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
End of PHE means end of most waivers  —  The public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 will end on Thursday, May 11. The end of the PHE signals the end of most of the waivers that were implemented under the authority granted because of the PHE. This includes the end of the 3-day hospital stay waiver, PASRR waiver, reporting requirements, and emergency preparedness. Furthermore, CMS will be changing the employee vaccination requirement. Please see QSO-13-23-ALL by clicking here for additional detailed information include other waivers and flexibilities. A more expansive list of resources regarding the end of the PHE is available from CMS by clicking here and from IPRO by clicking here. We recommend reviewing this information in preparation for the end of the PHE.

April tax revenues remain solid  —  The Office of Budget and Management released preliminary revenue estimates for April. While overall tax revenues were slightly lower than expected for the month, OBM noted that a significant part of the underage was because some income tax was processed in May instead of April. Ohio continues to be in solid financial shape heading into the last two months of the fiscal year.

ODA issues RFP to expand PACE  —  The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) recently announced the publication of a request for proposal (RFP) to expand the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to several new locations across Ohio, including Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery, Lorain, Lucas, and Summit counties. Additionally, the department is seeking proposals to expand PACE to serve a rural area in Ohio. Interested parties may obtain instructions on how to access the procurement portal and access the request for proposal through OhioBuys: Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Expansion (SRC0000007632) - Lot : 1 / Round : 1: Ohio Buys. PACE is an innovative care model that helps people ages 55 and older who meet a nursing facility-based level of care receive the services and support they need to remain in their homes instead of a nursing facility. The program provides participants with:

  • The full spectrum of care covered by Medicare and Medicaid, including preventive, acute, and long-term care.
  • An interdisciplinary team – including physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, recreation therapists, and more – to provide comprehensive and coordinated care.
  • Access to a PACE Center, where individuals can receive medical care, meet with their care team, participate in social activities, and receive other PACE services.
  • Services such as transportation to the PACE site, adult day primary care, physical and occupational therapy, laboratory and x-ray services, prescription drugs, home care, hospital care, and more.
$50 million of funding for the expansion of PACE was included in H.B. 45.
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