State Legislation

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.

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Columbus DO Testifies at Ohio House of Representatives

Profession Opposes Scope of Practice Bill

OOA Voices Concerns about Ohio's Acute Pain Rules

"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

OOA Signs Letter on Medical Board's Monitoring Program

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.

HPIO releases Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017

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.

Bill Introduced to Help Impaired Physicians Get Treatment

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.

OOA Supports Step Therapy Reform Legislation

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.

Kasich Introduces His Last State Biennial Budget

Health-related priorities in the budget focus on four themes: modernize Medicaid; streamline health and human services; pay for value; and improve population health.

OOA Joins Amicus Brief to Support Ohio's Apology Statute

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.

OU-HCOM Health Policy Day Focuses On Ohio's Opioid Epidemic

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.

Judge Issues Order To Delay Ohio's Health Care Price Transparency Law

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.

OARRS Alerts Prompt Widespread Concern

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 Ends Year Under Budget

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.

Ohio Medicaid Submits Controversial Waiver Request

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.

Physicians and Nurses Reach Consensus on HB 216

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.

ODH Posts Concussion Education Tools Online

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 .

Physician Groups Voice Concern

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.

Work on Budget Bill Continues

OOA Supports Private Insurance Market Proposals