The informed consent form must be used when prescribing opioids to minors and can be downloaded at the Medical Board of Ohio web site: http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/analyses130/h0314-rs-130.pdf
The language was slipped into the Governor's Mid-Biennium Budget Review bill and goes into effect September 15th.
For a toolkit and other resources, go to www.healthyohioprogram.org/vipp/falls/STEADI.aspx.
Radio campaign celebrates 115th anniversary
The OOA’s statewide radio campaign continues with a new PSA-type ad cautioning parents, players, and coaches about concussions. OU-HCOM Student Simon Fraser, a member of the 2002 Ohio State National Championship football team and former Cleveland Brown, recorded the 60-second spot.
Ohio's favorite son, Robert S. Juhasz, DO, of Cleveland, was installed as the 118th president of the American Osteopathic Association, July 20, telling more than 600 members of the AOA House of Delegates, "I am so incredibly proud and humbled to be your AOA president at this historic time for our profession."
This decision clears the way for DO and MD granting medical schools, hospitals, and community health centers to develop a single standard for residency program training. Graduating students from DO or MD schools can now become board-eligible, practicing physicians in the United States through a single accrediting system.
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 .
Physician Payment Reform and GME Funding Discussed
More than 1,200 DOs, osteopathic medical students, and other representatives of the profession—including 94 from Ohio —gathered in Washington, DC, March 6, for this year’s DO Day on Capitol Hill. The Ohio Osteopathic Association provided bus transportation for 58 students from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) to participate in this year's event.
The best opportunity in decades to permanently repeal Medicare’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula was within Congress' reach, and they let it slip away by opting instead to patch a broken payment system.
The House of Representatives approved by voice vote, March 27, a one-year patch (H.R. 4302) to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that was strongly opposed by physician groups, including the AOA. The OOA, March 31st, urged Ohio's Senators to vote "no' on the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 to have the issue resolved in Conference Committee.
The new services includes a free check up and report on IT infrastructure for all OOA members.
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.
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.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has a issued a new report, warning that the continuing failure of state and national policies is endangering emergency patients. Ohio scored better than previously in the report card, moving from 18th place in 2009,when the last report was released, to seventh this year with an overall grade of C+.
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.
The campaign includes 60- or 30-second radio commercials in all 88 Ohio counties over a 10-month period; targeted digital banners statewide to reach 150,000 Ohioans who are seeking health information on the internet; and an on-demand video about the OOA posted on the Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE) Always Go With A Pro landing page.
Guidelines Stress Reevaluation at 80 milligrams MED
As part of an ongoing effort to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications and unintentional overdoses, Gov. John R. Kasich announced the adoption of new opioid prescribing guidelines and launch of a new website for physicians.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults. The Task Force concluded that there is not enough evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment to make a recommendation for or against routine screening of all older adults.
The House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees both approved legislation, Dec. 12, to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and reform Medicare physician payment. Congress passed a three month delay with a token fee update, but will not act until details can be worked out next year. In the meantime, a proposed CMS rule gives physicians until January 31, 2014, to change their participation status in the Medicare Program due to continued uncertainties about health reform in general.
The American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) will begin administering an examination for Osteopathic Continuous Certification for Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. Applications are due by March 1,2014.
Registration is now open through January 24th for this year's DO Day on Capitol Hill, March 6, in Washington, DC. DO Day is the premier national osteopathic advocacy event for DOs and osteopathic medical students.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
In a 5-2 ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals in Moretz v. Muakkassa. The OOA, along with the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio State Medical Association filed an amicus brief in the case, which involved medical bill write-offs and whether expert testimony is required to establish the amount. The Supreme Court determined there is no basis for requiring an expert witness for this purpose.
The Controlling Board today (Oct 21), by a vote of 5-2, approved the Kasich administration’s multi-billion dollar funding authorization request to expand Ohio’s Medicaid eligibility up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
Now that the federal government has approved Ohio's Medicaid expansion plan, the Governor will seek permission to move forward from the State Controlling Board. All eyes are focused on October 21, when the seven member panel debates coverage for another 275,000 Ohioans that would bring an estimated $13 billion to the state.
The annual observance spotlights the importance of having thoughtful discussions about health care decisions with family and healthcare providers and taking actions on those discussions by having written advance directives
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