The Academy of Senior
Health Sciences, Inc.
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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
Medicaid releases Jan 1 SNF rates —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) released the Jan 1 SNF rates earlier this week. The rates can be downloaded in Excel format by clicking here.

Kasich goes 1 for 3 in vetoes —  The General Assembly held rare sessions this week to address bills that Governor Kasich vetoed this month. Of the three vetoed bills addressed - pay raises for legislators, gun rights, and abortion rights - only the last failed to be overturned. The "heartbeat bill" override cruised through the House and nearly made it through the Senate where it fell short by one vote. The key provision of the "stand your ground" gun rights bill that allowed a person to stand their ground and use force when threatened was removed by the General Assembly prior to the bill's passage. Instead, the bill shifts the burden of proof for all self defense cases from the defendant to the prosecutor. The last minute change was not enough to appease Kasich who vetoed the bill because there was no "red flag" language that would allow a court order to prevent those who may be a danger from possessing a gun. The 132 General Assembly will come to a close and the 133 General Assembly will begin January 7 with a clean slate and the new DeWine administration.

GOP breaks tradition and holds informal speaker vote —  The House Republicans broke from tradition and held a caucus meeting this week to hold a straw vote on who will be the next speaker. Traditionally, the dean of the caucus, or the longest tenured member, calls for a meeting of the members after the elections to hold an unofficial vote on who will be the next Speaker of the House. This is to allow the incoming speaker time to prepare for the upcoming assembly. Uncertainty over who will be the next speaker delayed the meeting. Rep. Ryan Smith had the majority of the caucus by one vote in November, but Rep. Jim Butler, the dean of the caucus, would not call for a vote noting that there was still no clear member that had the necessary 50 votes to become speaker. Breaking from tradition, Speaker Pro Tem Kirk Schuring called for the caucus meeting and vote this week. Only 34 of the 60 Republican members attended the meeting, with those backing Rep. Householder for speaker not attending. Rep. Smith received all the votes of those attending and took it as a move towards being speaker. However, the official vote for speaker will be held Jan 7th. It takes 50 votes to become speaker, leaving Rep. Smith still 14 votes short. Despite what other media outlets are reporting, the gavel for House Speaker is still highly contested.

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