Founded in 1915, the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association (OHFAMA) is dedicated to serving and protecting the foot health of Ohioans and advancing the professional practice of podiatric medicine and surgery in the state. OHFAMA represents over 600 licensed podiatric physicians and surgeons throughout Ohio.
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The primary purpose of the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association is to act as a single voice for podiatric physicians in Ohio to ensure the highest quality of medical and surgical foot and ankle care through advocacy, education and public awareness.
The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association is a professional organization of podiatric physicians recognized within then state as the preeminent providers of medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle.
OHFAMA fights to preserve, protect, and advance podiatry in Ohio. Visit the pages in this section to learn how OHFAMA and APMA are promoting foot and ankle medicine and surgery in Ohio and defending our profession against the ever-present forces challenge our scope of practice.
Our legislative and regulatory success does not come by accident – it is powered by time, energy, and contributions to OPPAC. Your OPPAC donation helps us build, maintain, and strengthen relationships with key policymakers.
OHFAMA offers a number of educational and networking events each year. Our event calendar features a comprehensive listing of state and Academy events.
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OHFAMA offers several sponsorship and advertising opportunities throughout the year. Learn how you can showcase your products and services to over 600 podiatric physicians and surgeons in Ohio.
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Annual Scientific Seminar • Sponsors and Exhibitors • Scientific Paper Competition • Resident Poster Competition • Hotel Information
Ohio podiatrists provide quality medical and surgical care and are proud to keep Ohioans independent, ambulatory, and walking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about how podiatric physicians and surgeons serve their communities.
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OHFAMA offers several sponsorship and advertising opportunities throughout the year. Learn how you can showcase your products and services to over 600 podiatric physicians and surgerons in Ohio.
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The OFAMF’s educational mission is to purposefully advance the art and science of podiatric medicine by providing the highest quality of didactic and clinical learning experiences to OHFAMA’s members, non-members, and their medical assistants, and shall include a variety of instructional sessions aimed at significantly enhancing patient care, treatment protocols and practice efficiency. The program may include interactive educational adult learning methods and principles utilizing lectures, panel discussions, point-counterpoint, excuse the interruption forums, case studies, question and answer, handouts, audio visual materials (including media or narrations), hands-on workshops and roundtable discussions with moderators to achieve a well-rounded venue of postgraduate instruction.
Vaccination – New laws enable podiatrists to administer the flu, COVID-19 vaccines to patients signed into law
COVID-19 Liability – Protected podiatrists from civil liability and disciplinary actions during the COVID-19 pandemic
Medicaid – Advocated for new rule package to include ankle privileges in our scope of practice, authorize payments for vaccinations
Surgical Excise of Warts from the Hands – Reaffirmed by the State Med Board within Scope (June 12, 2019)
Surgical Removal of Ingrown Nails from the Hands – Reaffirmed by the State Med Board within Scope (June 12, 2019)
Shave and Punch Biopsy on the Leg (below Knee) and on the Hand – Approved by the State Med Board (March 14, 2018).
Met with CGS in May for reimbursement on biopsy codes for DPMs.Approved June 22, 2018 to be reimbursed retroactively to March 14, 2018.
Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy – HB 216 which codified Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for podiatric physicians with credentials and training was passed by the General Assembly. Effective April 6, 2017. HBOT Language fixed (consulting physician) in December 2018.
Prior Authorization Legislation was passed in signed into law. Only 3rd state in US to have this legislation. - June 2016
Laser Treatment for Hands - The State Medical Board of Ohio determined that an Ohio podiatric physician who has successfully completed appropriate training may, as medically appropriate, provide treatment of fingernail fungus in podiatric patients and for treatment of scars on the hand when the etiology is not associated with trauma. (September 19, 2013)
Surgical Procedures - The State Medical Board of Ohio clarified that the performance of tibial or fibular osteotomy, total ankle replacement, and bone callus distraction of the foot and ankle are within the scope of practice of an Ohio podiatric physician when the podiatric physician can demonstrate adequate education, training, and experience needed to conform to minimal standards of care and holds privileges to perform the procedure at a Joint Commission accredited hospital, Ohio licensed ambulatory surgical center, or approved college of podiatric medicine and surgery. (September 13, 2012)
Medication Reconciliation - The State Medical Board of Ohio affirmed that a podiatric physician does not exceed the podiatric scope of practice by continuing a previously prescribed medication for a medication for a medical condition that is not within the podiatric scope of practice. Medication reconciliation does not equate to prescribing or ordering medication. Whether the surgery is in-patient or out-patient, medication reconciliation ensures that all medication previously prescribed for the patient are carried through to the next transition point. (May 16, 2012)
Pneumatic Compression Devices - The State Medical Board of Ohio affirmed that "Consistent with these earlier responses, a podiatric physician may provide acute treatment for a venous stasis ulcer associated with chronic venous insufficiency appearing below the knee. A podiatric physician may also treat the post-operative secondary lymphedema associated with a foot or ankle procedure. Finally, a podiatric physician may prescribe a pneumatic compression device for the treatment of the local manifestations of secondary lymphedema or chronic venous insufficiency with venous stasis ulcers so long as the patient is referred for appropriate medical management for the primary medical condition. (September 19, 2011)
Lawsuit filed against the OH Dept of Insurance in Franklin County Circuit Court in July 2009 to stop insurance fee discrimination. Appellate Court did not rule in our favor.
External Fixation - The State Medical Board of Ohio affirmed that an OH podiatric physician who has successfully completed appropriate training may use and place external fixation apparatus for the relief of foot and ankle pathologies or to surgically correct and immobilize the ankle when the procedure is medically appropriate. (June 15, 2009)
HB 125 -Transparency on Insurance Contracting for providers – signed into law on March 25, 2008 – requires full disclosure of fee schedules on all procedures among other contracting benefits to you as a provider of medical services.
Venous Leg Ulcers - The State Medical Board of Ohio affirmed that "The required expertise to provide wound care is not dependent upon the site or etiology of the wound as the same knowledge and skills are required whether the site is above or below the ankle and no matter the etiology. For this reason, it is clear that the medical services a podiatric physician may perform include, as medically appropriate, the treatment of foot and ankle pathologies through would care services applied to wounds that are located below the knee distally". (reaffirmed on April 18, 2008)
Split Thickness Skin Grafts - The State Medical Board of Ohio affirmed that "an appropriately trained podiatric physician may perform split thickness skin grafts whereby skin is harvested from the anterior thigh for grafting to an area below the knee when the procedure is medically appropriate for the treatment of foot and ankle pathologies." (September 12, 2007)
Peroneal Nerve Decompression Procedure - The State Medical Board of Ohio affirmed that "an Ohio podiatric physician who has successfully completed appropriate training may perform peroneal nerve decompression for the relief of foot and ankle pathologies, such as diabetic neuropathy, when the procedure is medically appropriate." (September 12, 2007)
OHFAMA fights to preserve, protect, and advance podiatry in Ohio. Learn how your association is advancing foot and ankle medicine and surgery in Ohio and defending our profession against the ever-present forces challenging our scope of practice.
The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Foundation advances the art and science of podiatric medicine by providing the highest quality of didactic and clinical learning experiences to podiatrists and their medical assistants