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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 .


DO-Legislator Wants to Designate April as Osteopathic Medicine Month

State Rep. Terry Johnson, DO (R-McDermott) introduced HB 352 to designate 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.


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


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:http://video.house.gov/cao/hrs/Courtney_Rouzer_0828_0831.mp4 (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 Grant 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.


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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