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
Medicaid eligibility change updated information; roll-out problems  —  As noted in an Academy Update earlier this week, ODM has released more question and answers regarding QITs and eligiblity. You can view the updated document by clicking here. ODM continues to review questions submitted by the associations and we are waiting responses. These include questions related to the AL waiver, COLA income changes, and the eligibility process. The final training session for the eligibility process is will be Monday, August 8th: The initial roll-out has has some issues. ODM reported 5,500 ICF/ID people and several hundred SNF residents did not get automatically enrolled in Ohio Benefits. ODM is manually entering these people into the system. There have also been reports of PAAs not being prepared for the 9401s. Furthermore, some counties have a significant backlog of 9401s that were not processed as of 8/1/2016. Providers are supposed to resubmit those 9401s under the new process (i.e. to the PAAs or ODM as appropriate). The Academy, along with the other associations, have requested that ODM direct the CDJFSs to forward the old 9401s to the PAA or ODM for processing. We are currently awaiting a response form ODM.

Are you experiencing issues with the new Medicaid eligibility process or QITs? . Please let us know by sending us a message.

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ODM set to move forward with Medicaid high-needs rate add-on  —  The Academy has been working with the Ohio Department of Medicaid for over 18 months on developing a means to provide higher rates to individuals in nursing homes that have high-needs, including vent dependent residents. The work is finally paying off as ODM is working on a rate add-on to facilities that are currently providing services to individuals in the ES3 RUGs category that meet certain criteria. The current proposal is to bring the average Medicaid FFS rate up to 60% of the LTACH rate, or just under $600 a day. There will also be specific provider criteria to be a part of the program. We'll provide more details as we work with the department on these details.

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