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
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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
State Budget: Medicaid panel testifies before House Finance  –  Governor Kasich's administrative team of the Directors of Medicaid, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health and Drug Addiction Services, Jobs and Family Services, Aging, and Office of Health Transformation presented Medicaid testimony on H.B. 64 before the full House Finance Committee this week. Office of Health Transformation Director Greg Moody led the testimony. There were few surprises in the slides presented to the committee members. Dir. Moody noted that $61 million was being added to the SNF budget and the quality incentive structure would change. He also noted that the rate would be removed from statute "because that is what we do every two years." Committee members' questions focused mainly on Medicaid expansion, redeterminations of eligibility, removal of independent home care providers, coinsurance charges and Medicaid financing. Slides from the testimony are available here.

State Budget: H.B. 64 introduced this week  —  The state fiscal year 2016-17 biennial budget has a name: House Bill 64. Per tradition, the bill was introduced in the House with the Finance Committee chair, Rep. Smith, as the sponsor. The current schedule calls for the bill to be in sub committees from February 19 to March 19. The substitute bill will be introduced April 14, with the House Finance voting on the bill by April 21. The House will then hold the floor vote April 23. The Senate is scheduled to finish June 10. Conference Committee will meet the week of June 15 and the final votes to pass HB 64 are scheduled for the week of June 24. This schedule will most likely change as the bill moves through the legislative process. The Academy is currently analyzing the bill and will release more information later next week.

DODD announces closure of two more state facilities  —  The Department of Developmental Disabilities has announced plans to close the state run Montgomery and Youngstown Developmental Centers by June of 2017. According to Director Martin: "The decision to close two DCs was not made easily, and much thought was given to selecting which centers to close. Because the number of people living in state-operated DCs has declined by more than 40 percent during the last eight years -- and will continue to decrease by about 90 people each year -- it no longer makes sense to continue operating ten centers." There are no plans to close the other eight facilities at this time

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