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 releases final CON bed need results; apply this July  —  The Ohio Department of Health has released the final county SNF bed need calculations. The formula is used to determine how licensed SNF beds can move between counties using the Certificate of Need process. According to ODH, there were no significant changes in terms of the results from the previous estimates reported in The Weekly. The results have 7 counties that meet the bed need standards and 21 counties that meet the excess bed standards. CON applications for capacity increases based on the inter-county relocation of beds may be subject to comparative review and will be accepted by the Ohio Department of Health only from July 1, 2016 through July 30, 2016. Please click here for more information on CON and the bed need formula. You can download the bed need by county from ODH by clicking here.

ODM releases list of AL facilitates that are presumed to not meet new HCBS waiver requirements  —  New federal HCBS waiver requirements changed the definition of what it means to live in the community. ODM, along with ODA, have updated the state rules to meet these new requirements. To ensure the settings where individuals live and/or receive Medicaid HCBS services are compliant with the federal HCBS settings regulation and new OAC rule 5160-44-01, to be adopted 7/1/2016, the State conducted a review of existing regulations and an analysis of paid HCBS and institutional claims delivered from the address. This analysis resulted in current providers being assigned a Category of Compliance: Category B - Settings that currently do not meet but may with modifications; and Category C - Settings presumed to have the effect of isolating individuals. A list of AL Category B can be downloaded here. A list of AL Category C can be downloaded here. ODM mailed providers a letter last week indicating which Category of Compliance they are currently presumed to be under. The letter also directs them to conduct a self-assessment of their setting, using the form ODM 10172. (The form can be downloaded here.) ODM and ODA have also created training on how to use the form and perform the self assessment. The training modules are available by clicking here.

ODA encourages use of HENS —  In December 2014, PASRR submitters were permitted to begin submitting the ODM 3622 (PASRR Identification Form) via an electronic system called the Hospital Exemption Notification System (HENS), a secure web-based system maintained by the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA). Using the HENS 2.0 system to submit the ODM 3622 allows for the form to be sent electronically to the appropriate entities. As a means of improving efficiency with the PASRR process, ODM, OhioMHAS, DODD, ODA and ODH are encouraging all Ohio hospitals and nursing facilities to utilize HENS 2.0 when submitting any ODM 3622 for processing. You can download a memorandum, by clicking here, from the Ohio Department of Medicaid with the purpose of encouraging the use of HENS 2.0 for submission of the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) Identification Form (ODM 3622).

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