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.”
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Report also Shows Progress in Reducing Prescription Opioid Abuse
“Tobacco 21” legislation would make it unlawful to sell or distribute a tobacco product to anyone under the age of 21.
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Grandview Alumni Reunion Weekend set for August 13-15 to celebrate 90 years of care.
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 measures include expanding access to buprenorphine, a proposal to eliminate any potential financial incentive for doctors to prescribe opioids based on patient experience survey questions, and a requirement for Indian Health Service prescribers and pharmacists to check state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) databases before prescribing or dispensing opioids for pain. In addition, the department is launching more than a dozen new scientific studies on opioid misuse and pain treatment and soliciting feedback to improve and expand prescriber education and training programs.
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.
Gov. John Kasich signed legislation, June 28, to coordinate local health assessments and improvement plans. The new law (ORC 3701.981) requires tax-exempt hospitals and local health districts to submit their existing community health improvement plans to the state so they can be posted online beginning July 2017.
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.
Prescribers recently received an e-mail from GCOAT asking them to complete an online training module regarding the new acute pain prescribing guidelines. The training module contains a three-question introductory quiz to gauge prescribers’ “pre-training” knowledge of the new acute pain prescribing guidelines; a 10-minute training video summarizing the new guidelines; and a brief conclusion quiz to gauge how prescribers plan to adjust their acute opioid prescribing practices.
Effort Focused on Tobacco QuitLine and Smoke-Free Workplace
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.
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The Ohio a osteopathic Association House of Delegates meets April 22-23, during the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium at the Olumbus Hilton at Easton Town Center.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finalized its guidance for physicians prescribing opioids to adults for chronic pain in outpatient settings. The voluntary guidelines are somewhat more stringent than those developed by the Ohio Governor’s Cabinet Opioid Action Team.
After breakfasts with legislators, the students joined nearly 500 first and second year students on all three campuses to hear presentations by guest speakers originating from Athens and Columbus.
Companion bills introduced in the Ohio House and Senate do not prohibit step therapy, but establish conditions for its use. Reps. Terry Johnson, DO (R-Portsmouth) and Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) are joint sponsors of HB 443.
The Ohio House of Representatives Health & Aging Committee heard testimony, Feb.10, from doctors and staff representing a coalition of physician associations opposed to House Bill 216. The proposed legislation would eliminate the requirement for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Certified Mid-Wives, to collaborate with a physician and expand their scope of practice.
Osteopathic Profession Works with Policymakers to Address Epidemic
Established in 2006, OARRS is the only statewide database that collects information on all prescriptions for controlled substances that are dispensed by pharmacies and personally furnished by licensed prescribers in Ohio. OARRS data is available to prescribers when they treat patients, pharmacists when presented with prescriptions from patients and law enforcement officers only during active investigations.
Half of Applicants Choose Residencies in Primary Care
Of the 3,050 current and recent graduates who participated in the American Osteopathic Association's Intern/Resident Registration Program, 74% successfully matched for a total of 2,255 placements.
The new guidelines address short-term acute pain from injuries, or surgical and dental procedures that is expected to resolve within 12 weeks. Cynthia S. Kelley, DO, of Akron; Cleanne Cass, DO, of Dayton; and Mark N. Malinowski, DO, of Chillicothe, helped to write the guidelines, which specifically mention osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine as an alternative to opioids.
Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger has appointed a 15-member task force of legislators, legal, medical and law enforcement officials to help the legislature decide what to do about medical marijuana. At the same time the Ohio Senate will hold town hall meetings in three cities.
A panel of APRNs supporting the bill testified, Jan. 20. Prior to the hearing, the OOA, in collaboration with other medical associations, sent a joint-letter to members of the Committee making it clear that the physician organizations are opposed to the current legislation and existing substitute drafts, but committed to working with the sponsor, State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, to resolve issues of concern.
The osteopathic profession was strongly represented in the meeting with representatives from AOA, ACOFP, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP), American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS), and American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI).
Discussion focused on the importance of improving both physical and mental health for men across the age spectrum, using more coordinated, innovative, and personal outreach to get men more engaged in their own health – concepts that are fundamental parts of the osteopathic approach.
The American Osteopathic Association and four specialty affiliates have submitted comments regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's draft Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
National Start With Hello Week, February 8-12
Eighteen Ohio groups are working together with Sandy Hook Promise to address social isolation in young people.
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As the “Godfather of PCMH,” Paul Grundy , MD, has championed efforts to shift health care delivery towards consumer-focused, primary-care based systems. His passion and advocacy are credited for advancing the concept, which has been shown to improve quality and lower the cost of care.
The Graduate Medical Education Study Committee, created by the Ohio General Assembly earlier this year, has completed its work and transmitted its recommendations to the legislature. The
The Ohio General Assembly adjourned, December 8, and legislators won’t return to the Statehouse until January 20, 2016. Since 2016 is a major election year, the legislative process will be interrupted by primaries in the Spring and the Presidential election in the Fall, followed by a "lame duck" session in December .
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.
Family Physician from Athens Receives the National Honor
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