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
MCO contracts to be reviewed by administration, House —  The hard look at the Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) that Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) contract with to control pharmacy costs is leading to a broader look at the benefits MCOs offer. The PBM issue involves spread pricing, or the pricing the PBMs negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies and what is actually charged to the consumer. In this case, the consumer was Medicaid and there is concern that the PBMs cost tax payers hundreds of millions of unnecessary expense. The MCOs are supposed to be stewards of the dollars Medicaid gives them to pay for services. As such, the PBM issue has given rise to a more broader look at the Medicaid MCOs. Speaker Householder has been quoted in the press suggesting that the House will take a closer look at the role of MCOs and their contracts. Governor DeWine has echoed similar thoughts as the contracts will be rebid and will surely continue to investigate PBMs. The Academy will continue to advocate your interests as MCO contracts are addressed.

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NH Infection Prevention Program registration closed —  The Ohio Department of Health notified NH providers via EIDC bulletin that the Nursing Home Infection Prevention Program (NIPP) Education Opportunity is now closed. The TB/Healthcare-Associated Infections (TB/HAI) Program at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is currently finalizing the registration list and will be notifying enrolled attendees via email within the next week. At this time there are no plans to offer any additional NIPP trainings. The TB/HAI Program in the Bureau of Infectious Diseases is staffed by a team of experienced nurses and epidemiologists that provide support and technical assistance to healthcare facilities, particularly in the areas of tuberculosis, infection control, and antibiotic stewardship. We offer the Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) technical assistance program. ICAR is a national quality initiative that uses a standardized tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build and promote infection prevention and control activities. There is no cost to the participating facility. It is a one-day event with an infection control focus and may support your QAPI activities.If you are interested in scheduling an ICAR visit or joining our NHSN voluntary long-term care group, please contact the TB/HAI Program at (614) 995-5599.

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