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
ODH creating training for SNFs  —  The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is in the process of creating training and other information sessions for nursing homes. ODH's MDS training is up and running again with the hiring of a new MDS/RAI Coordinator. The first training is scheduled for December 10. More information about the MDS training is available on their website or by downloading this PDF. ODH is also planning on creating training targeted at the most prevalent survey citations. The first phase will be informational sessions held at various locations throughout the state that are for all providers. The second phase will be more targeted sessions that will focus on specific citations. ODH is still discussing the best method to reach those facilities that will benefit most from the training. It will not be facility specific training, but more likely regional sessions. The training is expected to begin in 2016.

LOTISS training delayed; no set "go live" date —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) continues to perform internal testing on the online LOTISS system. LOTISS will be the online system that SNF providers can fill-out the Long-Term Care Questionnaire and request a LOC. ODM anticipates they will finish their testing of the system within the next month and move on to testing with the providers in early January. While ODM has not committed to a "go live" date for LOTISS, the plan is to have the system up and running by July 1, 2016 or sooner. ODM will be providing a variety of resources, from webinars to "train the trainer" sessions, as the launch date nears.

HENs can be used for form ODM 3622 also  —  Providers are reminded that HENs should be used not only for PASRR hospital exemptions, form ODM 7000, but it should also be used for the general form, ODM 3622. Spread the word when possible!

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