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ODM and Sandata Hosting EVV Webinars for Consumers

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and Sandata are holding webinars for consumers currently receiving Medicaid services subject to EVV requirements. This informational webinar provides a great opportunity to:
  • Review information on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) methods
  • Learn what a provider's role is in EVV
  • Get a glimpse at what a provider sees in EVV
  • Discuss some of the myths about EVV
  • Hear the benefits for individuals to use EVV

Webinars are being offered on the following dates and times:

Webinar Dates Time
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 2 pm
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10 am
Saturday, March 17, 2018 10 am
Monday, March 19, 2018 7 pm
Thursday, March 22, 2018 7 pm

Participants must register in advance. Registration information can be found on the Ohio Medicaid EVV webpage. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each webinar. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the ODM EVV webpage for individuals who were unable to participate.




2018 Regional Meetings Provide Updates & Networking

Register Now for March Meetings in NE Ohio, Central Ohio, & SW Ohio

Region Map Rev 3.15OCHCH has revamped our Regional Meetings to include a Regulatory Update, a Power Breakfast and an After Hours event for each region. Events will be scheduled throughout the year in each region. For your convenience, the number of regions has been expanded from 5 to 8.

Make plans to attend these upcoming Regional Meeting Events:

Northeast Ohio | Power Breakfast at 8 am on March 13 at Bob Evans in Medina

Central Ohio | Regulatory Update on March 15, 11:30 am - 2 pm at the OCHCH Center for Excellence in Columbus.

Southwest Ohio | After Hours on March 22, 5 pm - 8 pm at Bullwinkle's Top Hat Bistro in Miamisburg.  

These events are free. Registration is required. Join us for important updates and networking opportunities. Special thanks to VonLehman for sponsoring these events.




Make Your Voice Heard at the 2018 March on Washington

March 19 - 20 | Washington, D.C.

2018 March on WashingtonJoin OCHCH staff and your fellow agency leaders for the 2018 March on Washington to make your voice heard in the halls of Washington, D.C!

We are looking for at least 10 members to join us for this trip! We will be handling all of the details, but we need you to RSVP by February 26. We will be scheduling legislator meetings based on participation. The more attendees we have; the greater the impact. 

On Monday, March 19, we will attend the NAHC welcome reception at 4 p.m. A panel discussion on current legislative issues impacting the industry will follow. On Tuesday, March 20, we will attend individual meetings with members of Congress and their staff. OCHCH will schedule these meetings in advance.

You can protect the interests of our industry and your agency and build important relationships with lawmakers by participating in this important event. OCHCH will provide you with all the information and assistance you need to make your day of advocacy successful.

To learn more and to let us know you plan to participate, contact OCHCH Executive Director Joe Russell at (614) 885-0434 x 208 or





Emergency Preparedness Six-Part Webinar Recording

Get your agency ready for this new CoP!

NAHC Emergency Preparedness Webinar Recording
Is your agency prepared for a natural disaster? How about a fire?  The new Emergency Preparedness Requirements, which took effect on November 15, 2017, require home health and hospice providers to develop an emergency preparedness plan and implement policies and procedures to carry out that plan. Surveyors have begun evaluating your emergency preparedness plans. Is your agency ready?
OCHCH is pleased to offer the Emergency Preparedness Requirements Six-Part Webinar Recording through a partnership with NAHC. OCHCH members can save $200 on this training by entering the member discount code when you register.
This webinar series offers in-depth knowledge, including:
  • An overview of the new requirements
  • Starting the agency specific plan
  • Development of policies and procedures
  • Communication
  • Testing and training

Learn more, find the discount code, and purchase the webinar recording.


More Than 90 Attended EVV Summit

Learn about 3 changes to the rule and view a video from the event

OCHCH Letter to JCARR and EVV Summit

 EVV Summit Photo

On December 6, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) joined OCHCH for the EVV Summit, sponsored by Alora Healthcare, Brightree, CellTrak, and Sandata. More than 90 OCHCH members gathered to learn more about the implementation of the electronic visit verification system going into effect on January 8, 2018.

Click Here to watch the event in segments on our YouTube channel.

Through OCHCH's advocacy efforts and testimony provided by our members at the November 17th rules hearing, ODM filed a revised version of the EVV Rule, 5160-1-40, on November 21, 2017. The following changes were made:

  1. Language stating that claims would not be paid if the time on the claim did not match the time of the visit in the EVV system was removed.
  2. Language was added to allow telephony as the primary data collection method for alternative EVV data collection modules until January 1, 2019. After this date, providers will have to use a GPS based system to collect the EVV data.
  3. The specified data elements that are required for individuals and direct care workers were added to the rule.

As a result of the EVV Summit, ODM has agreed to continue to work with OCHCH to address concerns about the EVV rule. Due to the need to begin testing the system on January 8, 2018, OCHCH has agreed not to testify against the EVV rule at the JCARR hearing on Monday, December 11. Read the letter OCHCH sent to JCARR.

While we are no longer requesting a delay, OCHCH will continue to advocate for our members on the issue and engage ODM to improve the EVV rule. While we remain concerned about several aspects of the rule, the rule has to be refiled to accommodate future phases of the EVV implementation. We will use that as an opportunity to advocate for any additional changes needed.

We will keep you updated on this issue. If you have any questions or concerns, please email John Stacy at


Introducing Webinar Bundles

Purchase a package and Save!

Webinar Bundles

Webinar Bundles SlideWebinar Bundles are available in packages of 6, 12, and 24 webinars. Topics and titles will be added throughout the year.

Webinars are offered from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

For your convenience, a promotional code will be provided for your use to register online for the webinar of your choice. For each webinar selected, you will be able to attend the live webinar and receive a recording of the program at no extra cost. View Webinar Bundles Order Form for more details.


More Than 80 Attend EVV Rules Public Hearing on November 17

Thank you to all who attended and testified!

Thanks for helping Fill the Room at EVV Rules Public Hearing  

On November 17, more than 80 people attended and 16 people testified at the public hearing to voice their concerns about high administrative costs, the potential negative impact on quality care, and the need for more flexibility for providers. To read OCHCH Executive Director Joe Russell's testimony click here.

Our hope is that the strong turnout demonstrates to ODM how serious this issue is for our industry and that they will be more open to working with us to make EVV work for providers and the people we care for.


About EVV

Starting January 8, 2018, ODM will require all home care providers for State Plan Home Health Aide, State Plan Home Health Nursing, Private Duty Nursing (PDN), Ohio Home Care Waiver Nursing, Ohio Home Care Waiver Personal Care Aide, Home Care Attendant, and RN Assessment to use an Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system. If you provide any of these services you must use a state approved EVV system or you will not get paid for that service.

EVV Training

ODM has contracted with Sandata Technologies LLC to deliver Ohio’s EVV system, as well as to provide program orientation and training to providers. At least one representative of your agency must complete all required training to receive your login credentials to the Sandata system. Find out more about training.




Presenting the 2017 Outstanding Individuals in Home Care & Hospice Award Winners

2017 Award Winners

The Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice (OCHCH) presented the Outstanding Individuals in Home Care and Hospice Awards at its annual conference in Columbus on September 20, 2017. The awards recognize individuals and volunteers for the exemplary service and care they provide.

Craig Smith, Esq. was presented with the Dorothy Royce Award. The award is named in honor of the founding president of OCHCH and acknowledges an individual that has worked hard to promote home care and hospice in the state of Ohio. Smith recently retired as General Counsel at TSO Management d.b.a Interim HealthCare in Columbus. 

Judy Fisher, STNA, received the Homemaker/Aide of the Year Award in Home Care. Fisher serves as a home care associate at Home Care by Black Stone in Cincinnati. Judy has more than 20 years of caring for the elderly and disabled.

The Homemaker/Aide of the Year in Hospice was presented to Tabetha Morelock. Morelock has worked as an STNA with Hospice of Southwest Ohio for over six years.

Beth Batten-Sidle, a nurse at University Optioncare, received the Caring Award for home care.

Sharon Smith was honored with the Caring Award for hospice. Smith was nominated by Hospice of Southwest Ohio.

The Award of Excellence recognizes a licensed professional in home care and hospice who is outstanding in their field. This year’s winner is Tomi Meyer, a nurse with Community Health Professionals in Paulding.

Susan Culler Soden received the Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award. Soden volunteers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Homecare & Hospice in Columbus. The award recognizes a hospice volunteer who has exhibited outstanding dedication, service, compassionate care and love to hospice patients and families.

OCHCH Names Joe Russell as Executive Director

OCHCH Names Joe Russell Executive Director
Joe Russell PhotoThe Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice (OCHCH) has selected former House aide and lobbyist Joe Russell to serve as its new executive director. Prior to joining OCHCH, Russell served as the director of policy and advocacy for the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB). Previous to OACB, Russell served as the director of government affairs in the Columbus office of Strategic Health Care, a national consulting firm specializing in health care policy analysis and government advocacy. Russell also served as senior legislative aide to former House Majority Floor Leader, and current Director of Medicaid, Barbara Sears.
"His energy and experience will be instrumental in guiding OCHCH to effectively serve the advocacy, regulatory, and educational needs of our members at both the state and national level" said Deborah Albaugh, OCHCH Board Chair. In his new position, Russell will lead the organization's management team in coordinating its strategic initiatives on behalf of the association's more than 600 home care, hospice, and palliative care member agencies and programs.
"I'm really excited for the opportunity to lead this association" Russell said. "With the future of the American health care system in flux, I look forward to ensuring that the OCHCH membership has a strong voice in the discussion. Most importantly, I look forward to the challenge of making health care at home a viable option for all Ohioans."
Russell holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Toledo. He resides in London, Ohio where he also serves as President of City Council.
View an introduction video from Joe.

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