The Academy of Senior
Health Sciences, Inc.
17 South High Street
Suite 770
Columbus, OH 43215
614.461.1922
800.999.6264
Fax: 614.461.7168
cmurray@seniorhealthsciences.org



 

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 proposes rate increase for vent units —  Alzheimer Task Force recommends more training for NHs The Ohio House of Representatives Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia Care released its final report. The task force was created in part because of the increase in the number of people diagnosed with some form of dementia and corresponding increase of providers specializing in caring for those with dementia. The group explored the current of state of caring for individuals with dementia in all settings. In many cases, funding for services was considered a barrier. While the report recognizes funding issues, it focus on two legislative changes that it is believed can be made in the near-term to improve dementia care. The first is to require dementia training in long-term services and supports settings, including nursing homes, that specialize in dementia care. The second is a better definition of respite care for those with dementia. The full report is available by clicking here.

DODD releases rates, comparison —  The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has released its final mock rate setting. According to DODD, these are the rates that will be uploaded into MITS for payment. The spreadsheet also contains a comparison of the rate calculation between the old and new methods. All but 13 of the providers have a higher rate under the new methodology. Please click here to download a copy of the spreadsheet in Excel format. DODD will also be hosting a webinar next Friday, August 03, to review the rate changes. Please click here to register for the webinar.

OMA funding available —  The Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami of Ohio has funds available to help nursing homes implement Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. Select homes can receive up to $1,500 for travel and supplies. Participants who attend the OMA training will receive: hands-on experience, 300+ pages of print training material, 20 piloted art projects, volunteer training manual with DVD, flash drive with training materials, CEU Credit from NCCAP and NCCDP, and post-training support from Scripps Gerontology Center. Please click here to learn more.

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