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
State ends fiscal year in black as expected —  The state coffers were full as we moved into State Fiscal Year 2022. OBM released the latest monthly numbers for June, the last month of the fiscal year. State revenues remained ahead of projections, with income tax bringing in $228 million more than expected in June and $455 million more for the year. Sales tax also was strong, in part because Ohio remains ahead of expectations for the recovery. Sales tax, including auto sales tax, was about $1 billion over estimates for the fiscal year. State expenditures also helped pad the ledger, mostly due to lower than expected Medicaid expenditures. Medicaid underspending in GRF of $757 million was nearly all of the $780 million the sate saved in GRF. Including all funds, Medicaid was under budget by $2 billion for the fiscal year. The about $1.4 billion additional receipts and $780 million savings created a budget surplus of over $2 billion.

ODM delays release of PNM —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid announced the delay of the Provider Network Management (PNM) and Centralized Credentialing Phase 1 go-live – originally scheduled for July 26, 2021. ODM noted they are committed to ensuring that the PNM and Centralized Credentialing functionality will support their goal to reduce the administrative burden on providers, allowing the provider to spend more time providing quality care to Ohio Medicaid members. No further information was provided, including an updated go-live date.

Paramount sues ODM over procurement —  Paramount has sued the Ohio Department of Medicaid over the recent Medicaid managed care procurement process. Paramount has cited concerns of the process in the past and generated help from the General Assemble in the budget bill. Governor Mike DeWine vetoed the language that would have required the state to put more emphasis on current Medicaid MCOs and those that are headquartered in the state in future procurements. Paramount meets both those conditions. The lawsuit asks for an immediate injunction to stop the procurement process and claims the process should have been done by the Department of Administrative Services, not ODM. Please click here to read the full complaint.

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