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
OH House speaker to be settled next week —  The Ohio House of Representatives will have a new speaker, or someone who can function as speaker, by Wednesday of next week. That is the plan that Rep. Schuring, the current House leader, has laid out to members. House members have until Friday afternoon to let Schuring's office know of how they want to proceed: a vote for a speaker or a vote to change the rules and let Rep. Schuring act as speaker. Previously, Rep. Schuring said he wanted 50 GOP votes for a speaker before holding a vote and that he did not want to run the chamber for the remainder of the year. He has yielded on both accounts, recently indicating he is willing to accept a vote for speaker that included Democrats in that 50 (there is one so far) or a rule change that would allow him to pass legislation. The latter option was agreed to when Rep. Schuring, Rep. Householder, and GOP party leader Timkin met to hammer-out a solution to the dilemma. Rep. Smith, who is running for speaker and plans to do so again in January, refused to attend the meeting and would not agree to that solution. Democratic leaders have indicated they would prefer the floor vote for a speaker rather than to change the rules. This could be a political move if the Democrats know that there would not be a majority and the "10 vote rule" would have to be used. After 10 votes without a majority, the representative with the most votes on the 11th vote would become speaker. This is a result that the GOP would like to avoid, but it may be the only way to have a speaker for the remainder of 2018.

ODM proposes rule changes for 3 NF rules under 5-year rule review —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid is proposing changes for three rules related to NFs as part of the 5-year rule review requirement:

Rule 5160-3-65.1: Nursing facilities (NFs): rates for providers that change provider agreements
Changes made this rule are to provide clarity and remove unnecessary language. Language is being added regarding the use of the median annual average case-mix score for the entering operator's peer group to calculate a case-mix score if the entering operator's quarterly submissions do not qualify for use in calculating a semiannual case-mix score, as this is the current practice.

Rule 5160-3-16.3: Nursing facilities (NFs): private rooms
Most of the changes being made in this rule are related to a NF's ability to charge a supplemental amount for a private room if a semi-private room is available but the family or authorize representative requests a private room.

Rule 5160-3-64.1: Nursing facilities (NFs): payment for cost-sharing other than medicare part A
The term "NF per diem" is being changed to "NF per diem rate" for clarity.
Please click here to review the proposed rule changes. If you have any questions or concerns about the proposed rule changes, please contact The Academy.

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