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10/21/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report

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

10/19/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, October 19, 2020

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

10/15/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report

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

10/14/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report

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

10/12/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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

10/09/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, October 9, 2020

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

10/07/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Thursday, October 8, 2020

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

10/03/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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

10/01/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, October 2, 2020

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

09/29/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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

09/25/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, September 28, 2020

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

09/23/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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

09/21/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, September 21, 2020

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

09/18/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, September 18, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Friday, September 18, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

09/16/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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

09/14/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Monday, September 14, 2020

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

09/10/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, September 11, 2020

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

09/09/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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

09/08/2020

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

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

09/03/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Friday, September 4, 2020

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

09/01/2020

Today's COVID-19 Report: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Here are the latest need-to-know updates for Wednesday, September 2 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.

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.

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Kathryn Brod

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Susan Wallace

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs
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