We are fighting on the front line at the Statehouse in battles involving practice regulation, Medicaid reimbursement, BWC compensation, tort reform and HMO/insurance company regulation to name a few. These areas of your practice are controlled by the states, not the federal government.
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.
Profession Opposes Scope of Practice Bill
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.