The Academy of Senior
Health Sciences, Inc.
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Columbus, OH 43215
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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
House elects Smith as speaker in 11th vote —  The Ohio House of Representatives has a new speaker - Rep. Ryan Smith. It took 11 rounds of voting as Smith could not secure the 47 votes necessary to gain a majority. (A few members were absent and one seat was unfilled with the new member needing to be sworn in.) Votes did vary through the voting rounds as members chose between Republicans Rep. Andy Thompson, Rep. Jim Hughes, Rep. Ryan Smith, and Democrat Rep. Fred Strahorn, but Smith failed to reach that magic number of 47. After 10 votes, the candidate earning the most votes on the 11th round becomes speaker. Smith landed the most with 44 votes making him the next speaker. The House, which had not voted on a bill since early April, prepared for a busy session Thursday as they anticipated clearing the docket heading into summer break. (See next article.) Speaker Smith will lead the chamber through lame duck sessions in November and possibly December. A new speaker will be elected in January to lead the next General Assembly.

28 bills move through House before break —  The Ohio House of Representatives returned to work on Thursday after electing Rep. Ryan Smith as the replacement speaker. The House passed 28 bills, including a budget corrections bill that addressed mostly capital appropriations (HB 292). That bill also included pay raises for non-union state employees and allows Board of Tax Appeals decisions to be appealed to the Supreme Court, among other changes. Other measures passed by the House include funding for local municipalities to purchase new voting machines, updates to child support laws, and an interest cap on payday lending. Once the House finishes its work, it is anticipated to not return until lame duck sessions after the November elections.

SNF provider preview report: review data by June 30 —  Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports are now available; visit the Spotlights and Announcements webpage for a list of quality measures based on quarterly data. Review your performance data by June 30, prior to public display on Nursing Home Compare. Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time; request a CMS review if you believe that your data is inaccurate.

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