Funding from the Foundations will support a new dental safety net clinic; osteopathic graduate medical education; recovery and treatment services for individuals experiencing substance use disorders; increased access to breast health services; and expanded home ownership opportunities for low-income families.
Physicians Are Eligible for Up to $1300 Reimbursement
Because MAT is an important component of the continuum of care for addiction treatment, the State of Ohio is encouraging more physicians and other prescribers to provide medication-assisted treatment through continuing medical education opportunities and reimbursable trainings.
Primary Care Physicians Can Receive up to $25,000 Annually
The Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program (OPLRP) application cycle is open now through January 16. The program aims to increase access to primary care for underserved communities and populations
The OOA and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) sent a joint letter to State Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, to voice support for HB 317.
The proposed legislation requires physicians to provide detailed cost estimates to patients for medical procedures that are scheduled at least seven days in advance or are subject to prior authorization. Emergency services would be exempted. The bill requires health care providers to offer a good-faith estimate, which may be stated within a price range. The estimate may be written, oral or electronic and must include whether the provider is out of network with the patient’s plan.
The current state budget dedicates nearly $50 million to improving birth outcomes and reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and builds on almost $87 million in investments made during the past six years.
OU-HCOM Faculty Compiling First-Person Accounts
As a result of the opioid epidemic, the lives of many Ohioans have been significantly impacted in various ways. To give a voice to this crisis and provide an in-depth look, faculty members at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are compiling a collection of first-person accounts to be published in 2019.
Prescription opioid-related deaths in Ohio decline for fifth straight year
Ohio’s opioid epidemic continued to evolve in 2016 with stronger drugs driving an increase in unintentional overdose deaths, according to a new report released by the Ohio Department of Health.
Diagnosis Codes Required on Prescriptions Starting Dec. 29, 2017
As the epidemic of opiate abuse and addiction continues to sweep the country, state, local and community leaders constantly look to improve their efforts to combat it by responding with newer, better tools. Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced new rules on prescriptions written for acute pain.
With single GME accreditation system, there is a need to develop scholarly work within the osteopathic medical profession. The OOA's "Scholar Series" is a tool to help residency programs, attendings, trainees and medical students.
The study, titled the Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy (POME2), is the first of its kind to measure and examine reported empathy levels of students from 41 different osteopathic medical colleges, branch campuses, and teaching sites. This pool of research participants represents roughly 85 percent of all DO students in the United States.
Toledo-Area DO to Lead Family Physicians
Family Physician from Piketon to Lead the State Association
Alleges drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing
Osteopathic Profession Joins Coalition
Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue kicked off its campaign this week by announcing that a diverse coalition of Ohio organizations and associations will oppose and seek to defeat the deceptively worded “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act.”
The American Osteopathic Association’s decision to oppose the newest version of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) was made by comparing provisions in the bill to the AOA’s priorities for health care reform, which are based on existing policy passed by the AOA House of Delegates.
"As the State of Ohio moves to the promulgation of acute pain rules instead of guidelines, we are concerned about balancing the goals of protecting patient safety with effective treatment and access to pain management," writes OOA President Sean D. Stiltner, DO
The Medical Board is proposing to create a non-disciplinary, confidential monitoring program that allows licensees with mental or physical illnesses, (excluding substance use disorders) to be monitored by the Medical Board without being subjected to formal public disciplinary action. While the physician association coalition commends the Board for creating a non-disciplinary process, it still has concerns about how the program will operate and maintain confidentiality.
Event will be live in Athens with Videoconference to Dublin and Cleveland
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017.
Governor Announces Opioid Prescribing Rules as Legislators Introduce Bills with 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.
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.
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.
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.
Primary care physician associations have visited with six first-term state representatives, with more visits to follow.
Sen. 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. Get all the information you need to Take Action at http://ooanet.org/step.
Health-related priorities in the budget focus on four themes: modernize Medicaid; streamline health and human services; pay for value; and improve population health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medical Students Volunteer to Judge Projects
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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