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
ODM releases SNF FPF rate  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid has released the SNF Franchise Permit Fee (FPF) rate for SFY 2017:
200+ beds = $9.02
200 beds or less = $12.44

OANAC/ASHS free webinar on upcoming MDS changes —  The Academy, in partnership with OANAC, will be offering a webinar on the upcoming changes to the MDS 3.0. The MDS 3.0 changes will be effective October 1, 2016. The webinar is free to OANAC and Academy members.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016
    MDS 3.0 Update webinar: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Cost: Free to OANAC/ASHS members; $20 for non-members

ODM provides info on specialized services in SNFs  —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid has provided The Academy with more information on their plans to begin allowing specialized services for the mentally ill in nursing homes. The most significant issue is the definition of both specialized services and institutions for mental disease (IMDs). Ohio has a broad definition of specialized services that impacts what it means to be an IMD. Services provided in an IMD are not eligible for federal matching funds. Currently, nursing homes that provide specialized services run a high risk of being considered an IMD as Ohio's rules are written. ODM is aware of this issue and understands it is going to take substantial rule changes to allow specialized services to be provided in nursing homes. The policy is part of a larger redesign of the mental health system being done by the state Mental Health and Addiction Services agency. ODM has said the process to incorporate specialized services in nursing homes may take a year or longer; ODM will include stakeholders from the industry, including The Academy, as they move forward with defining and implementing the policy.

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