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HPIO releases Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017.


Governor Announces Opioid Prescribing Rules As legislators Introduce Bills With Even More Restrictive Measures

Governor Kasich held a news conference, March 30, to announce new licensing board rules for prescribing opioids for acute pain. The day before, Republican lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse to announce two new bills with even more prescribing restrictions and educational mandates.


OOA House of Delegates to Meet April 21-22 in Columbus

Delegates attending the 2017 Ohio Osteopathic Association's annual business meeting will consider 21 resolutions, receive reports and elect officers and national delegates for the coming year. Read more and see the OOA House of Delegates Manual here.


Bill Introduced to Help Impaired Physicians Get Treatment

State Reps. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) have introduced HB 145 to update the confidential Medical Board process known as “one-bite” that allows for early intervention and referral of impaired physicians to treatment providers without reporting them first to the Board.


New Program Helps Families Harmed by Parental Opioid Abuse


Primary Care Coalition Meets At OU-HCOM Dublin

The Ohio Coalition of Primary Care Physicians met February 9, at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) Dublin campus to discuss legislation and issues expected to surface during the new session of the Ohio General Assembly.


Advocates Accepting Nominations


Ohio ACOFP Talks Primary Care in the Legislature

Primary care physician associations have visited with six first-term state representatives, with more visits to follow.


OOA Supports Step Therapy Reform Legislation

Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) has introduced legislation in the Ohio Senate and Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) will lead companion legislation in the Ohio House. The bills will give doctors a transparent and standardized process to appeal step therapy requirements for patients needing a particular medication. For more information, go to http://ooanet.org/reform


Kasich Introduces His Last State Biennial Budget

Health-related priorities in the budget focus on four themes: modernize Medicaid; streamline health and human services; pay for value; and improve population health.


OOA Joins Amicus Brief to Support Ohio's Apology Statute

The brief argues against decisions of the Ninth and Twelfth District Appeals Courts which found the statute ambiguous, concluding the Ohio General Assembly did not intend for fault and errors expressions to be covered.


OU-HCOM Health Policy Day Focuses On Ohio's Opioid Epidemic

For several years, Ohio has been struggling with a deadly opioid abuse problem – and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has stepped up to lead the charge against it. A day of health policy discussion for first-year medical students Feb. 3, on the theme of “Healing Ohio’s Opioid Crisis,” is only the latest example of the college’s ongoing commitment to bringing the principles of osteopathic medicine to bear on this issue.


Judge Issues Order To Delay Ohio's Health Care Price Transparency Law

The Ohio Osteopathic Association joined the Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio State Medical Association and several other organizations in filing a lawsuit asking for a Temporary Restraining Order. The associations contend the law is ambiguous and impossible to implement in its current form.


Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force Releases Online Training Course

OU-HCOM Club to Host Lecture Series in January/February


Older Ohioans Should be "Winter Ready"

Forecast Calls for Colder, Snowier Season


FROM THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAID

New Populations Moving to Managed Care


MACRA Webinars Available Online

The CliniSyncPLUS team has prepared online webinars to educate physician offices about MACRA. CliniSync was originally formed by the Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Hospital Association as a public-private partnership with the State of Ohio to create a statewide Health Information Exchange and promote the use of Electronic Health Records.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Annual Osteopathic Poster Competition & Exhibition, April 22, 2017


CliniSyncPLUS Offers Free MACRA Webinars

CliniSync, which was founded by the Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio Hospital Association, and Ohio State Medical Association in partnership with the Sate of Ohio is offering free MACRA webinars! CliniSync staff has read more than 2,000 pages so you don't have to!


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.”


State Unveils New Tool for Ohioans in Crisis

Crisis Text Line Offers Free, Confidential Help from Trained Counselors


Profession Sponsors Free Buprenorphine Waiver Training

October 15 Event in Athens, Dublin, Cleveland


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

Report also Shows Progress in Reducing Prescription Opioid Abuse


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.


CMS Selects Ohio to Participate in High-Quality, High-Value Care Model

Primary Care Practices Must Apply by September 15


State Medical Board Releases FY16 Annual Report


BWC UPDATE

Lost-time claim no longer needed for Transitional Work Grant


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


ODH Launches New Campaigns

Effort Focused on Tobacco QuitLine and Smoke-Free Workplace


Ohio ACOFP Installs New President


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.


Loan Repayment Applications Due by June 30

Program Open to Primary Care Specialties


Six Win Osteopathic Medical Award at State Science Day

Medical Students Volunteer to Judge Projects


Volunteer at MDA Summer Camp

Partnership Provides Medical Support to Campers with Neuromuscular Disease


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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