The Academy of Senior
Health Sciences, Inc.
17 South High Street
Suite 770
Columbus, OH 43215
Fax: 614.461.7168


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 managed care RFA released; Jan 2022 start date expected —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid has released the Request for Applications for the Medicaid managed care program. This is NOT the MyCare Ohio program, but rather the "community" Medicaid recipients, including Group VIII. There does not appear to be any changes to the LTSS benefits. The most significant change for LTSS providers seems to be related to the administrative area. ODM will have a fiscal intermediary that would receive all of the claims and prior authorizations. This would mean only one form for providers to submit for a claim and one form for a prior authorization regardless of the MCO. Please click here to view the entire RFA. The anticipated start date for the contract winners is January 2022.

Day 2 of the virtual fall conference - $ and regs! —  Day 3 of the virtual fall conference: COVID-19 The 2020 ASHS/OANAC (Virtual) Fall Conference and Annual Meeting will be held November 11, 12 and 13. The conference will feature different topics each day. You can pick the day(s) you want to register for, or register for all three and receive a discount! Click here to register. This week we are highlighting Day 3 - COVID-19:

Day three of the conference begins with a discussion of policy making during the public health emergency. Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy will join us to talk about how the pandemic has impacted public policy making from the administrative perspective. It is definitely not "business as usual" in that arena. State Medical Director Dr. Mary Applegate will follow with a run through of the LTSS Toolkit. The toolkit covers a wide variety of infection prevention and control topics, from communication logistics to PPE. After lunch, Dr. Weigand will discuss COVID testing. The day will conclude with a presentation by Dr. Turner on an overview of COVID from an epidemiological perspective.

Click here to learn more about Day 1 and 2 of the conference and register!

ODM to start MDS exception reviews early November —  ODM notified The Academy that they expect to resume MDS exception reviews on November 02, 2020. A more detailed update will be provided as we near this anticipated start date. ODM noted that the exception reviews will be performed from remote locations.

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