Association News

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.

Next Steps:

Attend the EVV Summit on December 6 at the OCHCH Center for Excellence in Columbus. This free, two-hour workshop is designed to provide a high level overview with ODM providing another opportunity for Ohio agencies to have conversations with the department prior to implementation. 

Topics to be reviewed during presentation:

  • Cost to providers of operating and maintaining the state sponsored EVV system
  • ODM’s reliance on GPS technology over telephony and manual entry
  • Concerns about home health agencies (HHA) providing social security numbers and email addresses of direct care workers and the cost of providing HIPPA compliant email addresses for employees
  • The lack of real-time reporting of missed visits
  • Requirements being referenced on ODM’s website rather than being incorporated into the program’s rules

Registration is required for this free workshop.

The Joint Commission on Agency Rule Review hearing on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is scheduled for December 11.

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.




2018 Call for Presentations

Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2018

Put your expertise on display in 2018!

The Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice (OCHCH) invites you to submit an educational program for the 2018 educational year. Proposals will be considered for presentation at the Annual Conference & Tradeshow held September 11 - 12, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Submissions will also be considered for presentation as a webinar or as part of a workshop.


Participating in OCHCH education as a presenter allows you to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills of your industry colleagues
  • Gain professional and personal recognition as a subject matter expert
  • Enhance the name recognition of your organization through our promotional materials
  • Receive complimentary registration to the annual conference


The following are areas that have been identified as of being of interest. Feel free to be creative and suggest other hot topics as well!

Home Care

  • PPS
  • Industry Trends/Strategic Planning
  • Quality & Outcome Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Development
  • Pay for Performance
  • Private Duty/Private Pay
  • Wound Care
  • Best Practices/Standards of Care
  • Clinical & Disease Management
  • Physician Relations
  • Pain Management
  • Long Term Care/Chronic Illness
  • Prevention & Wellness
  • Regulatory
  • Recruiting & Retention
  • Human Resources
  • Home Health/Palliative Care
  • Billing


  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Volunteer Services
  • Alternative Modalities
  • Psychosocial & Spiritual Issues
  • Providing Hospice in Facilities
  • Hospice Information Set
  • Cost Savings
  • Care/Case Management
  • Emergency & Pandemic Preparedness
  • Financial/Operational Benchmarking
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Research
  • Models of Service Delivery
  • All Clinical Nursing Issues
  • Alternative/Non-traditional Services
  • Creating and Outcome Driven Workforce
  • Legal Issues & Risk Management
  • Pediatric Care
  • Ethics & Values
  • Management & Leadership Development
  • Telehealth & Technology
  • Managed Care
  • Customer Service
  • Corporate Compliance
  • AR/Collections


  • End of Life Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Bereavement
  • QAPI
  • Hospice Payment Model/Billing
  • Documentation

For more information, download the 2018 Call for Presentations (interactive pdf), call  614-885-0434, or email Proposals must be received by January 31, 2018. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent following the review process.

The OCHCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow is the largest gathering of home care and hospice professionals in Ohio, attracting more than 350 attendees and 70 exhibitors. For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at this year's event, please view the 2018 Conference and Tradeshow Prospectus. 

























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

2017 Award Winners Slide

The Ohio Council for Home Care and 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 Smith, STNA, received the Homemaker/Aide of the Year Award in Home Care. Smith 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 in Newark, 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.

Ohio Council and Fazzi Associates New Online Learning Store

The Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice (OCHCH) is excited to announce our new partnership with Fazzi Associates to provide the industry’s leading online learning content all in one system. Home health and hospice agencies now can purchase both Ohio Council and Fazzi trainings through our combined online learning store.

In addition, OCHCH members receive a 20% discount off every item in the store, which includes trainings on OASIS-C2, Case Management, Orientation, ICD-10, and much more. Visit the Savings & Education tab in the Members Only section to retrieve the discount code to enter at checkout.

CLICK HERE to enter our New Online Learning store!

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