Volume 4 | January 2020
LeadingAge Ohio is excited to share with you our legislative newsletter - The Aging Advocate . This monthly publication is designed to communicate what's going on in the world of aging and give you a peek at LeadingAge Ohio's 400+ members around the state. 
What's Inside?

  • Advocacy Summit a Day of Policy and Strategy
  • Opportunities to Honor Frontline Caregivers in 2020
  • Aging Education - PASSPORT Program Promotes Independence
  • Economic Impact Study Underway
  • LeadingAge Ohio Hosts 'Core of Knowledge' for Administrators-In-Training
Aging Happenings
Advocacy Summit a Day of Policy Discussions and Strategy for Member Committees
On Friday, January 17, LeadingAge Ohio held its first-ever Advocacy Retreat, where members of the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee and Subcommittees came together at the Columbus Foundation to talk strategy, policy, and the priorities that matter most to our membership.

This day of strategy , facilitated by the LeadingAge Ohio team and contract consultants Bridget McAuliffe and David Paragas from Barnes & Thornburg, provided attendees with a great jumping off point as we move into 2020.
LeadingAge Ohio 2020 'Stars' Program Coming to a Provider Near You
Each year, LeadingAge Ohio makes it a priority to honor frontline staff working for our members. It was this desire that led us to create the LeadingAge Ohio Stars Awards, which honor non-management staff who work each day to provide selfless services to residents. In 2019, we were joined by several members of the Ohio General Assembly to celebrate at Stars events.

LeadingAge Ohio encourages leaders who would like to join our Stars celebrations and recognize exceptional staff in their districts to contact LeadingAge Ohio. Invitations will be sent in the coming weeks for five separate programs around the state in 2020.

Top left - Representative Stephanie Howse congratulates some Northeast Ohio Stars at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (Cleveland).

Bottom left - Cora Bradley is honored for her 44 years in senior services at the Southwest Stars celebration at Maple Knoll (Cincinnati).
PASSPORT Program Promotes Independence
As the Administration and Ohio General Assembly seek to enable more older adults to remain in their homes when appropriate and avoid the higher Medicaid costs of institutional care, Ohio's PASSPORT Medicaid waiver program has become even more important. Securing increased funding for PASSPORT has been a major policy priority of LeadingAge Ohio, and rules released by the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) this month clarified that the state would increase the rates by 3.25%.

This is a welcome improvement, but short of the 5.1% increase intended by the legislature in the final budget bill. Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver and the Ohio Home Care Waiver will see similar increases under the draft rules.  

PASSPORT involves a pre-admission screening for Medicaid eligibility and care needs, followed by the administration of home care services. Once a consumer is determined eligible, a case manager works with him or her to develop a package of in-home services to be provided by local service providers. The case manager then monitors the care for quality and changes the care plan as necessary.

"Ohio's PASSPORT and assisted living waivers are the best tools we have to re-balance Ohio's long term care system. Every individual served in home-and community-based services is one fewer in a higher-cost care setting," states Kathryn Brod, President & CEO of LeadingAge Ohio.
Economic Impact Study of Aging Services in Ohio Underway Through UNC Chapel Hill
Ohio's long-term and post-acute care providers offer critical support to some of the state's most vulnerable citizens. In addition to this mission of care, providers serve as major economic engines in counties across the state.

In an effort to provide policy makers with specific information about the potential aging services and post-acute care providers offer in terms of job creation and expanding the state's tax base, LeadingAge Ohio has contracted with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities to conduct an Economic Impact Study for the state of Ohio. The study involves expansive surveying of providers around the state and advanced modeling.

The completed study will feature in a future edition of The Aging Advocate, and will be used to frame conversations with legislators and community leaders.
'Core of Knowledge' Program Training Next Generation of Nursing Home Administrators
Each year, LeadingAge Ohio and the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) come together to provide the 'Core of Knowledge' course to Administrators-In-Training (AIT). This course, underway this month in Columbus, meets the special academic requirement set by the Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Support (BELTSS) for qualifying to take the state licensure board examination - the final step to becoming a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA).

Fifty students are currently enrolled in this winter session, which provides information and promotes understanding leading to more effective performance in the administration of long-term care. Now that you've learned all of these fun acronyms, learn more about the course here.
About LeadingAge Ohio
Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit trade association that represents over 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.

Want to meet with LeadingAge Ohio? Share a story? Visit a provider in your community?

Reach out to Director of Strategic Communications Patrick Schwartz at pschwartz@leadingageohio.org.