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11/14/2018

Ohio Medicaid moving toward managed care unified PDL

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), in partnership with the Medicaid managed care plans (MCPs), is moving toward creating a unified preferred drug list (PDL). ODM will begin a phased-in approach beginning on Jan. 1, 2019. Read More


11/13/2018

Health journal evaluates Ohio parity efforts for anniversary of mental health, addiction law

Ohio's mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems were among those of a few states evaluated recently by the journal Health Affairs in recognition of October as the 10th anniversary of the federal mental health parity law. The publication undertook the evaluation in response to the Parity at 10 Campaign, which seeks greater compliance by insurers and state Medicaid programs with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Treatment Act of 2008. Read More


11/13/2018

Coalition seeks feedback on administrative and billing requirements for behavioral health

The Behavioral Health Provider Coalition for Insurance Advocacy is seeking feedback from psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers related to administrative and billing requirements of third-party payers in Ohio. Please take a few min. (less than 10) to share your experience. Read More


11/13/2018

State leaders looking to move quickly after Issue 1 rejected

After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 last week, state lawmakers are ready to move forward on criminal justice reforms, legislative leaders said Thursday (Source: “After Issue 1 fails, state leaders vow to take up criminal justice reform,” Springfield News Sun, Nov. 8, 2018). Read More


10/31/2018

Research Watch - October 2018 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


10/19/2018

Errors with Medical Board letter about OARRS compliance being addressed

Last week, physicians in Ohio began receiving a letter from the State Medical Board of Ohio notifying them that they were out of compliance with reporting requirements of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). Medical groups came out strong in contacting the board to address two major concerns: 1) incorrect medical license numbers and 2) unavailability of OARRS data.


10/15/2018

Report finds 91 domestic violent deaths in Ohio over the past year

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network announced this week that there were 91 domestic violence deaths in 69 cases in Ohio from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read More


10/03/2018

$71.5M in federal funds awarded to Ohio to fight opioid epidemic

Ohio will receive $71.5 million over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic as part of an ongoing federal grant program designed to increase drug treatment access and reduce opioid-related deaths. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has committed another $1 billion in grants to helping states carryout their opioid epidemic strategies, the department recently announced. Read More


10/03/2018

Assessment of child health and health care in Ohio unveiled

The Ohio Children’s Hospital Association commissioned the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) to lead a multi-faceted process to develop an Assessment of Child Health and Health Care in Ohio. The Assessment identifies Ohio’s top child health and health care-related priorities and provides a starting place for a child-focused health policy agenda that can pave the way for a healthier Ohio. Read More


10/03/2018

HPIO releases Resource Page on Issue 1

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released a resource page with information on Issue 1, the upcoming statewide ballot initiative that would create a constitutional amendment to implement criminal justice reforms and redirect funding currently used in the criminal justice system to community addiction treatment. Read More


10/03/2018

Pharmacy board seeks comments on classification of kratom as schedule I controlled substance

On October 1, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (SOBP) voted to classify kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance alongside heroin, LSD, and other dangerous illegal drugs. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until close of business on Thursday, October 18. Read More


09/28/2018

APA free course of the month - Oct. 2018

Major depression in children

Recent research suggests that the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) Anxiety/Depression scale can help identify children at highest risk for pediatric major depression (MDD) and, if implemented clinically, could cost-effectively screen children and identify those most in need of early intervention. Read More


09/25/2018

State OKs Medicaid rule change for addiction treatment staff with criminal records

A number of people recovering from addiction who are employed in drug and alcohol treatment centers could lose their jobs under new Ohio Medicaid rules that consider past criminal convictions. Read More


09/20/2018

OhioMHAS awarded $55.8 million state opioid response grant

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) received confirmation today from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that its application for nearly $55.8 million in State Opioid Response (SOR) grant dollars has been approved. Read More


09/20/2018

HPIO releases Health Policy Briefing Book for the next Governor and GA

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a 2018 Health Policy Briefing Book that includes data and strategies the next Ohio governor and General Assembly (GA) can use to develop evidence-informed policies that will improve the health of all Ohioans. Read More


09/17/2018

BWC launches pilot program to encourage employers to hire people recovering from addiction

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has announced plans to launch a pilot program in three Ohio counties to support employers willing to hire workers overcoming a drug addiction (Source: “$5M pilot program to encourage employers to hire recovering addicts,” Dayton Daily News, Sept. 8, 2018). Read More


09/17/2018

HPIO releases Health Policy Briefing Book ahead of fall elections

The Health Policy Institute has released a 2018 Health Policy Briefing Book that includes data and strategies the next Ohio governor and General Assembly can use to develop evidence-informed policies that will improve the health of all Ohioans. Read More


09/14/2018

Foundation Sponsors Research Award – Call for Entries!

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) is sponsoring a research award for each of the following categories: General Member, Resident-Fellow Member, and Medical Student. The winners and runners-up in each category will be invited to attend the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Marriott University Area in Columbus. Read More


09/11/2018

OPPA submits comments to CMS on proposed Medicare physician fee schedule

On Sept. 10, the OPPA submitted comments on the proposed rules for revisions to payment policies under the physician fee schedule and other revisions to Part B for calendar year 2019, highlighting areas of support and areas of opposition as it specifically relates to physicians specializing in psychiatry. Read More


09/05/2018

AMA Truth in Advertising survey results released

Education and training matters when it comes to who provides your health care, but do most patients know the qualifications of their health care provider? Surveys conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) between 2008 and 2018 found that while patients strongly support a physician-led health care team, many are confused about the level of education and training of their health care provider. Read More


09/05/2018

Ohio House bill calls for cabinet-level drug policy post

Ohio Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester), on Thursday unveiled a bill that would create a cabinet-level post to coordinate drug policy in Ohio. Read More


09/05/2018

Board of Pharmacy rules cannabis byproducts can’t be sold in Ohio stores

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy said, in a ruling posted on its website this week, that products that contain cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical found in cannabis plants, are not legal in Ohio and cannot be sold in stores. Read More


09/05/2018

New APRN independent practice bill introduced

On August 29, State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) introduced House Bill (HB) 726, which would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to practice independently in Ohio. Currently, Ohio law requires APRNs to enter mandatory collaboration agreements with physicians. Read More


09/05/2018

APA free course of the month - Sept. 2018

Transgender Mental Health

Each month, as a benefit to members, the American Psychiatric Association offers free access to an on-demand CME course on a popular, timely and relevant topic.


08/31/2018

Research Watch - August 2018 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


08/29/2018

Join APA’s PsychPro Registry by Oct. 1 to meet 2018 reporting requiremen

More than 400 clinicians have joined PsychPro, APA’s new mental health registry, and many participants have qualified for CMS bonuses. PsychPro helps psychiatrists avoid payment penalties and earn bonuses for meeting quality reporting requirements while minimizing the burden of data collection. Read More


08/28/2018

Ohio MHAS offers additional free DEA DATA 2000 waiver trainings

To help address the opioid crisis in the state of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is offering free DEA DATA 2000 waiver trainings to all physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who hold an Ohio license and a current DEA number. Read More


08/28/2018

Addiction Policy Forum Overdose Reversal Toolkit

The Addiction Policy Forum recently announced the availability of their new Overdose Reversal Toolkit. As we approach International Overdose Awareness Day, the Toolkit is intended to empower patients, families and communities to come together and turn the tides of this deadly epidemic. Read More


08/27/2018

State report touts benefits of Medicaid expansion

State officials this week released a new report crediting Medicaid expansion with reducing the uninsured rate, helping low-income residents find work and providing more access to mental health and addiction services. Read More


08/23/2018

Revised ICD-10-CM codes to take effect October 1

Revised ICD-10-CM codes for 2019, released by the National Center for Health Statistics, take effect on October 1, 2018. A crosswalk between the new ICD codes and DSM-5 codes is posted on APA's website in a printable format that can be used for easy reference. Read More


08/22/2018

Ohio Medicaid to change the way it pays for prescription drugs

The Ohio Department of Medicaid announced that it will move away from the use of “spread pricing” by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) thus changing the way prescription drugs are paid for through Medicaid. Read More


08/22/2018

Ohio National Guard releases its latest digital magazine

From hosting a national exercise with 800 participants to partnering on the state’s first virtual training ground, the Ohio National Guard’s cyber warriors are leading the way in innovative cybersecurity training. Read More


08/15/2018

Elyn Saks, J.D., Ph.D., Will Be Inaugural Speaker for NEOMED Lecture Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Fred Frese and Dr. Penny Frese

Please join the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Department of Psychiatry and Peg’s Foundation for the inaugural Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m. on NEOMED’s Rootstown campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read More


08/07/2018

Research Watch - July 2018 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


07/31/2018

Ohio voters to decide on drug punishment, treatment reform amendment in Nov.

Ohioans will vote on whether to change the state Constitution in November to reduce penalties for nonviolent drug offenders, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office announced Monday afternoon. The drug treatment and rehabilitation amendment will be known as Issue 1 and is backed by a bipartisan coalition of civic, law enforcement, faith and business leaders.


07/25/2018

Medicaid changes stance on Medicaid Provider Agreements

In response to Ohio's medical community, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) agreed to pull back on their new termination policy for physicians and other health care professionals related to licensing board action.


07/20/2018

Ohio loses one of its most beloved MH advocates with the passing of Fred Frese

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to such a remarkable man who did so much and was so well known by speaking openly about his own struggles with schizophrenia and advocating on behalf


07/16/2018

MyCare Ohio demonstrates better care, lower costs, according to ODM

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) recently released its annual MyCare Ohio evaluation. The report shows the MyCare program is saving Ohio taxpayers at least $30 million annually while also delivering better care and better health outcomes for more than 113,000 Ohioans enrolled in the program.


07/12/2018

APA Free Course of the Month - July 2018

PTSD: Pathophysiology, Treatment, and Military Aspects

Around 6.8% of the population who have been exposed to a traumatic experience in their lifetime will experience PTSD, while a dramatically higher 17-25% of those exposed to military combat will. This course discusses the pathophysiology, treatment, and military aspects of PTSD including the unique characteristics of combat operational stress as well as the currently available treatment modalities for PTSD. Read More


07/10/2018

Area 4 - Early Career Mentorship & Career Planning Symposium

Free to attend for OPPA/APA Resident-Fellow Members

Resident-Fellow Members in Ohio - make plans to attend this excellent half day of learning on Sat., Aug., 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Cleveland. The event is designed to address important topics not covered during residency/fellowship. Read More


07/10/2018

Mark Hurst, MD takes over as director of OMHAS with Tracy Plouk's resignation

Mark Hurst, MD, has been named by Governor John Kasich as the new director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Ohio MHAS). He replaces Tracy Plouck who left to take a job with a non-profit organization. Dr. Hurst has been with the state mental health agency since 1991, and has served as the medical director of the OhioMHAS for the past six years. Read More


07/10/2018

Dispensing of emergency refill of medication without a prescription

Legislation passed in 2016, commonly referred to as Kevin’s Law, modified the authority of pharmacists to dispense an emergency refill of medication without a prescription. Read More


07/10/2018

Federal court ruling in Kentucky may impact Ohio Medicaid waiver plan

A federal judge's ruling last week on a Medicaid waiver in Kentucky will likely delay a decision on a similar work requirement proposed by Ohio (Source: Kentucky ruling on Medicaid work requirement could stall Ohio's waiver,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 3, 2018). Read More


06/21/2018

House Health Committee holds 5th hearing on HB 326 - psychologists prescribing bill

Rep. Steve Huffman (R-Kettering), chair of the House Health Committee, agreed to schedule a final hearing on HB 326 on Wed., June 20, to allow proponents to bring in one last speaker in support of the bill to expand the scope of practice for psychologists to prescribe medications. Read More


06/21/2018

Ohio leads nation in pharmacy benefit transparency

Ohio Medicaid released the first report of its kind in the nation that shows the price the state’s Medicaid managed care plans pay for prescription drugs, the amount pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) retain to administer the program, and the amount paid to pharmacies. The report was prepared by HealthPlan Data Solutions (HDS) based on one year of actual pharmacy claims data. Read More


06/20/2018

Parity@10 patient/consumer survey

The OPPA is participating in the Parity at 10 Campaign to distribute a patient/consumer survey to help understand people’s experiences when seeking treatment through insurance coverage. Your responses will help improve access to treatment services. Read More


06/20/2018

Enforcement of the MHPAEA (parity) through expanded state attorney general authority

The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODOI) has primary responsibility to enforce the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) for state-regulated private insurance plans. Pursuant to a mandatory reporting requirement included in the State’s 2017 operating budget, ODOI identified the strategies it pursues to enforce MHPAEA. Read More


06/20/2018

AG, joint study committee release guide to effective drug prevention Programming

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Monday, released the Drug Use Prevention Education Resource Guide aimed at helping schools implement effective drug use prevention programming. The guide builds on the 2017 report that said Ohio schools should provide consistent, age-appropriate, evidence-based substance-use prevention education for all students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Read More


06/20/2018

Suicide rates are rising faster among women than men in the U.S.

The rates for completed suicides have risen by nearly 30% in the past 20 years and, although males take their lives at a higher rate overall, the National Center for Health Statistics finds that the number of girls and women who complete suicide is rising faster than in males. Read More


06/20/2018

New sheriff's office unit aims to address mental health issues

A push by local law enforcement called the "Community Intervention and Diversion" unit, or CID, will give those suffering from mental illness the help they need instead of going to jail.


06/13/2018

Research Watch - May 2018 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


06/13/2018

Psychiatrist Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., Elected President-Elect of the AMA

APA member Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., a former APA board member and AMA board member, was elected today as president-elect of the AMA during the AMA’s House of Delegates meeting in Chicago. Read More


06/13/2018

Concerns with CMHC trade association support of HB 326, psychologists prescribing

On March 23, a statewide trade and advocacy association, whose members include Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), sent a letter to members of the Ohio House Health Committee expressing support of Ohio House Bill 326, which would permit psychologists to prescribe. Please help educate administrators about safety concerns. Read More


06/12/2018

Ohio won’t meet Sept. 8 deadline for medical marijuana, regulators say

State regulators working to meet a Sept. 8 deadline to set up Ohio's medical marijuana program now say there won't be any products available to patients by that time. The date by which marijuana plants needed to be in the ground in order to meet the deadline has passed. Read More


06/12/2018

Suicide rates up in Ohio and the nation

A federal report released last week found that Ohio’s suicide rate rose by 36 percent from 1999 to 2016, which was the 19th-highest among the states. Read More


06/12/2018

OPPA members - please update your profile

Please take a moment to verify your member profile in OPPA's membership database and make changes if need be. This information is especially important when it comes to legislative issues. In addition, you can choose to be included (or NOT be included) in a directory for the public and/or for other OPPA members. Read More


06/11/2018

ECT efficacious, cost-effective for individuals with treatment-resistant major depression

MedPage Today reported that an analysis suggests electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is efficacious and also cost-effective for patients with treatment-resistant major depression, and it should be considered after failure of two prior trials of pharma-cotherapy and/or psychotherapy. Read More


05/31/2018

RFM members - action required: it's time to advance your APA/OPPA membership

As residents prepare to graduate from your training programs, please complete the electronic membership advancement form to let us know if you will are continuing in a fellowship or advancing to practice. Read More


05/31/2018

APA Free Course of the Month - June 2018

Evaluating Adverse Drug Effects

Psychiatrists are increasingly called upon to evaluate somatic and psychiatric symptoms and differentiate them from possible iatrogenic effects of psychotropic medications. OPPA members are encouraged to participate to learn more about this important topic. Read More


05/27/2018

Latest HPIO addiction resource page explores overdose reversal, harm reduction

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released the latest tool from its Addiction Evidence Project: An online resource page on overdose reversal and other forms of harm reduction. Read More


05/25/2018

APA and ATA issue guide for mental health providers

The APA and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) this week released “Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health,” a guide for mental health providers who want to begin using interactive videoconferencing to offer services to their patients. Read More


05/25/2018

OPPA comes out strong to testify in opposition to Sub HB 326 – psychologists prescribing

The OPPA testifies in opposition to legislation that would allow certain psychologists in Ohio to prescribe psychotropic medications and opioid antagonists. This hearing allowed for proponents, opponents and interested parties to testify. Read More


05/24/2018

OPPA testifies on HB 546 – telehealth bill

On May 16, Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association president-elect, Victoria Kelly, MD, testified before the Ohio House Health Committee in support of House Bill (HB) 546. Introduced by Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), HB 546 would prohibit health benefit plans from treating telemedicine services differently from in-person health care services solely because they are provided as telemedicine services. Read More


05/14/2018

OMHAS - firearms and mental illness memo

As part of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service's suicide prevention efforts, Mark Hurst, MD, Medical Director, kicks off a series of memos on the topic, the first one entitled: Firearms and Mental Illness. Read More


05/03/2018

Ohio Medicaid MCOs to hold behavioral health provider forums

Ohio's Medicaid Managed Care Organizations are hosting regional forums to offer important information for behavioral health providers preparing for Managed Care integration. This is a good opportunity for providers to get updated information on Medicaid managed care plan billing rules, receive personalized technical assistance on claims and/or contracting, and meet key contacts at the managed care plans. Read More


05/03/2018

Kasich announces opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain

Assuring individuals who need opiates to manage long-term pain they need not worry about losing their medication, Gov. John Kasich Wednesday announced new rules aimed at curbing the unnecessary prescription of opiate painkillers to manage sub-acute and chronic pain and promoting the use of alternative treatments. Read More


05/01/2018

Ohio Medicaid supports work and community engagement

On April 30, Ohio Medicaid requested federal approval to implement a work requirement to promote financial independence, community engagement and better health outcomes among Medicaid expansion enrollees. Read More


05/01/2018

Take the physician burnout self-assessment today

Feeling burned out? You’re not alone. Many psychiatrists and other physicians experience feelings of dissatisfaction and weariness that are associated with burnout and/or depression. Read More


05/01/2018

American Journal of Psychotherapy Archives available online now

For the first time ever, the entire archive of the American Journal of Psychotherapy is available in digital form online. Read More


05/01/2018

APA free course of the month - May 2018

Lithium and Bipolar Disorder in Child

Lithium continues to be highly recommended in international guidelines for the pharmacotherapy of bipolar disorder, but worldwide usage by clinicians seems less frequent than expected. Read More


04/30/2018

Parity@10 Compliance Campaign aims to achieve parity enforcement

The OPPA, along with many other statewide physician groups and patient advocacy organizations, is part of a collaboration in Ohio known as Parity@10. Initiated at the federal level, Parity@10, 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark legislation, which mandates that health insurance plans’ standards for substance use and mental health benefits be comparable to, and be no more restrictive than, the standards for other medical/surgical benefits. Read More


04/30/2018

Please respond to OPPA's Integrated Care survey

Deadline: May 21, 2018

A collaborative of statewide physician groups and provider organizations is interested in determining the presence of any and all forms of primary care and behavioral health integration in Ohio. Aggregate data will be used to support and expand Integrated Care and to identify concerns, challenges, implementation barriers to be addressed with payors, policymakers and others.Your time in responding to the survey is greatly appreciated! Read More


04/30/2018

Study sheds light on why U.S. spends more on health care, provokes more questions

The United States spends more on health care than any other developed nation and recent research sheds new light on why that may be, but also provokes more questions for policymakers to explore. Read More


04/27/2018

Research Watch - April 2018 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


04/24/2018

Parity@10: Parity Act Knowledge and Practice Survey

As a member of Ohio's Parity@10 Coalition, the OPPA, along with other statewide provider and patient groups, is working with the Ohio Parity@10 Campaign to disseminate a provider knowledge survey. The goal of the Parity@10 Campaign is to expand access to mental health and substance use disorder services through strong enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Read More


04/20/2018

OARRS report shows 30% drop in opioid prescribing for 2017

In case you missed it, according to a newly released report by the State of Ohio's Board of Pharmacy's Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS), opioids prescribed to Ohioans declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2017. Read More


04/05/2018

DEA special agent impersonators

The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA Special Agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme.


04/03/2018

Research Watch - March 2018 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


04/02/2018

APA free course of the month - April 2018

Cannabinoids and Psychosis

Cannabis has been used as a therapeutic agent for millennia and was part of the U.S. pharmacopeia until the 20th century.


03/30/2018

Happy National Doctors' Day!

As we recognize and celebrate National Doctors' Day, the OPPA would like to thank its members for all you do on behalf of your patients with mental illness, including drug addiction. Your service, expertise, selflessness and dedication to the profession of medicine, especially psychiatry, is greatly appreciated by so many!


03/30/2018

New APA Telepsychiatry Blog: Update on Barriers to Prescribing

The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2009 was intended to curtail the online distribution of controlled substances by rogue internet pharmacies, but has had the unintended consequence of limiting the legitimate prescribing of these medications via telemedicine.


03/29/2018

Time is running out to register to attend OPPA's Advocacy Day at the Statehouse on April 11

Annually, the OPPA holds an Advocacy Day at the Statehouse for members to learn more about advocating for their profession and their patients. In addition to receiving training on advocacy and key legislative issues important to the OPPA, members will then meet with their individual state Representative and Senator. Read More


03/28/2018

Psychologists prescribing bill has its first hearing on Mar. 22

Ohio House Bill 326, which would allow certain psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medications, had its first hearing on Mar. 22. Co-sponsors Rep. Bill Seitz and Rep. Theresa Gavarone presented members of the House Health Committee with an amended version of the bill introduced last fall. They proceeded to deliver sponsor testimony on the substitute bill. Read More


03/22/2018

Toledo hospitals to use telemedicine for emergency department psychiatric consults

Mercy Health recently announced the launch of a telemedicine program to meet an urgent need for psychiatric services at emergency departments in and around the Toledo area. The system is partnering with Lighthouse Telehealth, a subsidiary of Harbor, to provide around-the-clock psychiatric consultations. Read More


03/22/2018

Telemedicine bill introduced in Ohio

Rep. Tom Patton (R-Cleveland) has introduced House Bill 546, which prohibits health benefit plans from treating telemedicine services differently from in-person health care services solely because they are provided as telemedicine services. Read More


03/22/2018

Ohio Mental Health Parity Toolkit available

The Ohio Department of Insurance is debuting it’s new Mental Health Parity Toolkit for consumers of insurance services. Read More


03/19/2018

Free online ASAM criteria training now available

As part of Ohio’s 21st Century CURES Act initiative, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is offering two free online ASAM Criteria training modules. Read More


03/12/2018

OPPA opposes Medicaid work requirements

The OPPA, along with many other statewide physician and patient advocacy groups, sent a letter to Medicaid Director, Barbara Sears, outlining why its members are opposed to the 1115 Demonstration Waiver. Read More


03/09/2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update

The OPPA thanks the more than 170+ attendees who participated in the 2018 Annual Psychiatric Update, the outstanding speakers and the 21 exhibitors in attendance. Details for the 2019 meeting will be coming soon! Check out a few of the photos on the website front page slideshow.


03/08/2018

OPPA submits comments on SMBO draft rules on OBOT

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association submitted a letter, outlining comments, to the State Medical Board of Ohio in response to the draft rules on Office Based Outpatient Treatment for Opioid Addiction. Read More


03/08/2018

Governor Kasich delivers final State of the State Address

In his speech, among other items, the Governor announced plans to build a new, $112 mental health hospital to replace the aging Twin Valley Behavioral healthcare facility in Columbus. Read More


03/08/2018

Join free webinar "Clarifying HIPAA Privacy Rules for Mental Health and Addiction Crises

To help explain one of health care’s most important, yet widely misunderstood protections, the National Council is teaming up with OCR. On Monday, March 19 from noon to 1 p.m. ET join OCR Privacy Analyst Peyton Isaac, for “Clarifying HIPAA Privacy Rules for Mental Health and Addiction Crises” Read More


03/08/2018

Opioid Prescribing in Ohio Down Nearly 30 Percent in 2017

According to a newly released report from the State Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS), opioids prescribed to Ohio patients declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2017. Read More


02/28/2018

Research Watch - February 2018 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


02/27/2018

Time is running out to register for the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update

On Sun., Mar. 4 at the Columbus Hilton at Easton

If you haven't already done so, register today and join the more than 150 participants who will attending this year's meeting: Our Most Vulnerable Populations: what we've learned and where we're going. Read More


02/27/2018

SMBO rules for office based treatment of opioid addiction

Comments must be received by Mar. 8

The State Medical Board of Ohio seeks public comment on the proposed language for rules applicable to office based treatment of opioid addiction. The deadline for submitting comments is Mar. 8, 2018. Read More


02/21/2018

Ohio Medicaid to seek approval for work requirement

The fiscal year 2018-19 operating budget (HB 49) requires Ohio Medicaid to seek federal approval to require Medicaid enrollees in the expansion group to work unless they are over age 55, enrolled in school or occupational training, participating in an alcohol or drug addiction treatment program, or have intensive physical health care needs or serious mental illness. Read More


02/16/2018

Register to attend OPPA Advocacy Day in April

Join your colleagues at the Ohio Statehouse in April to advocate on behalf of your patients and your profession. During Advocacy Day, psychiatrists will learn about it means to advocate and why it's important, as well as current legislative priorities of the OPPA. Then, members will be well prepared to meet with their individual legislators in the afternoon. Read More


02/16/2018

SMBO rules for confidential monitoring program

Comments must be received by Mon. Feb. 26

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) has filed proposed rules with the Common Sense Initiative Office. If enacted, the proposed rules will establish a confidential monitoring program that allows licensees with mental or physical illnesses, other than substance use disorders, to be monitored by the SMBO without being subjected to formal public disciplinary action. Read More


02/16/2018

ABMS survey seeks feedback from physicians on MOC

Physicians are invited to provide feedback about Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements through an online survey being conducted by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Read More


02/16/2018

Learn about telepsychiatry or integrated care on Sat. Mar. 3

FREE to OPPA members; non-members $39

The OPPA will be holding two concurrent workshops that you won't want to miss on Sat., March 3, at the Columbus Hilton at Easton (Columbus, OH). Register online today as both workshops are almost full! Read More


01/31/2018

OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update - March 3-4, 2018

More than 70 participants have already registered to attend this year's meeting: Our Most Vulnerable Populations: what we've learned and where we're going. Register now to reserve your seat at what is sure to be another sold-out event! Read More


01/31/2018

Please renew your committment to the OPPA/APA for 2018!

As we enter 2018, we ask that you to renew your commitment to your professional home for psychiatry – at the national level with APA and through your local with the OPPA. Read More


01/31/2018

Learn about new MOC Part III pilot project

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has released details about the optional Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Part III Pilot Project, which is scheduled to begin in 2019. Read More


01/31/2018

APA Free Course of the Month - Feb. 2018

Managing Physician Burnout

This presentation addresses burnout among physicians, focusing on psychiatrists at different levels of training, and discusses strategies, methods, and programs to reduce burnout and promote resilience and wellness. Read More


01/31/2018

APA new practice guideline on the Pharmacological Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder

This practice guideline provides evidence-based recommendations for the pharmacological treatment of alcohol use disorder. Read More


01/30/2018

Research Watch - January 2018 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


01/23/2018

Wellness Wednesdays Lunch-hour Webinars

OPPA members are invited to participate in Wellness Wednesdays interactive monthly webinar sessions. The purpose of the webinar series is to create a virtual neighborhood of positive physicians through virtual discussions that focus on spreading the joy of medicine. Read More


01/18/2018

OPPA quarterly newsletter Insight Matters, Winter 2018

Read the latest issue of the OPPA's official newsletter. Read More


01/05/2018

Research Watch - December 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


12/21/2017

Important new pharmacy rules go into effect Dec. 29

In case you missed it, important new pharmacy rules go into effect Dec. 29, including: the diagnosis/ procedure code requirements must be included for all opioid prescriptions. The requirements for all other controlled substances go into effect on June 1, 2018. Read More


12/21/2017

OPPA member, Stephen Strawkowski, MD, is a candidate for President in APA’s 2018 Election

"My overall goal is to position APA optimally within the national mental health discourse to maximize: 1) advocacy for patients and families; and 2) support for members to deliver the best care possible, while ensuring the practice of psychiatry is enjoyable." Read More


12/20/2017

Holiday greetings from the OPPA

From the leadership and staff of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association, we wish you the gifts of the season - Peace, Joy and Hope. One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you for your continued membership in support of your profession. Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year. We look forward to what lies ahead and to what we will accomplish together in the new year.


12/20/2017

OPPA member, Cheryl Will, MD, is a candidate for Area 4 Trustee in APA’s 2018 Election

Cheryl Wills, Director of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatric Services at University Hospitals of Cleveland, is campaigning to represent Midwest APA members on the Board of Trustees (BOT). Read More


12/20/2017

Please remember the Foundation in your year-end giving

At this time of year, as you are thinking about year-end contributions, please remember the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF). The OPPF is the charitable arm of the OPPA and was established to improve the health and well-being of Ohioans by fostering psychiatric education and research. Read More


12/15/2017

Prepare promptly for new pharmacy rules that go into effect Dec. 29

With only two weeks to implement, the State of Ohio Pharmacy board notified prescribers, just yesterday, that beginning Dec. 29, 2017, the diagnosis/procedure code requirements are effective for all opioid prescriptions. The requirements for all other controlled substances go into effect on June 1, 2018.


12/01/2017

Sunovion submits new drug application for novel ADHD dication

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals last month announced that the FDA has accepted for review a New Drug Application (NDA) for dasotraline-a novel dual-acting dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (DNRI) for the treatment of ADHD in children and adults .


11/22/2017

Remember the OPPF on Giving Tuesday

It’s Giving Tuesday! Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Please remember the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) on this upcoming #GivingTuesday, by making a contribution on Tues., Nov. 27. Read More


11/22/2017

Research Watch - November 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


11/22/2017

A call for psychiatrists with clozapine expertise in schizophrenia

For those with expertise in the use of clozapine this is an opportunity to collaborate with others who also have expertise and would like to see its appropriate use increase for the 20-30% of persons with treatment resistant schizophrenia. Read More


11/22/2017

Deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide could hit 1.6M over the next decade, report says

As reported recently in USA Today, drugs, alcohol and suicide could lead to the deaths of more than 1.6 million people over the next 10 years, according to a report released Tuesday that signals a troubling trend in mental health in the U.S. Read More


11/22/2017

DEA DATA 2000 Waiver Training – Dec. 15-16

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the American Society of Addiction Medicine will host a DEA Data 2000 Waiver training on Dec. 15-16 in Columbus. Read More


11/22/2017

OPPA and other physician groups meet with the SMBO on proposed confidential monitoring program

On November 14, Mark Munetz, MD and Executive Director, Janet Shaw, joined other physician organizations in a meeting with three board members and staff of the of the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) to discuss concerns proposed rules that would create a non-disciplinary, confidential monitoring program. Read More

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