None at this time.

09/28/2014

Medical Board Posts Opioid Consent Form for Minors

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

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09/28/2014

New Law Requires Notice for Lyme Disease Tests

The language was slipped into the Governor's Mid-Biennium Budget Review bill and goes into effect September 15th.

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09/28/2014

September is Fall Prevention Month

For a toolkit and other resources, go to www.healthyohioprogram.org/vipp/falls/STEADI.aspx.

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07/22/2014

Ohioan Installed as AOA President

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."

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07/22/2014

AOA House Votes to Support New GME Accreditation System

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.

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06/30/2014

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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05/06/2014

MU2: Encryption of Data at Rest - What it means

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03/31/2014

Congress Approves One-Year Medicare Physician Pay Fix

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.

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03/31/2014

OOA Urges Ohio's Senators to Vote "No" on Temporary SGR Fix

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.

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02/18/2014

PSP Expands Meaningful Use and IT Services For OOA Members

The new services includes a free check up and report on IT infrastructure for all OOA members.

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02/14/2014

OARRS Offers New Practice Insight Report

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.

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02/14/2014

Legislators Address Ohio's Infant Mortality Problems

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.

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01/27/2014

Nation Gets a D+ for Its Emergency Care Environment

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+.

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01/27/2014

Ohio Legislators Frustrated By Drug Abuse Epidemic

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.

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01/10/2014

Ad Campaign Spotlights the OOA's 115th Anniversary

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.

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01/10/2014

Ohio Launches Opioid Prescribing Education Initiative

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.

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12/30/2013

US Task Force Issues Draft Dementia Screening Recommendation

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.

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12/30/2013

Congressional Committees Approve SGR Repeal; CMS Extends Participation Fee Deadline

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.

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12/30/2013

Registration for DO Day on Capitol Hill is Now Open!

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.

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12/26/2013

Supreme Court Decision Supports Medicaid Expansion

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.”

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12/26/2013

Six DOs Meet with Ohio Legislators Regarding Prescription Drug Abuse

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.

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12/26/2013

Meaningful Use Timeline Shift Does Not Afford Flexibility in 2014

"The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has confirmed with HHS officials that the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 extension / Stage 3 delay does not change front-end requirements for Meaningful Use in 2014 and does not afford much needed flexibility to providers working to install and upgrade new technology..."

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12/13/2013

Prescription Drug Abuse Bills Introduced in House

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.

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12/13/2013

Supreme Court Decision Expected Soon on Medicaid Expansion

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

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11/27/2013

Questions About Ohio's Health Insurance Exchange?

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.

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10/28/2013

Supreme Court Rulings Uphold Medical Tort Reform

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.

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10/21/2013

Controlling Board Approves Medicaid Expansion

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.

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10/14/2013

Ohio Minimum Wages Increase Jan. 1, 2014

Effective January 1, 2014, Ohio's minimum wage will increase ten cents an hour, from $7.85 to $7.95. Increases are tied to the rate of inflation as a result of an Ohio Constitutional amendment passed in 2006.

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10/14/2013

CMS Approves Governor's Medicaid Expansion Plan

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.

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10/14/2013

OOA Observes Living Wills and Advance Directives Week Oct. 13-19

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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06/23/2009

New Online Toolkit Provides HIT Resources

www.secure4health.org/

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05/22/2009

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.

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04/23/2009

FTC Issues Red Flag Rule Regarding Identity Theft

FAQ Helps Physicians Understand Rule

On November 9, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its Red Flag rule concerning identity theft. Under the rule, financial institutions and creditors are required to develop and implement a written identity theft program to identify, detect, and respond to possible risks of identity theft relevant to them.

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03/16/2009

Ohio Family Physicians Group Wins National Award

Ohioan Named Young FP of the Year

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02/27/2009

OOA Leaders Meet with Elected Officials

The OOA has been meeting with elected state and federal officials to discuss health care reform.

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02/27/2009

Budget Bill Introduced in Ohio House

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01/06/2009

Public Health Council Revises Infectious Disease Rules

New Reporting Requirements Take Effect 1/1/2009

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01/01/2009

New Incentives to Promote the Use of Electronic Prescribing, or E-Prescribing

Beginning in 2009, and during the four years that follow, Medicare will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals who are successful electronic prescribers as defined by the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). Eligible professionals will receive 2% incentive payments in 2009 and 2010; 1% incentive payments in 2011 and 2012; and a 0.5% incentive payment in 2013.

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12/17/2008

Ohio Organizations Advocate for Federal Recovery Package

OOA Among the 160+ Groups Requesting Aid

In response to the harsh economic conditions of the state, more than 160 organizations, including the OOA, sent a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama and the Ohio congressional delegation urging support of a federal recovery package that will help provide basic safety net services during this recession.

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12/16/2008

Health Care Leaders Convene for QI Summit

More than 180 health care leaders from various organizations and agencies throughout the state attended the Ohio Health Quality Improvement Summit, November 17-19, 2008, sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, and the Ohio Business Roundtable.

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12/12/2008

Three Steps to e-Prescribing

Online Resources Available for Physicians

Through Medicare's e-prescribing, eligible physicians can save time, enhance office and pharmacy productivity, and improve patient safety and quality of care while earning incentives from Medicare.

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12/08/2008

Ohio Primary Care Physicians Release Why Ohioans Deserve a Medical Home

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11/14/2008

Ohioans Receive National Awards

Several Ohioans were in the spotlight during the 113th AOA Convention and Scientific Seminar, held in October in Las Vegas.

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10/17/2008

Profession Cares About Domestic Violence Issues

OOA President Participates in News Conference

OOA President Barbara A. Bennett, DO, participated in Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day news conference at the Ohio Statehouse, October 8, 2008.

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10/02/2008

Governor Declares October 12-19 Living Wills and Advance Directives Week

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08/25/2008

DOs Testify at Medicaid Forums

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07/28/2008

AOA House of Delegates Convenes in Chicago

Some 500 DOs convened July 18-19, 2008, for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates to consider almost 200 policy and procedural resolutions. Delegates also elected the 2008-2009 AOA officers and saw Carlo J. DiMarco, DO, an ophthalmologist and educator at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, installed as the organization's 112th president.

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05/30/2008

OOA Presents Osteopathic Medical Awards at State Science Day

The OOA awarded the Osteopathic Medical Award to six junior high and high school students at State Science Day, May 10, 2008.

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05/28/2008

Ohio DO Provides Emergency Healthcare in China

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05/21/2008

OOA Announces 2008 Award Winners

Honors to be Presented at State Convention in June

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03/26/2008

April 1 Effective Date for Certain Rx Written on Tamper-Resistant Pads

The new federal law requires all non-electronic prescriptions for Medicaid patients to be written on tamper-resistant pads.

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03/25/2008

Gov. Signs Historic Physician-Insurance Contracting Reform Bill

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03/04/2008

Ohio DO Nominated to MedPAC

Prestigious Panel Advises Congress

American Osteopathic Association President Peter B. Ajluni,DO, has nominated Paul A. Martin, DO, of Dayton, to serve on the prestigious Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

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02/28/2008

Provider Coalition Challenges Pharmacy Board Licensing

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02/19/2008

Participate in the Annual Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey

Make Your Voice Heard!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun distributing the third annual Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) to a new sample of Medicare providers.

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02/01/2008

Good News!

Gov. Reverses Decision Regarding Medicaid Fee Freeze

The OOA along with the Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Hospital Association, and Ohio Children's Hospital Association met with Gov. Strickland two days before his press conference announcing his decision to reverse the freeze and give physician Medicaid providers a three percent line item increase starting in July (the first raise in seven years).

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02/01/2008

OOF Supports New Patient Sim Lab

Warren General Hospital Fund Provides Grant

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01/18/2008

OOA-CORE to Host Annual Research Poster Competition

Submit Abstracts by March 28

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12/19/2007

Strickland Halts Reimbursement Increase

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11/29/2007

Executive Committee Names New Legal Counsel

Eric Jones, an Of Counsel member of Madison and Rosan, LLP, in Columbus, was named OOA's legal counsel.

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11/02/2007

Profession Represented on Healthcare Reform Committee

Governor's Effort Seeks to Expand Coverage

George F. Dunigan was appointed to Gov. Strickland's Healthcare Coverage Initiative Advisory Committee, a panel of business, labor, hospitals, physician groups, consumers, government, insurers, and others

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08/09/2007

Ohio DOs Attend AOA House of Delegates

Delegation Wins Approval of Two Resolutions

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07/09/2007

Dr. Emlich Installed as OOA President

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07/09/2007

Ohio DOs Receive Awards During the OOA Convention

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07/09/2007

Ohio ACOFP Elects Officers, Presents Awards

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07/09/2007

AOA Campaigns to Prevent Medicare Cuts

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07/09/2007

CMS Offers Quality Reporting Resources

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