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04/07/2017

HPIO releases Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017

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

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03/31/2017

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.

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03/24/2017

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.

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03/23/2017

New Program Helps Families Harmed by Parental Opioid Abuse

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03/05/2017

COA Announces 2017 Award Recipients

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03/02/2017

Advocates Accepting Nominations

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02/17/2017

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.

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02/17/2017

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.

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02/10/2017

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.

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01/13/2017

AOA/OOA Send Letter to Gov. Kasich on ACA Priorities

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12/23/2016

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.

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12/15/2016

Mumps Cases Reach 10-Year High

An Update from Atlantic Health Partners

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12/08/2016

Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force Releases Online Training Course

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

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11/28/2016

Older Ohioans Should be "Winter Ready"

Forecast Calls for Colder, Snowier Season

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11/22/2016

FROM THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAID

New Populations Moving to Managed Care

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11/15/2016

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.

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11/09/2016

Lessons Learned from the Man who Eradicated Smallpox

An Update from Atlantic Health Partners

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11/04/2016

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Annual Osteopathic Poster Competition & Exhibition, April 22, 2017

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11/01/2016

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!

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10/12/2016

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.”

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09/30/2016

State Unveils New Tool for Ohioans in Crisis

Crisis Text Line Offers Free, Confidential Help from Trained Counselors

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09/26/2016

Vaccines Don't Have to be a Pain in the Arm

An Update from Atlantic Health Partners

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09/22/2016

Profession Sponsors Free Buprenorphine Waiver Training

October 15 Event in Athens, Dublin, Cleveland

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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

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

Primary Care Practices Must Apply by September 15

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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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07/18/2016

Meet OOA President Geri Urse, DO

Dr. Urse, of Columbus, has been committed to serving and leading the osteopathic profession, as demonstrated through her active involvement in organized medicine.

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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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10/09/2015

COA President Graduates from Health Policy Fellowship

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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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