We are fighting on the front line at the Statehouse in battles involving practice regulation, Medicaid reimbursement, BWC compensation, tort reform and HMO/insurance company regulation to name a few. These areas of your practice are controlled by the states, not the federal government.
Senator 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. For more information, go to http://ooanet.org/reform
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
Governor John Kasich signed HB 352, May 31, designating April as "Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month, after the Senate unanimously passed the bill by a vote of 29-0, before adjourning until November.
The Ohio Osteopathic Association's testimony as "an interested party" was written by Darren J. Sommer, DO. OOA did not take a position on whether medicinal marijuana should be legalized or not. Instead, the testimony focused on three issues that would put physicians at risk, if the state of Ohio chooses to move forward with legalization.
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Working in collaboration with other physician associations, the OOA sent a letter to all members of the Ohio Senate to oppose an amendment requiring health insuring corporations to directly contract with APNs as primary care providers.