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|
Senate passes budget; conference committee up next
The Ohio Senate passed H.B. 64, or the budget bill, this week. Debate on the bill focused on taxes, with Republicans supporting a 6.5% reduction in income taxes and changes to business taxes. The latter includes eliminating taxes for business with revenues below $250,000 and a flat 3% tax for those above that threshold. Long-term services and supports issues were left out of the debate, as those issues were addressed in Finance committee. The bill now heads to Conference Committee (Senators Oelslager, Coley, and Skindell; Representatives Smith, Schuring, and Driehaus). Conference committee members will be tasked with creating the final version of the bill that will eventually land on the Governor's desk. Conferees were informed this week of about $200 million additional funds per fiscal year, mostly because are up. The conferees are expected to finish their work next week.
Academy and OANAC to collaborate on education events
The Academy of Senior Health Sciences and the Ohio Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (OANAC) have agreed to collaborate on educational events that will benefit both memberships. The idea originated when The Academy and the OANAC conferences were held at the same location and time last year. Some OANAC members were wondering about and wandering around the Academy event and Academy members weren't immune to being curious of what OANAC was presenting. While OANAC is focused on MDS nursing topics and The Academy on nursing home administration issues, the organizations agreed that many topics overlap. Members of both organizations would benefit by being able to attend all sessions and coordinating activities may permit this to occur. The planning for the collaborative events will be a team effort; however, The Academy remains the sole sponsor of BELTSS continuing education credits and will be responsible for ensuring any CEs offered at an event meet BELTSS criteria. BELTSS CEUs are accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The 2015 ASHS/OANAC Fall Conference is slated for October 22 and 23 in Columbus, Ohio. The organizations are also working together on ICD-10 training in August. More details on these events are forthcoming.
About seven years ago, The Academy transitioned to a paperless conference. Attendees were able to download the presentations from a flash drive or from the Academy's website. That is sooooo turn of the millennia. We are once again moving with the times. The Academy will be using an application called "Whova" at the 2015 ASHS/OANAC Fall Conference, October 22 and 23 in Columbus. Whova is a conference networking application that will allow attendees to:
We think Whova will enhance the attendee experience. We know change can be difficult, but we think this change will be for the better. [Want to sponsor our app? Then order online here or contact the Academy.]
- View the conference agenda and create their own,
- View and download presentations,
- View presenter bios,
- Book hotels and get directions,
- Rate presenters,
- Share messages and network with other attendees, and
- View sponsors and exhibiter information.
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