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OCHCH PAC isn't Republican; it's isn't Democrat; it doesn't buy votes. It is simply the collective voice – and sometimes the only voice – fighting for Ohio’s home care and hospice industry in Columbus. Without the PAC, your voice falls silent. Since 1996, the OCHCH PAC has been a way for likeminded individuals – nurses, aides, therapists, home care and hospice professionals – to pool resources to have a greater impact on the political process for patients, businesses and the state of Ohio.

The PAC supports candidates that support the Ohio home care and hospice industry. Your participation sends a clear message that you and others within our community care enough to be involved and expect legislators to make informed decisions on home care and hospice issues. Contributions are voluntary and do not come from OCHCH membership dues. Your contribution gives a voice to the patients who need you!

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Join us at the EVV Rules Public Hearing on November 17


Under Ohio law state agencies are required to hold a public hearing when adopting or amending rules. The EVV public hearing will be held Friday November 17, 2017 at 11 am in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

We encourage members concerned about the proposed rules to participate in the public hearing. Testimony on the rule should be submitted no later than November 15, by mail to the Ohio Department of Medicaid Rule Administrator, Office of Chief Legal Counsel, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414, by fax at (614) 995-1301, or by e-mail at Rules@Medicaid.Ohio.gov

If you are unable to attend in person or wish to attend the hearing but not speak, you can also submit written testimony for the official record. OCHCH will be attending and testifying. Please send us a copy of any submitted testimony to john@ochch.org.

If you are planning on attending the hearing, please let us know so we can coordinate testimony for the meeting. If you have any questions about EVV or the rule process, please contact Director of Advocacy John Stacy at john@ochch.org or (614) 885-0434 x 204.

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.

On December 6, OCHCH will host the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Summit. This free, two-hour workshop is in addition to the required state training and is designed to give a high level overview with ODM providing another opportunity for Ohio agencies to have conversations with the department prior to implementation. 


 

PAC raised $5,000 at 2016 Annual Conference (September 12th - 14th, 2016)

Barleys Brewery TourThanks to the generous support of OCHCH members our PAC was able to raise more than $5,000 at our annual conference in Columbus. The PAC kicked off our fundraising activities on Monday September 12, 2016 with a pre-conference craft beer tasting and tour at Barleys Brewing Company. We had a dozen members join us for a behind the scene look at this local brewery as well as sample their craft beers. On Tuesday September 13 we hosted our annual PAC auction during the tradeshow vendor reception. One of our featured auction items included an Ohio sports package valued at more than $1,600 featuring tickets to the OSU Buckeyes Football, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns, and the Dayton Dragons valued at $1,600. Other auction items included a 3-night Smokey Mountain luxury cabin getaway, a 5-night Put-In-Bay Cottage rental, premium Kentucky Bourbon, Memorial Tournament PGA Golf Package, and lots of Ohio State University merchandise. Finally we held a 50-50 raffle with the winner taking home more than $450. It was a great conference and we appreciate all the support for our political advocacy efforts.

 

OCHCH PAC At Republican National Convention in Cleveland (July 18th to 21st, 2016)

Senator Portman ReceptionOCHCH Director of Advocacy & Communications John Stacy attended to 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to network and advocate on home care and hospice issues with Ohio's  Republican officials.During the week we met with a number of state and federal legislators including U.S. Senator Rob Portman whom we thanked for his sponsorship of the federal Independence at Home Act of 2016. 

In addition to the Senator we met with Congressmen Bill Johnson (R-Marietta), Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth), Steve Stivers (R-Columbus), Pat Tiberi (R-Galena), Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and State Senator Kevin Bacon and a host of other state legislators. We also briefly spoke with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Auditor David Yost.

Accompanying Stacy was OCHCH member's Joanne Avenmarg, University Hospital Home Care Service, Kim King with Home Care Network, Inc. and Karen DeGeorge of Personal Home Healthcare. We thank them for taking the time to participate in this advocacy outreach in support of our industry. Pictured above is Sen. Portman with Joanne Avenmarg and Mr. Stacy at the Great Lakes Science Center.

 

OCHCH PAC NEEDS Volunteers

OCHCH's PAC is looking for volunteers to help round out our core committee membership. PAC volunteers will help coordinate local PAC events, conduct candidate interviews, arrange home care and hospice tours for elected officials and serve as a point person in their region. The time commitment is a couple of hours a month. We need provider members who live in the following regions of the state. Volunteering with OCHCH PAC is a great way to get to know your local elected officials, raise your profile in your community and help support our industry. Contact john@ochch.org for more information on how you can be a part of our advocacy efforts.

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Top PAC Supporters

(As of August 1, 2017)

  • Deb Albaugh, Union Hospital Home Health
  • Lulu Munoz, Pro Health Care Services
  • Wanda Stackpole, Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Debra Studer, Interim HealthCare
  • Michael Vallee, Ohio Valley Home Health, Inc
  • David Walsh, Hospice of Southwest Ohio

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OCHCH Political Action Committee Members

  • David Tramontana, CEO Home Care by Black Stone, Chair
  • Susan Morrison, Home Health by Windsor
  • Karen Thompson, SOMC Home Health

If you would like to be engage with our political advocacy efforts, please contact John Stacy, Director of Advocacy and Communications at John@ochch.org or call 614-885-0434 x204.