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
HENS update set for end of July —  The latest version of the HENS system, version 3.0, is getting ready for a launch date towards the end of July. The features update will have a streamlined version of the ODM 3622 and ODM 7000 forms along with an updated user interface. ODM will be issuing a new HENS User Guide, providing training videos, creating a user training environment, and offering Q&A sessions. These are anticipated to be released in mid to late July. We will update you as more information is released.

ODM LOC proposed rule changes —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid is proposing changes to the level of care rules as part of the five year review process. According to ODM, there is a significant amendment to 5160-3-08 that seeks to add provisions allowing individuals with indications of a developmental disability (DD) to potentially meet the intermediate level of care. Identifying solutions to timely meet the needs of medically fragile individuals has been an ongoing concern across agencies and ODM wanted to ensure that these concerns and all feedback provided surrounding this issue is considered. ODM also provided the following summary:

OAC 5160-3-05 entitled "Level of care definitions."

  • References and citations updated
  • Definitions contained in previously rescinded rules removed
  • Definitions for "Adult" and "Child" added
OAC 5160-3-06 entitled "Criteria for the protective level of care."
  • References and citations updated
OAC 5160-3-08 entitled "Criteria for nursing facility-based level of care."
  • References and citations updated
  • Reference to meeting ICF-IID level of care removed
  • Provisions added to allow adults and children with indications of a developmental disability to potentially meet the intermediate level of care
  • Sensitivity language updated
OAC 5160-3-14 entitled "Process and timeframes for a level of care determination for nursing facility-based level of care programs." (Please note this rule was already updated as a part of the permanent filing of emergency rules with recent effective date 4/2/2021)
  • ODM 03697 for revision date updated
The draft rules are available for download by clicking here. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the rules, please let The Academy know prior to Thursday, June 17.

COVID cases fall; testing schedule released —  The statewide average COVID cases per 100,000 fell below a key threshold last week. The state average is now below 50 per 100,000 and is at its lowest level since June of last year. The Governor's office was quick to point out that this does not mean we can let our guard down; however, it hopefully is the beginning of the end of the pandemic. If more people continue to get vaccinated, we can expect that number to fall further. On the similar note of maintaining vigilance in preventing COVID, ODA released the latest testing schedule. It is available by clicking here. Supplies for the testing began shipping June 4.

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