Toledo-Area DO to Lead Family Physicians
Family Physician from Piketon to Lead the State Association
Alleges drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing
Osteopathic Profession Joins Coalition
Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue kicked off its campaign this week by announcing that a diverse coalition of Ohio organizations and associations will oppose and seek to defeat the deceptively worded “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act.”
The American Osteopathic Association’s decision to oppose the newest version of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) was made by comparing provisions in the bill to the AOA’s priorities for health care reform, which are based on existing policy passed by the AOA House of Delegates.
"As the State of Ohio moves to the promulgation of acute pain rules instead of guidelines, we are concerned about balancing the goals of protecting patient safety with effective treatment and access to pain management," writes OOA President Sean D. Stiltner, DO
The Medical Board is proposing to create a non-disciplinary, confidential monitoring program that allows licensees with mental or physical illnesses, (excluding substance use disorders) to be monitored by the Medical Board without being subjected to formal public disciplinary action. While the physician association coalition commends the Board for creating a non-disciplinary process, it still has concerns about how the program will operate and maintain confidentiality.
Event will be live in Athens with Videoconference to Dublin and Cleveland
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017.
Governor Announces Opioid Prescribing Rules as Legislators Introduce Bills with more Restrictive Measures
Governor Kasich held a news conference, March 30, to announce new licensing board rules for prescribing opioids for acute pain. The day before, Republican lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse to announce two new bills with even more prescribing restrictions and educational mandates.
Delegates attending the 2017 Ohio Osteopathic Association's annual business meeting will consider 21 resolutions, receive reports and elect officers and national delegates for the coming year. Read more and see the OOA House of Delegates Manual here.
State Reps. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) have introduced HB 145 to update the confidential Medical Board process known as “one-bite” that allows for early intervention and referral of impaired physicians to treatment providers without reporting them first to the Board.
The Ohio Coalition of Primary Care Physicians met February 9, at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) Dublin campus to discuss legislation and issues expected to surface during the new session of the Ohio General Assembly.
Primary care physician associations have visited with six first-term state representatives, with more visits to follow.
Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) has introduced legislation in the Ohio Senate and Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) will lead companion legislation in the Ohio House. The bills will give doctors a transparent and standardized process to appeal step therapy requirements for patients needing a particular medication. Get all the information you need to Take Action at http://ooanet.org/step.
Health-related priorities in the budget focus on four themes: modernize Medicaid; streamline health and human services; pay for value; and improve population health.
The brief argues against decisions of the Ninth and Twelfth District Appeals Courts which found the statute ambiguous, concluding the Ohio General Assembly did not intend for fault and errors expressions to be covered.
For several years, Ohio has been struggling with a deadly opioid abuse problem – and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has stepped up to lead the charge against it. A day of health policy discussion for first-year medical students Feb. 3, on the theme of “Healing Ohio’s Opioid Crisis,” is only the latest example of the college’s ongoing commitment to bringing the principles of osteopathic medicine to bear on this issue.
The Ohio Osteopathic Association joined the Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio State Medical Association and several other organizations in filing a lawsuit asking for a Temporary Restraining Order. The associations contend the law is ambiguous and impossible to implement in its current form.
OU-HCOM Club to Host Lecture Series in January/February
Forecast Calls for Colder, Snowier Season
New Populations Moving to Managed Care
The CliniSyncPLUS team has prepared online webinars to educate physician offices about MACRA. CliniSync was originally formed by the Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Hospital Association as a public-private partnership with the State of Ohio to create a statewide Health Information Exchange and promote the use of Electronic Health Records.
CliniSync, which was founded by the Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio Hospital Association, and Ohio State Medical Association in partnership with the Sate of Ohio is offering free MACRA webinars! CliniSync staff has read more than 2,000 pages so you don't have to!
Emails were sent to physicians as the Ohio Pharmacy Board released the results of an OARRS audit to the Associated Press, which proclaimed “some 12,000 physicians appear to be violating the policy aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic.”
Crisis Text Line Offers Free, Confidential Help from Trained Counselors
October 15 Event in Athens, Dublin, Cleveland
Report also Shows Progress in Reducing Prescription Opioid Abuse
“Tobacco 21” legislation would make it unlawful to sell or distribute a tobacco product to anyone under the age of 21.
Primary Care Practices Must Apply by September 15
Lost-time claim no longer needed for Transitional Work Grant
Grandview Alumni Reunion Weekend set for August 13-15 to celebrate 90 years of care.
Ohio Medicaid ended the current fiscal year, June 30, approximately $1.3 billion under budget according to a new report released by the Office of Health Transformation.
The measures include expanding access to buprenorphine, a proposal to eliminate any potential financial incentive for doctors to prescribe opioids based on patient experience survey questions, and a requirement for Indian Health Service prescribers and pharmacists to check state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) databases before prescribing or dispensing opioids for pain. In addition, the department is launching more than a dozen new scientific studies on opioid misuse and pain treatment and soliciting feedback to improve and expand prescriber education and training programs.
The Ohio Department of Medicaid has submitted a request to CMS that would mandate Ohio Medicaid recipients be enrolled in a Health Savings Account Program. The waiver request was required by the Ohio General Assembly as a provision in the biennial budget, passed June 30, 2015.
Gov. John Kasich signed legislation, June 28, to coordinate local health assessments and improvement plans. The new law (ORC 3701.981) requires tax-exempt hospitals and local health districts to submit their existing community health improvement plans to the state so they can be posted online beginning July 2017.
Before adjourning in May, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a compromise version of HB 216, which modernizes the advance practice nurse (APRN) practice act. The the bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Medical Students Volunteer to Judge Projects
The web site contains valuable resources for players, parents, coaches, referees, and physicians. In addition to materials specifically required HB 143, the site also contains a list of frequently asked questions, fact sheets for coaches and parents, and CDC diagnosis and management educational articles for physicians. Click here to visit the web site: www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion .
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