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
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announced they have been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement on a new unified graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Designed to reduce morbidity and mortality of alcohol and drug use, the federally-funded program stresses early intervention methodologies that rely on the integration of medical and behavioral health approaches.
The ACOFP is conducting a 13-question survey to determine the impact that recent changes in genetics are having on osteopathic family physicians and the medical community as a whole.
The OOA, Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio State Medical Association have filed another Ohio Supreme Court amicus brief in Cromer v. Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, in support of “foreseeability.”
Applicants for the award need to be sponsored by a current Fellow and completed applications must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2013 for the next Fellows Award Ceremony, March 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Ohio Senate began hearings this week (April 23) for its version of the state budget, after receiving a House-passed blueprint that stripped Medicaid expansion from Gov. John Kasich’s original proposal. The Governor's office expressed optimism that lawmakers may still consider Medicaid expansion.
The current recommendations have a “trigger” for any chronic, non-terminal pain patient who has received 80 mg or more of morphine equivalent daily dose (MED) over the past 90 days, as determined through the OARRS database. By agreeing to issue guidelines rather than rules, the Kasich Administration is also challenging the provider community to make a positive change in opiate prescription overuse and abuse within a year.
mplementation of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision to increase payments to primary care physicians who treat Medicaid patients continues to be delayed. The program slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2013 will increase Medicaid payments to primary care physicians to the same level that Medicare pays for these same services.
The Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc. and the Urban Institute, has released a new fact sheet examining the impact of not expanding Medicaid in Ohio
The Ohio Supreme Court of Ohio ruled in a 7-0 decision today (April 23) that an expression of sympathy by a physician to a patient regarding an unanticipated medical outcome may not be admitted as evidence of liability in any medical malpractice lawsuit initiated after September 13, 2004 the effective date of legislation prohibiting such evidence.
The ACOFP Congress of Delegates approved the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan of the ACOFP during its annual convention on March 21 in Las Vegas
The Ohio ACOFP congratulates Ohio ACOFP President Douglas W. Harley, DO, FACOFP, of Akron, and J. Todd Weihl, DO, FACOFP, of Columbus, on receiving this honor.
Overall, the report, released by Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, gives 29 states an “F” and seven a “D.” Only two states – Massachussetts and New Hampshire received an “A.”
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual county health rankings,, March 19. The report rates the health of nearly every county in the nation and shows that much of what affects health occurs outside of the physician’s office.
Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) recently introduced the "Training Tomorrow's Doctors Today" (HR 1201). Urge your Congressional Representative to support the bill.
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