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
HB 166: ODM testifies before House Finance HHS Subcommittee  —  Director Maureen Corcoran testified before the House Finance Health and Human Services Subcommittee last week. The director spent some time justifying the reductions in Medicaid expenditures, including the removal of the 2.4% market basket increase for skilled nursing facility rates. She noted that the JMOC limit of a 3.4% increase in per member per month expenditures put their budget in the red by $270 million. By removing the SNF rate increase and making other adjustments, the agency was able to meet the JMOC limit. The SNF rate increase accounted for about $240 million of the $270 million. Furthermore, one reason Medicaid was over the limit was because of the increased state share for the expansion Medicaid population. The federal share will drop to 90% and the state will have to spend about $200 million more per year because of that decrease. On the issue of managed care, Director Corcoran did note that the upcoming provider agreements with the managed care companies will require more value based purchasing, quality improvement and reduce administrative burdens for providers. She also noted that the department intended to continue the MyCare Ohio program as the cost of unwinding the program may be too disruptive and the long-term benefits are still not known.

Transportation bill passed, GA to focus on Budget Bill  —  The first significant bill with a topic of disagreement among the legislative chambers and administration passed last week. The transportation bill was subject to significant debate as Governor DeWine requested an $0.18 per gallon gas tax to fund transportation projects. This amount was decreased by the House and further reduced in the Senate. Conference committee, and assumingly the administration, agreed to a $0.105 increase, close to what the House had passed. Diesel fuel will also cost more, by $0.19, as will fees for owning a hybrid or electric car. Some consider this a victory for DeWine, as his administration secured $865 million of the $1.21 billion initially requested. Now that the transportation bill has passed, the General Assembly will move on to the next big-ticket item - the "Budget Bill" or H.B. 166. H.B. 166 was introduced at the end of March and has already had several hearings. (See story above.) The GA has until June 30 to pass the bill.

April 16 was NCTA day. Get your resources here!  —  From Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG): "Coordination of care during care transitions plays a critical role in determining the quality of care patients receive—and reducing preventable 30-day hospital readmissions is a priority for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). To increase awareness of the importance and value of safe and effective care transitions and coordination, CMS designated April 16, 2019, as the first NCTA day.

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