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.
Statewide Coalition to Protect Patients
The OOA and other state physician organizations have launched a campaign to educate legislators and the general public about the dangers of HB 216 and how it will undermine team-based care and endanger patients. The bill allows advance practice nurses to practice without a collaboration agreement with a physician.
Goal is to integrate OARRS with EHRs
The state will make up to a $1.5M annual investment to enable prescribers and dispensers to automatically check past opiate history within the same system they use day-to-day.
Activities Are Planned to Celebrate OU-HCOM's Fortieth Birthday
State Rep. Terry Johnson, DO (R-McDermott) introduced HB 352 earlier this month to designate the month of April as “Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month” in honor of the significant contributions made by the osteopathic field of medicine to improve the health of Ohioans.
Voices Support for New Initiative to Prevent Opioid Abuse
OOA Member Elizabeth B. Lottes, DO, of Columbus, testified, October 7, before the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee in support of HB 248. The bill would require health insurance companies to cover the cost of opioid pain medications formulated with abuse deterrent properties.
Ohio's Application Fails to Make the Final Cut
Thirty nine proposals were funded nationally. A group of Ohio organizations, including the Ohio Osteopathic Association, submitted a TCPI application through the Ohio Health Information Partnership, but the proposal did not make the final cut for funding.
Report Shows Alarming Increase In Deaths Due to Fentanyl
New statistics released by the Ohio Department of Health, Sept 24, show some positive trends in Ohio’s fight against prescription drug abuse, but an alarming increase in deaths due to fentanyl, which is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroine.
Both Urge Quick Passage of HB 248
The physicians joined two legislators at a Statehouse press conference to mandate insurance companies to pay for abuse deterrent versions of addictive pain medications.
Ballot Language Challenged in the Ohio Supreme Court
Issue 3 would provide for 10 Marijuana Growth, Cultivation and Extraction (MGCE) facilities. Cultivation of medical and retail marijuana and production of marijuana-infused products would only be permitted to take place at the 10 MGCE facilities. The Ohio Legislature was especially critical of this section of the initiative, and has initiated Issue 2 in opposition.
Barreiro stresses importance of funding community based programs
Barreiro also discussed the need to train culturally competent primary care physicians, focusing on population health.
Medicaid Targets Zip Codes with Highest Mortality Rates
According to statistics from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ohio ranks 45th in overall infant mortality. The state’s rate of infant mortality for black babies (13.57) was second highest nationally for the 39 states where a rate could be calculated.
Has good news and bad news for Medicaid
The final budget has a slight increase in reimbursement for Medicaid payments to primary care physicians, that is still well below Medicare rates; but a cut in reimbursement for dual eligibles from Medicare to Medicaid levels.
The 130th Ohio General Assembly concluded its work in mid-December, combining and passing numerous Senate and House health-related bills and sending them to the Governor for his signature.
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 .
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.