conference discounted rates! —  Today is the last day to register for discounted rates as low as $235 for the 2019 ASHS/OANAC Fall Conference and Annual Meeting! The conference will be held November 19 and 20 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus and offer attendees up to 14 BELTSS CEs (35789-001-P-19). Learn about PDPM, Medicare, Medicaid, HOME Choice, PASRR, Legal Update, House Bill 166 and more! Register for the 2019 ASHS/OANAC Fall Conference and Annual Meeting by clicking here!

Staffing biggest need in LTCSS industry —  The Scripps Gerontology LTC Research Project Advisory Council met last week. (See related article above.) Part of that meeting is a discussion among stakeholders on the "touch points" of the industry that may need more research. The resounding message from stakeholders was the difficulty in staffing. Regardless if it is home health, assisted living, nursing facility, or even social services, staffing for providing LTCSS was the biggest problem. While the strong economic conditions are a contributing factors, other factors such as low pay, difficulty of work, and poor management were also considered. Other concerns raised at the meeting included: nursing home opioid treatment, especially after a skilled stay; nursing home beds, occupancy, and CHOPs; assisted living waiver rates; looking more closely at ODH complaints and how to improve quality in nursing homes; and, how to serve the "middle income" population. Scripps will consider these issues as they look for future LTC research projects.

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