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
ODM releases FPF FY2016 rate  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid released the FPF rates for FY 2016. Per ODM, the franchise permit fee rate for FY16 for all licensed beds is $12.05 and any certified beds in excess of 200 will receive a discounted rate of $9.60. Assessment notices will be mailed on October 1.

Medicaid ends year $1.9 billion in the black  —  The Medicaid program ended SFY 2015 $1.9 billion below estimated expenditures. According to the Office of Health Transformation (OHT), the underage was due to enrollment numbers. More individuals were enrolled in the expansion population; however, less people were enrolled in traditional Medicaid. OHT cites the improving economy and a more accurate eligibility system that captures individual's income changes.

CMS questions Ohio's transition plan to new HCBS regulations  —  CMS has responded to Ohio's transition plan to make the sate compliant with new HCBS regulations. CMS created rules that better define HCBS and have allowed states to create a transition plan to show how they would move over several years towards compliance. The new rules have raised concerns over community access and the physical location of HCBS. (For example, an RCF in the same building as a SNF.) CMS's initial response (available here) to Ohio's plan raised several questions. CMS had concerns over assessments, monitoring, relocation and "heightened scrutiny" for locations that may or may not meet the new HCBS regulations. CMS also has concerns over the timeline Ohio has set to transition as the plan calls for the state assessment to be completed by 2017. Please see the response for more details.

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