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 avoids provider cuts
During the recent budget process, the administration expressed concerns over the amount of money the General Assembly granted them to spend on Medicaid. Hospital expenditures, SNF funding, and a variety of other changes led the administration to believe the appropriation level was $1.2 billion below the required amount for the biennium. At one point, the administration estimated a seven percent across the board cuts would be necessary to balance the Medicaid budget. With the release of a white paper, available by clicking here, and in a phone call to provider groups, the administration found a way to balance the Medicaid budget. Hospitals are bearing the brunt, with $1 billion cut over the two years. Another $252 million will be saved using a variety of financing changes, such as synchronizing fee for service and Medicare managed care payments. SNF funding will still be capped over the biennium with possible rate reductions if expenditures are projected to exceed the cap.
Admin reaffirms MLTSS delayed until next governor
The administration made it clear that MLTSS will not be implemented until the next governor. In a phone call with stakeholders this week, OHT director Moody noted that they will work through the process outlined in a temporary law section of H.B. 49 that creates a study committee to issue a report by December 31, 2018. The decision to move forward with MLTSS will be left to the next administration. Both House and Senate spokespeople have indicated that they plan on moving forward with the committee. The committee will be co-chaired by a member from each chamber and consists of a variety of stakeholders, including The Academy.
New survey process, Phase 2 of COP, and more at the Fall Conference!
We are putting together another great agenda for the 2017 ASHS/OANAC Fall Conference. The conference is October 26 and 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Here are just a few of the topics to be covered:
Registration is now open! Click here to register online. Earn up to 13 BELTSS CEUs (ASHS-74-P-17) for as little as $229. These rates won't last forever, so register today!
- Phase 2 of the new CMS conditions of participation requirements
- The new survey process
- Update on Medicaid and Federal reimbursement
- Elder care planning
- ODM exception reviews
- Medicaid Policy Update
- And more!
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