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: ODM provides clarification on NOMNC  –  The Ohio Department of Medicaid provided The Academy with guidance on the issuing of the Notices of Medicare Non-Coverage. The Academy approached the administration after members expressed concerns over the lack of consistency between the MyCare plans' policies regarding NOMNCs. The guidance essentially follows the MA requirements in that providers have to deliver the letters. It also provides clarification that a NOMNC is not necessary if the payer changes but the service level does not. A NOMNC is also not required if a benefit is exhausted. Please see the guidance document for more information.

ODM to pay first SNF quality bonus  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid notified The Academy that they have calculated the quality bonus payment as required under ORC 5165.26. The bonus payment is comprised of any remaining funds after the quality payment has been made. It is distributed to facilities if they earned two quality points in the clinical measures and more than 5 quality points in total. If all providers receive the full quality payment, there are no funds remaining for the quality bonus. Because the majority of providers received the quality payment, only a limited amount of funds are available. According to ODM, the average bonus is $370.99 for the 2014 bonus and $784.79 for the 2015 bonus. The payments will be made on two separate occasions. The 2014 bonus payment is scheduled for 4/15/2015 and a notice on the remittance advice will read "Please note that the payment you have received this week is for the Quality Bonus for SFY 2014 in accordance with ORC 5165.26."

Fill-out the ODM online quality survey to earn quality points  —  SNF providers are reminded to fill-out the ODM online quality survey to ensure they earn the maximum possible quality incentive points. The quality incentive points are used to determine eligibility for any quality payment or bonus. You can access the survey tool here and read the instructions here. Currently, any changes made to the quality measures and payment method during the budget process will be effective for state fiscal 2017 (July 1, 2016). So please don't take any chances expecting changes for next fiscal year, fill-out the survey!

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