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
ODM addresses case-mix reviews with associations  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid told SNF associations today that they would not be using the SDR, which was more stringent than the RAI manual, when they perform case mix exception reviews. The Academy and other associations objected to the use of the SDR, noting it was acting as a new set of regulations and in some cases went counter to the RAI manual that MDS nurses use. The department said they would follow the current rules for performing the exception reviews. ODM also said that the reconsideration process would go through ODM's Medical Director's office, which has an MDS nurse on staff. ODM anticipates starting the case mix exception reviews in early December.

MITS issue with SNF and Hospice/Home Health claims fixed —  ODM notified The Academy on Wednesday that the problems NFs & ICFs-IID were experiencing with claims denying due to questionable overlapping payments for Hospice or Home Health/PDN have been resolved. The claims are processing as intended. Affected claims can be resubmitted for payment.

NF alternative hydro rehab program open to all SNFs  —  House Bill 64 of the 131st General Assembly, the previous budget bill, established a pilot program for up to 5 SNFs in certain counties that utilize hydrotherapy pools to provide services. H.B. 49 extended that program and created the opportunity for all providers to apply if less than 5 initially applied. From the RFP: "The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is soliciting applications to identify five (5) qualified nursing facilities, licensed and certified by the Ohio Department of Health, to participate in a demonstration project, the Nursing Facility Alternative Rehabilitation Model (the demonstration), to provide care and services to eligible recipients in lieu of hospital inpatient services in freestanding long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). This demonstration is expected to reduce errors in service delivery by improving continuity of care through a reduction in the number of transitions between different types of medical settings. Rather than an individual transferring from an acute care hospital to an LTCH, to a nursing facility (NF), an individual can transition from the acute care hospital directly to a NF. Pursuant to Section 327.270 of Am. Sub. H.B. 49, this demonstration aims to provide the proper incentives for nursing home providers to accept high needs (i.e., high cost) residents while maintaining or improving quality of care. ODM will issue award letters to selected providers to provide care for high needs residents at an enhanced rate who otherwise would have received care and services at a freestanding LTCH." Please click here for more information. Note that applicants must utilize a hydrotherapy pool.

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