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Forecast Calls for Colder, Snowier Season


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New Populations Moving to Managed Care


MACRA Webinars Available Online

The CliniSyncPLUS team has prepared online webinars to educate physician offices about MACRA. CliniSync was originally formed by the Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Hospital Association as a public-private partnership with the State of Ohio to create a statewide Health Information Exchange and promote the use of Electronic Health Records.


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Annual Osteopathic Poster Competition & Exhibition, April 22, 2017


CliniSyncPLUS Offers Free MACRA Webinars

CliniSync, which was founded by the Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio Hospital Association, and Ohio State Medical Association in partnership with the Sate of Ohio is offering free MACRA webinars! CliniSync staff has read more than 2,000 pages so you don't have to!


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.”


State Unveils New Tool for Ohioans in Crisis

Crisis Text Line Offers Free, Confidential Help from Trained Counselors


Profession Sponsors Free Buprenorphine Waiver Training

October 15 Event in Athens, Dublin, Cleveland


Illicit Fentanyl Continues to Fuel Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths in Ohio

Report also Shows Progress in Reducing Prescription Opioid Abuse


Profession Supports Tobacco 21

“Tobacco 21” legislation would make it unlawful to sell or distribute a tobacco product to anyone under the age of 21.


CMS Selects Ohio to Participate in High-Quality, High-Value Care Model

Primary Care Practices Must Apply by September 15


State Medical Board Releases FY16 Annual Report


BWC UPDATE

Lost-time claim no longer needed for Transitional Work Grant


Calling all DOs who Completed their Internship/Residency at Grandview Hospital

Grandview Alumni Reunion Weekend set for August 13-15 to celebrate 90 years of care.


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.


HHS Announces New Actions to Fight Opioid Abuse

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.


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.


Governor Signs Bill to Improve Community Health Planning

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.


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.


Ohio Offers Online Training for New Acute Pain Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

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.


ODH Launches New Campaigns

Effort Focused on Tobacco QuitLine and Smoke-Free Workplace


Ohio ACOFP Installs New President


Governor Signs Osteopathic Recognition Month Bill

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.


Loan Repayment Applications Due by June 30

Program Open to Primary Care Specialties


Six Win Osteopathic Medical Award at State Science Day

Medical Students Volunteer to Judge Projects


Volunteer at MDA Summer Camp

Partnership Provides Medical Support to Campers with Neuromuscular Disease


OOA House to Consider 22 Resolutions

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.


OOA Weighs In On Medicinal Marijuana

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.


CDC Issues Prescribing Guidelines for Opioids

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.


Ohio ACOFP to Host Annual Meeting, April 21


OU-HCOM Health Policy Day Promotes Civility

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.


OOA Advocates for Step Therapy Legislation

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.


DO, Osteopathic Medical Student Testify Against HB 216

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.


OARRS Report Shows Sustained Progress in 2015

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.


Medical Students Get Results of DO Match Day

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.


Ohio Issues Acute Pain Prescribing Guidelines

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.


Medical Marijuana Takes Center Stage at the Statehouse

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.


Debate Continues on APRN Scope of Practice Legislation

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.


DO Affiliates Attend White House Meeting

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).


ACOFP Joins White House Dialogue on Men's Health

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.


AOA and Specialty Affiliates Comment on CDC Draft Opioid Guidelines

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.


Ohio ACOFP Joins Effort to Reduce Social Isolation Among Children, Teens

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.


Godfather of Patient Centered Medical Home to Keynote Annual Symposium

Conference Registration Now Open

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.


GME Study Committee Submits Report to Legislators

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


Legislators Set to Return to Columbus in Mid-January

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 .


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 .

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