Bob Hauzie, president and CEO of St. Francis Home Inc., 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, joined peers from around the state May 18 at the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Conference to share the not-for-profit difference in senior services with state legislators and administration officials.
Nearly 100 not-for-profit senior service providers from around the state converged on the statehouse to offer LeadingAge Ohio's proposals within the state's Medicaid program.
Supportive of the governor's stated commitment to overhaul the Medicaid reimbursement system for senior services and his proposed quality incentives for skilled nursing care, LeadingAge Ohio's proposal would work within the administration's framework and legislative leaders in the state budget bill.
LeadingAge Ohio has presented a variety of potential changes to better reward those service providers, particularly skilled nursing facilities meeting quantifiable quality standards.
"As a not-for-profit senior service provider, we are committed to providing quality services to our residents and the community-at-large. We understand the desire for choices in the most appropriate setting," said Hauzie, administrator at St. Francis. "We are supportive of the efforts by our state leaders to incorporate greater quality measures into senor services and are happy to work through our association to enact meaningful reform in the Medicaid reimbursement program."
LeadingAge Ohio representatives have testified before the House and Senate Finance committees and have shared proposals with legislative and administration leadership.
For more information on LeadingAge Ohio and its positions on the Medicaid and senior service funding visit www.leadingageohio.org and click on the "Advocacy" button.