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Mandatory EVV Beginning in August for Phase II Services, ODM Offers Their Assistance

Beginning August 5, Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) will be mandatory for Phase II services in Ohio.


Brod Testifies on HB 166 Budget Bill

This week, LeadingAge Ohio President and CEO Kathryn Brod testified before the House Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on HB 166, the biennial budget bill.


ODM Delays EVV Claims Implementation

On Friday, Feb 8th, LeadingAge Ohio along with other provider associations were invited to meet at the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) with Director Maureen Corcoran and the EVV (Electronic Visit Verification) team to hear an update on the Phase 1 EVV implementation and express concerns providers are experiencing with the implementation.


Hospice Billing Room and Board Services for the Date of Discharge or Revocation

LeadingAge Ohio has been contacted by several hospices in the past few days asking who should be billing room and board for the date of discharge or revocation for a patient in a nursing facility. LeadingAge Ohio reached out to the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) regarding this issue and their response is as follows. 


Hospice to Receive 1.8% Payment Update

On August 6, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update final rule.


CMS Finalizes 2019 SNF Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released for public inspection the fiscal year (FY) 2019 skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system final rule on July 31, 2018.


ODM Seeks 3 Year Extension for MyCare Ohio

At the Managed Long-Term Service and Supports (MLTSS) Study Committee on Thursday, July 12, Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Director Barbara Sears told members of the committee of ODM’s plan to submit a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a three-year extension of the MyCare Ohio program.  The announcement followed the testimony of a number of consumers who have benefitted from the care coordination provided by MyCare.

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Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod


  • Is the association's primary spokesperson
  • Oversees staff and daily operations
  • Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
  • Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
  • Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors
  • Staff liaison to Human Resources Committee

Patrick Schwartz

Patrick Schwartz

Director of Strategic Communications

  • Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
  • Oversees digital strategy, including websites, e-newsletters and social media channels
  • Provides strategic direction for communicating organizational goals and achievements to members, partners, policy makers and the media
  • Serves as primary contact for media inquiries

Susan Wallace, MSW, LSW

Susan Wallace

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs

  • Primary contact for policy priority development, advocacy and legislative affairs
  • Liaison to Advocacy Committee, Home Health, Hospice & HCBS Subcommittee
  • Responsible for newsletter content generation and compilation
Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.