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
HB 49: House caps SNF spending, removes PA1/2 changes  —  As reported earlier this week, the House made its final changes to H.B. 49, "The Budget Bill." In an omnibus amendment, the House removed the rate reductions and changes to PA1/2 in the case mix score and instead imposed a cap on SNF spending. If spending exceeds the cap level, rate reductions will occur in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year. While the cap amount included $100 million of the administration's reductions, it is still $135 million below baseline levels. The idea is that the baseline level was over estimated and that spending will not exceed the cap. The bill now moves on to the Senate where hearing are being held. The Senate is expected to pass the bill in early June.

State revenues lower than expected by $160 million —  Ohio's revenue woes continued into April as state revenues were $160 million below expected levels. This is in addition to the $400 million decline reported earlier by OBM Director Keen. The House reduced the budget by around $350 million, leaving the Senate to handle what is now estimated to be about a $200 million per year short fall. The Senate is prepared to make further cuts and changes, although it is uncertain at this time how they will impact Medicaid. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

ODM releases quarterly reporting form for vent units —  The Ohio Department of Medicaid has released the reporting spreadsheet to be used by facilities participating in the enhanced payment program for vent residents. The spreadsheet can be downloaded by clicking here. The first reportable quarter for the vent program is the second calendar quarter of this year (April to June). The report is due July 25, 2017.

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