OCHCH and VITAS Participates in ODM Hospice Room and Board Workgroup
ODM convened a workgroup per the direction of OCHCH and other stakeholders to work to reduce regulatory burden when billing for hospice room and board. OCHCH has been regularly participating in this workgroup to ensure our member’s voices are heard. Recently, ODM and the Managed Care Plans have been working to standardize the billing process and procedures for providers, but details still need to be hashed out. OCHCH will continue to monitor and update you as necessary.
2nd OCHCH PAC Golf Outing- Sponsored by AlayaCare
OCHCH hosted the 2nd Annual PAC Golf Outing at Safari Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on 08/06/2021. We were fortunate to have our partners and at AlayaCare sponsor the event, including food and beverages. We also want to thank our 12 hole sponsors and 56 golfers that made the event a huge success.
STATE BILL TRACKING
HB388 REGARDING VACCINE REFUSAL (REP. JORDAN) to prohibit taking certain actions against an individual because the individual refuses to be vaccinated against a disease.
OCHCH Analysis: From first analysis, this bill excludes healthcare workers but does prohibit schools and other entities from discriminating against those that do not choose to get the vaccine. OCHCH will continue to monitor and track this bill.
SB217 LONG-TERM CARE BACKGROUND CHECK (SEN. SCHAFFER)- if enacted will make minor changes to the access of criminal records check with respect to long-term care ombudsman programs, direct-care positions, community-based long-term care services, and certain persons serving as a municipal corporation tax administrator.
OCHCH Analysis: From first analysis, if a person is involved within a case that is under subpoena or court order, that information will not be made available on a criminal records check. We will continue to monitor and track changes in this bill.
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OCHCH Submits Comments to ODM proposal for HCBS rate increases
OAC 5160-1-06.1, OAC 5160-1-06.5, OAC 5160-46-06, and OAC 5160-46-06.1
OCHCH commented on the proposed rate increases to services in the Ohio Home Care, PASSPORT, and Assisted Living Waiver. These include OAC 5160-1-06.1, OAC 5160-1-06.5, OAC 5160-46-06, and OAC 5160-46-06.1. OCHCH used this opportunity to thank the Ohio Department of Medicaid for their willingness to increase HCBS reimbursement rates despite the veto in the state budget process, but also stressed the importance for continued investment as HCBS continues to grow and expand in the State of Ohio. OCHCH also used this platform as an opportunity to address regulatory concerns and burdens with the reimbursement methodology, like the 35 minute rule. To see OCHCH’s full comments, click here
OAC 5160-12-05 and OAC 5160-12-06
OCHCH also submitted comments for the proposed rate increases for Home Health Services and Private Duty Nursing Services. These include OAC 5160-12-05 and OAC 5160-12-06. Ohio ranks 47th nationally in Medicaid expenditures for children and spends 20% below the national average. OCHCH thanked ODM for the proposed rates increase, as they are much needed, but unfortunately they are not enough. OCHCH recommended that ODM evaluates (1) payment innovation that aligns reimbursements with the costs of 2 providing care, (2) regulatory relief that makes serving these programs at the provider level easier, and (3) benefit innovation that modernizes utilization of health care at home services. Check out more information here