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
Gray explained; use last available colors —  Ohio Department of Health issued a EIDC notice that explained the "gray" color for the county positivity rates. From the notice:
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has transitioned all states to calculating percent positivity using reported laboratory results rather than reported aggregate counts. To facilitate this transition, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has been working with the CDC’s technical team the past two months to validate Ohio’s reported laboratory results. This work included the collection and reconciliation of the required data from many of Ohio's laboratories.
ODH anticipates finalizing the validation next week so that the CDC, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), can continue reporting positivity data for Ohio the week of April 26, 2021. Until that time, Ohio nursing homes should refer to their county’s most recently published test positivity classification for the period ending March 30, 2021."

House expected to pass budget bill this week —  The House Finance Committee spent the weekend preparing an omnibus amendment to H.B. 110 and is expected to vote the bill out of committee Tuesday or Wednesday. The bill would then go to the House floor for a vote later this week. As the House continues its work, the Senate heard budget testimony from OBM and LSC and the various committees also began testimony last week. The Senate is on track to pass the bill in late May or Early June, allowing several weeks for conference committee to iron out the differences.

No post-payment report for 2017 and 18 list —  According to ODM, the providers that are listed on the Excel spreadsheet available by clicking here will not be receiving a post-payment overpayment report for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. These providers should have received a notice via email Thursday afternoon or Friday.

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