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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.


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.


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.


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. 


ODM to Release Rates by Friday

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


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.


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.


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.


LeadingAge Ohio Celebrates

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.


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.


ODM Delays EVV Claims Implementation

On Friday, Feb 8th, LeadingAge Ohio along with other provider associations were invited to meet at the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) with Director Maureen Corcoran and the EVV (Electronic Visit Verification) team to hear an update on the Phase 1 EVV implementation and express concerns providers are experiencing with the implementation.


Hospice Billing Room and Board Services for the Date of Discharge or Revocation

LeadingAge Ohio has been contacted by several hospices in the past few days asking who should be billing room and board for the date of discharge or revocation for a patient in a nursing facility. LeadingAge Ohio reached out to the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) regarding this issue and their response is as follows. 

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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

Patrick Schwartz

Patrick Schwartz

Director of Strategic Communications

  • Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
  • Oversees digital strategy, including websites, e-newsletters and social media channels
  • Provides strategic direction for communicating organizational goals and achievements to members, partners, policy makers and the media
  • Serves as primary contact for media inquiries

Susan Wallace, MSW

Susan Wallace

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs

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