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
Medicaid to change access to MDS help desk —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid notified the provider associations this week that they will be phasing-out the MDS help desk telephone number and replacing it with email. ODM was developed a general email account - MDSCaseMix@medicaid.ohio.gov. According to ODM, the person who has handled MDS case mix inquiries has retired after 30 years of service at ODM. ODM is taking this opportunity to transition from phone to email. The MDS call line will continue to stay open during the transition, but it will eventually be shut down once providers are used to the MDS email account. We expect that the general email account will provide faster service to your inquiries. ODM is also asking providers to review documents that address many of the recurring questions that ODM has received on the help desk call line over the years. (Click here to download the FAQ and other CM documents in a zip file.) Providers should use the tools available to them (i.e. MITS, Weekly & Quarterly case mix reports, FAQ documents contained in the CM documents) prior to contacting the MDS case mix general email account if their question or issue cannot be resolved.

ICF/IID quality committee works through QM reporting  —  The ICF/IID Quality Committee recently met for the second time. The group picked-up where it left off - discussing what data to collect and how to submit it for each quality measure. For many of the measures, the amount of data that would need to be submitted to verify compliance with the quality measure would be significant. DODD noted that the volume of information provided needed to be reviewable by the department in order to keep the process manageable. The group considered using a standard format for each quality measure, such as check boxes, and standardizing any supplemental information. Then, DODD would have the option of asking for additional documentation during an audit. The group considered using a random audit process to encourage compliance. The group did discuss the first 4 QMs in detail. The group addressed issues such as subjectivity of the measures and how providers serving a small population or children would be impacted by the QM. Please contact The Academy if you would like more information on ICF/IID QMs.

Time is running out - register TODAY for the lowest rates for our Spring Conference! —  Early bird registration ends TODAY for the 2018 OANAC/ASHS Spring Conference! This year's conference, Friday, May 18 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, OH, is a must attend event for nurse assessment coordinators and staff involved in the MDS. Click here to see the full agenda. CMS has proposed changes to the case-mix calculation, called the "Patient-Driven Payment Model," to be in effect October 1, 2019. These changes could impact how you do business. Begin preparing for the change by attending the conference! But the low rate of $110 for up to 6.0 BELTSS CEUs (ASHS-30-P-18) ends today. Don't wait - register today by clicking here!

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