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TEAMS WORK: HB 216 Undercuts Coordinated Care

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.

Kasich Announces Plan to Maximize OARRS Use

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.

Ohio DO Named AOA Mentor of the Year (Again)

Family Physician from Athens Receives the National Honor

DO-Legislator Wants to Designate April as Osteopathic Medicine Month

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.

Pharmacy Board Announces New Website for Prescription Monitoring Program

OARRS Site Gets Updated Look, New Features

Governor Declares "Living Wills + Advance Directives Week"

New Forms in Use for 2015

Urge Congressional Reps to Join the Primary Care Caucus

Launch Coincides with National Primary Care Week.

Click here to watch a video from Reps. Rouzer & Courtney announcing the caucus: (Slow loading video file)

Ohio DO Testifies at Statehouse Committee

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.

HHS Names Transforming Clinical Practice Grant Recipients

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.

OOA Member Honored by Chinese Government

OOA Member William J. Burke, DO, has been recognized by a province in China for his work there in helping to improve the training of primary care physicians.

Health Department Releases New Drug Abuse Data

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.

Two Columbus DOs Advocate for Abuse Deterrent Opioids

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.

Ohio ACOFP Joins Effort to Empower Youth to Save Lives

National Say Something Week, October 19-23, teaches youth how to recognize and respond to potential threats.

Physician Toolkit Available to Help Prevent Falls

OOA Partners with State Agencies

Physicians play a critical role in the prevention of falls. A new toolkit from the CDC and the State of Ohio's "STEADY U" program help doctors integrate simple screenings to identify patients at risk.

FMAHealth Releases Strategic Goals

Dayton DO Serves as Officer of New Collaboration

OOF Awards Grants in Honor of Warren General Hospital

Projects Enhance Osteopathic Education in Northeast Ohio

Infant Mortality Commission Begins Work

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.

Governor Signs Biennial Budget; Legislature Adjourns for Summer

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.

DO Graduates Have High GME Match Rate with Majority Choosing Primary Care

OU-HCOM Researchers Receive NIH Grants

The first three-year, $450,500 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will allow Bonita Biegalke, Ph.D., to study human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). he second $445,500 study is funded through the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research and will allow Susan Williams, Ph.D., professor of anatomy, and her team to more closely examine the effects of nerve damage that sometimes occurs during routine dental procedures.

New Suicide App Coming for Primary Care Providers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is preparing to release a free mobile app—optimized for tablets—called Suicide Safe, a suicide prevention learning tool for behavioral health and primary care providers

AOA, ACGME Build Single Accreditation System

Four DO representatives have been appointed to the ACGME Board, and two Ohio DOs were among a group of 13 osteopathic physicians approved for the ACGME's Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC). The comment period for new osteopathic standards ended, December 29.

Health Policy Institute Releases Population Health Brief

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) released its latest publication, What is Population Health?. OOA Executive Director Jon F. Wills represented the osteopathic profession on the work group.

ODH, Medical and Pharmacy Boards Get New Executives

Governor Kasich has announced the appointment of new executive directors at the State Medical and Pharmacy Boards, and the new chief medical officer of the Ohio Department of Health

Legislature Adjourns; New Laws Signed by Governor

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.

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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