ICD-10 Codes Required on Opioid Prescriptions Starting December 29

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OHF Boards Announce New CEO and Fall Funding Awards

Funding from the Foundations will support a new dental safety net clinic; osteopathic graduate medical education; recovery and treatment services for individuals experiencing substance use disorders; increased access to breast health services; and expanded home ownership opportunities for low-income families.

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Ohio Offers Free Medication-Assisted Treatment Training

Physicians Are Eligible for Up to $1300 Reimbursement

Because MAT is an important component of the continuum of care for addiction treatment, the State of Ohio is encouraging more physicians and other prescribers to provide medication-assisted treatment through continuing medical education opportunities and reimbursable trainings. Read more to get information about a training site near you.

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Loan Repayment Program Deadline Jan 16

Primary Care Physicians Can Receive up to $25,000 Annually

The Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program (OPLRP) application cycle is open now through January 16. The program aims to increase access to primary care for underserved communities and populations

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Ohio Legislator Introduces Price Transparency Bill

The proposed legislation requires physicians to provide detailed cost estimates to patients for medical procedures that are scheduled at least seven days in advance or are subject to prior authorization. Emergency services would be exempted. The bill requires health care providers to offer a good-faith estimate, which may be stated within a price range. The estimate may be written, oral or electronic and must include whether the provider is out of network with the patient’s plan.

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OOA Offers New Prescription Discount Card

The OOA Board of Trustees has approved offering a discount card which helps patients find the lowest cost option for prescriptions while requiring no financial commitment on the part of the participant or the OOA. This new partnership with RxCut will offer Ohio patients access to prescription medications at 50 to 87 percent rate reductions.

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Ohio Infant Deaths Rise While Sleep-Related Deaths Decline

The current state budget dedicates nearly $50 million to improving birth outcomes and reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and builds on almost $87 million in investments made during the past six years.

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS: Book Project on Ohio's Opioid Crisis

OU-HCOM Faculty Compiling First-Person Accounts

As a result of the opioid epidemic, the lives of many Ohioans have been significantly impacted in various ways. To give a voice to this crisis and provide an in-depth look, faculty members at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are compiling a collection of first-person accounts to be published in 2019.

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Fentanyl, Carfentanil, Cocaine Responsible for Increase in Overdose Deaths

Prescription opioid-related deaths in Ohio decline for fifth straight year

Ohio’s opioid epidemic continued to evolve in 2016 with stronger drugs driving an increase in unintentional overdose deaths, according to a new report released by the Ohio Department of Health.

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Medical Board Limits Opiate Prescriptions for Acute Pain

Diagnosis Codes Required on Prescriptions Starting Dec. 29, 2017

As the epidemic of opiate abuse and addiction continues to sweep the country, state, local and community leaders constantly look to improve their efforts to combat it by responding with newer, better tools. Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced new rules on prescriptions written for acute pain.

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Ohioans Need Access to Affordable Medicines, but Issue 2 is not the Solution

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AACOM Launches Groundbreaking Study on Empathy

The study, titled the Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy (POME2), is the first of its kind to measure and examine reported empathy levels of students from 41 different osteopathic medical colleges, branch campuses, and teaching sites. This pool of research participants represents roughly 85 percent of all DO students in the United States.

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Ohioans Elected to AOA Board of Trustees

AOA House of Delegates Sets Policy

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Columbus DO Testifies at Ohio House of Representatives

Profession Opposes Scope of Practice Bill

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OOA Installs New President

Family Physician from Piketon to Lead the State Association

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Ohio AG Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers

Alleges drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing

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Opponents of Drug Ballot Issue Launch Campaign

OOA Joins Coalition, Expresses Concern about Misleading Ballot Initiative

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Osteopathic Medical Award Presented at State Science Day

OU-HCOM Students Judge Projects

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AOA Opposes House-Passed Healthcare Reform Bill; Urges Bipartisan Alternative in Senate

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.

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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

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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.

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Heritage College Family Med Department Sponsors Free CME

Event will be live in Athens with Videoconference to Dublin and Cleveland

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HPIO releases Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017.

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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.

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OOA House of Delegates to Meet April 21-22 in Columbus

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.

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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.

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New Program Helps Families Harmed by Parental Opioid Abuse

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COA Announces 2017 Award Recipients

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Advocates Accepting Nominations

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Six Win Osteopathic Medical Award at State Science Day

Medical Students Volunteer to Judge Projects

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OOA Adopts Theme of "Let's PULL Together"

PULL Stands for "Pride, Unity, Loyalty and Legacy"

The theme was Inspired by OOA Past President Robert W. Hostoffer, Jr., DO, because of his passion for rowing and his love for the osteopathic profession.

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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: .

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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.

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FTC Issues Red Flag Rule Regarding Identity Theft

FAQ Helps Physicians Understand Rule

On November 9, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its Red Flag rule concerning identity theft. Under the rule, financial institutions and creditors are required to develop and implement a written identity theft program to identify, detect, and respond to possible risks of identity theft relevant to them.

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Ohio Family Physicians Group Wins National Award

Ohioan Named Young FP of the Year

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OOA Leaders Meet with Elected Officials

The OOA has been meeting with elected state and federal officials to discuss health care reform.

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Budget Bill Introduced in Ohio House

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Public Health Council Revises Infectious Disease Rules

New Reporting Requirements Take Effect 1/1/2009

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New Incentives to Promote the Use of Electronic Prescribing, or E-Prescribing

Beginning in 2009, and during the four years that follow, Medicare will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals who are successful electronic prescribers as defined by the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). Eligible professionals will receive 2% incentive payments in 2009 and 2010; 1% incentive payments in 2011 and 2012; and a 0.5% incentive payment in 2013.

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Ohio Organizations Advocate for Federal Recovery Package

OOA Among the 160+ Groups Requesting Aid

In response to the harsh economic conditions of the state, more than 160 organizations, including the OOA, sent a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama and the Ohio congressional delegation urging support of a federal recovery package that will help provide basic safety net services during this recession.

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Health Care Leaders Convene for QI Summit

More than 180 health care leaders from various organizations and agencies throughout the state attended the Ohio Health Quality Improvement Summit, November 17-19, 2008, sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, and the Ohio Business Roundtable.

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Three Steps to e-Prescribing

Online Resources Available for Physicians

Through Medicare's e-prescribing, eligible physicians can save time, enhance office and pharmacy productivity, and improve patient safety and quality of care while earning incentives from Medicare.

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Ohio Primary Care Physicians Release Why Ohioans Deserve a Medical Home

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Ohioans Receive National Awards

Several Ohioans were in the spotlight during the 113th AOA Convention and Scientific Seminar, held in October in Las Vegas.

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Profession Cares About Domestic Violence Issues

OOA President Participates in News Conference

OOA President Barbara A. Bennett, DO, participated in Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day news conference at the Ohio Statehouse, October 8, 2008.

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Governor Declares October 12-19 Living Wills and Advance Directives Week

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DOs Testify at Medicaid Forums

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AOA House of Delegates Convenes in Chicago

Some 500 DOs convened July 18-19, 2008, for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates to consider almost 200 policy and procedural resolutions. Delegates also elected the 2008-2009 AOA officers and saw Carlo J. DiMarco, DO, an ophthalmologist and educator at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, installed as the organization's 112th president.

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OOA Presents Osteopathic Medical Awards at State Science Day

The OOA awarded the Osteopathic Medical Award to six junior high and high school students at State Science Day, May 10, 2008.

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Ohio DO Provides Emergency Healthcare in China

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OOA Announces 2008 Award Winners

Honors to be Presented at State Convention in June

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April 1 Effective Date for Certain Rx Written on Tamper-Resistant Pads

The new federal law requires all non-electronic prescriptions for Medicaid patients to be written on tamper-resistant pads.

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Gov. Signs Historic Physician-Insurance Contracting Reform Bill

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Ohio DO Nominated to MedPAC

Prestigious Panel Advises Congress

American Osteopathic Association President Peter B. Ajluni,DO, has nominated Paul A. Martin, DO, of Dayton, to serve on the prestigious Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

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Provider Coalition Challenges Pharmacy Board Licensing

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Participate in the Annual Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey

Make Your Voice Heard!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun distributing the third annual Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) to a new sample of Medicare providers.

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Good News!

Gov. Reverses Decision Regarding Medicaid Fee Freeze

The OOA along with the Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Hospital Association, and Ohio Children's Hospital Association met with Gov. Strickland two days before his press conference announcing his decision to reverse the freeze and give physician Medicaid providers a three percent line item increase starting in July (the first raise in seven years).

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OOF Supports New Patient Sim Lab

Warren General Hospital Fund Provides Grant

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OOA-CORE to Host Annual Research Poster Competition

Submit Abstracts by March 28

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Strickland Halts Reimbursement Increase

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Executive Committee Names New Legal Counsel

Eric Jones, an Of Counsel member of Madison and Rosan, LLP, in Columbus, was named OOA's legal counsel.

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Profession Represented on Healthcare Reform Committee

Governor's Effort Seeks to Expand Coverage

George F. Dunigan was appointed to Gov. Strickland's Healthcare Coverage Initiative Advisory Committee, a panel of business, labor, hospitals, physician groups, consumers, government, insurers, and others

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Ohio DOs Attend AOA House of Delegates

Delegation Wins Approval of Two Resolutions

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Dr. Emlich Installed as OOA President

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Ohio DOs Receive Awards During the OOA Convention

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Ohio ACOFP Elects Officers, Presents Awards

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AOA Campaigns to Prevent Medicare Cuts

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CMS Offers Quality Reporting Resources

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