As our members continue to provide high quality care to Ohio’s vulnerable populations, LeadingAge Ohio is urging everyone to review the following resources on control and prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have a question, concern, or want to share resources regarding COVID-19, we have a dedicated email account. Send a message to, and we will get back to you quickly. As always, feel free to email or call any LeadingAge Ohio staff individually. 

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Recent Updates

Testing Resources

Lab Capacity Dashboard

The new dashboard provides self-reported information about labs that can run tests, including hours of operation, types of tests they accept, estimated turn-around time, and locations.

Nursing Facility Testing for week of 10/19 thru 10/25

Please carefully review the updated schedule on the FIRST TAB.
-       Information about required routine testing frequency (per CMS and state requirements) by county, as well as state-supported testing frequency available by county, can be found on the SECOND TAB. This data was last pulled on 10/5 and will be updated again on 10/19.
-       The CMS and Ohio Public Health Advisory System data will be pulled next Monday (10/19) and will be used to schedule testing for the following week (10/26)

Please use the electronic survey to provide updates for your facility for state supported regarding ANY TIME you need to report ANY of the following changes:
-       Change in outbreak status (start state supported testing for a new outbreak, end state supported testing after the conclusion of an outbreak)
-       Change in need for state support (opt-in/opt-out)
-       Change in need for supplies

Ohio's Congregate Care Unified Response Team Testing Updates 

Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing Updates Slide presentation (9/23/20)

Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing Updates Recording Link (9/23/20)

ODH webinar on reporting testing results (9/20/20) 

 CSV File Creation Formatting Guide 


Long-Term Care Facility Visitation Dashboard

DeWine Administration releases visitation order

Thursday evening, October 8, the DeWine Administration posted the revised Director’s Order allowing nursing homes and assisted living to facilitate visitation indoors. The guidance comes just four days before the order takes effect on October 12, leaving providers little time to prepare.

Changes in the order include:

  • Requirements for providers to report to ODH information to be included in an online dashboard. This information includes: facility name, facility type, facility contact information, facility county, visitation status, visitation hours, total outdoor visitations, total indoor visitations, total visitations, maximum visitation time, visitation hours and total visitors. This morning ODH shared registration instructions for data entry for the visitation dashboard.
  • Specific requirements related to indoor visitation, which includes requirements for ingress and egress routes, escort, and restroom use.
  • An expanded section speaking to compassionate care visitation, with specific examples of compassionate care including family members who previously assisted with feeding duties.
  • Recommendations for testing visitors.

LeadingAge Ohio is continuing to evaluate the impact of the new order, and encourages members to send questions and concerns to

LeadingAge Resources

Pandemic Playbook 

An interactive collection of insight, wisdom, and critical lessons LeadingAge members have learned about serving older adults during a catastrophic health crisis. 



Daily Reports

LeadingAge (National) Resources

Crisis Communications Toolkit

Home Health & Hospice News

Home Health and Hospice Newsletter: November 24, 2020

Home Health and Hospice Newsletter: November 17, 2020

Home Health and Hospice Newsletter: November 10, 2020

Education & Webinars

Coronavirus Spotlight Podcasts

LeadingAge Coronavirus Spotlights

Podcast series featuring presentations by LeadingAge members and subject-matter experts who have been guests on the live daily online updates. Listen to these brief but informative podcasts to learn more about how your colleagues are coping with the pandemic. 

Policies & Regulations

Ohio Department of Health (ODH)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Ohio Department of Aging

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Provider/Setting Specific


Adult Day/PACE/Senior Centers

Affordable Housing

COVID-19 Update and Discussions for Affordable Housing Call Notes [Members Only]

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Assisted Living Communities

Home Health


Life Plan Communities

Nursing Homes







Activity Professionals

Job Placement Support - We Need You

Mental Health Resources for Providers

Social Isolation

Outdoor Visitation

Activity Professionals

Crisis Communications Toolkit

You Asked... We Answered


You asked... We answered 11/17/20

Is the 1135 waiver still in place and if so, can a hospice still conduct a Face-to-Face encounter via telehealth if there are audio and visual capabilities with the telehealth platform?

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You Asked... We Answered: 11/24/20

If a patient has identified an attending physician, who will also be acting as the patient’s hospice physician, are two verbal certifications required for this patient? For instance, one signature from the hospice physician, who is also the attending physician, and one signature from a second hospice physician?

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You asked... We answered 11/17/20

Is the 1135 waiver still in place and if so, can a hospice still conduct a Face-to-Face encounter via telehealth if there are audio and visual capabilities with the telehealth platform?

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You asked... We answered 11/10/20

One of our hospice patients is positive for COVID-19 in a nursing facility. Is there an exemption saying a nursing facility can skill them for COVID-19 isolation and we can keep the patient on hospice and bill Medicare concurrently?

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Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod


  • Is the association's primary spokesperson
  • Oversees staff and daily operations
  • Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
  • Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
  • Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors
  • Staff liaison to Human Resources Committee

Patrick Schwartz

Patrick Schwartz

Director of Strategic Communications

  • Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
  • Oversees digital strategy, including websites, newsletters and social media channels
  • Provides strategic direction for communicating organizational goals and achievements to members, partners, policy makers and the media
  • Serves as primary contact for media inquiries
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