State Legislation

We are fighting on the front line at the Statehouse in battles involving practice regulation, Medicaid reimbursement, BWC compensation, tort reform and HMO/insurance company regulation to name a few. These areas of your practice are controlled by the states, not the federal government.

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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

Physician Groups Voice Concern

Working in collaboration with other physician associations, the OOA sent a letter to all members of the Ohio Senate to oppose an amendment requiring health insuring corporations to directly contract with APNs as primary care providers.

Work on Budget Bill Continues

OOA Supports Private Insurance Market Proposals