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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Latest News

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 .


OARRS Offers New Practice Insight Report

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has announced the availability of the Practice Insight Report in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) to provide prescribers with additional information about their patients.


Legislators Address Ohio's Infant Mortality Problems

Ohio Sens. Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced five bills this week related to the state’s infant mortality problems. Ohio ranks 48th nationally in its infant mortality rate—37th among white infants and 49th among black infants.


Ohio Legislators Frustrated By Drug Abuse Epidemic

The OOA and other physician organizations continue to advocate for an educational approach to solving the problem, while the legislators, impatient with results to date, continue to press for penalties and more stringent laws to get the attention of the physician community.


Supreme Court Decision Supports Medicaid Expansion

In a 4-3 ruling, written by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the court said the groups challenging the Kasich administration's authority to expand Medicaid failed in their lawsuit because they did not adequately show that the Controlling Board had a clear legal duty to follow the directives of the legislature “when those directives are not expressed in the final, enrolled bill.”


Six DOs Meet with Ohio Legislators Regarding Prescription Drug Abuse

Six Ohio DOs were part of a delegation of physicians who went to the Statehouse, Dec. 10, to discuss 13 bills that have been recently introduced to address Ohio’s prescription drug addiction epidemic.


Prescription Drug Abuse Bills Introduced in House

A series of bills aimed at addressing Ohio’s opiate epidemic have been introduced as a result of hearings conducted over the summer by the Ohio House Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Study Committee. The Ohio Osteopathic Association and other physician organizations brought a panel of physicians to the Statehouse, December 10, to help legislators sort out the good proposals from the bad.


Supreme Court Decision Expected Soon on Medicaid Expansion

The lawsuit argues that the Controlling Board violated the constitutional guarantee of separation of powers and that the executive branch does not have the power to make such a major policy change administratively


Questions About Ohio's Health Insurance Exchange?

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has created a web page about the Ohio's federally facilitated marketplace to serve as a central repository for tools and resources about the new health insurance exchange.


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


OOA Supports Proposal to Enhance HB 125 Law


Budget Bill Introduced in Ohio House


Ohio Primary Care Physicians Release Why Ohioans Deserve a Medical Home


DOs Testify at Medicaid Forums


DO Appointed to Insurance Advisory Committee


Task Force Issues Health Insurance Reform Recommendations


House Committee Pares CARE Act


Gov. Signs Historic Physician-Insurance Contracting Reform Bill


Provider Coalition Challenges Pharmacy Board Licensing


Health Related Bills Sent to Governor's Desk


Strickland Halts Reimbursement Increase


State Budget Expands Medicaid Eligibility


Gov. Ted Strickland Signs State Budget Bill