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07/31/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, July 31, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, July 31 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/29/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, July 29 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/27/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, July 27, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, July 27 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/23/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, July 23 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/22/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, July 22 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/20/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, July 20, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, July 20 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/17/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, July 17, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, July 17 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/15/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, July 15 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/12/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, July 13, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, July 13 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/10/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, July 10, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, July 10 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/08/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, July 8 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/06/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, July 6, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, July 6 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/01/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, July 1 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/29/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, June 29, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, June 29 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/25/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, June 25 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/24/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, June 24 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/22/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, June 22, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, June 22 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/19/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, June 19, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, June 19 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/17/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, June 17 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/15/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, June 15, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, June 15 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/12/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, June 12, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, June 12 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/10/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, June 10 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/08/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, June 8, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, June 8 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/04/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, June 4 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/03/2020

Reminder - All-member Call Tomorrow

LeadingAge Ohio is holding an all-member COVID-19 update call tomorrow, Thursday, June 4 at 10:30 am.

06/02/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, June 2 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/01/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, June 1, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, June 1 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/29/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, May 29, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, May 29 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/27/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, May 27 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/26/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, May 26 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/20/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, May 20 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/18/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, May 19 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/15/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, May 15, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, May 15 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/13/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, May 13 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/11/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, May 11, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, May 11 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/08/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, May 8, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, May 8 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/07/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, May 7 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/06/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, May 6 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/05/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, May 5 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/04/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, May 4, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, May 4 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/01/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, May 1, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, May 1 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/30/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, April 30 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/29/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, April 29 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/28/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, April 28 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/27/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, April 27, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, April 27 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/24/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, April 24, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, April 24 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/23/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, April 23 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/22/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, April 22 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/21/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, April 21 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/20/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, April 20, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, April 20 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/17/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report:Friday, April 17, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, April 17 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/16/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, April 16 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/15/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, April 15 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/14/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report:Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, April 14 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/13/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, April 13, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, April 13 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/10/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, April 10, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, April 10 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/09/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, April 9 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/08/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, April 8 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/07/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, April 7 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/06/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, April 6, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, April 6 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/04/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Saturday, April 4 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/03/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, April 3. 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, April 3 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/01/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Nurse Aide Certifications, Ventilator Reporting

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, April 1 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/31/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Waiver Assistance Arrives for NF, Home Health, and Hospice

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, March 31 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/30/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Battelle to Sterilize PPE, Helpful Toolkits

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, March 30 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/26/2020

Today's COVID-19 Alert: CDC Releases New Guidance, PPE Burn Rate Calculator

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, March 26 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/25/2020

Today's COVID-19 Alert: Coronavirus Relief Bills Moving

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, March 25 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note the information related to an all-member call on tomorrow.

03/24/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Moving up the Curve

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Tuesday, March 24 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/23/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Stay at Home Order Signed

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Monday, March 23 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/21/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Everyday Heroes, Adult Day and Senior Centers to Close 

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Saturday, March 20 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/19/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Congress Passes 'Families First Coronavirus Response Act'

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, March 19 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/18/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Exception Reviews on Hold, Nonessential Surgeries Canceled

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday morning, March 18 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/16/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: More Businesses to Close, Primary Election Delayed

Here are the latest need-to-know updates from Monday afternoon, March 16 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

03/16/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Restaurant Ban Means Stop All Congregate Dining

Here are the latest need-to-know updates from the weekend as of Monday morning, March 16 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/14/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: CMS Total Visitor Restrictions, End-of-Life Care Exempted 

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Saturday, March 14, 2020 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/13/2020

Letter from Kathryn Brod, Late Day Updates

Kathryn Brod shares a letter to all members, and LeadingAge Ohio shares a few breaking late day updates regarding COVID-19. Most notably, President Trump and CMS Administrator Seema Verma declared a total ban on nursing home visitation, except in end-of-life situations, and plan to waive provisions requiring a 3 day hospital stay before admission to a nursing home. 

03/13/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: FAQ Document Available, ODH Issues New Guidance

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, March 13, 2020 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/12/2020

Today’s COVID-19 Report: Nursing Homes Limit Visitation, DeWine Closes K12

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Thursday, March 12, 2020 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/11/2020

CMS Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Home Health

On Tuesday, March 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance on how home health agencies should detect, screen for and manage cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

03/11/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: New Case in Northeast Ohio, DeWine Limits NF Visits

Governor DeWine held a press conference today at 2 p.m. where he announced that another patient has tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus.

03/11/2020

CMS Releases Hospice Memo on COVID-19

Late Monday night, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided guidance for hospice agencies on COVID-19.

03/11/2020

NHPCO Asks White House for Regulatory Relief to Respond to COVID-19

In a letter sent to the White House on Tuesday, the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization asked that hospices be included in any 1135 blanket waiver issued, which would provide regulatory flexibility in the event of a National Disaster being declared.

03/11/2020

What to Do with Suspected COVID-19 Cases

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has been in near-contiuous conversation with LeadingAge Ohio over recent weeks regarding their detection and monitoring of COVID-19 cases statewide.

03/11/2020

DeWine Convenes Long-term Care Providers

In a follow-up to an in-person meeting the Governor’s office convened last Friday with long-term care providers, Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Dr. Amy Acton held a press conference on Tuesday, March 10, where Governor DeWine outlined recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio, including barring spectators from indoor sporting and spectator events, encouraging faith leaders to limit gatherings, and requesting higher education be moved to online platforms, to the extent possible.

03/11/2020

LaRose Relocates Polling Places in Senior Living Communities

Mentioned during the Governor's press conference and again in a recorded statement on Monday, Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that Ohio’s polling places located in nursing facilities and senior living communities would be relocated for the March 17 primary election next week.

03/11/2020

CMS Memo Expanded to Include Guidance on Safe Visitation, PPE Use in Nursing Homes

Late on Monday night, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updates to a memo regarding steps nursing homes should take to limit transmission to and within their communities.

03/11/2020

NAHC Offers Public Coronavirus Resources for Home Care & Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has shared a number of new tools for home care and hospice agencies working to identify, prevent and/or manage the transmission of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, within their communities.

03/11/2020

Congress Responds to COVID-19 Threat with Funding, Telehealth

Late last week, both Houses of Congress have cleared an $8.3 billion emergency spending package to address anticipated needs surrounding COVID-19, including funding for vaccine research, disease treatment and medical supplies.

03/11/2020

2020 LeadingAge Ohio Awards Program Nominations Now Open

Each year the LeadingAge Ohio awards program celebrates those members who are focused on quality, mission-driven service in our sector.

03/10/2020

Today’s COVID-19 Report: CMS & Ohio Respond 

A collection of today's stories and reports on COVID-19 in Ohio.

03/09/2020

First Cases of COVID-19 Announced in Ohio, Long-term Care Polling Locations Moving

Today Governor Mike DeWine announced that three cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, have been reported in Ohio. These are the first cases of the disease reported in Ohio.

03/05/2020

White House Directs Survey Agencies to Support Nursing Homes in COVID-19 Prevention

Yesterday the White House announced changes to nursing home survey practices in response to the mounting threat of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. The Trump Administration has expressed its desire for Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) surveyors to prioritize infection control in the wake of increasing numbers of Americans suffering from the disease.

03/04/2020

ODH Needs Facility Contact Information on COVID-19

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has released numerous COVID-19 bulletins in the last several weeks. In a recent bulletin sent to providers, ODH requested information on personal protective equipment (PPE) needs and also included the link to complete a survey on the topic. LeadingAge Ohio encourages members to check their inboxes to ensure they’ve responded promptly to ODH’s request. The survey link is provider-specific, so it must be accessed via the email sent directly to providers.

03/04/2020

Survey Tip of the Week: Infection Preventionist

Facilities are to designate one or more individuals responsible for the infection prevention and control program as infection preventionist.  This individual must: have primary professional training in nursing, medical technology, microbiology, epidemiology or related field; be qualified by education, training, experience or certification; work at least part time at the facility; and have completed specialized training in infection prevention and control.

03/04/2020

HB 509 to Expedite Assisted Living Inspection

At a hearing of the Ohio House Aging & Long-term Care Committee on February 20, Representative Fraizer (R-Newark) provided sponsor testimony on a bill that would allow residential care facilities (RCFs) who are undergoing a renovation to pay a fee to expedite the inspection conducted by the Department of Health as part of the licensure process. 

03/04/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Speaking Points – Message from LeadingAge Ohio President/CEO Kathryn Brod

LeadingAge Ohio’s number one concern is the wellness and safety of our members’ residents and employees. As our association and our membership continue to monitor the coronavirus situation, know that we have been in constant contact with our membership, appropriate federal and state agencies, and other healthcare providers. Speaking points have been prepared for members with nursing facilities and for home health and hospice members to use with residents, family members and staff.

03/04/2020

DoJ Announces National Nursing Home Initiative 

The following press release from the US Department of Justice outlines a new initiative to focus on poor-performing nursing homes nationwide, the latest in a series of punitive approaches adopted by federal oversight bodies. In late 2019, nursing homes with a history of abuse citations learned they would have a hand icon added to their nursing home compare registry.  

02/28/2020

PRESS RELEASE: Data Shows Many 4- and 5-Star Nursing Homes Closing in Ohio

COLUMBUS – As the number of older adults in Ohio continues to grow and the baby boomer generation ages into retirement, data released by LeadingAge, LeadingAge Ohio’s national affiliate, shows that both high- and low-quality nursing homes are closing at high rates. In Ohio, 44% of the nursing homes that closed their doors from 2015 to 2019 had been given a 4- or 5-star rating in the year before closure.

02/26/2020

Coronavirus: LeadingAge, ODH Offer Guidance

Amidst all the global coverage of the novel coronavirus, communities with sensitive populations need to keep an eye on prevention.

02/26/2020

Home Care Access for Seniors Would Increase Under New Bill

Reported by NAHC earlier this month, the Homecare for Seniors Act, a companion piece to legislation previously introduced in the U.S. House, has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

02/19/2020

Call to Action: FY21 Budget Presents Challenges

The President’s delivery of his HUD budget request to Congress on February 10 marks the start of the FY21 appropriations season.

02/19/2020

LeadingAge Ohio Members Not Among NF’s with Money Takebacks from Exception Reviews

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced that 15 nursing facilities will have financial penalties as a result of unfavorable findings during the latest round of MDS exception reviews.

02/19/2020

Must Read: ODM Provider Association Meeting Yields Multiple Action Items

Last week LeadingAge Ohio participated in the monthly Provider Association meeting with Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM).

02/19/2020

ODM Reports on Eligibility Backlog at Monthly Meeting

At a February meeting with the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), representatives from ODM reported that the number of Medicaid pending cases beyond 45 days is down to 8,399 pending cases.

02/19/2020

ODM Offers Chance to Comment on Waiver Amendments

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) has asked LeadingAge Ohio for assistance in reaching individuals, including those who do not have access to computers, about an announcement of the opportunity to comment on proposed amendments to the MyCare Ohio, Ohio Home Care, Assisted Living and PASSPORT waivers.

02/12/2020

PDGM National Summit Coming to Ohio April 7

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) chose Ohio as one of only 12 states to host one-day intensive summits across the country, from March 30 through April 14.

02/12/2020

Hospice Veterans Partnership Discusses VA Benefits, Small Grants: Ohio opportunity deadline March 1

The Hospice Veteran Partnership of Ohio (HVP) held their first conference call of the year on February 5.

02/12/2020

House Version of Hospice Bill Marked Up This Week

As anticipated, key members of the House Ways & Means Committee (Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and Tom Reed (R-NY)) introduced legislation this week to address concerns regarding hospice compliance with quality and safety standards under the Hospice Conditions of Participation.

02/12/2020

Ohio Launches Cancer Drug Take Back Program

A recent article highlighted a new program being pioneered by the James Cancer Hospital in which cancer patients were being permitted to return oral oncology medications, provided the original packaging is intact and the patient signs a donor release form.

02/12/2020

The Older American’s Act Reauthorization Will Support Older Adults Across The Country

The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical programs and activities that help people remain in their home and communities for as long as possible.

02/12/2020

LeadingAge Ohio Members Awarded New Affordable Senior Housing Funding

Following years of advocacy efforts at the national level to renew funding for Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, LeadingAge and LeadingAge Ohio are pleased to share exciting news from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

02/11/2020

LeadingAge Ohio Members Awarded New Affordable Senior Housing Funding

Following years of advocacy efforts at the national level to renew funding for Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, LeadingAge and LeadingAge Ohio are pleased to share exciting news from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For the first time in nearly a decade, HUD is awarding money to providers of 202 Housing for the Elderly Homes, with a new investment of $51 million. Of the 18 recipients nationwide, three are projects operated by LeadingAge Ohio members.

01/29/2020

Hospice Palmetto MACfest is coming to Ohio

On August 10-11, 2020 LeadingAge Ohio will be hosting the Palmetto MACfest for hospice providers at the Hilton at Easton in Columbus, Ohio.

01/22/2020

HUD Guidance Forthcoming on PRAC Rent Increases

LeadingAge Ohio has learned that, given the number of Section 202 communities with Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs) that requested larger rent increases to prepare for recapitalization in fiscal year 2019 (FY19), HUD plans to develop new guidance for HUD staff to evaluate these requests and prioritize those properties with the greatest need.

01/22/2020

ODM Overpayment Responses Due Within 30 days

At its monthly meeting with LeadingAge Ohio, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) provided an update that the 2017 and 2018 overpayment reports are anticipated to go out in May.

01/22/2020

Ohio Department of Health Issues Draft Amendments to Certificate of Need Rules

LeadingAge Ohio extends its thanks to Christine Kenney of partner firm Bricker & Eckler, who drafted the following article:

01/22/2020

Study: Only 57% of Falls with Injury Reported

A study conducted by Prachi Sanghavi, PhD and other colleagues at the University of Chicago found that falls with injury are underreported.

01/22/2020

CMS Shares NF Policies with LeadingAge

LeadingAge shared the results of their January call with the nursing home policy staff from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where they discussed updates on interpretive guidance, anticipated survey focus areas for 2020, and the phase-out of Section G, among other topics.

01/22/2020

LeadingAge Ohio Committees Convene for Full Day Advocacy Retreat

On Friday, January 17, members of four LeadingAge Ohio Committees, as well as the LeadingAge Ohio PAC Committee, convened in Columbus for a full-day retreat dedicated to developing LeadingAge Ohio’s policy agenda for 2020 and 2021.

01/15/2020

ODM Rule to Increase ALW, PASSPORT Rates

On Wednesday, January 8, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) filed rules which would increase rates among long-term services and supports waivers, according to funding set forth in HB 166, Ohio’s biennial budget bill.

01/15/2020

Significant Federal Audit Findings Among Inherited Medicaid 'Mess,' Director Says

LeadingAge Ohio members have long been sounding the alarm on problems with Ohio’s Medicaid eligibility determination processes.

01/15/2020

2020 LeadingAge Ohio Compensation Survey Set to Launch on February 10

Recruiting and retaining today’s top employees is a focus and constant challenge in this competitive marketplace.

01/08/2020

Mark Your Calendars for the 2020 Housing Happenings Webinar Series

With such a large number of affordable housing members within LeadingAge Ohio, LeadingAge Ohio chose to partner with LeadingAge Maryland to offer an educational teleconference series designed specifically for affordable housing professionals.

01/08/2020

ODM Shares Plans for January 1 NF Rates

As reported last week in a LeadingAge Ohio Action Alert, Ohio nursing facilities should be receiving rate packages from the Ohio Department of MEdicaid (ODM) this week detailing their reimbursement rates effective January 1.

01/08/2020

LeadingAge Ohio Names 2020 Leadership Academy Fellows

LeadingAge Ohio is pleased to announce the class of 2020 LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Academy fellows.

12/30/2019

Review Choice Demonstration: Guidance on Submitting Pre-Claim Review

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released long-awaited guidance confirming that home health agencies (HHAs) will need to submit a pre-claim review (PCR) for each 30-day billing period.

12/30/2019

ODM Releases Authorized Representative Tool at LeadingAge Ohio’s Urging

LeadingAge Ohio approached the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) about developing a tool for providers to share with residents about authorized representatives (AR) for Medicaid purposes and the role that nursing homes can play in assisting families through the Medicaid eligibility process.

12/18/2019

Deadline for Alpha Testing of HOPE Extended

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and contractor Abt Associates announced that the deadline for application to be part of the alpha testing for Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) has been extended.

12/18/2019

PAS/RR Transition on December 30

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) shared a reminder that effective December 30, 2019, all Preadmission Screening and Resident Review form (PASRR/ODM 3622) must be submitted electronically through the Healthcare Electronic Notification System (HENS).

12/12/2019

Home- and Community-based Services Rates Released, Fall Short of State Budget Numbers

On Tuesday of this week, the Ohio Department of Medicaid released proposed revisions to rules governing the reimbursement policy for the Ohio PASSPORT and Assisted Living waivers.

12/11/2019

Act Now: Some NFs to be Excluded from Quality Payment

In mid-July, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill that would boost payments to Ohio nursing homes by 2.4 percent in January 2020 via a quality incentive payment, and by an estimated 5 percent in July 2020.

12/11/2019

‘Aging 101’ Presentation Gives Members a Valuable Tool

Ohio is home to the sixth-largest population of older adults in the country.

12/04/2019

CMS Issues Two New Articles on PDGM

There are two new Medicare Learning Network (MLN) articles pertaining to the Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM).

12/04/2019

OIG Posts New Report on Hospice Aides

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has posted a new hospice report which examines RN supervision of hospice aides.

11/25/2019

PASRR Rule Affects Submission of the ODM 3622; ODM Announces Webinars

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), the Ohio Department of Developmental Disability (DODD) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) will be conducting three (3) webinars in December that will focus on the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) rule changes that will be effective December 30, 2019.

11/20/2019

CMS Issues Manual Updates Related to PDGM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Change Request (CR) 11527, which includes further updates to the Claims Processing Manual, chapter 10, related to the Patient Driven Grouper Model (PDGM).

11/20/2019

Hospice Care Improvement Act Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Ohio’s Rob Portman

U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the “Hospice Care Improvement Act of 2019” last Thursday, November 14.

11/20/2019

RFI on Rural and Underserved Community Health: Comments needed

Last week’s House Ways & Means Committee solicited input for the recently-formed Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force.

11/20/2019

U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Holds Hearing on Aging & Caregiver Issues

Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing specifically focused on the issues faced by aging Americans and their families.

11/20/2019

Medicaid Block Grant Guidance Announced, Withdrawn

Last week, Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the imminent release of highly-anticipated guidance allowing states to receive their federal share of Medicaid via block grants or per-capita caps.

11/13/2019

Phase 3 Guidance Included in Emergency Preparedness Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Long Term Care Requirements CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule document.

11/13/2019

ODM Shares Quality Measure Changes

Several changes included in HB 166, Ohio’s budget bill, modified the existing quality measures used to calculate the portion of the Medicaid base rate.

11/13/2019

New Alzheimer’s Task Force to Examine Assisted Living

Last week, Governor Dewine signed SB 24 into law, which would create the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Task Force, which would be charged with developing a state plan for dementia, to be submitted to the General Assembly no later than 18 months following the bill’s effective date.

11/13/2019

PASRR Rule Affects Submission of the ODM 3622

Attached is a memorandum from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) advising PASSPORT Administrative Agencies, Hospital Discharge Planners, Nursing Facilities, and the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities who are involved in receiving and processing Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) form (ODM 3622) of the upcoming PASRR rule changes affecting the submission of the ODM 3622.

11/13/2019

Next Week is Final Deadline for UNC Economic Impact Study

As noted previously in The Source, LeadingAge Ohio has partnered with the University of North Carolina, with assistance from Scripps Gerontology Center, to complete an Economic Impact Study.

11/06/2019

Hospice Timely Filing Update

The following message has been posted to the MITS portal and will also display on the remittance advice for all hospice providers:

11/06/2019

PCHETA Passes House: Thank Your Congressman

Last week, the PCHETA (Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 647)) was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the US House of Representatives.

11/06/2019

ODH Shares Plans for Hospice Choice, Pseudo-patients

LeadingAge Ohio met with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on October 30 and reviewed a number of updates related to non-long-term care, including:

11/06/2019

LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Academy Application Deadline Tomorrow, November 8

LeadingAge Ohio is committed to investing in our next generation of leaders through the LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Academy program.

10/31/2019

Emergency Preparedness: Important Steps for Preparation

LeadingAge Ohio hosted the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) for an emergency preparedness meeting on October 22.

10/31/2019

CMS Addresses Hand Icon, Phase III at LeadingAge Annual Meeting

Providers shouldn’t be focusing on the new Nursing Home Compare consumer alert icon, but rather should be concentrating on stopping abuse in long-term care facilities, said Evan Shulman, director of the division of nursing homes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at a session focused on nursing facility regulatory issues at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in San Diego.

10/31/2019

Reminder: Special Instructions for October Billing

As previously reported in The Source, the Department of Medicaid (ODM) has shared special instructions for October billing, which will require providers to bill two different rates on October claims: those for October 1-16, and another for October 17-31.

10/31/2019

No Guidance Forthcoming on Hospice Choice

In a meeting with Non-Long-term Care provider associations, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) shared its approach to a new resident right which was codified in HB 166, Ohio’s biennial budget bill.

10/23/2019

Home Health Agencies Reminded to Create Account, Credentials for New System

Staff from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) staff recently asked LeadingAge for assistance in reminding home health agencies to create an account and establish credentials for the new system.

10/16/2019

October Rates Anticipated from ODM

As reported in last week’s edition of The Source, in October, billers will need to include two items for nursing facility care on their monthly claims, reflecting two different rates for the month of October.

10/16/2019

Abuse Icon to Affect 46 Ohio Nursing Homes: Call To Action

In last week’s newsletter, LeadingAge Ohio alerted providers that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had announced that Nursing Home Compare would be updated in October to identify nursing homes with a history of abuse citations.

10/16/2019

CDC Updates Enhanced Barrier Precautions

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated guidance on precautions for residents with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO).

10/16/2019

LeadingAge Ohio to Host ODH for Emergency Preparedness and LSC

On October 22 from 10am-12:30pm, LeadingAge Ohio is hosting the Ohio Department of Health and other stakeholders for a meeting focused on emergency preparedness.

10/16/2019

Speaker Names Chairs For Health, Aging Committees

Last week, Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) appointed three new committee chairs following a series of member departures in recent months.

10/16/2019

The Source To Be Delayed One Day During Week of LeadingAge Annual Meeting

The LeadingAge Annual Conference will be held October 27-30, 2019 in San Diego, California.

10/09/2019

ODM Shares Special Instructions for October Nursing Facility (NF) Room and Board Services Billing

The Ohio Department of Medicaid shared a memo on October 4, which describes the anticipated rate-setting for Nursing Facility Room and Board services to take effect on October 17.

10/09/2019

MedPAC Contemplates Reform of Hospice Aggregate Cap

The original federal statute authorizing the Medicare Hospice Benefit created two caps on payments designed to control overall spending and increase the likelihood of savings through the use of hospice over curative care at the end of life.

10/09/2019

Hospice Choice Effective October 17

On October 17, the majority of policies contained in HB 166, Ohio’s biennial budget bill, will take effect.

10/09/2019

LeadingAge President/CEO Katie Smith Sloan Responds to Trump Administration Release on Nursing Home Transparency

LeadingAge President/CEO Katie Smith Sloan responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release on nursing home transparency with the following statement:

10/09/2019

Trump Administration to Enhance Transparency about NF Abuse and Neglect

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a major enhancement of the information available to nursing home residents, families, and caregivers on the Agency’s Nursing Home Compare website.

10/02/2019

ODA, ODM Announce PASSPORT, Assisted Living Waiver Rates

On a September 24 conference call, Ohio Director of Aging Ursel McElroy and Director of Medicaid Maureen Corcoran announced their intent to increase rates for Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) and PASSPORT personal care services rates by 3.25%.

09/30/2019

Press Release: LeadingAge Ohio Honors Members Receiving Employer of Choice Designation for Workforce Excellence

LeadingAge Ohio is proud to announce its members who have received an Employer of Choice designation through the 2019-2020 LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice program. 23 organizations statewide within LeadingAge Ohio’s over 400 members received a gold, silver, or bronze designation in this third year of the Employer of Choice program.

09/25/2019

CMS Open Door Forum Discusses PDGM, Authority to Sanction Providers, and More

The Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum held by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 18 covered a variety of issues pertaining to the home health and hospice industry.

09/25/2019

Physicians Should Still Sign DNR Orders Until Legislative Fix Complete

LeadingAge Ohio staff has been fielding multiple calls related to the September 1 update to Ohio’s Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form and rules.

09/25/2019

In-Demand Jobs Survey Offers Chance to Elevate Aging Services, Survey Closes September 30

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has launched an In-Demand Jobs Survey so that businesses can provide more insight to Ohio’s workforce needs.

09/25/2019

Town Hall Offered LeadingAge Ohio Members Unique Opportunity to Interact with ODM

Over 40 LeadingAge Ohio members joined the LeadingAge Ohio Town Hall conversation held on September 29 in conjunction with the Annual Trade Show and Conference.

09/18/2019

ODM Reports on Eligibility Backlog at Monthly Meeting

At its September meeting with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, representatives from ODM reported that the Medicaid pending numbers had shrunk to 20,000 pending cases beyond 45 days, down from nearly quadruple that number one year ago.

09/18/2019

Efforts to Educate Providers on Weapons Policy Underway

The LeadingAge Learning Hub is offering a webinar which will outline relevant 2nd Amendment, federal and state requirements that may impact a senior living community’s ability to restrict or ban weapons on campus.

09/18/2019

Free Training: Creating a Culture of Person-Directed Dementia Care

The Ohio Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and The Eden Alternative have collaborated on a grant project allowing Ohio nursing home providers, state surveyors and ombudsman to create well-being for those living with dementia and hone leadership skills.

09/18/2019

BFCC-QIO Memorandum of Agreement Compliance Audit

At the beginning of each BFCC-QIO contract cycle, healthcare providers that participate in Medicare are required to sign a MOA with Livanta.

09/18/2019

Updated Roadmap to Behavioral Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have updated the Roadmap to Behavioral Health.

09/18/2019

Pain Management: CDC Conversation Starters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new fact sheets for patients and physicians to encourage conversation around pain management options and risks of opioid medication use.

09/18/2019

ODH Meeting at LeadingAge Ohio October 22 - Members Encouraged to Attend!

LeadingAge Ohio will be hosting a meeting with the Ohio Department of Health on October 22 to focus on emergency preparedness and life safety code topics.

09/18/2019

Ohio Department of Health Releases 2019 State Health Assessment

This month, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) officially released its 2019 State Health Assessment.

09/18/2019

LeadingAge Ohio 2020 Membership Renewal to Launch Next Week

As you review your 2020 budget, don’t forget to include your membership dues with LeadingAge Ohio.

09/11/2019

CMS Releases Revised and Additional Instructions for Billing Under PDGM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Transmittal 4378/Change Request (CR) – Home Health (HH) Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) – Revised and Additional Manual Instructions.

09/11/2019

Hospice Room and Board Clarification – Working with Medicaid Managed Care Plans

Due to guidance Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) received from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), effective July 1, 2019 Medicaid Managed Care and MyCare Ohio plans were required to make room and board payments to hospice providers directly for individuals residing in a nursing facility.

09/11/2019

LeadingAge Ohio and Lorain County Community College Host Lt. Governor Husted, Chancellor Gardner, and Public Officials to Celebrate Apprenticeships

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner, and other public officials joined LeadingAge Ohio and Lorain County Community College (LCCC) at LCCC to unveil an apprenticeship pathway for STNAs and healthcare.

09/06/2019

LeadingAge Ohio Special E-Bulletin: 2019 Annual Conference Recap

LeadingAge Ohio welcomed over 600 attendees from across the state of Ohio last week for the 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show. This year’s theme, “What If”, sought to spark our imagination about what’s possible when we open our minds to dream big, without limits.

09/04/2019

‘Housing Happenings’ Calls Available to LeadingAge Ohio Members

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC have created a series of ‘Housing Happenings’ calls for housing operators across the country.

09/04/2019

HUD Releases 2020 Fair Market Rents

The US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recently released the 2020 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), which will become effective October 1, 2019 unless HUD receives a valid request for reevaluation of specific area FMRs.

09/04/2019

Good Shepherd Home’s Chris Widman Appointed to BELTSS

On August 27, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine appointed LeadingAge Ohio Member and newly elected LeadingAge Ohio Board member, Chris Widman, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria, to the Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports (BELTSS).

09/04/2019

LeadingAge Congressional Update to Relaunch

The LeadingAge Member Congressional Update call was cancelled for August due to the Congressional recess and will be relaunched in September on Thursday, 9/26.

09/04/2019

LeadingAge Ohio Invites Members to “Advocacy in Action”

Beginning Monday, September 11, LeadingAge Ohio members are encouraged to join a monthly call to learn the latest updates on emerging legislation, policy changes, and how they can get more involved in advancing LeadingAge Ohio’s advocacy agenda.

09/04/2019

LeadingAge Ohio Welcomes Two New Members to Board of Directors, Honors Two Outgoing Board Members

At its Annual Meeting on August 27, LeadingAge Ohio recognized the service of two long-term Board members as their terms on the LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors ended.

08/29/2019

CMS to Issue Corrected SNF VBP Performance Score Reports by Aug. 31

CMS notified SNFs on Aug 22 that they made an error in calculating the baseline period performance (FY2016 data) used to determine their readmission performance scores.

08/29/2019

MyCare Ohio Demonstration: Early Successes and Stakeholder Insights on Integrating Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries

To provide more integrated, coordinated care for its residents who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, Ohio is operating a demonstration under the Financial Alignment Initiative offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

08/21/2019

Bricker & Eckler Prepares CON Summary

One of the many changes included for nursing homes in the FY 2020-2021 biennial budget was significant reforms to Ohio’s certificate of need (CON) process.

08/21/2019

New SNF PDPM Videos Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released two videos to help facilities prepare for the change to Patient-driven Payment Model (PDPM) on October 1.

08/21/2019

SNF QRP Two-Day Training Materials Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released the training materials from the SNF QRP in-person training that was held in Baltimore, Maryland on August 13 and 14.

08/21/2019

Provider Preview Reports Available

The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports have been released.

08/21/2019

BELTSS Rules Up for Public Review

The Ohio Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) is reminding LeadingAge Ohio members that the public comment period to review several rules is open.

08/21/2019

Make Your Voice Heard at Town Hall

At next week’s LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show, Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran will join LeadingAge Ohio President/CEO Kathryn Brod to hear your most pressing concerns at the annual Town Hall on Thursday, August 29 from 8:30-9:45am.

08/21/2019

Keynote Speakers at Annual Conference to Share Story of Hope Overcoming Disability

Next week, the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference kicks off on Tuesday, August 27 with Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray’s “I’ll Push You” presentation during the General Session from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

08/14/2019

Review Choice Demonstration to Begin in Ohio on September 30

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently announced that the next state to participate in the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is Ohio and it will begin on September 30.

08/14/2019

CMS Proposes Expanded Role for Physician Assistants in Hospice CoP

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released this article this week discussing Physician Assistants in the Hospice Conditions of Participation (CoPs).

08/14/2019

Update on the OIG Report on Potential Abuse or Neglect of Patients

Earlier in July, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report, CMS Could Use Medicare Data to Identify Instances of Potential Abuse or Neglect, discussing how the OIG identified potential cases of abuse or neglect utilizing diagnosis codes on claims for beneficiaries treated in emergency rooms.

08/14/2019

Episocal Retirement Services Megan Bradford Joins 2020 LeadingAge Leadership Academy

Megan Bradford, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Episcopal Retirement Services in Cincinnati, is joining the class of 2020 LeadingAge (National) Leadership Academy.

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Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod

President/CEO
614-545-9014
kbrod@leadingageohio.org

  • 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
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Patrick Schwartz

Patrick Schwartz

Director of Strategic Communications
614-545-9026
pschwartz@leadingageohio.org 

  • Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
  • Oversees digital strategy, including websites, 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

Susan Wallace

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs
614-545-9024
swallace@leadingageohio.org 

  • Primary contact for policy priority development, advocacy and legislative affairs
  • Liaison to Advocacy Committee, Home Health, Hospice & HCBS Subcommittee
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