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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


CMS Releases Hospice Memo on COVID-19

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


LeadingAge Ohio Names 2020 Leadership Academy Fellows

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


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


‘Aging 101’ Presentation Gives Members a Valuable Tool

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


CMS Issues Two New Articles on PDGM

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


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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:


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.


Emergency Preparedness: Important Steps for Preparation

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


CDC Updates Enhanced Barrier Precautions

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Hospice Choice Effective October 17

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


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:


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.


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%.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ohio Department of Health Releases 2019 State Health Assessment

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Provider Preview Reports Available

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


Adult Day Fact Sheets Available from LeadingAge

LeadingAge national has been working on a series of state-level fact sheets on adult day services. The purpose of these is to help raise the profile of adult day, help push out existing state data on adult day and provide a resource for state advocacy. 


New Disaster Preparedness Resources Released

ASPR TRACIE has released new disaster preparedness resources.


SNF Payment and Policy Changes FY 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for SNF Medicare payment rates and quality programs on July 30. The regulation will be effective on October 1, 2019. The projected aggregate payment for SNFs for FY 2020 is an increase of $851 million or 2.4% from FY 2019.


SNF 3-Day Rule Billing Fact Sheet

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  released a fact sheet on the three-day prior hospitalization before skilled nursing facility (SNF) admission rule. This fact sheet reiterates that Medicare beneficiaries must meet the rule by staying three consecutive days in an inpatient hospital with the admission day counting toward the three days and the discharge day not counting toward the three days. 


CMS Proposes Rule Reducing Regulatory Burden for RoP, LeadingAge Provides Guidance

LeadingAge has provided a Q&A document developed to address the proposed rule published July 18 affecting the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes.


ODM Clarifies July 1 Rates, Market Basket Increase Takes Effect July 18

Earlier this week, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced Medicaid payment rates for nursing facilities beginning July 1, 2019. The attached memo outlines how to bill the nursing facility claims with multiple details in order to ensure proper payment.


LeadingAge Encourages Members to Participate in Workforce Calls

LeadingAge (national) has partnered with LeadingAge Maryland to offer a new, convenient way for members to explore practical ideas and solutions related to building engaged, healthy workforces within their organizations. A variety of topics, ideas, practices, and solutions will be discussed on a series of workforce-focused conference calls.


House Passes Budget Bill, President Endorses Deal to Help Housing Programs

The House of Representatives passed a budget bill this week and raised the debt ceiling for two years. Despite some fears of a federal shutdown, a budget passed that should help housing programs nationwide.


LeadingAge National Responds to OIG Reports on Hospice Deficiencies

Yesterday, Representatives Neal and Brady, the chair and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to CMS asking how they are responding to recent Office of the Inspector General reports and recommendations that focus on hospice deficiencies.


ODM Offers EVV Resources to Providers

Provider engagement with Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is growing rapidly as the Phase II implementation date of August 5, 2019 approaches.


CMS Contracting with Abt Associates, Inc. to Recruit Focus Groups for the Hospice Patient Assessment Instrument

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Abt Associates, Inc. to recruit experienced hospice providers and clinical staff to participate in virtual focus groups to provide input on the hospice patient assessment instrument.


BELTSS Rules Up For Review

Section 119.032 of the Revised Code requires the Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) to review the rules of Chapter 4751 of the Ohio Administrative Code no later than the rules’ assigned review dates.


ODM Holds EVV Stakeholder Meeting, PowerPoint Recap Available

The Ohio Department of Medicaid held an EVV Stakeholder Meeting on July 17, 2019.


It’s That Important: Deadline Extended to August 16 for LeadingAge Member Survey

On June 6, LeadingAge launched its most inclusive member survey yet.


LeadingAge Learning HUB Webinars

Live and recorded presentations on timely topics or issues of critical importance to aging services providers. (60-90 minutes).


SNF Quality Reporting Program: Non-Compliance Letters

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are providing notifications to facilities that were determined to be out of compliance with the quality reporting requirements for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP), which will affect their FY 2020 Annual Payment Update (APU).


ODH: Legionnaires’ Disease in Ohio, Citation Trends and Tips, Complaint Letters

LeadingAge Ohio participated in the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) quarterly provider association meeting on July 10.


RoP Phase 3 Information Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to delay Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation (RoPs).


ODH Required Postings

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has released a one-page tip sheet on the required postings for homes.


Emergency Preparedness Workgroup

LeadingAge Ohio and many of its members attended the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Emergency Preparedness (EP) workgroup meeting on July 17, 2019.


BELTSS Workforce Survey

The Ohio Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) would like to learn more about licensed nursing home administrators, their history, job satisfaction, career plan and more in order to better understand the perspective of licensees and provide better support to them.


State Plans Future Workforce Efforts, Help Us Give Aging Services a Strong Voice

Ohio's In-Demand Jobs List helps drive state and federal investments in our workforce.


Budget Details Emerge, Questions Remain

Last week, the Ohio Legislature passed a budget which included significant increases for long-term services and supports providers, including 5.1% increases for Ohio’s Assisted Living and PASSPORT waivers, as well as preservation of a 2.4% increase for nursing facilities, by way of a new quality incentive payment.


The 2019 Art & Writing District Show People’s Choice Winners

Congratulations to all our 2019 Art & Writing District Show People’s Choice Winners!


LTSS Budget Appropriations Remain Despite Vetoes

Once the official veto boxed text was made available late yesterday afternoon, we are pleased to confirm the increased funding appropriated for LTSS in HB 166 remains. The Administration is committed to working with stakeholders through the rate setting process to achieve the desired outcomes for HCBS as outlined in HB 166. We look forward to working with the Administration throughout the stakeholder process and will continue to advocate for the best outcome for those we serve. 


Home Health Cost Report Changes Coming

On April 16, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published notice in the Federal Register of plans to revise the existing home health freestanding cost reporting instructions and forms (1728-94) with revised forms and instructions (1728-19).


New Home Health Agency PEPPER Available

The Q4CY18 release of the Home Health Agency (HHA) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through December 2018 is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal.


CMS Releases CY 2020 Home Health Proposed Rule

Yesterday afternoon, CMS released the CY 2020 home health proposed rule.


Key Dates for Hospice Providers

The data shown on provider Preview Reports is the data that will be displayed on the next Hospice Compare refresh.


CMS Responds To OIG Recommendations

CMS has given response to the July 9 OIG reports and recommendations, saying it will increase oversight of hospice facilities and work to make hospice quality information more accessible on Hospice Compare.


Lieutenant Governor Husted, ODM Director Corcoran to Headline LeadingAge Ohio Events in Coming Months

Lieutenant Governor Husted, ODM Director Corcoran to Headline LeadingAge Ohio Events in Coming Months


Scholarships and Student Program at LeadingAge Annual Meeting in San Diego

For the third year, LeadingAge is excited to offer a student program at the 2019 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, held October 27–30 in San Diego.


ODM Posts Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Rates

The Nursing Facility Ventilator Program – Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) rates were posted on the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) nursing facility webpage last week.


Ohio Awaits Budget, Nursing Homes Await Rates

Last week, The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced that it would delay its release of new nursing facility rates until Ohio’s budget bill has passed.


Workforce and Human Resources In The Spotlight

LeadingAge Ohio created a white paper to highlight the content of LeadingAge Ohio’s recent Human Resources workshop.


Don't Miss It: The Need For The Full Continuum of Care

Each week, hundreds of stories relevant to aging services providers hit our inbox. Here are a few we wanted to make sure you saw:


NAHC’s PDGM Workgroup Submits Recommendations to CMS

The Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM) Workgroup, convened by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to address concerns with the diagnoses selection and assignment used to implement the PDGM for home health agencies.


Senators Promote Palliative Care as NHSC-eligible Primary Care Service

Efforts are under way in Congress to help address the growing need for palliative-care trained medical practitioners.


PAS/RR Transitioned to New Vendor on July 1

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has transitioned its Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PAS/RR) Level II - Serious Mental Illness (SMI) assessments to be provided by Ascend, a MAXIMUS Company on July 1.


Complete the LeadingAge Member Survey Today!

On June 6, LeadingAge launched its most inclusive member survey yet.


Ohio General Assembly Passes 17-day Interim Budget

On Sunday, June 30, the Ohio General Assembly passed SB 171, an interim operating budget that will extend Ohio’s biennial budget negotiations by 17 days.


LeadingAge Ohio, ODM Meet to Discuss PASRR Changes

On Tuesday, July 25, LeadingAge Ohio met with staff from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) to discuss the overall functioning of Ohio’s Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PAS/RR) program, including proposed changes to the PAS/RR Rules.


Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Introduced in Congress

On Tuesday, June 4, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Todd Young (R-IN), and Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Jackie Walorski (R-IN), introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) of 2019 (S. 1703 and H.R. 3077), bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.


President Establishes White House Council on Affordable Housing, Names Secretary Carson Chair

On Tuesday, June 25, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing, and named Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson as its chairperson.


ODM to Release Rates by Friday

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) previously announced that it would release updated rates by Friday, July 21.


Disaster Preparedness: The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019

The US Department of Health and Human Services has released an article regarding the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 which was signed into law on June 24, 2019.


CMS Issues RFI Seeking New Ideas on Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

On Thursday, June 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking new ideas from the public on how to continue the progress of the Patients over Paperwork initiative.


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.


ODM Asking for Feedback on HCBS Statewide Transition Plan

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is giving LeadingAge Ohio members the opportunity to comment on the Home- and Community-based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan being submitted to CMS for review for final approval.


ODJFS Now Reporting Elder Abuse on Statewide System

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has launched a statewide system for reporting and tracking cases of elder abuse and neglect.


Special Focus NFs Under Public Scrutiny

Last week, US Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania released a list of over 400 nursing facilities nationwide that were at risk of becoming Special Focus Facilities (SFFs) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a designation which denotes an extended pattern of quality and safety violations.


Compliance Plan Template Available for LeadingAge Ohio members

An organization’s internal auditing should be consistent with the organization’s compliance plan.


LeadingAge Ohio Offers Legionnaires Toolkit to Members

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released information regarding the recent Legionella Outbreak at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital as well as general information about Legionella.


Connect with Public Officials Through the LeadingAge Ohio Action Center

Last week, LeadingAge Ohio sent out an alert to all members encouraging them to reach out to their Senators in support of LeadingAge Ohio’s issues, including boosting funding for assisted living waiver, nursing homes and PASSPORT services, as well as supporting the housing-based enhanced community living program in PASSPORT.


CMS Clarification of 5-day Rule for Hospice Comprehensive Assessment

LeadingAge Ohio asked the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) if they would reach out to CMS regarding the 5-day timeframe for completion of the hospice comprehensive assessment since other deemed status surveyors have not counted the time frame the same as the ODH Survey Administrator had suggested to LeadingAge Ohio staff, as noted in the LeadingAge Ohio newsletter 2 week ago.


Member execs join together to Drive Toward Workforce Solutions at 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Summit

LeadingAge Ohio member executives and guests joined together on Tuesday June 4 to attend the 2019 Leadership Summit in Dublin at The Conference Center.


Overpayment Reports Total $14.8 Million, 30-Day Response Window to Close This Friday May 31

On May 1, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) mailed 1,258 active nursing facility overpayment reports for fiscal years 2015 & 2016.


Northeast STARs Celebrate in Cleveland

This past Thursday, the LeadingAge Ohio STARs event season wrapped up at the Benjamin Rose Institute for Aging in Cleveland, Ohio.


Senate Bill Boost LTSS Funding

On Tuesday, the pending Senate Sub Bill was shared in Senate Finance Committee, offering the first glimpse at how the Senate prioritizes state programs and spending. The bill is currently being considered by the Senate Finance Committee, and an omnibus amendment is expected early next week with a vote following. The bill will then move to the Senate floor for vote by the end of next week. A conference committee made of Senate and House leadership will then reconcile the differences between the two bills before a concurrence vote and delivery to the Governor for signature.


ODM Clarifies MyCare and Pass-through

As of July 1, 2019, hospices should be billing room and board for all hospice patients residing in nursing facilities, including those individuals who are MyCare Ohio recipients with Molina, Aetna and United Healthcare Plans.


Important Hospice F2F Updates from ODM

Two weeks ago in The Source, LeadingAge Ohio included a You Asked, We Answered question about needing a Face to Face (F2F) encounter for Medicaid primary recipients.


“Careers that Love You Back” Website Launches, Showcases Careers in Aging Services

As part of LeadingAge Ohio’s focus on recruiting the workforce of tomorrow, a website has been created to promote awareness of careers in the aging services workforce sector geared towards younger students.


LeadingAge Ohio Board Approves 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

Robert Kramer, Founder and Strategic Advisor of the National Investment Center, addressed the LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors at its May 16 meeting, encouraging the board to consider and understand disruptive forces affecting aging services today and into the future.


Details Emerge on House Quality Incentive Program

Last week, the Ohio House passed its Sub Bill, which made significant investments in aging services, including over $150 million in nursing facility reimbursement, channeled through a quality incentive program.


LeadingAge Testifies at Senate Finance Subcommittee

This week, LeadingAge Ohio testified before the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health and Medicaid, sharing thoughts on the proposals that emerged from the House budget process, as well as hopes for additional reforms in the Senate.


Corcoran Fields Senate Questions on Medicaid Backlog, Spending Growth

In testimony last week, Director of Medicaid Maureen Corcoran shared that the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) has been asked to take corrective action on its backlog in Medicaid applications statewide, which currently topped nearly 80,000.


Budget in Detail: Summary Document

At press time, the House had not yet released its final biennium budget.


LeadingAge Ohio Hosts Reps Reineke, Arndt and Director McElroy for In-Demand Jobs Week

This week is In-Demand Jobs Week in Ohio, and over 300 sites statewide are hosting events to call attention to those sectors where rewarding jobs are abundant, and qualified workers are in short supply.


LeadingAge Ohio Celebrates In Demand Jobs Week

LeadingAge Ohio today hosted a panel discussion at Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria titled "The Power of Partnerships: Mobilizing the Next Generation for a Strong Workforce", where public officials, educators and aging services providers discussed how partnerships between aging services providers and schools are mobilizing our local communities to foster an interest in "Careers That Love You Back" - a name given to an array of careers within the aging field.


Ohio Non-Profit 5-Star Ratings Reflect Current Workforce Crisis

Ohio non-profit skilled nursing facility 5-star ratings have taken a dip in recent weeks, a trend that mirrors current workforce challenges.


Budget Sub Bill Due This Week

During a two-week recess, House leadership has been hard at work deliberating which of the hundreds of amendments submitted for HB 166, Ohio’s biennial budget bill, will be included in the substitute (“sub”) bill expected to be introduced in Finance Committee this week.


South/Southwest STARs Celebrate in Cincinnati

On April 16, the South/Southwest LeadingAge Ohio STARs event was held at Maple Knoll Village in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Hospice Veteran Partnership of Ohio

Last week LeadingAge Ohio was proud to host the Hospice Veteran Partnership of Ohio meeting as 40+ hospice providers, state officials and Veterans met to discuss their common goal of working together to ensure that excellent care at the end of life is available for our state’s Veterans and their families.


Draft Hospice Wage Index Rule Released

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed hospice wage index rule for comment, as well as a fact sheet on the rule.


Long-Term Care, Direct Support Staff Rates In Focus For House Health Budget Panel Members

This year's budget hearings by the House Finance Subcommittee on Health & Human Services differed in one major way from the past two biennial processes, according to Chairman Representative Mark Romanchuk.


LeadingAge Ohio Comments on ODM Telehealth Rule

This week, LeadingAge Ohio submitted comments on the proposed changes to ODM’s telehealth rule. The draft rule incorporated the majority of the recommendations LeadingAge Ohio made last summer during a stakeholder process on the anticipated rule revision.


The 2019 STARs Season Starts off at Otterbein St. Marys

On April 11 the first of five LeadingAge Ohio STARs events was held at Otterbein St. Marys in St. Marys, Ohio. Thank you to Melissa Smalley and the entire staff for hosting this event and helping to make it a resounding success!


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.

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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

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Patrick Schwartz

Director of Strategic Communications

  • 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

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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
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