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08/15/2022

Update from Our Summer Scholar, Kamala Nelson

August 15, 2022 - The Foundation is receiving updates from our 2022 Summer Scholars recipients regarding their progress, their internship experiences, and reflections on what is next in their medical career journey. See what Kamala Nelson is up to!


08/04/2022

Advocacy Update: Responding to Legislative Initiatives Resulting from Supreme Court Decision on Abortion

Aug 4, 2022 – Our Government Relations team and OSMA leadership wanted to reaffirm for you that OSMA is focusing our efforts on legislative initiatives that are currently pending (or may be forthcoming in the future) as a result of the Dobbs decision.


08/03/2022

OSMA Physician Advocacy Boot Camp

Aug 3, 2022 – Mark your calendar for Oct. 6! We will be holding a virtual event to address what we hear from physicians every week—regarding ways to become more involved in the advocacy process.


08/02/2022

Reminder: Electronic Prescriptions

Aug 2, 2022 – Effective September 21, schedule II controlled substances must be dispensed upon an electronic prescription. Exceptions for oral or written prescriptions are permitted in the following circumstances.


08/01/2022

National Immunization Awareness: Hear from Ohio Pediatricians

August 1, 2022 – August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so we spoke with three Ohio pediatricians to get their thoughts on childhood vaccines and answers to some of the most common vaccine questions.


08/01/2022

Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

August 1, 2022 – The need for well-being support has never been higher, and the OSMA Foundation is supporting Ohio's healthcare workforce with a way to measure factors like personal anxiety, depression and burnout and connect with credible resources who can help.


07/26/2022

Ohio Medicaid Provider Enrollment & Maintenance Update

July 26, 2022 – Beginning Aug. 1, ODM will temporarily stop accepting provider enrollment applications as we transition to the new Provider Network Management (PNM) module. New providers should enroll by July 31 or plan to hold enrollment applications until Oct. 1.


07/21/2022

Webinar on Advocating for Reforms to Medicare Physician Payment

July 21, 2022 – Last month OSMA informed members about a coalition of more than 120 state medical and national specialty societies to define and develop goals to reform Medicare physician payment. Join AMA's upcoming webinar on Wednesday, July 27 to review what the coalition will be calling on Congress to do to improve the Medicare physician payment system.


07/20/2022

Reminder: CTR physician survey requirement

July 20, 2022 – To remain in compliance with Ohio law, physicians with a CTR must respond to the 2022 survey even if they have not made any recommendations. All responses must be received by July 31, 2022.


07/14/2022

Guidance on Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Implementation

July 14, 2022 – The State Medical Board of Ohio provided guidance this week regarding the rollout of Ohio’s participation in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Implementation date is scheduled for August 2.


07/14/2022

CMS Clarifies EMTALA Requirements Preempt State Laws

July 14, 2022 – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra sent a letter to all hospitals and health care providers reminding them of their obligation to comply with Emergency medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).


07/13/2022

New Opportunities for Member Participation

July 13, 2022 – We are often asked by our OSMA members how they can individually become more involved in OSMA and impact health policy in Ohio. In response, we have recently revised and expanded ways to participate.


07/07/2022

What We Owe Long COVID Patients

July 7, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: Anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of those who contracted COVID-19 suffer chronic aftereffects—some lasting many months after the initial diagnosis—and now face increased risk of thromboembolic disease, cardiovascular complications, hepatic and renal impairment, and systemic inflammatory response syndrome. Peter Kolbert, Senior Vice President of Claim and Litigation Services for Healthcare Risk Advisors, part of TDC Group, and Dr. Zijian Chen, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Medical Director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Post-COVID Care, discuss the effects of long COVID.


07/01/2022

Abortion Law Status in Ohio

6/28/2022-Current Status of Abortion Laws in Ohio: On Friday the US Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v Wade and Casey and leaving the regulation of abortion to the states. The same day Ohio Attorney General Yost asked and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio agreed to lift the preliminary injunction...


06/28/2022

Abortion Law Status in Ohio

6/28/2022-Current Status of Abortion Laws in Ohio: On Friday the US Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v Wade and Casey and leaving the regulation of abortion to the states. The same day Ohio Attorney General Yost asked and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio agreed to lift the preliminary injunction...


06/27/2022

Update from Our Summer Scholar, Rebekah Russell

June 27, 2022 - The Foundation is receiving updates from our 2022 Summer Scholars recipients regarding their progress, their internship experiences, and reflections on what is next in their medical career journey. See what Rebekah Russell is up to!


06/23/2022

Well-Being CARE Service is Helping Healthcare Workers Across Ohio

June 23, 2022 – One month after its official launch, the Well-Being CARE Service is quickly becoming known and used by healthcare workers across Ohio—providing assessment and referrals to critical mental health services.


06/23/2022

AMA Celebrates 175 Years

June 22, 2022 – Our national partner contributing to OSMA's success, the American Medical Association (AMA), marked their 175th anniversary of its founding in May 2022.


06/14/2022

OSMA's Ohio Legislature Update

June 14, 2022 – The Ohio Legislature has recessed for the summer, but the last several weeks of hearings and session were quite busy for OSMA’s Advocacy team. OSMA has been actively advocating on behalf of Ohio physicians in ongoing deliberations regarding several issues, most recently including the following...


06/14/2022

June's Medical Board Meeting Recap

June 14, 2022 – Get the updates from the regularly scheduled Board meeting on June 8, including issues concerning proposed telehealth rules and the Medical Marijuana Expert Review's recent recommendation.


06/13/2022

Amicus Brief Filed on Federal PREP Act

June 13, 2022 – OSMA, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Medical Association (AMA), is participating in an amicus brief in the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on the question of whether the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (the PREP Act) provides immunity from liability in a wrongful death claim against an assisted living facility for failing to take appropriate countermeasures during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.


06/02/2022

COVID-19 Treatments & Testing: What to Know

June 2, 2022 – A variety of resources and education are available at the state and federal level to help assess the current science, understand the availability and access to testing and treatments, and learn how to better educate patients.


06/02/2022

OSMA Joins National Coalition to Develop Characteristics of a Rational Medicare Physician Payment System

June 2, 2022 – More than 120 other medical organizations have also endorsed a framework for Medicare payment reform. This is an early step in the efforts to develop consensus on policy recommendations that will reshape the payment system to work better for patients and physicians—and hopefully end the annual advocacy exercise of stopping impending payment cuts.


06/02/2022

Reduce Clinician Burnout and Improve Well-Being with People-First Leadership

June 2, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: Solving burnout issues requires respectful, humble leaders who have the tenacity to change systems and can deliver the solutions that healthcare workers need to thrive.


05/24/2022

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with Tyler J. Campbell, MD

March 24, 2022 – OSMA member leaders work tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. We’d like to spotlight Dr. Tyler J. Campbell.


05/23/2022

Ohio’s Practice Transformation Initiative: Impact Highlights!

May 23, 2022 – Physician well-being is a key priority for OSMA, and we have been proud to administer the AMA Practice Transformation Initiative since 2020 with two of our member practices. We recently connected with Dr. Maria Courser from Mount Carmel Medical Group, and Dr. Chloe Sidley from Emergency Services, Inc., who shared their experiences and how being part of this program is impacting their organization.


05/19/2022

Federal Advocacy Update

May 19, 2022 – OSMA continues to monitor and advocate at the federal level this month. Recent updates include details about Medicare Advantage Plans wrongly denying prior authorization requests, and momentum continuing for the federal Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act.


05/19/2022

OSMA's State Legislative Update

May 19, 2022 – As the summer recess approaches, the Ohio Legislature is bustling with activity. OSMA’s advocacy team has been on-hand to work with elected officials regarding several major topics in the past few weeks, including the following items...


05/19/2022

May's Medical Board Meeting Recap

May 19, 2022 – Rules and issues to watch from the May 11th meeting include Interstate Medical License Compact, Telehealth Rules, and Medical Marijuana.


05/18/2022

Statewide CARE Service Announced to Support Mental & Emotional Well-Being of Ohio’s Healthcare Workforce

May 18, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE: Ohio State Medical Association announces free, anonymous tool available to all Ohio healthcare workers.


05/10/2022

OSMA Foundation Awards 6 Summer Scholars Stipends

May 10, 2022 - The Foundation's April reception was an opportunity to meet and celebrate our first cohort of Summer Scholars. Read on for more information about these bright medical students and how the OSMA Foundation Summer Scholars program is helping them pursue summer research and clinical opportunities to advance public health.


05/05/2022

Analysis of Cerebrovascular Accidents and Malpractice Claims

May 5, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: Because a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) can happen in any healthcare setting, it is imperative that all healthcare providers and staff have the ability to spot the signs and symptoms promptly. Timely diagnosis and treatment can minimize injury severity and improve patient outcomes.


04/28/2022

Ohio Medicaid Revises Schedule on Implementation of Major Program Changes

April 28, 2022 – Rather than launch several new programs and administrative changes on July 1, Ohio Medicaid will start OhioRISE as previously scheduled, but stagger the remaining updates to “to ensure smooth member and provider transitions.” Medicaid provided the following details regarding the timeline.


04/26/2022

Introducing OSMA’s New President: A Q&A with Brian Santin, MD

April 26, 2022 – We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Santin as our new President, and we thank Dr. Lisa B. Egbert who tactfully completed her term. Read on to learn more about Dr. Santin, his medical career, and his vision for leading OSMA.


04/21/2022

Federal Surprise Billing Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Portal Now Active

April 21, 2022 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) portal, which allows providers to initiate the IDR process under the No Surprises Act, is now active. Read on to learn more here and get the Ohio specifics as well.


04/21/2022

OSMA Gives Annual Awards

April 21, 2022 – The following individuals were honored at this year’s OSMA Annual Meeting for being the OSMA Physician Advocate of the Year, OSMAPAC Donor of the Year, and Voice of Medicine.


04/21/2022

April's Medical Board Meeting Recap

April 21, 2022 – See summaries from the April 13th meeting, including an interstate medical license compact update, the weight loss prescribing rule, and other rules to watch.


04/13/2022

Last Chance to File Your Provider Relief Report

April 12, 2022 – The OSMA received the following communication from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. If you received provider relief payments from HHS during the pandemic and have yet to submit the required reports, please review and take action now. The final deadline is April 22.


04/05/2022

Physician Guide for Keeping Your Practice Open

April 5, 2022 – The American Medical Association (AMA) is excited to announce the release of one of our most valuable private practice resources, the revised Physician Guide for Keeping Your Practice Open, which includes updated information to help physicians implement policies around staff and patient vaccines, as well as advice to address staff burnout and workforce shortages.


04/05/2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster: Communications Toolkit Now Available from ODH

April 5, 2022 – The CDC announced that certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago are now eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. The Ohio Department of Health has created a COVID-19 vaccine booster communications tool kit for physician uses.


04/04/2022

Tackling Trial Delays, Social Inflation, and Skeptical Jurors in a Pandemic World

April 4, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: More than one in three U.S. physicians will face a medical malpractice lawsuit in their careers. Healthcare providers may benefit from staying versed in key shifts in medical malpractice litigation.


03/29/2022

National Doctors’ Day: A Letter of Thanks to our Leaders Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Egbert

March 29, 2022 – This year, as we celebrate National Doctors’ Day on March 30, we’d like to take a moment to say a special thank you to Dr. Anthony Armstrong and Dr. Lisa Egbert for their tireless and courageous leadership of OSMA over the past two years.


03/24/2022

Ohio Department of Insurance Activates Surprise Billing Arbitration Portal

March 24, 2022 – In partnership with an outside vendor Maximus Federal, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) has now activated the portal where physicians can arbitrate certain out-of-network payments should they not receive an agreeable reimbursement from the insurer.


03/24/2022

The Conundrum of Coding a Procedure with an E/M Visit

March 24, 2022 – Providing quality care to patients and being paid for the services is often a conflict for payment based on specific insurance program policies and procedures. A new wrinkle in 2022 is the increased denial of E/M services when coded on the same day as a procedure, even with the correctly appended modifier 25.


03/24/2022

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with Mary J. Wall, MD, JD

March 24, 2022 – OSMA member leaders work tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. We’d like to spotlight Dr. Mary J. Wall.


03/23/2022

Helping Children and Families, Patients with Pain

March 23, 2022 – Register for the webinar on the overdose epidemic: Most descriptions of the nation’s worsening drug-related overdose epidemic highlight the more than 100,000 individuals who have died in the past year.


03/17/2022

Ohio Legislative Update: OSMA Government Relations Snapshot

March 17, 2022 – The OSMA advocacy team has been making the rounds lately, spending the past several weeks in and out of a variety of meetings with legislators and other interested parties on a number of issues that OSMA is tracking in the legislature.


03/17/2022

Federal Advocacy Updates

March 17, 2022 – OSMA continues to work with the American Medical Association (AMA) on a number of different advocacy efforts at the federal level. Last week, the AMA provided the following update on some important initiatives.


03/17/2022

Overview of Masking Guidance in Healthcare Facilities

March 17, 2022 – Since the CDC released updated guidance on wearing masks indoors at the end of February, OSMA has received some inquiries from members about recommendations for mask wearing in healthcare settings.


03/17/2022

Medical Board Meeting Recap for March

March 17, 2022 – See summaries from the March 9th meeting, including a medical marijuana update and other rules to watch.


03/10/2022

What is the Lasting Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Healthcare and your Practice?

March 10, 2022 – Dramatic impacts on our healthcare delivery system and every physician practice have occurred during the pandemic. Moving forward, it is important to learn and assess future implications. OSMA is gathering a panel of experts to answer your questions and share their expertise with you on April 8th.


03/10/2022

National Tour Kicks Off to Strengthen Mental Health

March 10, 2022 – Last week, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra announced a national tour to strengthen mental health. As part of this effort, President Biden outlined administration wide strategies to address mental health at every age level and a variety of different communities.


03/01/2022

Ohio Launches Mental Health in the Workplace Toolkit for Employers

March 1, 2022 – Today's workforce is under unique pressure that can lead to anxiety, feelings of instability, withdrawal, and the possible need for counseling and care. Learn about tools available to help employers and individuals.


03/01/2022

Telephone Communication for Healthcare Providers: Safety Strategies

March 1, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: When casually or carelessly conducted, telephone communications can lead to diagnostic errors and misunderstandings that may culminate in professional malpractice claims.


02/23/2022

OSMA Assembles Physician Telehealth Experts to Offer Medical Board a Real-Life Perspective

February 23, 2022 – Once House Bill 122 passed in December 2021, and the Medical Board was charged with drafting rules to support the new law, OSMA quickly reached out to physician practices, health systems, and specialty medical associations to find physician telehealth experts who could offer insights and guidance to the Medical Board throughout the rule drafting process.


02/17/2022

Medical Board Recap: Comments on Proposed Rules Due March 1st

February 17, 2022 – At the February 9th meeting, the board approved an initial draft of the telehealth rules that were drafted to support the recently passed telemedicine legislation. The the board also approved an initial draft of a rule that would allow for the prescribing of weight loss medication beyond 12 weeks with provisions that would prevent overprescribing, abuse, and diversion of the medication.


02/16/2022

Physician Advocate of the Year Award: Nominations Open!

February 16, 2022 – OSMA's “Physician Advocate Award" recognizes extraordinary efforts of an OSMA physician leader who goes beyond their primary role of providing clinical treatment to their patients by advocating for the well-being of their profession, patients, and the communities they serve.


02/16/2022

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with John A. Bastulli, MD

February 16, 2022 – OSMA leadership works on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet councilor at-large and state legislation task-force leader, Dr. Bastulli.


02/03/2022

Key Member Benefits to Support Your Practice

February 3, 2022 – Members: Have you accessed OSMA's resources for 2022? Your membership provides access to several support topics.


02/03/2022

As Corporate Entities Enter Healthcare, Practices Can Respond via Patient-Centered Care

February 3, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: Corporate entities have always been involved in healthcare, but now mega corporations—from outside the medical space—are entering the field. The involvement of these large non-legacy corporate entities in healthcare is growing and is challenging.


01/27/2022

Telehealth for Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

January 27, 2022 – As part of AMA's Telehealth Immersion Program, a clinical case study and an overview of techniques for delivering allergy and immunology care via Telehealth will be presented on February 18, 2022 at 11a.m. EST.


01/25/2022

HHS Releasing Additional Provider Relief Funds

January 25, 2022 – Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the following announcement about more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 7,600 providers across the country.


01/24/2022

OSMAPAC Gears Up for 2022; Upcoming Fall Election

January 24, 2022 – The Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) advocates as the political voice for Ohio physicians by helping to elect state and federal candidates based on their commitment to physician and patient issues. And 2022 will be another big election year, and the OSMAPAC is prepping for all that elections bring. One of the first steps is to launch this year’s giving campaign!


01/24/2022

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Shannon C. Trotter, DO

January 24, 2022 – OSMA council works tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet. Dr. Trotter.


01/21/2022

Vaccine Mandate Update & Guidance

January 21, 2022 – After the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban against the vaccine mandate for health care workers in CMS funded facilities, CMS issued state survey guidance for the providers in the 24 that were affected by the decision, including Ohio.


01/20/2022

Ohio's 2021 Legislative Wrap Up & 2022 Preview

January 20, 2022 – It was another hectic year for OSMA's Advocacy team with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with many major legislative issues in the spotlight. As usual, OSMA was on-hand to discuss topics impacting the practice of medicine with legislators and testify in committee hearings. Here is our summary and preview of what's in store for 2022...


01/18/2022

Medical Board's January Recap

January 18, 2022 – The medical board is busy drafting rules to support the recently passed telemedicine legislation. Learn notable provisions of the new telehealth law, as well as the details about nine petitions for potential new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.


01/14/2022

Federal Vaccine Mandate Update

January 14, 2022 – Based on recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, physicians and all health care workers at facilities that are subject to the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation must be vaccinated unless a medical or religious exemption applies. Physician offices are not subject to this mandate.


01/13/2022

April 8th OSMA Education Symposium – Registration is open!

January 13, 2022 – We're excited to see everyone for the 2022 OSMA Education Symposium at our new event location! Join us as we help you navigate the future of healthcare...


01/05/2022

New Surprise Billing Rule in Ohio—What to know!

January 5, 2022 – The Ohio Department of Insurance’s new rule, Ohio Administrative Code 3901-8-17, Reimbursement for Unanticipated Out-of-Network Care, is effective as of January 1, 2022. OSMA was an active participant throughout the rule drafting process.


01/04/2022

Federal Vaccine Mandates Update – How is your practice impacted?

January 4, 2022 – The US Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments on Friday, January 7, on whether two separately-issued vaccine mandates may go into effect. One is the CMS mandate that applies to staff working at CMS-certified facilities such as hospitals, and the other is the OSHA vaccine and testing mandate that applies to all employers with more than 100 employees.


01/04/2022

To Measure and Reduce Diagnostic Error, Start With the Data You Have

January 4, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: As a patient safety problem, diagnostic error differs from wrong-site surgery or medication errors. While we have not yet eliminated these errors, we know that systems-safety interventions like checklists and time-outs make an impact.


12/20/2021

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with Jeffrey R. Leipzig, MD

December 20, 2021 – OSMA member leaders work tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet. Dr. Leipzig.


12/19/2021

OSMA Joins Amicus Brief in E-cigarettes Case

December 19, 2021 – Breeze Smoke v FDA: We're urging the court to uphold the FDA’s Final Marketing Denial Order because their decision was supported by evidence showing that the harm to the public, especially youth, was greater than the evidence provided by the company that their flavored nicotine product assisted smoking cessation more than unflavored products.


12/19/2021

New Audio-Only Telemedicine Billing Modifier

December 19, 2021 – The AMA recently released the following information regarding Modifier 93—established for audio-only telemedicine services and effective January 1, 2021.


12/16/2021

Telehealth Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

December 16, 2021 – Telehealth rules relaxed by the state Medical Board during the pandemic are becoming permanent. Governor DeWine is expected to sign House Bill 122 into law later this month, and the legislation will become effective 90 days after it is signed.


12/15/2021

Legislation Passes to Avert Most Medicare Cuts in 2022

December 15, 2021 – Due in part to the advocacy efforts of OSMA and Ohio physicians and with the leadership of the AMA and national specialty societies, congress passed legislation late last week to avert most of the scheduled Medicare physician cuts scheduled to start on January 1. We are thankful for all the calls and emails from Ohio physicians that helped make a difference, and we thank both Senators Brown and Portman for their votes.


12/15/2021

Ohio Anti-Vaccine Mandate Legislation Update

December 15, 2021 – OSMA last updated members on HB 218 when it passed in the House in November. Since that point, your OSMA advocacy team has continued to help lead the coalition against the bill, which is comprised of over 100 organizations in business, manufacturing, education and health care, representing over a million Ohioans. 


12/14/2021

Medical Board's December 2021 Meeting Highlights

December 14, 2021 – The State Medical Board of Ohio met on December 8, 2021. Here are highlights from the meeting, including leadership election updates and the physician assistant consult agreement rules effective December 31.


12/13/2021

Provider Relief Fund Reporting—Deadline Extended

December 13, 2021 – The Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement at the end of last week extended the Provider Relief Funding Reporting one additional time until December 20.


12/09/2021

Economic Impact of COVID on Medicare Physician Spending

December 9, 2021 – The impact throughout the U.S. was dramatic—with total payments to physicians decreasing by almost 14%.


12/08/2021

Survey Opportunity: Barriers to Genetic Services

December 8, 2021 – You are invited to participate in a research study about your referral practices and barriers to genetic services for patients who have pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).


12/02/2021

Vaccine Mandate Legal Challenges

December 2, 2021 – Two federal rules mandating Covid vaccines are being challenged in federal courts. One rule was issued by CMS and one was issued by OSHA.


12/01/2021

Help us Support Medical Students

December 1, 2021 - We’re thrilled to introduce the OSMA Foundation Summer Scholars Program. Through this initiative, we are raising $10,000 to award four $2,500 stipends to medical students pursuing summer public health research internships.


12/01/2021

Over $400 million in Additional Federal Funding Allotted for Ohio Physicians & Healthcare Facilities

December 1, 2021 – Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services made the following announcement regarding new funding for rural healthcare providers impacted by the pandemic.


11/30/2021

Healthcare’s Digital Revolution: Are We Ready to Reimagine the Work?

November 30, 2021 - From studying the digitization process in other industries, Dr. Robert Wachter—a member of The Doctors Company Board of Governors—has identified four stages of digitization for healthcare...


11/22/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with John R. Corker, MD, FACEP

November 22, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. Get to know your leaders.


11/21/2021

OSMA Signs Letter Asking for Revisions to the "No Surprises Act"

November 21, 2021 – The letter asks for revisions to the requirements in the most recent Interim Final Rule (IFR) implementing the No Surprises Act (NSA) that require an Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) entity to assume the Qualified Payment Amount (QPA) is a reasonable out-of-network rate, unless credible information submitted by the parties clearly demonstrates that the QPA is materially different from the appropriate out-of-network rate.


11/21/2021

Partnering to Improve Diabetes Care

November 21, 2021 – Health care providers have a new tool to support caring for patients with diabetes—a collaborative resource webpage has been developed.


11/19/2021

Ohio House Passes Legislation Restricting Vaccine Mandates

November 19, 2021 - Lawmakers in the Ohio House have stripped language out of House Bill 218, and inserted anti-vaccine mandate provisions actively opposed by OSMA from House Bill 435.


11/18/2021

Telemedicine Update

November 18, 2021 - The Ohio Legislature continues to consider House Bill 122. The bill includes provisions that would make many of the telehealth rule changes, which were enacted due to the pandemic, permanent. Also, a new FAQ is now available.


11/16/2021

Medical Board Takes Action on Podiatry Scope Issue

November 16, 2021 - After the Board issued its determination on whether five specific procedures were within the scope of practice of a podiatrist, concerns were raised with respect to two of the specific procedures.


11/10/2021

U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Threat of Healthcare Misinformation

November 10, 2021 - During the pandemic, OSMA members have been asking for resources available to counter misinformation their patients are receiving regarding treatments, outcomes, vaccination and other topics. This week the U.S Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, provided a comprehensive report and resources for physicians to use to address the challenge moving forward.


11/09/2021

Interoperable Telehealth: Patient Safety Considerations

November 9, 2021 - Our medical malpractice partner, TDC, discusses safety considerations as efforts to connect patients and providers through telehealth have accelerated, and the exchange of information has become increasingly important.


11/04/2021

CMS and OSHA Release Rules Related to Employee Vaccine Requirements

November 4, 2021 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Interim Final Rule (IFR) regarding vaccine requirements for facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds.


11/03/2021

COVID-19 Vaccines Will Soon Be Available to Ohioans Ages 5-11 Years Old

November 3, 2021 - Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granting an emergency use authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine formulation, and pending a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health is announcing that vaccine providers across the state can begin vaccinating children ages 5 to 11 years old as soon as the CDC makes its recommendation.


10/21/2021

OSMA Supports Introduction of Federal Prior Authorization Legislation

October 21, 2021 - This week, the bipartisan Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act  was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The legislation aims to significantly reform the prior authorization process with Medicare Advantage Plans. OSMA and numerous other physician organizations support this important piece of legislation.


10/21/2021

Ohio's Vaccination Legislation Summary

October 21, 2021 - OSMA has been on the front lines of the ongoing deliberations at the Statehouse regarding vaccines and employer requirements for vaccinations. Several legislative proposals have been in the spotlight recently that would limit how employers could require vaccinations, both COVID-19-specific and other vaccines.


10/20/2021

Medical Board October Updates

October 20, 2021 - Get updates from the Medical Board's October 2021 meeting—including weight loss prescribing rules, and an update on the soon-to-expire Telemedicine moratorium.


10/14/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Gregory Surfield, MD, FACS

October 13, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


10/07/2021

Recent Updates from Ohio Medicaid for Physician Practices

The Ohio Department of Medicaid provided updates to the OSMA to share with members on several different topics.


10/07/2021

Provider Relief Fund: Assistance Webinars

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is continuing to hold technical assistance webinars related to the new application cycle.


10/05/2021

Strategies for Effective Patient-Assisted Telehealth Assessments

October 5, 2021 - Physicians who practice telemedicine must carefully consider the components required to complete an effective remote assessment and plan ahead based on their specialty area and the patient’s presenting complaint.


09/28/2021

Take Action: Support the Prevention of Medicare Physician Payment Cuts!

September 28, 2021 - There is much work to be done to avert looming cuts in the Medicare physician payment system. In what amounts to a “perfect storm” of payment reductions going into effect in 2022, several Medicare spending cuts will result in a combined 9.75% payment cut for physician practices on Jan. 1.


09/27/2021

ODH Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

September 27, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Health has issued guidance to the more than 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine providers statewide to ensure they have access to the latest information on administering booster doses of the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccines.


09/27/2021

2021 Overdose Epidemic Report

September 27, 2021 - AMA reports sharp decreases in opioid prescribing, but increases in drug-related overdoses.


09/23/2021

Telehealth Update

September 23, 2021 - The practice of telehealth has exploded over the past year in COVID, providing physicians with different options for safely treating patients when the patient is unable to come to the office.


09/21/2021

Update on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

September 21, 2021 – Join Pfizer leaders on October 1 at 2PM – 3PM (EST) for an update on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.


09/16/2021

Federal Vaccine Requirements for Healthcare Settings

September 16, 2021 - The Biden administration has announced a series of initiatives related to requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for all employees of certain businesses. There appear to be two new regulations that might impact the employees in your healthcare setting.


09/14/2021

New Provider Relief Funding Available

September 14, 2021 - the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application will open on September 29, 2021.


09/07/2021

Medical Malpractice Data to Help Manage Risk

September 7, 2021 - Prevent, Communicate, Document! Not only do malpractice claims provide a richer source of data than typical hospital-based adverse event investigations, but because malpractice data has a direct correlation to large sums of money, it is easier to use claim-related findings to drive tangible, system-wide improvements to patient safety that no one wants to pay for.


09/07/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Michelle Knopp, MD

September 7, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


09/06/2021

Ohio Medicaid Announces Go-Live for Next Generation Managed Care 

September 6, 2021 – Ohio Medicaid announced that July 1, 2022 is the projected date on which managed care members will begin receiving services from one of the seven next generation managed care plans, including the Single Pharmacy Benefit Manager (SPBM), Provider Network Management (PNM) module, Centralized Credentialing, and Fiscal Intermediary.


09/01/2021

OSMA’s Statement on Prescribing Ivermectin to Treat COVID-19

September 1, 2021 - The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) announces today its support of the joint statement by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists strongly opposing the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial.


08/24/2021

Combatting COVID-19 & Vaccine Misinformation

August 24, 2021 - Physician efforts to keep patients properly informed about developments in the pandemic are especially critical now with the ongoing spread of the Delta variant.


08/24/2021

Updated FDA Resources for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

August 24, 2021 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and older. COVID-19 VACCINE PROVIDERS: Please review and share updated FDA resources for the Pfizer vaccine, now known as Comirnaty.


08/24/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Mary LaPlante, MD, FACOG

August 24, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


08/23/2021

MIPS Performance Feedback, Final Scores, & Adjusted Information

August 23, 2021 - CMS recently made us aware that certain MIPS participant scores for 2020 were inadvertently miscalculated due to a technical issue. CMS is recalculating all scores to ensure their accuracy and plans to update both the 2020 scores and related 2022 payment adjustment information in the next few weeks. CMS also informed that the deadline to submit an appeal, or targeted review request, would also be extended.


08/19/2021

OSMA Foundation Impact: Well-Being Assessment & Referral Tool

August 19, 2021 - One of our Foundation's new projects in progress is the creation of a personal well-being assessment and referral tool for every doctor and licensed healthcare worker in the state.


08/19/2021

White House Virtual Conversation: Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort

August 19, 2021 - Plan to attend this live discussion with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on Monday, August 23, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET.


08/17/2021

OSMA Gears Up for New Insurance Reform Initiative

August 17, 2021 - Your OSMA advocacy team has been exploring and researching the issues that insurer policies and processes create in preparation for pursuit of further legislative and regulatory reform in Ohio.


08/17/2021

Medical Board Updates

August 16, 2021 - Get updates from the August 11th meeting—including Telemedicine guidance and the extension of enforcement moratorium, as well as discussions on resurrecting a Medical Board Quality Assurance Committee.


08/16/2021

OSMA Foundation Impact: Virtual Event Series on Physician Well-Being

August 16, 2021 - Thanks to a grant we received, OSMA conducted a series of physician well-being webinar events late last year. With the stress of the pandemic continuing, these videos are still available for reference.


08/16/2021

Ohio Medicare & Medicaid Undergoing Many Policy Changes

August 16, 2021 - The good news is, these changes are focused on simplifying the process. The Ohio Department of Medicaid, through its next generation managed care program targeted to launch in January 2022, will feature significant components.


08/15/2021

OSMA Signs Letter Against Department of VA's Efforts for National Standards of Practice

August 15, 2021 - The effort is referred to as the Federal Supremacy Project, to develop National Standards of Practice for 48 healthcare occupations. As the name implies, the VA is invoking the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution to preempt state and local scope of practice laws.


03/31/2020

State Issues Order for Weekly Ventilator Equipment Inventory Reporting

March 31, 2020 - Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, MD, issued an order requiring all entities with ventilators to report their inventory by no later than 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday beginning April 1, 2020 until further notice.


08/01/2019

Ohio Physicians Give Feedback on Medicaid Managed Care Program

Many of our members provide daily patient care to Ohio’s Medicaid population and thus are uniquely qualified to provide meaningful information to assist the Ohio Department of Medicaid in its upcoming competitive Medicaid managed care procurement process. The comments we received from our members generally centered on areas where improvement is most desired, including plan accountability, grievances and appeals, provider support, benefits and delivery, and care coordination and management.


07/23/2019

Wrap Up: Ohio Delegation to the American Medical Association

Your OSMA Delegation to the AMA worked diligently on behalf of Ohio physicians during the recent 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Ohio resolutions were carried forward and either adopted as new policy or committed the AMA to continue existing policy for another ten years.


07/18/2019

Ohio Budget Process Complete

The OSMA Government Relations team has been engaging with legislators on health care-related budget items since the governor’s initial proposal was released, and has been following and participating in the ongoing debates about a number of health policy decisions.


07/18/2019

Terminating Patient Relationships

Just as it is an acceptable and reasonable practice to screen incoming patients, it is acceptable and reasonable to know when to end patient relationships that are no longer therapeutic. It is critical, however, to end the patient relationship in a manner that will not lead to claims of discrimination or abandonment.


07/18/2019

Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition Offers Online CME Courses

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), which represents Ohio physicians and hospitals and focuses on addressing physician burnout, launched six videos in its continuing medical education (CME) wellness video series.


07/18/2019

Training Managers Who Walk the Walk

Identifying and training role models in your business or practice is key to creating a positive, productive work environment. Which managers should you cultivate as role models to lead your organization?


06/06/2019

New Pain Management Toolkit Available

A new state toolkit designed to assist primary care doctors who prescribe opioids will be released this month by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).


06/06/2019

The $4.6 Billion Price Tag of Physician Burnout

To put a price on burnout, the study authors culled data from recent research findings and reports — including direct or inferred findings on doctors cutting back on hours or quitting as a result of burnout.


05/16/2019

Ohio’s Health Value Needs to be Better Now

Ohio is ranked 46 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to the 2019 Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) Health Value Dashboard—landing the Buckeye state in the bottom quartile.


04/25/2019

Concerns about U.S. Measles Outbreak

A recent poll by The Doctors Company received 9,459 responses to the question: How concerned are you as a healthcare provider about the recent U.S. measles outbreak?


04/25/2019

Hiring Friends and Family at the Office Is a Bad Idea

If your sister is pressuring you to hire your nephew for that much-coveted summer internship position so he can get his “foot in the door,” don’t give in to temptation.


03/28/2019

The 3-Minute Guide to Creating a Modern Website

How to Go Beyond an Online Business Card and Build an Effective Online Presence...


03/28/2019

Dollars & Sense: The State Budget

Earlier this week, the state budget became a bill on Capitol Hill—or at least on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. The OSMA has completed an initial review of the bill language...


03/28/2019

On-Demand Care for YOU

As part of its commitment to the well-being of all physicians in the state of Ohio, the OSMA Physician Well-Being Committee recently launched an online hub...


03/14/2019

Oxycon"tained" Again in 2018

Pharmacy Board Releases Compelling OARRS Data... This week, the State of Ohio Pharmacy Board reported that the number of opioids dispensed to Ohioans dropped by 325 million from 2012 or 2018.


02/28/2019

OSMA Goes to Washington

Earlier this month, several OSMA members along with the OSMA Government Relations staff traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss how existing laws are affecting patients and practices.


02/28/2019

Lions, and Tigers and Boards, Oh My!

Vision for the Future Commission released its final report to the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors early this month.


02/28/2019

This Bud’s for You (or Your Patients)

Within the first month that the medical marijuana program was running in the state of Ohio, nearly $1M in sales were recorded, but questions remain.


02/27/2019

Take Control of Rising Healthcare Costs

The OSMA understands the struggles to maintain an independent practice. This is one reason why the OSMA decided to offer an OSMA managed, self-funded health care plan.


02/15/2019

2019 OSMA Annual Meeting—Resolutions Posted

All resolutions received by the Wednesday, February 6th deadline have been posted to the website so you can start to review them. We will post background information as we receive it.


02/14/2019

Despite 21% Decrease in Overdose Deaths, Ohio Still Has Work to Do

According to a recent CDC report, Ohio saw a significant decrease – 21.4% - in overdose fatalities in July 2017 through June 2018; second in the nation only to Washington DC, which saw a 24.2% decrease.


02/14/2019

What is the OSMA Doing for You?

With a new governor in office and Ohio legislators back at the Statehouse, the OSMA is putting our advocacy agenda—based on the priorities of our members—in motion.


01/10/2019

Make Sure to Do your Annual HR Check Up

Now that 2019 is underway, it is essential that you make sure your company is in compliance with state and federal regulatory updates.


01/10/2019

OSMA Insurance Agency Announces 2019 Average Rate Renewal of only 2.9 Percent

Physician practices participating in the OSMA’s Health Benefits Plan (HBP) will see another year of rate increases averaging single digits. Renewal increases for 2019 will average 2.9%. This increase, along with plan increases over the past three years, show a four-year average of 4.5%. Significantly below the national averages.


01/08/2019

Ohio’s Lame Duck Legislative Session 2018 – What Happened & What You Should Know

The final months of 2018 were a whirlwind beyond the usual frenzied legislative activity of “lame duck” – with Ohio’s legislators staying in session until just days before the Christmas holiday, and returning for more action just days after. This scenario is extremely rare and hasn’t happened in Ohio’s legislature to this extent in decades.


01/03/2019

Physician Well-Being: The Real 5th Vital Sign

"The reason we should care about burnout is because it has the potential for serious consequences on the quality of patient care and safety, patient satisfaction, professionalism, physicians’ own care and safety, and the viability of the health care system..."


12/06/2018

Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Opens: What it Means for Doctors

The amount of product will be extremely limited, as growers and dispensaries come online throughout 2019.

Education

08/03/2022

OSMA Physician Advocacy Boot Camp

Aug 3, 2022 – Mark your calendar for Oct. 6! We will be holding a virtual event to address what we hear from physicians every week—regarding ways to become more involved in the advocacy process.


07/14/2022

Guidance on Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Implementation

July 14, 2022 – The State Medical Board of Ohio provided guidance this week regarding the rollout of Ohio’s participation in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Implementation date is scheduled for August 2.


07/14/2022

CMS Clarifies EMTALA Requirements Preempt State Laws

July 14, 2022 – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra sent a letter to all hospitals and health care providers reminding them of their obligation to comply with Emergency medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).


06/02/2022

COVID-19 Treatments & Testing: What to Know

June 2, 2022 – A variety of resources and education are available at the state and federal level to help assess the current science, understand the availability and access to testing and treatments, and learn how to better educate patients.


05/23/2022

Ohio’s Practice Transformation Initiative: Impact Highlights!

May 23, 2022 – Physician well-being is a key priority for OSMA, and we have been proud to administer the AMA Practice Transformation Initiative since 2020 with two of our member practices. We recently connected with Dr. Maria Courser from Mount Carmel Medical Group, and Dr. Chloe Sidley from Emergency Services, Inc., who shared their experiences and how being part of this program is impacting their organization.


04/28/2022

Ohio Medicaid Revises Schedule on Implementation of Major Program Changes

April 28, 2022 – Rather than launch several new programs and administrative changes on July 1, Ohio Medicaid will start OhioRISE as previously scheduled, but stagger the remaining updates to “to ensure smooth member and provider transitions.” Medicaid provided the following details regarding the timeline.


04/26/2022

Introducing OSMA’s New President: A Q&A with Brian Santin, MD

April 26, 2022 – We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Santin as our new President, and we thank Dr. Lisa B. Egbert who tactfully completed her term. Read on to learn more about Dr. Santin, his medical career, and his vision for leading OSMA.


03/24/2022

The Conundrum of Coding a Procedure with an E/M Visit

March 24, 2022 – Providing quality care to patients and being paid for the services is often a conflict for payment based on specific insurance program policies and procedures. A new wrinkle in 2022 is the increased denial of E/M services when coded on the same day as a procedure, even with the correctly appended modifier 25.


03/23/2022

Helping Children and Families, Patients with Pain

March 23, 2022 – Register for the webinar on the overdose epidemic: Most descriptions of the nation’s worsening drug-related overdose epidemic highlight the more than 100,000 individuals who have died in the past year.


03/17/2022

Overview of Masking Guidance in Healthcare Facilities

March 17, 2022 – Since the CDC released updated guidance on wearing masks indoors at the end of February, OSMA has received some inquiries from members about recommendations for mask wearing in healthcare settings.


03/10/2022

What is the Lasting Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Healthcare and your Practice?

March 10, 2022 – Dramatic impacts on our healthcare delivery system and every physician practice have occurred during the pandemic. Moving forward, it is important to learn and assess future implications. OSMA is gathering a panel of experts to answer your questions and share their expertise with you on April 8th.


03/10/2022

National Tour Kicks Off to Strengthen Mental Health

March 10, 2022 – Last week, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra announced a national tour to strengthen mental health. As part of this effort, President Biden outlined administration wide strategies to address mental health at every age level and a variety of different communities.


03/01/2022

Ohio Launches Mental Health in the Workplace Toolkit for Employers

March 1, 2022 – Today's workforce is under unique pressure that can lead to anxiety, feelings of instability, withdrawal, and the possible need for counseling and care. Learn about tools available to help employers and individuals.


02/03/2022

Key Member Benefits to Support Your Practice

February 3, 2022 – Members: Have you accessed OSMA's resources for 2022? Your membership provides access to several support topics.


01/13/2022

April 8th OSMA Education Symposium – Registration is open!

January 13, 2022 – We're excited to see everyone for the 2022 OSMA Education Symposium at our new event location! Join us as we help you navigate the future of healthcare...


10/07/2021

Recent Updates from Ohio Medicaid for Physician Practices

The Ohio Department of Medicaid provided updates to the OSMA to share with members on several different topics.


10/07/2021

Provider Relief Fund: Assistance Webinars

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is continuing to hold technical assistance webinars related to the new application cycle.


08/19/2021

White House Virtual Conversation: Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort

August 19, 2021 - Plan to attend this live discussion with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on Monday, August 23, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET.


08/16/2021

Ohio Medicare & Medicaid Undergoing Many Policy Changes

August 16, 2021 - The good news is, these changes are focused on simplifying the process. The Ohio Department of Medicaid, through its next generation managed care program targeted to launch in January 2022, will feature significant components.


07/18/2019

Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition Offers Online CME Courses

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), which represents Ohio physicians and hospitals and focuses on addressing physician burnout, launched six videos in its continuing medical education (CME) wellness video series.


06/06/2019

New Pain Management Toolkit Available

A new state toolkit designed to assist primary care doctors who prescribe opioids will be released this month by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).


03/28/2019

The 3-Minute Guide to Creating a Modern Website

How to Go Beyond an Online Business Card and Build an Effective Online Presence...


03/28/2019

On-Demand Care for YOU

As part of its commitment to the well-being of all physicians in the state of Ohio, the OSMA Physician Well-Being Committee recently launched an online hub...


03/14/2019

Oxycon"tained" Again in 2018

Pharmacy Board Releases Compelling OARRS Data... This week, the State of Ohio Pharmacy Board reported that the number of opioids dispensed to Ohioans dropped by 325 million from 2012 or 2018.


02/28/2019

Lions, and Tigers and Boards, Oh My!

Vision for the Future Commission released its final report to the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors early this month.


02/28/2019

This Bud’s for You (or Your Patients)

Within the first month that the medical marijuana program was running in the state of Ohio, nearly $1M in sales were recorded, but questions remain.

Legislative Advocacy

08/04/2022

Advocacy Update: Responding to Legislative Initiatives Resulting from Supreme Court Decision on Abortion

Aug 4, 2022 – Our Government Relations team and OSMA leadership wanted to reaffirm for you that OSMA is focusing our efforts on legislative initiatives that are currently pending (or may be forthcoming in the future) as a result of the Dobbs decision.


08/03/2022

OSMA Physician Advocacy Boot Camp

Aug 3, 2022 – Mark your calendar for Oct. 6! We will be holding a virtual event to address what we hear from physicians every week—regarding ways to become more involved in the advocacy process.


08/02/2022

Reminder: Electronic Prescriptions

Aug 2, 2022 – Effective September 21, schedule II controlled substances must be dispensed upon an electronic prescription. Exceptions for oral or written prescriptions are permitted in the following circumstances.


07/21/2022

Webinar on Advocating for Reforms to Medicare Physician Payment

July 21, 2022 – Last month OSMA informed members about a coalition of more than 120 state medical and national specialty societies to define and develop goals to reform Medicare physician payment. Join AMA's upcoming webinar on Wednesday, July 27 to review what the coalition will be calling on Congress to do to improve the Medicare physician payment system.


07/20/2022

Reminder: CTR physician survey requirement

July 20, 2022 – To remain in compliance with Ohio law, physicians with a CTR must respond to the 2022 survey even if they have not made any recommendations. All responses must be received by July 31, 2022.


07/14/2022

Guidance on Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Implementation

July 14, 2022 – The State Medical Board of Ohio provided guidance this week regarding the rollout of Ohio’s participation in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Implementation date is scheduled for August 2.


07/14/2022

CMS Clarifies EMTALA Requirements Preempt State Laws

July 14, 2022 – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra sent a letter to all hospitals and health care providers reminding them of their obligation to comply with Emergency medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).


07/13/2022

New Opportunities for Member Participation

July 13, 2022 – We are often asked by our OSMA members how they can individually become more involved in OSMA and impact health policy in Ohio. In response, we have recently revised and expanded ways to participate.


07/01/2022

Abortion Law Status in Ohio

6/28/2022-Current Status of Abortion Laws in Ohio: On Friday the US Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v Wade and Casey and leaving the regulation of abortion to the states. The same day Ohio Attorney General Yost asked and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio agreed to lift the preliminary injunction...


06/28/2022

Abortion Law Status in Ohio

6/28/2022-Current Status of Abortion Laws in Ohio: On Friday the US Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v Wade and Casey and leaving the regulation of abortion to the states. The same day Ohio Attorney General Yost asked and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio agreed to lift the preliminary injunction...


06/23/2022

AMA Celebrates 175 Years

June 22, 2022 – Our national partner contributing to OSMA's success, the American Medical Association (AMA), marked their 175th anniversary of its founding in May 2022.


06/14/2022

OSMA's Ohio Legislature Update

June 14, 2022 – The Ohio Legislature has recessed for the summer, but the last several weeks of hearings and session were quite busy for OSMA’s Advocacy team. OSMA has been actively advocating on behalf of Ohio physicians in ongoing deliberations regarding several issues, most recently including the following...


06/14/2022

June's Medical Board Meeting Recap

June 14, 2022 – Get the updates from the regularly scheduled Board meeting on June 8, including issues concerning proposed telehealth rules and the Medical Marijuana Expert Review's recent recommendation.


06/13/2022

Amicus Brief Filed on Federal PREP Act

June 13, 2022 – OSMA, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Medical Association (AMA), is participating in an amicus brief in the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on the question of whether the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (the PREP Act) provides immunity from liability in a wrongful death claim against an assisted living facility for failing to take appropriate countermeasures during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.


06/02/2022

OSMA Joins National Coalition to Develop Characteristics of a Rational Medicare Physician Payment System

June 2, 2022 – More than 120 other medical organizations have also endorsed a framework for Medicare payment reform. This is an early step in the efforts to develop consensus on policy recommendations that will reshape the payment system to work better for patients and physicians—and hopefully end the annual advocacy exercise of stopping impending payment cuts.


05/19/2022

Federal Advocacy Update

May 19, 2022 – OSMA continues to monitor and advocate at the federal level this month. Recent updates include details about Medicare Advantage Plans wrongly denying prior authorization requests, and momentum continuing for the federal Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act.


05/19/2022

OSMA's State Legislative Update

May 19, 2022 – As the summer recess approaches, the Ohio Legislature is bustling with activity. OSMA’s advocacy team has been on-hand to work with elected officials regarding several major topics in the past few weeks, including the following items...


05/19/2022

May's Medical Board Meeting Recap

May 19, 2022 – Rules and issues to watch from the May 11th meeting include Interstate Medical License Compact, Telehealth Rules, and Medical Marijuana.


04/28/2022

Ohio Medicaid Revises Schedule on Implementation of Major Program Changes

April 28, 2022 – Rather than launch several new programs and administrative changes on July 1, Ohio Medicaid will start OhioRISE as previously scheduled, but stagger the remaining updates to “to ensure smooth member and provider transitions.” Medicaid provided the following details regarding the timeline.


04/26/2022

Introducing OSMA’s New President: A Q&A with Brian Santin, MD

April 26, 2022 – We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Santin as our new President, and we thank Dr. Lisa B. Egbert who tactfully completed her term. Read on to learn more about Dr. Santin, his medical career, and his vision for leading OSMA.


04/21/2022

Federal Surprise Billing Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Portal Now Active

April 21, 2022 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) portal, which allows providers to initiate the IDR process under the No Surprises Act, is now active. Read on to learn more here and get the Ohio specifics as well.


04/21/2022

OSMA Gives Annual Awards

April 21, 2022 – The following individuals were honored at this year’s OSMA Annual Meeting for being the OSMA Physician Advocate of the Year, OSMAPAC Donor of the Year, and Voice of Medicine.


04/21/2022

April's Medical Board Meeting Recap

April 21, 2022 – See summaries from the April 13th meeting, including an interstate medical license compact update, the weight loss prescribing rule, and other rules to watch.


03/24/2022

Ohio Department of Insurance Activates Surprise Billing Arbitration Portal

March 24, 2022 – In partnership with an outside vendor Maximus Federal, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) has now activated the portal where physicians can arbitrate certain out-of-network payments should they not receive an agreeable reimbursement from the insurer.


03/17/2022

Ohio Legislative Update: OSMA Government Relations Snapshot

March 17, 2022 – The OSMA advocacy team has been making the rounds lately, spending the past several weeks in and out of a variety of meetings with legislators and other interested parties on a number of issues that OSMA is tracking in the legislature.


03/17/2022

Federal Advocacy Updates

March 17, 2022 – OSMA continues to work with the American Medical Association (AMA) on a number of different advocacy efforts at the federal level. Last week, the AMA provided the following update on some important initiatives.


03/17/2022

Overview of Masking Guidance in Healthcare Facilities

March 17, 2022 – Since the CDC released updated guidance on wearing masks indoors at the end of February, OSMA has received some inquiries from members about recommendations for mask wearing in healthcare settings.


03/17/2022

Medical Board Meeting Recap for March

March 17, 2022 – See summaries from the March 9th meeting, including a medical marijuana update and other rules to watch.


02/23/2022

OSMA Assembles Physician Telehealth Experts to Offer Medical Board a Real-Life Perspective

February 23, 2022 – Once House Bill 122 passed in December 2021, and the Medical Board was charged with drafting rules to support the new law, OSMA quickly reached out to physician practices, health systems, and specialty medical associations to find physician telehealth experts who could offer insights and guidance to the Medical Board throughout the rule drafting process.


02/17/2022

Medical Board Recap: Comments on Proposed Rules Due March 1st

February 17, 2022 – At the February 9th meeting, the board approved an initial draft of the telehealth rules that were drafted to support the recently passed telemedicine legislation. The the board also approved an initial draft of a rule that would allow for the prescribing of weight loss medication beyond 12 weeks with provisions that would prevent overprescribing, abuse, and diversion of the medication.


02/16/2022

Physician Advocate of the Year Award: Nominations Open!

February 16, 2022 – OSMA's “Physician Advocate Award" recognizes extraordinary efforts of an OSMA physician leader who goes beyond their primary role of providing clinical treatment to their patients by advocating for the well-being of their profession, patients, and the communities they serve.


01/27/2022

Telehealth for Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

January 27, 2022 – As part of AMA's Telehealth Immersion Program, a clinical case study and an overview of techniques for delivering allergy and immunology care via Telehealth will be presented on February 18, 2022 at 11a.m. EST.


01/24/2022

OSMAPAC Gears Up for 2022; Upcoming Fall Election

January 24, 2022 – The Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) advocates as the political voice for Ohio physicians by helping to elect state and federal candidates based on their commitment to physician and patient issues. And 2022 will be another big election year, and the OSMAPAC is prepping for all that elections bring. One of the first steps is to launch this year’s giving campaign!


01/21/2022

Vaccine Mandate Update & Guidance

January 21, 2022 – After the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban against the vaccine mandate for health care workers in CMS funded facilities, CMS issued state survey guidance for the providers in the 24 that were affected by the decision, including Ohio.


01/20/2022

Ohio's 2021 Legislative Wrap Up & 2022 Preview

January 20, 2022 – It was another hectic year for OSMA's Advocacy team with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with many major legislative issues in the spotlight. As usual, OSMA was on-hand to discuss topics impacting the practice of medicine with legislators and testify in committee hearings. Here is our summary and preview of what's in store for 2022...


01/18/2022

Medical Board's January Recap

January 18, 2022 – The medical board is busy drafting rules to support the recently passed telemedicine legislation. Learn notable provisions of the new telehealth law, as well as the details about nine petitions for potential new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.


01/14/2022

Federal Vaccine Mandate Update

January 14, 2022 – Based on recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, physicians and all health care workers at facilities that are subject to the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation must be vaccinated unless a medical or religious exemption applies. Physician offices are not subject to this mandate.


01/05/2022

New Surprise Billing Rule in Ohio—What to know!

January 5, 2022 – The Ohio Department of Insurance’s new rule, Ohio Administrative Code 3901-8-17, Reimbursement for Unanticipated Out-of-Network Care, is effective as of January 1, 2022. OSMA was an active participant throughout the rule drafting process.


01/04/2022

Federal Vaccine Mandates Update – How is your practice impacted?

January 4, 2022 – The US Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments on Friday, January 7, on whether two separately-issued vaccine mandates may go into effect. One is the CMS mandate that applies to staff working at CMS-certified facilities such as hospitals, and the other is the OSHA vaccine and testing mandate that applies to all employers with more than 100 employees.


12/19/2021

OSMA Joins Amicus Brief in E-cigarettes Case

December 19, 2021 – Breeze Smoke v FDA: We're urging the court to uphold the FDA’s Final Marketing Denial Order because their decision was supported by evidence showing that the harm to the public, especially youth, was greater than the evidence provided by the company that their flavored nicotine product assisted smoking cessation more than unflavored products.


12/16/2021

Telehealth Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

December 16, 2021 – Telehealth rules relaxed by the state Medical Board during the pandemic are becoming permanent. Governor DeWine is expected to sign House Bill 122 into law later this month, and the legislation will become effective 90 days after it is signed.


12/15/2021

Legislation Passes to Avert Most Medicare Cuts in 2022

December 15, 2021 – Due in part to the advocacy efforts of OSMA and Ohio physicians and with the leadership of the AMA and national specialty societies, congress passed legislation late last week to avert most of the scheduled Medicare physician cuts scheduled to start on January 1. We are thankful for all the calls and emails from Ohio physicians that helped make a difference, and we thank both Senators Brown and Portman for their votes.


12/15/2021

Ohio Anti-Vaccine Mandate Legislation Update

December 15, 2021 – OSMA last updated members on HB 218 when it passed in the House in November. Since that point, your OSMA advocacy team has continued to help lead the coalition against the bill, which is comprised of over 100 organizations in business, manufacturing, education and health care, representing over a million Ohioans. 


12/14/2021

Medical Board's December 2021 Meeting Highlights

December 14, 2021 – The State Medical Board of Ohio met on December 8, 2021. Here are highlights from the meeting, including leadership election updates and the physician assistant consult agreement rules effective December 31.


12/13/2021

Provider Relief Fund Reporting—Deadline Extended

December 13, 2021 – The Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement at the end of last week extended the Provider Relief Funding Reporting one additional time until December 20.


11/21/2021

OSMA Signs Letter Asking for Revisions to the "No Surprises Act"

November 21, 2021 – The letter asks for revisions to the requirements in the most recent Interim Final Rule (IFR) implementing the No Surprises Act (NSA) that require an Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) entity to assume the Qualified Payment Amount (QPA) is a reasonable out-of-network rate, unless credible information submitted by the parties clearly demonstrates that the QPA is materially different from the appropriate out-of-network rate.


11/19/2021

Ohio House Passes Legislation Restricting Vaccine Mandates

November 19, 2021 - Lawmakers in the Ohio House have stripped language out of House Bill 218, and inserted anti-vaccine mandate provisions actively opposed by OSMA from House Bill 435.


11/16/2021

Medical Board Takes Action on Podiatry Scope Issue

November 16, 2021 - After the Board issued its determination on whether five specific procedures were within the scope of practice of a podiatrist, concerns were raised with respect to two of the specific procedures.


10/21/2021

OSMA Supports Introduction of Federal Prior Authorization Legislation

October 21, 2021 - This week, the bipartisan Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act  was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The legislation aims to significantly reform the prior authorization process with Medicare Advantage Plans. OSMA and numerous other physician organizations support this important piece of legislation.


10/21/2021

Ohio's Vaccination Legislation Summary

October 21, 2021 - OSMA has been on the front lines of the ongoing deliberations at the Statehouse regarding vaccines and employer requirements for vaccinations. Several legislative proposals have been in the spotlight recently that would limit how employers could require vaccinations, both COVID-19-specific and other vaccines.


10/20/2021

Medical Board October Updates

October 20, 2021 - Get updates from the Medical Board's October 2021 meeting—including weight loss prescribing rules, and an update on the soon-to-expire Telemedicine moratorium.


10/07/2021

Recent Updates from Ohio Medicaid for Physician Practices

The Ohio Department of Medicaid provided updates to the OSMA to share with members on several different topics.


09/28/2021

Take Action: Support the Prevention of Medicare Physician Payment Cuts!

September 28, 2021 - There is much work to be done to avert looming cuts in the Medicare physician payment system. In what amounts to a “perfect storm” of payment reductions going into effect in 2022, several Medicare spending cuts will result in a combined 9.75% payment cut for physician practices on Jan. 1.


08/24/2021

Combatting COVID-19 & Vaccine Misinformation

August 24, 2021 - Physician efforts to keep patients properly informed about developments in the pandemic are especially critical now with the ongoing spread of the Delta variant.


08/17/2021

OSMA Gears Up for New Insurance Reform Initiative

August 17, 2021 - Your OSMA advocacy team has been exploring and researching the issues that insurer policies and processes create in preparation for pursuit of further legislative and regulatory reform in Ohio.


08/17/2021

Medical Board Updates

August 16, 2021 - Get updates from the August 11th meeting—including Telemedicine guidance and the extension of enforcement moratorium, as well as discussions on resurrecting a Medical Board Quality Assurance Committee.


08/16/2021

Ohio Medicare & Medicaid Undergoing Many Policy Changes

August 16, 2021 - The good news is, these changes are focused on simplifying the process. The Ohio Department of Medicaid, through its next generation managed care program targeted to launch in January 2022, will feature significant components.


08/15/2021

OSMA Signs Letter Against Department of VA's Efforts for National Standards of Practice

August 15, 2021 - The effort is referred to as the Federal Supremacy Project, to develop National Standards of Practice for 48 healthcare occupations. As the name implies, the VA is invoking the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution to preempt state and local scope of practice laws.


08/01/2019

Ohio Physicians Give Feedback on Medicaid Managed Care Program

Many of our members provide daily patient care to Ohio’s Medicaid population and thus are uniquely qualified to provide meaningful information to assist the Ohio Department of Medicaid in its upcoming competitive Medicaid managed care procurement process. The comments we received from our members generally centered on areas where improvement is most desired, including plan accountability, grievances and appeals, provider support, benefits and delivery, and care coordination and management.


07/23/2019

Wrap Up: Ohio Delegation to the American Medical Association

Your OSMA Delegation to the AMA worked diligently on behalf of Ohio physicians during the recent 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Ohio resolutions were carried forward and either adopted as new policy or committed the AMA to continue existing policy for another ten years.


07/18/2019

Ohio Budget Process Complete

The OSMA Government Relations team has been engaging with legislators on health care-related budget items since the governor’s initial proposal was released, and has been following and participating in the ongoing debates about a number of health policy decisions.


03/28/2019

Dollars & Sense: The State Budget

Earlier this week, the state budget became a bill on Capitol Hill—or at least on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. The OSMA has completed an initial review of the bill language...


02/28/2019

OSMA Goes to Washington

Earlier this month, several OSMA members along with the OSMA Government Relations staff traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss how existing laws are affecting patients and practices.


02/14/2019

What is the OSMA Doing for You?

With a new governor in office and Ohio legislators back at the Statehouse, the OSMA is putting our advocacy agenda—based on the priorities of our members—in motion.


01/08/2019

Ohio’s Lame Duck Legislative Session 2018 – What Happened & What You Should Know

The final months of 2018 were a whirlwind beyond the usual frenzied legislative activity of “lame duck” – with Ohio’s legislators staying in session until just days before the Christmas holiday, and returning for more action just days after. This scenario is extremely rare and hasn’t happened in Ohio’s legislature to this extent in decades.

Member News

08/15/2022

Update from Our Summer Scholar, Kamala Nelson

August 15, 2022 - The Foundation is receiving updates from our 2022 Summer Scholars recipients regarding their progress, their internship experiences, and reflections on what is next in their medical career journey. See what Kamala Nelson is up to!


08/04/2022

Advocacy Update: Responding to Legislative Initiatives Resulting from Supreme Court Decision on Abortion

Aug 4, 2022 – Our Government Relations team and OSMA leadership wanted to reaffirm for you that OSMA is focusing our efforts on legislative initiatives that are currently pending (or may be forthcoming in the future) as a result of the Dobbs decision.


08/03/2022

OSMA Physician Advocacy Boot Camp

Aug 3, 2022 – Mark your calendar for Oct. 6! We will be holding a virtual event to address what we hear from physicians every week—regarding ways to become more involved in the advocacy process.


08/02/2022

Reminder: Electronic Prescriptions

Aug 2, 2022 – Effective September 21, schedule II controlled substances must be dispensed upon an electronic prescription. Exceptions for oral or written prescriptions are permitted in the following circumstances.


08/01/2022

National Immunization Awareness: Hear from Ohio Pediatricians

August 1, 2022 – August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so we spoke with three Ohio pediatricians to get their thoughts on childhood vaccines and answers to some of the most common vaccine questions.


08/01/2022

Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

August 1, 2022 – The need for well-being support has never been higher, and the OSMA Foundation is supporting Ohio's healthcare workforce with a way to measure factors like personal anxiety, depression and burnout and connect with credible resources who can help.


07/26/2022

Ohio Medicaid Provider Enrollment & Maintenance Update

July 26, 2022 – Beginning Aug. 1, ODM will temporarily stop accepting provider enrollment applications as we transition to the new Provider Network Management (PNM) module. New providers should enroll by July 31 or plan to hold enrollment applications until Oct. 1.


07/21/2022

Webinar on Advocating for Reforms to Medicare Physician Payment

July 21, 2022 – Last month OSMA informed members about a coalition of more than 120 state medical and national specialty societies to define and develop goals to reform Medicare physician payment. Join AMA's upcoming webinar on Wednesday, July 27 to review what the coalition will be calling on Congress to do to improve the Medicare physician payment system.


07/20/2022

Reminder: CTR physician survey requirement

July 20, 2022 – To remain in compliance with Ohio law, physicians with a CTR must respond to the 2022 survey even if they have not made any recommendations. All responses must be received by July 31, 2022.


07/14/2022

Guidance on Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Implementation

July 14, 2022 – The State Medical Board of Ohio provided guidance this week regarding the rollout of Ohio’s participation in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Implementation date is scheduled for August 2.


07/14/2022

CMS Clarifies EMTALA Requirements Preempt State Laws

July 14, 2022 – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra sent a letter to all hospitals and health care providers reminding them of their obligation to comply with Emergency medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).


07/13/2022

New Opportunities for Member Participation

July 13, 2022 – We are often asked by our OSMA members how they can individually become more involved in OSMA and impact health policy in Ohio. In response, we have recently revised and expanded ways to participate.


07/07/2022

What We Owe Long COVID Patients

July 7, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: Anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of those who contracted COVID-19 suffer chronic aftereffects—some lasting many months after the initial diagnosis—and now face increased risk of thromboembolic disease, cardiovascular complications, hepatic and renal impairment, and systemic inflammatory response syndrome. Peter Kolbert, Senior Vice President of Claim and Litigation Services for Healthcare Risk Advisors, part of TDC Group, and Dr. Zijian Chen, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Medical Director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Post-COVID Care, discuss the effects of long COVID.


06/27/2022

Update from Our Summer Scholar, Rebekah Russell

June 27, 2022 - The Foundation is receiving updates from our 2022 Summer Scholars recipients regarding their progress, their internship experiences, and reflections on what is next in their medical career journey. See what Rebekah Russell is up to!


06/23/2022

Well-Being CARE Service is Helping Healthcare Workers Across Ohio

June 23, 2022 – One month after its official launch, the Well-Being CARE Service is quickly becoming known and used by healthcare workers across Ohio—providing assessment and referrals to critical mental health services.


06/23/2022

AMA Celebrates 175 Years

June 22, 2022 – Our national partner contributing to OSMA's success, the American Medical Association (AMA), marked their 175th anniversary of its founding in May 2022.


06/14/2022

OSMA's Ohio Legislature Update

June 14, 2022 – The Ohio Legislature has recessed for the summer, but the last several weeks of hearings and session were quite busy for OSMA’s Advocacy team. OSMA has been actively advocating on behalf of Ohio physicians in ongoing deliberations regarding several issues, most recently including the following...


06/14/2022

June's Medical Board Meeting Recap

June 14, 2022 – Get the updates from the regularly scheduled Board meeting on June 8, including issues concerning proposed telehealth rules and the Medical Marijuana Expert Review's recent recommendation.


06/02/2022

COVID-19 Treatments & Testing: What to Know

June 2, 2022 – A variety of resources and education are available at the state and federal level to help assess the current science, understand the availability and access to testing and treatments, and learn how to better educate patients.


06/02/2022

OSMA Joins National Coalition to Develop Characteristics of a Rational Medicare Physician Payment System

June 2, 2022 – More than 120 other medical organizations have also endorsed a framework for Medicare payment reform. This is an early step in the efforts to develop consensus on policy recommendations that will reshape the payment system to work better for patients and physicians—and hopefully end the annual advocacy exercise of stopping impending payment cuts.


06/02/2022

Reduce Clinician Burnout and Improve Well-Being with People-First Leadership

June 2, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: Solving burnout issues requires respectful, humble leaders who have the tenacity to change systems and can deliver the solutions that healthcare workers need to thrive.


05/24/2022

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with Tyler J. Campbell, MD

March 24, 2022 – OSMA member leaders work tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. We’d like to spotlight Dr. Tyler J. Campbell.


05/23/2022

Ohio’s Practice Transformation Initiative: Impact Highlights!

May 23, 2022 – Physician well-being is a key priority for OSMA, and we have been proud to administer the AMA Practice Transformation Initiative since 2020 with two of our member practices. We recently connected with Dr. Maria Courser from Mount Carmel Medical Group, and Dr. Chloe Sidley from Emergency Services, Inc., who shared their experiences and how being part of this program is impacting their organization.


05/19/2022

Federal Advocacy Update

May 19, 2022 – OSMA continues to monitor and advocate at the federal level this month. Recent updates include details about Medicare Advantage Plans wrongly denying prior authorization requests, and momentum continuing for the federal Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act.


05/19/2022

OSMA's State Legislative Update

May 19, 2022 – As the summer recess approaches, the Ohio Legislature is bustling with activity. OSMA’s advocacy team has been on-hand to work with elected officials regarding several major topics in the past few weeks, including the following items...


05/19/2022

May's Medical Board Meeting Recap

May 19, 2022 – Rules and issues to watch from the May 11th meeting include Interstate Medical License Compact, Telehealth Rules, and Medical Marijuana.


05/18/2022

Statewide CARE Service Announced to Support Mental & Emotional Well-Being of Ohio’s Healthcare Workforce

May 18, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE: Ohio State Medical Association announces free, anonymous tool available to all Ohio healthcare workers.


05/10/2022

OSMA Foundation Awards 6 Summer Scholars Stipends

May 10, 2022 - The Foundation's April reception was an opportunity to meet and celebrate our first cohort of Summer Scholars. Read on for more information about these bright medical students and how the OSMA Foundation Summer Scholars program is helping them pursue summer research and clinical opportunities to advance public health.


05/05/2022

Analysis of Cerebrovascular Accidents and Malpractice Claims

May 5, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: Because a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) can happen in any healthcare setting, it is imperative that all healthcare providers and staff have the ability to spot the signs and symptoms promptly. Timely diagnosis and treatment can minimize injury severity and improve patient outcomes.


04/28/2022

Ohio Medicaid Revises Schedule on Implementation of Major Program Changes

April 28, 2022 – Rather than launch several new programs and administrative changes on July 1, Ohio Medicaid will start OhioRISE as previously scheduled, but stagger the remaining updates to “to ensure smooth member and provider transitions.” Medicaid provided the following details regarding the timeline.


04/26/2022

Introducing OSMA’s New President: A Q&A with Brian Santin, MD

April 26, 2022 – We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Santin as our new President, and we thank Dr. Lisa B. Egbert who tactfully completed her term. Read on to learn more about Dr. Santin, his medical career, and his vision for leading OSMA.


04/21/2022

Federal Surprise Billing Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Portal Now Active

April 21, 2022 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) portal, which allows providers to initiate the IDR process under the No Surprises Act, is now active. Read on to learn more here and get the Ohio specifics as well.


04/21/2022

OSMA Gives Annual Awards

April 21, 2022 – The following individuals were honored at this year’s OSMA Annual Meeting for being the OSMA Physician Advocate of the Year, OSMAPAC Donor of the Year, and Voice of Medicine.


04/21/2022

April's Medical Board Meeting Recap

April 21, 2022 – See summaries from the April 13th meeting, including an interstate medical license compact update, the weight loss prescribing rule, and other rules to watch.


04/13/2022

Last Chance to File Your Provider Relief Report

April 12, 2022 – The OSMA received the following communication from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. If you received provider relief payments from HHS during the pandemic and have yet to submit the required reports, please review and take action now. The final deadline is April 22.


04/05/2022

Physician Guide for Keeping Your Practice Open

April 5, 2022 – The American Medical Association (AMA) is excited to announce the release of one of our most valuable private practice resources, the revised Physician Guide for Keeping Your Practice Open, which includes updated information to help physicians implement policies around staff and patient vaccines, as well as advice to address staff burnout and workforce shortages.


04/05/2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster: Communications Toolkit Now Available from ODH

April 5, 2022 – The CDC announced that certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago are now eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. The Ohio Department of Health has created a COVID-19 vaccine booster communications tool kit for physician uses.


04/04/2022

Tackling Trial Delays, Social Inflation, and Skeptical Jurors in a Pandemic World

April 4, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: More than one in three U.S. physicians will face a medical malpractice lawsuit in their careers. Healthcare providers may benefit from staying versed in key shifts in medical malpractice litigation.


03/29/2022

National Doctors’ Day: A Letter of Thanks to our Leaders Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Egbert

March 29, 2022 – This year, as we celebrate National Doctors’ Day on March 30, we’d like to take a moment to say a special thank you to Dr. Anthony Armstrong and Dr. Lisa Egbert for their tireless and courageous leadership of OSMA over the past two years.


03/24/2022

Ohio Department of Insurance Activates Surprise Billing Arbitration Portal

March 24, 2022 – In partnership with an outside vendor Maximus Federal, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) has now activated the portal where physicians can arbitrate certain out-of-network payments should they not receive an agreeable reimbursement from the insurer.


03/24/2022

The Conundrum of Coding a Procedure with an E/M Visit

March 24, 2022 – Providing quality care to patients and being paid for the services is often a conflict for payment based on specific insurance program policies and procedures. A new wrinkle in 2022 is the increased denial of E/M services when coded on the same day as a procedure, even with the correctly appended modifier 25.


03/24/2022

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with Mary J. Wall, MD, JD

March 24, 2022 – OSMA member leaders work tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. We’d like to spotlight Dr. Mary J. Wall.


03/23/2022

Helping Children and Families, Patients with Pain

March 23, 2022 – Register for the webinar on the overdose epidemic: Most descriptions of the nation’s worsening drug-related overdose epidemic highlight the more than 100,000 individuals who have died in the past year.


03/17/2022

Ohio Legislative Update: OSMA Government Relations Snapshot

March 17, 2022 – The OSMA advocacy team has been making the rounds lately, spending the past several weeks in and out of a variety of meetings with legislators and other interested parties on a number of issues that OSMA is tracking in the legislature.


03/17/2022

Federal Advocacy Updates

March 17, 2022 – OSMA continues to work with the American Medical Association (AMA) on a number of different advocacy efforts at the federal level. Last week, the AMA provided the following update on some important initiatives.


03/17/2022

Overview of Masking Guidance in Healthcare Facilities

March 17, 2022 – Since the CDC released updated guidance on wearing masks indoors at the end of February, OSMA has received some inquiries from members about recommendations for mask wearing in healthcare settings.


03/17/2022

Medical Board Meeting Recap for March

March 17, 2022 – See summaries from the March 9th meeting, including a medical marijuana update and other rules to watch.


03/10/2022

What is the Lasting Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Healthcare and your Practice?

March 10, 2022 – Dramatic impacts on our healthcare delivery system and every physician practice have occurred during the pandemic. Moving forward, it is important to learn and assess future implications. OSMA is gathering a panel of experts to answer your questions and share their expertise with you on April 8th.


03/10/2022

National Tour Kicks Off to Strengthen Mental Health

March 10, 2022 – Last week, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra announced a national tour to strengthen mental health. As part of this effort, President Biden outlined administration wide strategies to address mental health at every age level and a variety of different communities.


03/01/2022

Ohio Launches Mental Health in the Workplace Toolkit for Employers

March 1, 2022 – Today's workforce is under unique pressure that can lead to anxiety, feelings of instability, withdrawal, and the possible need for counseling and care. Learn about tools available to help employers and individuals.


03/01/2022

Telephone Communication for Healthcare Providers: Safety Strategies

March 1, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: When casually or carelessly conducted, telephone communications can lead to diagnostic errors and misunderstandings that may culminate in professional malpractice claims.


02/23/2022

OSMA Assembles Physician Telehealth Experts to Offer Medical Board a Real-Life Perspective

February 23, 2022 – Once House Bill 122 passed in December 2021, and the Medical Board was charged with drafting rules to support the new law, OSMA quickly reached out to physician practices, health systems, and specialty medical associations to find physician telehealth experts who could offer insights and guidance to the Medical Board throughout the rule drafting process.


02/17/2022

Medical Board Recap: Comments on Proposed Rules Due March 1st

February 17, 2022 – At the February 9th meeting, the board approved an initial draft of the telehealth rules that were drafted to support the recently passed telemedicine legislation. The the board also approved an initial draft of a rule that would allow for the prescribing of weight loss medication beyond 12 weeks with provisions that would prevent overprescribing, abuse, and diversion of the medication.


02/16/2022

Physician Advocate of the Year Award: Nominations Open!

February 16, 2022 – OSMA's “Physician Advocate Award" recognizes extraordinary efforts of an OSMA physician leader who goes beyond their primary role of providing clinical treatment to their patients by advocating for the well-being of their profession, patients, and the communities they serve.


02/16/2022

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with John A. Bastulli, MD

February 16, 2022 – OSMA leadership works on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet councilor at-large and state legislation task-force leader, Dr. Bastulli.


02/03/2022

Key Member Benefits to Support Your Practice

February 3, 2022 – Members: Have you accessed OSMA's resources for 2022? Your membership provides access to several support topics.


02/03/2022

As Corporate Entities Enter Healthcare, Practices Can Respond via Patient-Centered Care

February 3, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: Corporate entities have always been involved in healthcare, but now mega corporations—from outside the medical space—are entering the field. The involvement of these large non-legacy corporate entities in healthcare is growing and is challenging.


01/27/2022

Telehealth for Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

January 27, 2022 – As part of AMA's Telehealth Immersion Program, a clinical case study and an overview of techniques for delivering allergy and immunology care via Telehealth will be presented on February 18, 2022 at 11a.m. EST.


01/25/2022

HHS Releasing Additional Provider Relief Funds

January 25, 2022 – Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the following announcement about more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 7,600 providers across the country.


01/24/2022

OSMAPAC Gears Up for 2022; Upcoming Fall Election

January 24, 2022 – The Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) advocates as the political voice for Ohio physicians by helping to elect state and federal candidates based on their commitment to physician and patient issues. And 2022 will be another big election year, and the OSMAPAC is prepping for all that elections bring. One of the first steps is to launch this year’s giving campaign!


01/24/2022

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Shannon C. Trotter, DO

January 24, 2022 – OSMA council works tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet. Dr. Trotter.


01/21/2022

Vaccine Mandate Update & Guidance

January 21, 2022 – After the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban against the vaccine mandate for health care workers in CMS funded facilities, CMS issued state survey guidance for the providers in the 24 that were affected by the decision, including Ohio.


01/20/2022

Ohio's 2021 Legislative Wrap Up & 2022 Preview

January 20, 2022 – It was another hectic year for OSMA's Advocacy team with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with many major legislative issues in the spotlight. As usual, OSMA was on-hand to discuss topics impacting the practice of medicine with legislators and testify in committee hearings. Here is our summary and preview of what's in store for 2022...


01/18/2022

Medical Board's January Recap

January 18, 2022 – The medical board is busy drafting rules to support the recently passed telemedicine legislation. Learn notable provisions of the new telehealth law, as well as the details about nine petitions for potential new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.


01/14/2022

Federal Vaccine Mandate Update

January 14, 2022 – Based on recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, physicians and all health care workers at facilities that are subject to the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation must be vaccinated unless a medical or religious exemption applies. Physician offices are not subject to this mandate.


01/13/2022

April 8th OSMA Education Symposium – Registration is open!

January 13, 2022 – We're excited to see everyone for the 2022 OSMA Education Symposium at our new event location! Join us as we help you navigate the future of healthcare...


01/05/2022

New Surprise Billing Rule in Ohio—What to know!

January 5, 2022 – The Ohio Department of Insurance’s new rule, Ohio Administrative Code 3901-8-17, Reimbursement for Unanticipated Out-of-Network Care, is effective as of January 1, 2022. OSMA was an active participant throughout the rule drafting process.


01/04/2022

Federal Vaccine Mandates Update – How is your practice impacted?

January 4, 2022 – The US Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments on Friday, January 7, on whether two separately-issued vaccine mandates may go into effect. One is the CMS mandate that applies to staff working at CMS-certified facilities such as hospitals, and the other is the OSHA vaccine and testing mandate that applies to all employers with more than 100 employees.


01/04/2022

To Measure and Reduce Diagnostic Error, Start With the Data You Have

January 4, 2022 – From our partners at TDC: As a patient safety problem, diagnostic error differs from wrong-site surgery or medication errors. While we have not yet eliminated these errors, we know that systems-safety interventions like checklists and time-outs make an impact.


12/20/2021

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with Jeffrey R. Leipzig, MD

December 20, 2021 – OSMA member leaders work tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet. Dr. Leipzig.


12/19/2021

OSMA Joins Amicus Brief in E-cigarettes Case

December 19, 2021 – Breeze Smoke v FDA: We're urging the court to uphold the FDA’s Final Marketing Denial Order because their decision was supported by evidence showing that the harm to the public, especially youth, was greater than the evidence provided by the company that their flavored nicotine product assisted smoking cessation more than unflavored products.


12/19/2021

New Audio-Only Telemedicine Billing Modifier

December 19, 2021 – The AMA recently released the following information regarding Modifier 93—established for audio-only telemedicine services and effective January 1, 2021.


12/16/2021

Telehealth Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

December 16, 2021 – Telehealth rules relaxed by the state Medical Board during the pandemic are becoming permanent. Governor DeWine is expected to sign House Bill 122 into law later this month, and the legislation will become effective 90 days after it is signed.


12/15/2021

Legislation Passes to Avert Most Medicare Cuts in 2022

December 15, 2021 – Due in part to the advocacy efforts of OSMA and Ohio physicians and with the leadership of the AMA and national specialty societies, congress passed legislation late last week to avert most of the scheduled Medicare physician cuts scheduled to start on January 1. We are thankful for all the calls and emails from Ohio physicians that helped make a difference, and we thank both Senators Brown and Portman for their votes.


12/15/2021

Ohio Anti-Vaccine Mandate Legislation Update

December 15, 2021 – OSMA last updated members on HB 218 when it passed in the House in November. Since that point, your OSMA advocacy team has continued to help lead the coalition against the bill, which is comprised of over 100 organizations in business, manufacturing, education and health care, representing over a million Ohioans. 


12/14/2021

Medical Board's December 2021 Meeting Highlights

December 14, 2021 – The State Medical Board of Ohio met on December 8, 2021. Here are highlights from the meeting, including leadership election updates and the physician assistant consult agreement rules effective December 31.


12/13/2021

Provider Relief Fund Reporting—Deadline Extended

December 13, 2021 – The Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement at the end of last week extended the Provider Relief Funding Reporting one additional time until December 20.


12/09/2021

Economic Impact of COVID on Medicare Physician Spending

December 9, 2021 – The impact throughout the U.S. was dramatic—with total payments to physicians decreasing by almost 14%.


12/08/2021

Survey Opportunity: Barriers to Genetic Services

December 8, 2021 – You are invited to participate in a research study about your referral practices and barriers to genetic services for patients who have pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).


12/02/2021

Vaccine Mandate Legal Challenges

December 2, 2021 – Two federal rules mandating Covid vaccines are being challenged in federal courts. One rule was issued by CMS and one was issued by OSHA.


12/01/2021

Help us Support Medical Students

December 1, 2021 - We’re thrilled to introduce the OSMA Foundation Summer Scholars Program. Through this initiative, we are raising $10,000 to award four $2,500 stipends to medical students pursuing summer public health research internships.


12/01/2021

Over $400 million in Additional Federal Funding Allotted for Ohio Physicians & Healthcare Facilities

December 1, 2021 – Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services made the following announcement regarding new funding for rural healthcare providers impacted by the pandemic.


11/30/2021

Healthcare’s Digital Revolution: Are We Ready to Reimagine the Work?

November 30, 2021 - From studying the digitization process in other industries, Dr. Robert Wachter—a member of The Doctors Company Board of Governors—has identified four stages of digitization for healthcare...


11/22/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with John R. Corker, MD, FACEP

November 22, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. Get to know your leaders.


11/21/2021

OSMA Signs Letter Asking for Revisions to the "No Surprises Act"

November 21, 2021 – The letter asks for revisions to the requirements in the most recent Interim Final Rule (IFR) implementing the No Surprises Act (NSA) that require an Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) entity to assume the Qualified Payment Amount (QPA) is a reasonable out-of-network rate, unless credible information submitted by the parties clearly demonstrates that the QPA is materially different from the appropriate out-of-network rate.


11/21/2021

Partnering to Improve Diabetes Care

November 21, 2021 – Health care providers have a new tool to support caring for patients with diabetes—a collaborative resource webpage has been developed.


11/18/2021

Telemedicine Update

November 18, 2021 - The Ohio Legislature continues to consider House Bill 122. The bill includes provisions that would make many of the telehealth rule changes, which were enacted due to the pandemic, permanent. Also, a new FAQ is now available.


11/16/2021

Medical Board Takes Action on Podiatry Scope Issue

November 16, 2021 - After the Board issued its determination on whether five specific procedures were within the scope of practice of a podiatrist, concerns were raised with respect to two of the specific procedures.


11/10/2021

U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Threat of Healthcare Misinformation

November 10, 2021 - During the pandemic, OSMA members have been asking for resources available to counter misinformation their patients are receiving regarding treatments, outcomes, vaccination and other topics. This week the U.S Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, provided a comprehensive report and resources for physicians to use to address the challenge moving forward.


11/09/2021

Interoperable Telehealth: Patient Safety Considerations

November 9, 2021 - Our medical malpractice partner, TDC, discusses safety considerations as efforts to connect patients and providers through telehealth have accelerated, and the exchange of information has become increasingly important.


10/21/2021

OSMA Supports Introduction of Federal Prior Authorization Legislation

October 21, 2021 - This week, the bipartisan Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act  was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The legislation aims to significantly reform the prior authorization process with Medicare Advantage Plans. OSMA and numerous other physician organizations support this important piece of legislation.


10/21/2021

Ohio's Vaccination Legislation Summary

October 21, 2021 - OSMA has been on the front lines of the ongoing deliberations at the Statehouse regarding vaccines and employer requirements for vaccinations. Several legislative proposals have been in the spotlight recently that would limit how employers could require vaccinations, both COVID-19-specific and other vaccines.


10/20/2021

Medical Board October Updates

October 20, 2021 - Get updates from the Medical Board's October 2021 meeting—including weight loss prescribing rules, and an update on the soon-to-expire Telemedicine moratorium.


10/14/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Gregory Surfield, MD, FACS

October 13, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


10/07/2021

Recent Updates from Ohio Medicaid for Physician Practices

The Ohio Department of Medicaid provided updates to the OSMA to share with members on several different topics.


10/07/2021

Provider Relief Fund: Assistance Webinars

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is continuing to hold technical assistance webinars related to the new application cycle.


10/05/2021

Strategies for Effective Patient-Assisted Telehealth Assessments

October 5, 2021 - Physicians who practice telemedicine must carefully consider the components required to complete an effective remote assessment and plan ahead based on their specialty area and the patient’s presenting complaint.


09/28/2021

Take Action: Support the Prevention of Medicare Physician Payment Cuts!

September 28, 2021 - There is much work to be done to avert looming cuts in the Medicare physician payment system. In what amounts to a “perfect storm” of payment reductions going into effect in 2022, several Medicare spending cuts will result in a combined 9.75% payment cut for physician practices on Jan. 1.


09/27/2021

ODH Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

September 27, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Health has issued guidance to the more than 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine providers statewide to ensure they have access to the latest information on administering booster doses of the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccines.


09/27/2021

2021 Overdose Epidemic Report

September 27, 2021 - AMA reports sharp decreases in opioid prescribing, but increases in drug-related overdoses.


09/23/2021

Telehealth Update

September 23, 2021 - The practice of telehealth has exploded over the past year in COVID, providing physicians with different options for safely treating patients when the patient is unable to come to the office.


09/21/2021

Update on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

September 21, 2021 – Join Pfizer leaders on October 1 at 2PM – 3PM (EST) for an update on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.


09/16/2021

Federal Vaccine Requirements for Healthcare Settings

September 16, 2021 - The Biden administration has announced a series of initiatives related to requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for all employees of certain businesses. There appear to be two new regulations that might impact the employees in your healthcare setting.


09/14/2021

New Provider Relief Funding Available

September 14, 2021 - the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application will open on September 29, 2021.


09/07/2021

Medical Malpractice Data to Help Manage Risk

September 7, 2021 - Prevent, Communicate, Document! Not only do malpractice claims provide a richer source of data than typical hospital-based adverse event investigations, but because malpractice data has a direct correlation to large sums of money, it is easier to use claim-related findings to drive tangible, system-wide improvements to patient safety that no one wants to pay for.


09/07/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Michelle Knopp, MD

September 7, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


09/06/2021

Ohio Medicaid Announces Go-Live for Next Generation Managed Care 

September 6, 2021 – Ohio Medicaid announced that July 1, 2022 is the projected date on which managed care members will begin receiving services from one of the seven next generation managed care plans, including the Single Pharmacy Benefit Manager (SPBM), Provider Network Management (PNM) module, Centralized Credentialing, and Fiscal Intermediary.


09/01/2021

OSMA’s Statement on Prescribing Ivermectin to Treat COVID-19

September 1, 2021 - The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) announces today its support of the joint statement by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists strongly opposing the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial.


08/24/2021

Combatting COVID-19 & Vaccine Misinformation

August 24, 2021 - Physician efforts to keep patients properly informed about developments in the pandemic are especially critical now with the ongoing spread of the Delta variant.


08/24/2021

Updated FDA Resources for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

August 24, 2021 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and older. COVID-19 VACCINE PROVIDERS: Please review and share updated FDA resources for the Pfizer vaccine, now known as Comirnaty.


08/24/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Mary LaPlante, MD, FACOG

August 24, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


08/23/2021

MIPS Performance Feedback, Final Scores, & Adjusted Information

August 23, 2021 - CMS recently made us aware that certain MIPS participant scores for 2020 were inadvertently miscalculated due to a technical issue. CMS is recalculating all scores to ensure their accuracy and plans to update both the 2020 scores and related 2022 payment adjustment information in the next few weeks. CMS also informed that the deadline to submit an appeal, or targeted review request, would also be extended.


08/19/2021

OSMA Foundation Impact: Well-Being Assessment & Referral Tool

August 19, 2021 - One of our Foundation's new projects in progress is the creation of a personal well-being assessment and referral tool for every doctor and licensed healthcare worker in the state.


08/19/2021

White House Virtual Conversation: Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort

August 19, 2021 - Plan to attend this live discussion with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on Monday, August 23, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET.


08/17/2021

OSMA Gears Up for New Insurance Reform Initiative

August 17, 2021 - Your OSMA advocacy team has been exploring and researching the issues that insurer policies and processes create in preparation for pursuit of further legislative and regulatory reform in Ohio.


08/17/2021

Medical Board Updates

August 16, 2021 - Get updates from the August 11th meeting—including Telemedicine guidance and the extension of enforcement moratorium, as well as discussions on resurrecting a Medical Board Quality Assurance Committee.


08/16/2021

OSMA Foundation Impact: Virtual Event Series on Physician Well-Being

August 16, 2021 - Thanks to a grant we received, OSMA conducted a series of physician well-being webinar events late last year. With the stress of the pandemic continuing, these videos are still available for reference.


08/16/2021

Ohio Medicare & Medicaid Undergoing Many Policy Changes

August 16, 2021 - The good news is, these changes are focused on simplifying the process. The Ohio Department of Medicaid, through its next generation managed care program targeted to launch in January 2022, will feature significant components.


08/15/2021

OSMA Signs Letter Against Department of VA's Efforts for National Standards of Practice

August 15, 2021 - The effort is referred to as the Federal Supremacy Project, to develop National Standards of Practice for 48 healthcare occupations. As the name implies, the VA is invoking the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution to preempt state and local scope of practice laws.


03/31/2020

State Issues Order for Weekly Ventilator Equipment Inventory Reporting

March 31, 2020 - Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, MD, issued an order requiring all entities with ventilators to report their inventory by no later than 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday beginning April 1, 2020 until further notice.


08/01/2019

Ohio Physicians Give Feedback on Medicaid Managed Care Program

Many of our members provide daily patient care to Ohio’s Medicaid population and thus are uniquely qualified to provide meaningful information to assist the Ohio Department of Medicaid in its upcoming competitive Medicaid managed care procurement process. The comments we received from our members generally centered on areas where improvement is most desired, including plan accountability, grievances and appeals, provider support, benefits and delivery, and care coordination and management.


07/18/2019

Ohio Budget Process Complete

The OSMA Government Relations team has been engaging with legislators on health care-related budget items since the governor’s initial proposal was released, and has been following and participating in the ongoing debates about a number of health policy decisions.


07/18/2019

Terminating Patient Relationships

Just as it is an acceptable and reasonable practice to screen incoming patients, it is acceptable and reasonable to know when to end patient relationships that are no longer therapeutic. It is critical, however, to end the patient relationship in a manner that will not lead to claims of discrimination or abandonment.


07/18/2019

Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition Offers Online CME Courses

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), which represents Ohio physicians and hospitals and focuses on addressing physician burnout, launched six videos in its continuing medical education (CME) wellness video series.


07/18/2019

Training Managers Who Walk the Walk

Identifying and training role models in your business or practice is key to creating a positive, productive work environment. Which managers should you cultivate as role models to lead your organization?


06/06/2019

New Pain Management Toolkit Available

A new state toolkit designed to assist primary care doctors who prescribe opioids will be released this month by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).


06/06/2019

The $4.6 Billion Price Tag of Physician Burnout

To put a price on burnout, the study authors culled data from recent research findings and reports — including direct or inferred findings on doctors cutting back on hours or quitting as a result of burnout.


05/16/2019

Ohio’s Health Value Needs to be Better Now

Ohio is ranked 46 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to the 2019 Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) Health Value Dashboard—landing the Buckeye state in the bottom quartile.


04/25/2019

Concerns about U.S. Measles Outbreak

A recent poll by The Doctors Company received 9,459 responses to the question: How concerned are you as a healthcare provider about the recent U.S. measles outbreak?


04/25/2019

Hiring Friends and Family at the Office Is a Bad Idea

If your sister is pressuring you to hire your nephew for that much-coveted summer internship position so he can get his “foot in the door,” don’t give in to temptation.


03/28/2019

The 3-Minute Guide to Creating a Modern Website

How to Go Beyond an Online Business Card and Build an Effective Online Presence...


03/28/2019

Dollars & Sense: The State Budget

Earlier this week, the state budget became a bill on Capitol Hill—or at least on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. The OSMA has completed an initial review of the bill language...


03/28/2019

On-Demand Care for YOU

As part of its commitment to the well-being of all physicians in the state of Ohio, the OSMA Physician Well-Being Committee recently launched an online hub...


03/14/2019

Oxycon"tained" Again in 2018

Pharmacy Board Releases Compelling OARRS Data... This week, the State of Ohio Pharmacy Board reported that the number of opioids dispensed to Ohioans dropped by 325 million from 2012 or 2018.


02/28/2019

OSMA Goes to Washington

Earlier this month, several OSMA members along with the OSMA Government Relations staff traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss how existing laws are affecting patients and practices.


02/28/2019

Lions, and Tigers and Boards, Oh My!

Vision for the Future Commission released its final report to the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors early this month.


02/28/2019

This Bud’s for You (or Your Patients)

Within the first month that the medical marijuana program was running in the state of Ohio, nearly $1M in sales were recorded, but questions remain.


02/27/2019

Take Control of Rising Healthcare Costs

The OSMA understands the struggles to maintain an independent practice. This is one reason why the OSMA decided to offer an OSMA managed, self-funded health care plan.


02/15/2019

2019 OSMA Annual Meeting—Resolutions Posted

All resolutions received by the Wednesday, February 6th deadline have been posted to the website so you can start to review them. We will post background information as we receive it.


02/14/2019

Despite 21% Decrease in Overdose Deaths, Ohio Still Has Work to Do

According to a recent CDC report, Ohio saw a significant decrease – 21.4% - in overdose fatalities in July 2017 through June 2018; second in the nation only to Washington DC, which saw a 24.2% decrease.


01/10/2019

Make Sure to Do your Annual HR Check Up

Now that 2019 is underway, it is essential that you make sure your company is in compliance with state and federal regulatory updates.


01/10/2019

OSMA Insurance Agency Announces 2019 Average Rate Renewal of only 2.9 Percent

Physician practices participating in the OSMA’s Health Benefits Plan (HBP) will see another year of rate increases averaging single digits. Renewal increases for 2019 will average 2.9%. This increase, along with plan increases over the past three years, show a four-year average of 4.5%. Significantly below the national averages.


01/03/2019

Physician Well-Being: The Real 5th Vital Sign

"The reason we should care about burnout is because it has the potential for serious consequences on the quality of patient care and safety, patient satisfaction, professionalism, physicians’ own care and safety, and the viability of the health care system..."


12/06/2018

Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Opens: What it Means for Doctors

The amount of product will be extremely limited, as growers and dispensaries come online throughout 2019.

COVID News

08/01/2022

National Immunization Awareness: Hear from Ohio Pediatricians

August 1, 2022 – August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so we spoke with three Ohio pediatricians to get their thoughts on childhood vaccines and answers to some of the most common vaccine questions.


08/01/2022

Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

August 1, 2022 – The need for well-being support has never been higher, and the OSMA Foundation is supporting Ohio's healthcare workforce with a way to measure factors like personal anxiety, depression and burnout and connect with credible resources who can help.


06/23/2022

Well-Being CARE Service is Helping Healthcare Workers Across Ohio

June 23, 2022 – One month after its official launch, the Well-Being CARE Service is quickly becoming known and used by healthcare workers across Ohio—providing assessment and referrals to critical mental health services.


06/23/2022

AMA Celebrates 175 Years

June 22, 2022 – Our national partner contributing to OSMA's success, the American Medical Association (AMA), marked their 175th anniversary of its founding in May 2022.


06/13/2022

Amicus Brief Filed on Federal PREP Act

June 13, 2022 – OSMA, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Medical Association (AMA), is participating in an amicus brief in the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on the question of whether the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (the PREP Act) provides immunity from liability in a wrongful death claim against an assisted living facility for failing to take appropriate countermeasures during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.


06/02/2022

COVID-19 Treatments & Testing: What to Know

June 2, 2022 – A variety of resources and education are available at the state and federal level to help assess the current science, understand the availability and access to testing and treatments, and learn how to better educate patients.


06/02/2022

OSMA Joins National Coalition to Develop Characteristics of a Rational Medicare Physician Payment System

June 2, 2022 – More than 120 other medical organizations have also endorsed a framework for Medicare payment reform. This is an early step in the efforts to develop consensus on policy recommendations that will reshape the payment system to work better for patients and physicians—and hopefully end the annual advocacy exercise of stopping impending payment cuts.


05/23/2022

Ohio’s Practice Transformation Initiative: Impact Highlights!

May 23, 2022 – Physician well-being is a key priority for OSMA, and we have been proud to administer the AMA Practice Transformation Initiative since 2020 with two of our member practices. We recently connected with Dr. Maria Courser from Mount Carmel Medical Group, and Dr. Chloe Sidley from Emergency Services, Inc., who shared their experiences and how being part of this program is impacting their organization.


05/18/2022

Statewide CARE Service Announced to Support Mental & Emotional Well-Being of Ohio’s Healthcare Workforce

May 18, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE: Ohio State Medical Association announces free, anonymous tool available to all Ohio healthcare workers.


04/21/2022

OSMA Gives Annual Awards

April 21, 2022 – The following individuals were honored at this year’s OSMA Annual Meeting for being the OSMA Physician Advocate of the Year, OSMAPAC Donor of the Year, and Voice of Medicine.


04/13/2022

Last Chance to File Your Provider Relief Report

April 12, 2022 – The OSMA received the following communication from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. If you received provider relief payments from HHS during the pandemic and have yet to submit the required reports, please review and take action now. The final deadline is April 22.


04/05/2022

Physician Guide for Keeping Your Practice Open

April 5, 2022 – The American Medical Association (AMA) is excited to announce the release of one of our most valuable private practice resources, the revised Physician Guide for Keeping Your Practice Open, which includes updated information to help physicians implement policies around staff and patient vaccines, as well as advice to address staff burnout and workforce shortages.


04/05/2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster: Communications Toolkit Now Available from ODH

April 5, 2022 – The CDC announced that certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago are now eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. The Ohio Department of Health has created a COVID-19 vaccine booster communications tool kit for physician uses.


03/29/2022

National Doctors’ Day: A Letter of Thanks to our Leaders Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Egbert

March 29, 2022 – This year, as we celebrate National Doctors’ Day on March 30, we’d like to take a moment to say a special thank you to Dr. Anthony Armstrong and Dr. Lisa Egbert for their tireless and courageous leadership of OSMA over the past two years.


03/17/2022

Overview of Masking Guidance in Healthcare Facilities

March 17, 2022 – Since the CDC released updated guidance on wearing masks indoors at the end of February, OSMA has received some inquiries from members about recommendations for mask wearing in healthcare settings.


03/10/2022

What is the Lasting Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Healthcare and your Practice?

March 10, 2022 – Dramatic impacts on our healthcare delivery system and every physician practice have occurred during the pandemic. Moving forward, it is important to learn and assess future implications. OSMA is gathering a panel of experts to answer your questions and share their expertise with you on April 8th.


03/10/2022

National Tour Kicks Off to Strengthen Mental Health

March 10, 2022 – Last week, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra announced a national tour to strengthen mental health. As part of this effort, President Biden outlined administration wide strategies to address mental health at every age level and a variety of different communities.


03/01/2022

Ohio Launches Mental Health in the Workplace Toolkit for Employers

March 1, 2022 – Today's workforce is under unique pressure that can lead to anxiety, feelings of instability, withdrawal, and the possible need for counseling and care. Learn about tools available to help employers and individuals.


02/16/2022

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with John A. Bastulli, MD

February 16, 2022 – OSMA leadership works on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet councilor at-large and state legislation task-force leader, Dr. Bastulli.


02/03/2022

Key Member Benefits to Support Your Practice

February 3, 2022 – Members: Have you accessed OSMA's resources for 2022? Your membership provides access to several support topics.


01/25/2022

HHS Releasing Additional Provider Relief Funds

January 25, 2022 – Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the following announcement about more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 7,600 providers across the country.


01/24/2022

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Shannon C. Trotter, DO

January 24, 2022 – OSMA council works tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet. Dr. Trotter.


01/21/2022

Vaccine Mandate Update & Guidance

January 21, 2022 – After the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban against the vaccine mandate for health care workers in CMS funded facilities, CMS issued state survey guidance for the providers in the 24 that were affected by the decision, including Ohio.


01/20/2022

Ohio's 2021 Legislative Wrap Up & 2022 Preview

January 20, 2022 – It was another hectic year for OSMA's Advocacy team with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with many major legislative issues in the spotlight. As usual, OSMA was on-hand to discuss topics impacting the practice of medicine with legislators and testify in committee hearings. Here is our summary and preview of what's in store for 2022...


01/14/2022

Federal Vaccine Mandate Update

January 14, 2022 – Based on recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, physicians and all health care workers at facilities that are subject to the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation must be vaccinated unless a medical or religious exemption applies. Physician offices are not subject to this mandate.


01/13/2022

April 8th OSMA Education Symposium – Registration is open!

January 13, 2022 – We're excited to see everyone for the 2022 OSMA Education Symposium at our new event location! Join us as we help you navigate the future of healthcare...


01/04/2022

Federal Vaccine Mandates Update – How is your practice impacted?

January 4, 2022 – The US Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments on Friday, January 7, on whether two separately-issued vaccine mandates may go into effect. One is the CMS mandate that applies to staff working at CMS-certified facilities such as hospitals, and the other is the OSHA vaccine and testing mandate that applies to all employers with more than 100 employees.


12/20/2021

Member Spotlight: A Q&A with Jeffrey R. Leipzig, MD

December 20, 2021 – OSMA member leaders work tirelessly on behalf of our members to ensure OSMA is meeting the needs of physicians and responding to the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Meet. Dr. Leipzig.


12/19/2021

New Audio-Only Telemedicine Billing Modifier

December 19, 2021 – The AMA recently released the following information regarding Modifier 93—established for audio-only telemedicine services and effective January 1, 2021.


12/16/2021

Telehealth Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

December 16, 2021 – Telehealth rules relaxed by the state Medical Board during the pandemic are becoming permanent. Governor DeWine is expected to sign House Bill 122 into law later this month, and the legislation will become effective 90 days after it is signed.


12/15/2021

Ohio Anti-Vaccine Mandate Legislation Update

December 15, 2021 – OSMA last updated members on HB 218 when it passed in the House in November. Since that point, your OSMA advocacy team has continued to help lead the coalition against the bill, which is comprised of over 100 organizations in business, manufacturing, education and health care, representing over a million Ohioans. 


12/09/2021

Economic Impact of COVID on Medicare Physician Spending

December 9, 2021 – The impact throughout the U.S. was dramatic—with total payments to physicians decreasing by almost 14%.


12/02/2021

Vaccine Mandate Legal Challenges

December 2, 2021 – Two federal rules mandating Covid vaccines are being challenged in federal courts. One rule was issued by CMS and one was issued by OSHA.


12/01/2021

Over $400 million in Additional Federal Funding Allotted for Ohio Physicians & Healthcare Facilities

December 1, 2021 – Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services made the following announcement regarding new funding for rural healthcare providers impacted by the pandemic.


11/22/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with John R. Corker, MD, FACEP

November 22, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. Get to know your leaders.


11/21/2021

Partnering to Improve Diabetes Care

November 21, 2021 – Health care providers have a new tool to support caring for patients with diabetes—a collaborative resource webpage has been developed.


11/19/2021

Ohio House Passes Legislation Restricting Vaccine Mandates

November 19, 2021 - Lawmakers in the Ohio House have stripped language out of House Bill 218, and inserted anti-vaccine mandate provisions actively opposed by OSMA from House Bill 435.


11/18/2021

Telemedicine Update

November 18, 2021 - The Ohio Legislature continues to consider House Bill 122. The bill includes provisions that would make many of the telehealth rule changes, which were enacted due to the pandemic, permanent. Also, a new FAQ is now available.


11/10/2021

U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Threat of Healthcare Misinformation

November 10, 2021 - During the pandemic, OSMA members have been asking for resources available to counter misinformation their patients are receiving regarding treatments, outcomes, vaccination and other topics. This week the U.S Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, provided a comprehensive report and resources for physicians to use to address the challenge moving forward.


11/09/2021

Interoperable Telehealth: Patient Safety Considerations

November 9, 2021 - Our medical malpractice partner, TDC, discusses safety considerations as efforts to connect patients and providers through telehealth have accelerated, and the exchange of information has become increasingly important.


11/04/2021

CMS and OSHA Release Rules Related to Employee Vaccine Requirements

November 4, 2021 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Interim Final Rule (IFR) regarding vaccine requirements for facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds.


11/03/2021

COVID-19 Vaccines Will Soon Be Available to Ohioans Ages 5-11 Years Old

November 3, 2021 - Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granting an emergency use authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine formulation, and pending a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health is announcing that vaccine providers across the state can begin vaccinating children ages 5 to 11 years old as soon as the CDC makes its recommendation.


10/21/2021

Ohio's Vaccination Legislation Summary

October 21, 2021 - OSMA has been on the front lines of the ongoing deliberations at the Statehouse regarding vaccines and employer requirements for vaccinations. Several legislative proposals have been in the spotlight recently that would limit how employers could require vaccinations, both COVID-19-specific and other vaccines.


10/14/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Gregory Surfield, MD, FACS

October 13, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


10/07/2021

Provider Relief Fund: Assistance Webinars

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is continuing to hold technical assistance webinars related to the new application cycle.


10/05/2021

Strategies for Effective Patient-Assisted Telehealth Assessments

October 5, 2021 - Physicians who practice telemedicine must carefully consider the components required to complete an effective remote assessment and plan ahead based on their specialty area and the patient’s presenting complaint.


09/27/2021

ODH Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

September 27, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Health has issued guidance to the more than 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine providers statewide to ensure they have access to the latest information on administering booster doses of the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccines.


09/23/2021

Telehealth Update

September 23, 2021 - The practice of telehealth has exploded over the past year in COVID, providing physicians with different options for safely treating patients when the patient is unable to come to the office.


09/21/2021

Update on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

September 21, 2021 – Join Pfizer leaders on October 1 at 2PM – 3PM (EST) for an update on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.


09/16/2021

Federal Vaccine Requirements for Healthcare Settings

September 16, 2021 - The Biden administration has announced a series of initiatives related to requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for all employees of certain businesses. There appear to be two new regulations that might impact the employees in your healthcare setting.


09/14/2021

New Provider Relief Funding Available

September 14, 2021 - the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application will open on September 29, 2021.


09/07/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Michelle Knopp, MD

September 7, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


09/06/2021

Ohio Medicaid Announces Go-Live for Next Generation Managed Care 

September 6, 2021 – Ohio Medicaid announced that July 1, 2022 is the projected date on which managed care members will begin receiving services from one of the seven next generation managed care plans, including the Single Pharmacy Benefit Manager (SPBM), Provider Network Management (PNM) module, Centralized Credentialing, and Fiscal Intermediary.


09/01/2021

OSMA’s Statement on Prescribing Ivermectin to Treat COVID-19

September 1, 2021 - The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) announces today its support of the joint statement by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists strongly opposing the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial.


08/24/2021

Combatting COVID-19 & Vaccine Misinformation

August 24, 2021 - Physician efforts to keep patients properly informed about developments in the pandemic are especially critical now with the ongoing spread of the Delta variant.


08/24/2021

Updated FDA Resources for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

August 24, 2021 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and older. COVID-19 VACCINE PROVIDERS: Please review and share updated FDA resources for the Pfizer vaccine, now known as Comirnaty.


08/24/2021

Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Mary LaPlante, MD, FACOG

August 24, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


08/19/2021

OSMA Foundation Impact: Well-Being Assessment & Referral Tool

August 19, 2021 - One of our Foundation's new projects in progress is the creation of a personal well-being assessment and referral tool for every doctor and licensed healthcare worker in the state.


08/19/2021

White House Virtual Conversation: Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort

August 19, 2021 - Plan to attend this live discussion with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on Monday, August 23, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET.


08/16/2021

OSMA Foundation Impact: Virtual Event Series on Physician Well-Being

August 16, 2021 - Thanks to a grant we received, OSMA conducted a series of physician well-being webinar events late last year. With the stress of the pandemic continuing, these videos are still available for reference.

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