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
HCIC, COVID vaccine reimbursement rule effective Dec 23  —  Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order that has ODM rules 5160-3-80 and 5160-9-05 effective December 23, 2020. (Click here to view the order.) OAC 5160-3-80 are the HCIC rules which describe HCICs and their responsibilities and enhanced reimbursement. View 5160-3-80 here. OAC 5160-9-05 is a pharmacy Medicaid reimbursement rule. Normally, the cost of administering a vaccine in a nursing home is reimbursed through the per diem rate. The rule carves-out the COVID vaccine and allows for separate billing of the COVID vaccine when administered by long-term care facilities. Please click here to view the rule.

ICF-IID LOC redetermination reminder  —  The Department of Developmental Disabilities has finished the process of completing Level of Care (LOC) redeterminations for individuals through 12/31/2020. All LOC redeterminations that are due on or after 1/1/2021 will be the responsibility of the county boards, DCs, and ICFs. Please make sure that you are routinely checking the LOC span end dates of the individuals you serve to ensure that there will be no issues with the transition back to completing this process.
During the ongoing public health emergency, current LOC must be maintained for all individuals, even if they no longer meet LOC. For individuals who do not meet LOC, counties should follow their normal process (document in ISP, submit to DODD, etc.). DODD is holding all submissions until the public health emergency status is lifted by the department of Health and Human Services.
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DODD looking for ICF providers to test new claims system  —  The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is seeking a few ICF providers to test their new claims system. If you are interested, please contact The Academy as soon as possible.

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