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
MyCare Ohio: Passive enrollment effective Jan 1, 2015  –  MyCare Ohio Medicaid only individuals or newly eligible MyCare Ohio beneficiaries have been enrolled in the Medicare benefit with an effective date of Jan 1, 2015. Individuals that choose not to partake in the Medicare benefit of MyCare have three methods to opt-out: calling the Medicaid Hotline (800-324-8680), online via the portal, or filling out and mailing/faxing a paper form (county specific - choose the county and click on the "paper enrollment form" link). Beneficiaries currently enrolled in MyCare, either fully for Medicaid and Medicare or Medicaid only, can also switch to a different plan using the aforementioned methods. Only the individual or a fully authorized representative can select who their payer for services will be. It should be noted that the health plans have indicated that shared savings arrangements are facilitated for providers serving dually enrolled beneficiaries. The Academy is working with the plans on the impact the transition of individuals into the dual benefit will have on providers. If the individual is currently in MyCare as Medicaid only, there should be little change in processes with the addition of the Medicare benefit. Providers will have to acquire prior authorizations for services, including skilled services. We will have plan specific information as it becomes available.

ODM provides guidance on medication pass quality measure  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid has provided guidance on the medication pass quality measure. At issues was the conflicting language in statute around the use of medication carts. The definition focuses on a person centered approach to medication distribution, while the quality point excludes medication carts. The clarification notes that the intent is around a patient centered approach and provides several references.

DODD to hold forums on federal HCBS rules; ODM to follow  —  The Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) will be holding public forums to discuss Ohio's plan to transition to the new federal HCBS rules that can impact IID waiver providers:
Join members of the DODD CMS Transition Plan Committee to learn more about the new rule from the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and what the state is doing to ensure we're in compliance. Below is the latest schedule.

  • Tuesday, December 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    West Toledo Public Library, 1320 Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, 43612
  • Thursday, December 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Goodwill Columbus, 1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, 43212
  • Tuesday, January 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Athens County Board - Beacon School, 801 West Union Street, Athens, 45701
  • Thursday, January 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    ESC Conference Center, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd. South, Independence, 44131
  • Saturday, January 10, 10:00 a.m.-noon
    Hamilton County Board - Beckman Adult Center, 2600 Civic Center Drive, Cincinnati, 45231
More information is available in this flyer.
The Ohio Department of Medicaid will be holding a public comment period most likely in January. The latest information is available here in PowerPoint format.
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