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08/25/2016

Illicit Fentanyl Continues to Fuel Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths in Ohio

Report also Shows Progress in Reducing Prescription Opioid Abuse

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08/24/2016

Profession Supports Tobacco 21

“Tobacco 21” legislation would make it unlawful to sell or distribute a tobacco product to anyone under the age of 21.

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08/10/2016

State Medical Board Releases FY16 Annual Report

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08/09/2016

BWC UPDATE

Lost-time claim no longer needed for Transitional Work Grant

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08/03/2016

Interprofessional Collaborative Releases Revised Competencies

New Framework will Impact the Future of Health Professional Education

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07/21/2016

Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Approves $1.8+M to Support Healthy Aging in Central Ohio

Seven agencies will receive funding to support health and wellness programs, case management, and transportation services for vulnerable older adults in Franklin County.

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07/17/2016

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.

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07/07/2016

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.

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07/06/2016

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.

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07/01/2016

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.

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07/01/2016

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.

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06/30/2016

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.

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06/23/2016

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.

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06/15/2016

Vaccination Rates Improve with Education

An Update from Atlantic Health Partners

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06/08/2016

Symposium Continues to Grow

2016 Event Draws Record Attendance

The conference, sponsored jointly by the OOA and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine featured Paul Grundy, MD, an expert on global health care transformation who’s known as the “Godfather of the Patient-Centered Medical Home.”

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06/03/2016

ODH Urges Testing to Detect Arboviral Diseases

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05/23/2016

ODH Launches New Campaigns

Effort Focused on Tobacco QuitLine and Smoke-Free Workplace

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05/18/2016

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.

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05/18/2016

Loan Repayment Applications Due by June 30

Program Open to Primary Care Specialties

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05/16/2016

Six Win Osteopathic Medical Award at State Science Day

Medical Students Volunteer to Judge Projects

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05/16/2016

Volunteer at MDA Summer Camp

Partnership Provides Medical Support to Campers with Neuromuscular Disease

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05/13/2016

State Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Promote Naloxone in Select Counties

CDC Recommends Expanding Availability

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05/04/2016

Lyme Disease on Rise in Ohio

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05/02/2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winners

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04/08/2016

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.

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03/31/2016

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.

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03/29/2016

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.

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03/02/2016

State Issues Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey

The survey helps families choose providers and shows nursing homes and assisted living operators where to focus improvement efforts.

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02/25/2016

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.

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02/17/2016

Ending the Whooping Cough News Cycle

An Update from Atlantic Health Partners

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02/11/2016

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.

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02/11/2016

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.

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02/09/2016

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.

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02/08/2016

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.

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01/28/2016

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.

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01/28/2016

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.

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01/28/2016

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.

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01/23/2016

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).

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01/15/2016

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.

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01/14/2016

Profession Joins Effort to Reduce Social Isolation among Children, Teens

National "Start With Hello" Week, February 8-12

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01/12/2016

The Best Medicine is Prevention

An Update from Atlantic Health Partners

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01/11/2016

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.

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01/03/2016

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

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01/03/2016

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 .

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12/22/2015

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.

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11/09/2015

OU-HCOM Selected to Join Nationwide Group to Transform Medical Education

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11/02/2015

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.

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10/30/2015

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.

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10/28/2015

Ohio DO Named AOA Mentor of the Year (Again)

Family Physician from Athens Receives the National Honor

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10/26/2015

The Best Bet: A Flu Vaccine

An Update from Atlantic Health Partners

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10/23/2015

DO Student Enrollment Increases Nationwide

New OU-HCOM Cleveland Campus Part of Growth

Student enrollment at the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine increased by 3.5 percent from fall 2014, according to data released this week by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

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10/21/2015

Profession Partners with White House to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

The American and Ohio Osteopathic Association are among 40 provider groups working with the White House to advance opioid prescribing education, buprenorphine certification, and double the number of health care providers registered in Drug Monitoring Programs.

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10/15/2015

Pharmacy Board Announces New Website for Prescription Monitoring Program

OARRS Site Gets Updated Look, New Features

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10/13/2015

Governor Declares "Living Wills + Advance Directives Week"

New Forms in Use for 2015

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10/09/2015

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)

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10/09/2015

COA President Graduates from Health Policy Fellowship

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10/08/2015

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.

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10/02/2015

News from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

BWC, MCOs, Providers: October 1 Begin Taking ICD-10 Codes

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10/02/2015

PULLing Together to Leave a Legacy

Giving Campaign Underway to Sustain the Osteopathic Profession in Ohio

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09/30/2015

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.

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09/28/2015

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.

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09/26/2015

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.

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09/25/2015

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.

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09/23/2015

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.

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09/17/2015

Help Ohio Take 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 23

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09/09/2015

OOF Awards Grant in Honor of Warren General Hospital

Projects Enhance Osteopathic Education in Northeast Ohio

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09/04/2015

Medical Board Issues Guidance On Physician Owned Distributorships

Document is Posted on the Medical Board Web Site

The Board strongly recommends that physicians involved with a physician owned distributorship understand the Ohio Insptector General Fraud Alert and consult their private legal counsel.

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09/04/2015

OOA Member Testifies Before House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee

Barreiro stresses importance of funding community based programs

Barreiro also discussed the need to train culturally competent primary care physicians, focusing on population health.

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09/01/2015

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.

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08/11/2015

OU-HCOM Opens New Campus in Cleveland

School Aims to Provide More Primary Care Physicians for Northeast Ohio

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08/01/2015

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.

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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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05/22/2009

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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