About OCHCH

The Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice (OCHCH) is a statewide trade association that represents the interests of home health care and hospice agencies in Ohio. OCHCH is a unique and indispensable resource that serves as the voice of home care and hospice in Ohio, advocating on behalf of the industry and the patients and families we serve. We are a valuable resource to our members by saving them time and money, and providing reliable and trustworthy expert analysis of the most current and pertinent regulatory, legislative and business information. Download a Media Kit for more information.

Founded in 1965

Founded in 1965 by a small number of home care agencies, OCHCH provides membership to home care and hospice agencies and organizations who provide services for home care and hospice. In the 1980s, many home care agencies began opening hospices to help facilitate continuation of care for those terminally ill. For that reason the Council expanded its membership to represent hospice providers.

In recent years, there have been significant changes in payor sources, program benefits, and regulatory laws affecting the home care and hospice industry. OCHCH has continually evolved to maintain its most basic purpose: to promote the home care and hospice industries. Highly-specific industry information, advocacy, and unity continue to be the driving force behind the association.  OCHCH member agencies commit to conduct themselves by a Code of Ethics and the OCHCH Bylaws.

OCHCH Mission

The Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice believes in the delivery of quality home and community based health care.  OCHCH promotes the home care, hospice and palliative care industry and serves its members and other stakeholders by providing advocacy, education, information and research.

OCHCH Vision

For 50 years the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice has been the voice of home care, hospice, and palliative care providers in the state of Ohio providing a unique and indispensable source of advocacy, education, information and research for home and community based care organizations.

Through the Years

1965

  • Organized as the Ohio Council of Home Health Agencies (OCHHA)
  • Home care becomes a Medicare benefit

1974

  • OCHHA files Articles of Incorporation on Dec. 12, 1974
  • Hires first Director, Jeanne Bonham

1982

  • Dorothy Royce Award created for Association Leadership

1984

  • First Home Care Resource Guide published by Council

1987

  • Council hired Bannister and Associates to manage the association

1988

  • Joan Andrews Award created for Legislative Advocacy

1989

  • Name is changed to Ohio Council for Home Care
  • Creates foundation called Center for Community Based Care (CCBC) with a focus on research

1990

  • 1st Annual Awards Luncheon
  • OCHC becomes a provider of contact hours for nurses through ONA

1991

  • First Caring Award
  • Breaks from management group and hire Richard Dorman as Director

1993

  • CCBC writes “Standards of Operation”
  • Hires Kathleen Anderson as Director 

1994

  • OCHC files lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Human Services

1995

  • 1st Government Day
  • Monday morning Bulletin 1st Edition

1997

  • Court rules against Council lawsuit and in favor of the State
  • Balance Budget Act of 1997 undermines the home care benefit and closes thousands of agencies over the next three years

1998

  • Council files an appeal to the lawsuit then settles out of court with an agreement for rate increases
  • Council creates its own website www.homecareohio.org in February

1999

  • Council begins a “Listserv” for the membership
  • Teleconferences offered for the first time

2000

  • Council’s Foundation Center for Community Based Care awards grants research projects

2002

  • Increased the number of hospice representatives on the Board to three
  • Member Only section created at our website

2003

  • Tagline: THE voice of Home care and Hospice
  • Began offering Home Care 101 classes

2004

  • Began offering Hospice 101 classes
  • Began the Southeast Regional Networking Meetings

2005

  • OCHC wins the fight against Medicaid home care co-pays 

2006

  • CCBC revised the “Professional Standards of Operation”
  • OCHC creates the “Serving Ohioans, Savings for Ohio” message campaign
  • Successfully fought ODJFS’ proposed cuts of $8 million to the Ohio Home Care Program and Private Duty Nursing

2007

  • OCHC commissioned the “Economic Study of Long-Term Care in Ohio,” by Columbus-based firm of Levin, Driscoll & Fleeter
  • Governor Picks Ohio Council to represent Industry on Unified Long-Term Care Budget Workgroup
  • OCHC fought and won a total of 6 percent increase for Medicaid and PASSPORT for the biennial Ohio budget

2008

  • OCHC members meet with every Congressional Office

2009

  • Hospice added to organization name
  • Hosted first ever March on the Statehouse
  • Bob Fazzi facilitates strategic plan
  • 2007 Economic Study by Dr. Fleeter is updated

2010

  • OCHCH recognized by the executive administration and the General Assembly as the leading spokesman for home care and hospice organizations and the Council leads the fight to preserve essential funding
  • The Council works with key stakeholders on the issue of licensing of home care agencies

2011

  • OCHCH was very involved in the (ICDS) Integrated Care Delivery System – the combination of the Medicare and Medicaid Eligibles into a single delivery system
  • “Move to Improve” Project was launched by OCHCH – the project provided solid evidence that proper use of home care can better serve clients and save millions 

2012

  • Government Affairs Committee prepared for the 130th General Assembly by developing the first Blueprint for Action pocket card 
  • OCHCH continued work with the Administration and AG on criminal background checks post-hiring for employees in home and community-based settings
  • A Regulatory Toolkit for Home Health Agencies was posted to the OCHCH website:  “HHA Criminal Records Check Toolkit – 2013” 

2013

  • Won the Silver Power of A Award for OCHCH’s Move to Improve Campaign from the American Society of Association Executives
  • Kathleen Anderson retires after 20 years of service and is roasted by NAHC President Val Halamandaris at the Fall Conference
  • Brad Feldman is hired as executive director

2014

  • OCHCH Center for Excellence opens in May
  • OCHCH hires Hospice Specialist

2015

  • Garry Moon named Executive Director
  • Successfully advocated for 5% increase in Home Health Aide rates
  • Membership grows to record number
  • Inaugural Palliative Care Forum held in August