We have Certified Information & Referral Specialist- Aging (CIRS-A) standing by to assist you in all your aging needs. The certification awards professional credentials to employees who successfully complete the appropriate AIRS Certification Program for information and referral practitioners. It is an acknowledgment of demonstrated competence in the field of information and referral.
Information and Referral (I&R) brings people and services together. When people don't know where to turn, I&R is there for them. Our trained staff is ready to assist you. Click the link below or call us at 1-800-945-4250.
Fax Number: 740-432-7042
Pre-Admission Review (PAR) Screening consists of two separate pre-admission screening processes. Both are required prior to an individual entering a Medicaid certified nursing facility, PASRR (PAS) and Level of Care (LOC). The PAS component of the federal PASRR (Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review) process requires all applicants to Medicaid-certified facilities, regardless of source of payment or diagnosis, to be screened for serious mental illness (SMI) and Mental Retardation and/or Developmental Disabilities (MR/DD).
The Level of Care process is the State of Ohio’s screening process for individuals seeking Medicaid reimbursement for their stay in a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. Medicaid will only pay for an individual’s care in a nursing facility if he or she meet the level of care criteria for intermediate level of care or skilled level of care. This determined level of care is communicated by our staff to the County Department of Job and Family Services so Medicaid vendor payment can be initiated.
The Area Agency on Aging Desk Review Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. The Pre-Admission fax number is 740-432-7042.
Pam Goodwin, RN Ext: 4727
Pam is a Registered Nurse who has been with the Area Agency on Aging, Region 9 for over 15 years. While at the Area Agency on Aging, Pam has served as a case manager, assessor and is currently a Pre-Admission Desk Reviewer. Pam holds a certification with the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems with a specialty in Aging. Prior to working at the Area Agency on Aging, Pam had 19 years experience in Hospital and NF settings. Pam graduated from Ohio University in 1992 with an Associate in Applied Science and Nursing degree.
Donna J. Eschbaugh Ext: 4736
Donna is a Registered Nurse and started at the Area Agency on Aging, Region 9, in February of 2011 as a PASSPORT Case Manager; and in September of 2012, accepted the position of Assessor/PAR/I&R Screener. Prior to coming to the AAA9, Donna worked locally at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center for 20 years as both a staff nurse and then as a night shift charge nurse in the ICU. Donna graduated from Ohio University in 2002 with an Associate in Applied Science and Nursing degree; and prior to that, received her Licensed Practical Nursing certification from Mid-East Ohio Vocational School.