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
MyCare Ohio: SNF resource guide updated —  The Skilled Nursing Facility MyCare Ohio resource guide created in a collaborative effort between the SNF associations and MyCare Ohio managed care plans has been updated. A new tab has been added to include "bad debt" processes for each plan. Please click here to download the latest version of the guide.

OMA funding available —  The Scripps gerontology center at Miami University has funding available to help nursing homes implement the Opening Minds through Art program (OMA). OMA is an evidence-based intergenerational art-making program for people with dementia developed at Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University. OMA is approved by Ohio Department of Aging as a required Quality Improvement Project (QIP). Providers have until September 07 to apply for the funding. For more information, please visit the OMA website by clicking here.

Medical marijuana in SNFs? Not so fast. —  Medical marijuana is coming to Ohio in the near future. What does that mean for SNF residents? The Department of Health provided limited guidance when questioned about the ability for SNF residents to use medical marijuana. ODH noted that SNFs are funded and regulated, in part, by the federal government; therefore, they must comply with 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 482 Subpart B. (The federal nursing facility code.) ODH also noted that marijuana is still considered an illegal drug by the federal government. ODH did say that SNFs can have a policy of no medical marijuana allowed in the facility. They also noted that medical marijuana was not a prescribed drug in Ohio, but recommended. More information on medical marijuana is available by clicking here.

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