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
SNF July 1, 2016 Medicaid rates still unclear  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid met with The Academy and other representatives to discuss upcoming changes to the Medicaid rate that will impact the July 1, 2016 rate. As noted in The Academy update earlier this week, answers still remain elusive. The only outcome that occurred with some certainty is that the 2014 cost report data will be used to determine the new prices. Medicaid continues to work with their consultants on determining the case mix scores and prices under the different RUGs-IV categories. They will share their results with The Academy once available, which is expected to be next week. Our Reimbursement Committee will continue to evaluate the numbers and determine the impact at the facility level.

Medicaid is also supposed to provide their proposed thresholds for the quality measures along with a more objective definition of utilizing the PELI tool. We hope to have this information also sometime by the end of next week. Our Reimbursement Committee will continue to evaluate the numbers and quality criteria to determine the impact at the facility level. We will be meeting again with Medicaid the week of October 13 to finalize the SFY 2017 rate calculations.

ICF pre-admission screening to start Sept. 29  —  A change to the Ohio Revised Code designed to ensure individuals considering moving into a large Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) and their families are aware of their options goes into effect September 29.

Admissions as Resident in an ICF/IID in Peer Group 1, (O.R.C. Section 5124.68) requires that County Boards complete a new pre-admission counseling process with an individual who is considering moving into a large ICF (nine or more beds). The process is designed to ensure individuals and families are aware of all of their options, and to support individuals and families in making informed choices. It does not prevent an individual who wants to move to an ICF from doing so the final decision about where to live is up to the individual, parent or guardian.

The pre-admission counseling process:

  • Only applies when individuals are seeking a new admission to a large ICF (nine or more beds)
  • Is not required for individuals transferring from one ICF to another, including transfers from a state-operated Developmental Center
  • Is not required for a person seeking admission to an ICF with eight or fewer beds
  • Is initiated when a large ICF has a current vacancy or anticipates a vacancy within the next six months.
Representatives from County Boards, ICFs, and DODD are in the final stages of creating the process and supporting tools, including a pre-admission referral counseling form, guidance document, process flow chart, and a brief training video. These tools will be posted on the training page of the DODD website. (Source: DODD Pipeline, 9/16/2015)

Discount hotel rates for conference end Monday!  —  The ASHS/OANAC Fall Conference may be a month away, October 22 and 23 at the Quest Center in Columbus, but the discounted hotel rates end on Monday! Even if you have not registered yet, you might want to secure a room at one of the hotels we have discounts for:

  • Four Points by Sheraton POLARIS: (614) 844-5888 Code: AJ21AA
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And remember, register by October 2 for the lowest registration rates - $229 for ASHS members. Click here to register online - it's fast and easy! And you can see all of the important topics we will be covering by viewing the current agenda here. See you at the conference!
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