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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.


01/03/2022

Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

January 3, 2022 – We're excited to officially introduce OSMA CARES—our free, simple and anonymous tool to help physicians and all Ohio-licensed health care providers check up on their mental and emotional health.


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

Summary of 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule & Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

August 15, 2021 - On July 13, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies proposed rule.


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.


08/12/2021

OSMA Member, Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., Named Director of ODH

August 12, 2021 - OSMA leadership applauds this appointment and looks forward to continuing to work with Dr. Vanderhoff on the numerous current and future public health challenges in Ohio.


08/11/2021

Primary Care: Are you screening for prediabetes and referring to a local MDPP?

August 11, 2021 - Nearly 85% of Americans with prediabetes don’t even know they have it—often, it goes undetected until serious health conditions develop. Screening your patients regularly for prediabetes can give them a chance to prevent T2D and other serious health conditions.


08/11/2021

2020 MIPS Performance Feedback Now Available

August 11, 2021 - How did you do? If you haven’t reviewed your data (performance feedback, final score and payment adjustment) be sure to do so.


08/03/2021

Ohio Medicaid Vaccine Incentives Extended

August 3, 2021 - Ohio Medicaid and MyCare Managed Care Plans (MCPs) have extended the $100 provider incentive vaccination administration fee timeframe until September 15, 2021...Learn the details.


08/02/2021

Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Update

August 2, 2021 - OSMA has been working with Blue & Co. to provide our members with the latest information about paying back your Provider Relief Payments (PRF). Some of their team members attended the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) July 20 session on PRF and provided the following highlights...


08/02/2021

Open Notes in Healthcare: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Cures Act

August 2, 2021 - On April 5, 2021, a requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act went into effect: Patients must be able to access information in their EHRs “without delay.” (This requirement does not apply to paper records.) The Cures Act prohibition against information blocking, often referred to as an “open notes” provision, provides patients with transparency in the outcomes of their healthcare via convenient access to information in their EHR, which can positively or negatively impact the patient-doctor relationship.


07/29/2021

Vaccine Mandate Support & PPE Recommendations for Healthcare Settings

July 29, 2021 - The AMA has joined over fifty other organizations in a joint statement supporting mandatory COVID vaccinations for all healthcare workers. Also, make sure you are up to date on current PPE guidance from the CDC and the state of Ohio.


07/28/2021

Council Spotlight: Mary LaPlante, MD, FACOG

July 28, 2021 - Over the past year, the role of the Council members has become even more important as OSMA has responded to the pandemic. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight these leaders.


07/27/2021

Healthy State Alliance Opioid Symposium

July 27, 2021 - This 3rd annual, free event will be virtual and take place on October 16 from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EST. It will feature addiction experts from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Bon Secours Mercy Health and others discussing the following topics...


07/22/2021

Medical Board Clarifies Telemedicine Rules with State Emergency Expiring

July 22, 2021 - Since many of the medical board’s telemedicine rules were halted in early 2020 due to COVID-19, allowing much more leeway in treating patients remotely, OSMA has received many questions from physician offices about the current status of the rules and how the board will handle telemedicine once the pandemic has subsided.


07/21/2021

Help OSMAPAC Come Back Strong in 2021

July 21, 2021 - As Ohio works to recover from the impact of the pandemic, the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) is critical now more than ever. Your OSMA advocacy team is on-hand on a day-to-day basis and needs your support.


07/21/2021

Federal Advocacy Update

July 21, 2021 - CMS releases 2022 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, updates on state scope of practice activity, and President Biden signs Executive Order aimed at limiting anti-competitive behavior.


07/20/2021

Medical Board Updates

July 20, 2021 - Learn about the Interstate Medical License Compact (SB 6), and the recently reappointed Medical Board Member—Mark A. Bechtel, MD.


07/13/2021

Statewide COVID-19 Well-Being Survey for Healthcare Professionals

July 13, 2021 - Your input is valued! The Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP) is conducting a statewide COVID-19 well-being survey. The purpose of this study is to gather the perspectives of healthcare professionals working across all disciplines, on the types of services needed to support their well-being and the type of infrastructure that needs to be in place so that these services can be easily accessed.


07/13/2021

Ohio to Enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

July 13, 2021 - Senate Bill 6, signed into law by Governor DeWine on June 29, 2021, authorizes the State Medical Board of Ohio to enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Ohio becomes the 35th state to become a member of the Compact. Physicians from any state with Compact membership, including Ohio, who meet the qualifications will be eligible for licensure in any other participating state. The following was sent by the Medical Board this afternoon to all physicians in the state.


07/12/2021

The Ohio Medicaid Website has Officially Changed! 

July 12, 2021 - Ohio Medicaid's new website reflects the next generation of Medicaid and is designed with you in mind. It is user friendly, organized based on the interests of the communities we work with (people served by Medicaid, providers and health care givers, stakeholders, and partners), and built for mobile devices, smartphones, and desktop viewing.


07/08/2021

Provider Relief Payments—What to know if you received funds

July 8, 2021 - The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open for providers who need to report on the use of funds in Reporting Period 1. If you received Provider Relief Funds, please review these resources.


07/07/2021

COVID Updates from OSHA and EEOC

July 7, 2021 - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration issued an emergency temporary standard for occupational exposure to COVID-19. And in May, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released new guidance related to requiring employees with disabilities to receive a vaccination.


07/07/2021

Deferred, Delayed, Disrupted: Mitigating Risks From Care During COVID-19

July 7, 2021 - The pandemic thoroughly disrupted healthcare delivery across the spectrum of healthcare. By mid-2020, more than 40 percent of U.S. adults had delayed medical care or avoided it entirely.


07/01/2021

House Bill 244

July 1, 2021 - In a late-night and last-minute move the day before the legislature went on break for the summer, elected officials swiftly passed legislation that would prohibit Ohio public schools and colleges from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations..


07/01/2021

Amended Senate Bill 111

July 1, 2021 - Last week, legislators considering an unrelated spending bill added an anti-vaccine amendment to the bill and hurriedly passed it in a floor vote.


07/01/2021

State Budget Update: Governor DeWine Signs 2-Year Budget Bill into Law, Issues Line-Item Vetoes

July 1, 2021 - The Conference Committee finalized the state budget plan based on the contents of the bills passed in each legislative chamber, and the legislature approved the bill just short of their June 30 deadline. Late Monday night, the final version of HB 110 passed in the Senate (by a vote of 32-1), and House (by a vote of 82-13).


06/24/2021

National Men’s Health Month – Member Offers Tips for Male Health

June 24, 2021 - June is a time to recognize National Men’s Health Month and raise awareness about the importance of regular healthcare screenings and healthy habits for men and boys everywhere.


06/24/2021

Medicaid Managed Care Plans Increase Payment for COVID Vaccine

June 24, 2021 - The Medicaid and MyCare plans have had discussions with providers on how to increase vaccinated Medicaid recipients, and what their offices need to be effective. After listening to providers, the Medicaid and MyCare plans have decided to increase the amount per vaccine from $38 to $100 per COVID-19 vaccination.


06/23/2021

Medicaid Cybersecurity Incident Announcement

June 23, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Medicaid's provider data manager, Maximus, recently reported an incident involving an application related to credentialing and licensing data in Ohio.


06/23/2021

OSMA Members Speak Out: Anti-Vaccine HB 248 Opponent Hearings

June 23, 2021 - OSMA members and many others representing Ohio’s medical and business communities spoke out in opponent hearings in the House Health Committee on Tuesday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 22.


06/17/2021

Opponent Hearings on Anti-Vaccine Legislation Begin

June 17, 2021 - OSMA continues to participate in advocacy efforts in opposition to Ohio House Bill 248, a gravely concerning legislative proposal regarding vaccinations. Get the details to get involved in OSMA Efforts!


06/17/2021

State Budget Update: Ohio Senate Passes Budget Bill, Conference Committee Convenes

June 17, 2021 - Last week, the Ohio Senate voted 25-8, along party lines, to pass its version of House Bill 110, the $75 billion two-year state operating budget for FY 2022-2023.


06/16/2021

OSMA Advocacy Efforts on Insurance Coverage of Drugs Highlighted

June 16, 2021 - Earlier this week, the Columbus Dispatch published a series of articles highlighting the challenges many patients and physicians have with insurance coverage of drugs. The series featured several issues which OSMA is involved in advocacy on at the Statehouse.


06/15/2021

Medical Board's June Meeting Highlights

June 15, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on June 9, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


06/15/2021

OSMA Members Elected to AMA Positions

June 15, 2021 - Congratulations to our OSMA members elected to an AMA position this week!


06/10/2021

Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Falsehoods & Supporting Statewide Vaccination Efforts

June 10, 2021 - As Ohio continues efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19, OSMA is proud to support these efforts and ensure member physicians have the information and tools they need to encourage vaccines and be vaccine providers.


06/09/2021

Medical License Renewal Reminder

June 9, 2021 - According to the medical board, almost 4,000 physicians have not yet renewed! If you are one of those physicians, make sure that you renew by the July 1st deadline.


06/03/2021

Endorsing Dr. Lou Edje for AMA's Council on Medical Education

June 3, 2021 - Dr. Edje, an active OSMA member since 1998, has served our organization as an alternate and currently delegate representing the full spectrum of medical education issues with clarity, credibility and eloquence. Her perspective is informed from her robust leadership experience in undergraduate, graduate and post graduate education.


06/03/2021

Helpful Policies Implemented for Ohio Vaccine Providers

June 3, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has announced a number of policy changes that will make it much easier for primary care practices of all sizes to provide the COVID vaccine in their offices.


06/03/2021

White House Vaccine Conversation: Recording Available!

June 3, 2021 - If you missed the White House's vaccine conversation for Ohio primary care providers, a recording is now available. Hear from governor DeWine, surgeon general Murthy, other White House, the CDC and ODH, as well as OSMA President, Dr. Lisa Egbert—who hosted a panel discussion.


06/02/2021

Allowable Charges for Copying Medical Records

June 1, 2021 - 2021 Update: The Ohio Department of Health is required on an annual basis to use the Consumer Price Index to determine the amount of increase or decrease in costs for providing medical records. The increase for 2021 is a 1.23% increase from 2020.


06/02/2021

Medical Board—Important News!

June 2, 2021 - Effective May 31, 2021, MDs, DOs and DPMs will be required to complete one hour of Continuing Medical Education (CME) prior to renewal on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code. The enforcement of this requirement will commence with renewal applications submitted on or after July 1, 2021.


06/01/2021

Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19, and the Future of Pandemics

June 1, 2021 - Artificial intelligence (AI) has proven of value in the COVID-19 pandemic and shows promise for mitigating future healthcare crises.


05/27/2021

National Women’s Health Month – Physicians Offer Tips for Female Health

May 27, 2021 - We asked a few OSMA female physicians to share their tips for women everywhere to protect their health and get the care they need to live their most fulfilling lives.


05/26/2021

Prior Authorization under Medicare Plans

May 25, 2021 - Bipartisan legislation has been reintroduced that would protect patients from unnecessary delays in care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans, providing much-needed oversight and transparency of health insurance for America’s seniors.


05/26/2021

National Health Care Expenditures, 2019

May 25, 2021 - A new report from the AMA provides a detailed look at the official U.S. health care spending estimates through 2019. We will continue to keep you informed as we get updated spending data for 2020 and into 2021.


05/20/2021

Advocacy Update: OSMA Testifies in Support of Tanning Ban for Minors

May 20, 2021 - This week, OSMA joined the Ohio Dermatological Association (ODA) testifying in support of House Bill 159, legislation that would prohibit use of indoor tanning services by those under the age of 18 in Ohio.


05/19/2021

Medical Board's May Meeting Highlights

May 19, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on May 12, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


05/18/2021

Addressing Prediabetes and Hypertension—Your Input Matters!

May 18, 2021 – ODH is conducting one-on-one interviews to discuss current processes, opportunities for improvement, and team-based approaches—with the goal being to create social marketing campaigns to drive awareness amongst healthcare providers regarding best practices for prediabetes and hypertension.


05/13/2021

OSMA Supports Governor’s Announcement to Rescind Health Orders

May 13, 2021 – Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced that all health orders (except those related to longterm care and assisted living facilities) will be rescinded on June 2. As we’ve learned more about the science of how this virus works and as more Ohioans have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, we’ve made outstanding progress in bringing down the rate of new COVID-19 cases.


05/12/2021

AMA Releases Plan to Embed Racial Justice & Advance Health Equity

May 12, 2021 – A new three-year roadmap released is dedicated to embedding racial justice and advancing health equity within the AMA and our health care system.


05/11/2021

Physician Wellness Coalition Releases New Video Resources

May 11, 2021 – The Coalition is offering a series of free, physician wellness videos certified by the OSMA for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit.


05/11/2021

Webinar: The New Ohio Medicaid Provider Network Management

May 11, 2021 – The Ohio Department of Medicaid invites you to an overview of the new Provider Network Management (PNM) module and Centralized Credentialing.


05/05/2021

Telehealth Immersion Program

May 5, 2021 – To help guide the future of how practices use telehealth, OSMA is excited to collaborate with the AMA on this program. By doing so, we hope to provide you access to all the latest resources for best implementing telehealth in your practice now and into the future. Join an introductory session on the program on May 11, 2021, 12–12:45 p.m. EST.


05/05/2021

Medicare Recoupment Reminder—Let Us Know How It's Going!

May 5, 2021 – CMS recently began automatic recoupment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments. OSMA and AMA are very interested in feedback about recoupment of the Medicare advance payments.


05/05/2021

Malpractice Claims from the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2021 - The pandemic has raised pressing questions around preventive measures, vaccines, and safe treatment, but it has also obscured one key lingering uncertainty for medical professionals: Where are all the medical malpractice claims?that can help mitigate risks.


04/29/2021

Discussing the COVID Vaccine with Patients: Campaigns Physicians Can Use

April 29, 2021 – This is a big moment in time for vaccines. As we honor World Immunization Week the last week of April, it seems appropriate to give a big thank-you to the many doctors, scientists, immunologists and healthcare professionals who make vaccines possible.


04/23/2021

Introducing OSMA’s New President: A Q&A with Lisa Egbert, MD

April 23, 2021 – We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Egbert as our new President, and we thank Dr. Anthony Armstrong who skillfully completed his term. Read on to learn more about Dr. Egbert, her medical career, and her vision for leading OSMA.


04/22/2021

State Budget Bill Update: House Approves HB 110, Sends to Senate

April 22, 2021 - OSMA has been monitoring the budget process over the last several months, keeping a close eye on provisions related to healthcare. This week, members of the Ohio House Finance Committee approved substitute House Bill 110, the House version of the state operating budget.


04/22/2021

Medical Board's April Meeting Highlights

April 21, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on April 14, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


04/15/2021

Ohio Medicaid Announces New Managed Care Contracts

April 15, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Medicaid has selected six companies as recipients of the next managed care organizations (MCOs) contracts. The contracts are scheduled to start in January 2022.


04/15/2021

Ohio to Increase Vaccine Distribution to Physician Practices

April 15, 2021 - OSMA was informed that the Ohio Department of Health is planning to increase distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to physician practices in the next two weeks.


04/15/2021

OSMA's 2021 Annual Meeting Summary

April 15, 2021 - Get the details and results from our 2021 event. The virtual meeting kicked off with a keynote speech from Governor Mike DeWine, who took the opportunity to thank OSMA physician members for their service to patients as well as their counsel and leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


04/06/2021

Temporary Medicare Claims Hold Pending Congressional Action

April 6, 2021 - CMS issued the following statement on March 30, in anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the 2% sequester reduction suspension...


04/06/2021

Telehealth from the Field: Case Study Involving Remote Monitoring Problems

April 6, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Preferred Partner, The Doctors Company: Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of remote patient monitoring was expanding. The technologies offer many benefits, but they may also create potential malpractice risks. Consider the following case example and strategies that can help mitigate risks.


04/05/2021

Free Webinar: Key Provisions of Information Blocking Compliance

April 5, 2021 - Are you prepared? The compliance date for the information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act final rule was set for April 5, 2021.


04/05/2021

REMINDER: Repayment of Medicare Accelerated & Advance Payments Started March 30

April 5, 2021 - CMS recently issued a clarification on payback terms for those practices that received accelerated and advanced payments from Medicare last year.


03/24/2021

CMS Seeking Applications for Next Round of Primary Care First (PCF) Model

March 24, 2021 - Primary care practices in eligible regions are encouraged to apply. Practices that participate in PCF will have flexibility in terms of care delivery and the opportunity to increase practice revenue through performance-based model payments. The deadline for practice applications is April 30, 2021; the deadline for payer applications is May 28, 2021.


03/17/2021

March Advocacy Update—The Issues on OSMA’s Agenda

March 17, 2021 - OSMA’s Government Relations team serves as the voice of Ohio’s physicians—advising state departments and influencing state policy on health issues. We are currently working on a variety of familiar issues, as well as laying the groundwork and progressing with several reform initiatives.


03/17/2021

Senate Bill 22 Passes in the Ohio Legislature, DeWine Indicates He Will Veto

March 17, 2021 - As you may recall, SB 22 is the legislature’s reaction to the state’s pandemic response, and would limit the ability of the governor and the health department to issue orders related to the pandemic.


03/16/2021

Federal Advocacy Update

March 16, 2021 - Revisions to Policy that Would Have Raised Fees on Practices, and Biden Administration Announces Increase to Vaccine Administration Payment


03/15/2021

Annual PAC Campaign – Help Us Build Back Stronger!

March 15, 2021 - We wanted to let you know that we are gearing up efforts at a strong comeback after a challenging 2020 year. Because the OSMAPAC suspended a lot of its typical fundraising activities last year due to the impact of COVID-19 on the health care environment, it is even more important that we do everything we can this year to build back the strength of the PAC in 2021.


03/14/2021

Medical Board's March Meeting Highlights

March 14, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on March 10, 2021. Here are the highlights from the meeting.


03/11/2021

Physician Experts Address Top Questions about COVID-19

March 11, 2021 - Leading pandemic voices, Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Ashish Jha, share views at virtual TDC board meeting.


03/10/2021

Medicare Revenue Down 19% over First Half of 2020

March 10, 2021 - The economic impact of COVID-19 on health care continues to reveal itself through reductions in patient volume and revenue and in higher practice costs. As the pandemic stretches on, physician practice viability remains under threat.


03/10/2021

Behavioral Heath Integration Research Study

March 10, 2021 - a research study is launching to gather feedback from primary care and physician practices that are interested in integrating behavioral health care for their patients.


03/03/2021

Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) announces a 7% decrease in premiums for 2021

March 3, 2021 - Last week the BWC Board announced an average premium reduction of 7.1% for the 2021 policy year that begins in July.


03/03/2021

White House Modifies Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

March 3, 2021 - On Monday, February 22, 2021, the Biden-Harris administration announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to “provide equitable relief” and increase the availability of the PPP funds to the smallest employers and sole proprietors.


03/03/2021

Before COVID-19, Outlier Medical Malpractice Verdicts Were Rising—What’s Next?

March 3, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Preferred Partner, The Doctors Company: Severity, the average cost of a medical malpractice claim, continues its relentless increase. Though severity has been rising since at least the 1970s, in recent years we have seen a sharp increase in outlier verdicts, which exceed common policy limits and often set records for their venues.


02/25/2021

What Consumers Want from Healthcare—Q&A with Expert, Linda MacCracken

February 25, 2021 - In advance of our 2021 Education Symposium, Navigating the Future of Healthcare, we’re highlighting one of our expert speakers, Linda MacCracken from Accenture, who shares her thoughts on what consumers—especially seniors—want from healthcare providers. More about this topic will be shared in a webinar at OSMA’s Education Symposium.


02/23/2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Answers from Virtual Panel of Healthcare Experts

February 23, 2021 - Leading pandemic voices, Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Ashish Jha, share perspectives at a virtual meeting hosted by the TDC Group of companies.


02/23/2021

Addressing Physical & Behavioral Health During COVID-19

February 22, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Symposium Sponsor, Medical Mutual: ...With increased incidents of mental health concerns due to COVID-19, the mental, as well as physical, health of our Medical Mutual members—your patients—is more important than ever. Here are four focus areas to improve care coordination and reduce hospital readmissions for members with behavioral health concerns.


02/18/2021

2021 Legislative Sessions Kick Off – What is OSMA Working on So Far?

February 18, 2021 - The 134th General Assembly is underway, and hearings in the Ohio House and Senate have begun. As always, OSMA is on hand to monitor all legislation as it is introduced, identify proposals that would affect Ohio physicians and patient care, and make your voice heard on emerging issues.


02/17/2021

OSMA Joins AMA in Urging Congress to Extend the Moratorium on the Medicare Sequester

February 17, 2021 - OSMA recently signed on to a letter from the American Medical Association (AMA) encouraging congressional leadership to take action and pass legislation that would extend the current moratorium on the 2% Medicare payment sequester beyond the expiration date of March 31, 2021.


02/16/2021

Being an Advocate Q&A with OSMA Thought Leader, Alan Levy, MD

February 16, 2021 - What are some of the biggest policy issues facing healthcare at both the state and federal level? What does it mean to be a healthcare advocate? Learn from OSMA's Chair of the Focused Task Force on Legislation.


02/16/2021

Governor DeWine’s Proposed Budget – Items Impacting Health Care

February 16, 2021 - Many details within the budget are subject to change as the bill progresses through the two chambers, so OSMA will keep Ohio physicians informed in the coming weeks as budget proceedings continue.


02/16/2021

Join Our Advocacy Updates at 2021's Education Symposium

February 16, 2021 - Stay current with what’s going on at the Statehouse at the opening session of this year’s OSMA Education Symposium.


02/15/2021

Nominations Open for the 2020 Physician Advocate of the Year

February 15, 2021 - This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ability to effectively advocate at the local, state or federal level on behalf of their profession and patients throughout 2020.


02/15/2021

Medical Board Meeting Highlights

February 15, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on February 10, 2021. Here are the highlights from the meeting.


02/11/2021

Health Equity Q&A with OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, MD

February 11, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic and elevated conversations about racial justice have brought the issue of healthcare equity to the forefront for healthcare professionals everywhere. As we support members in 2021, we’re pleased to share thoughts from OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, MD on health equity and what this means for Ohio physicians.


02/10/2021

OSMA's 2021 Education Symposium Registration Now Open!

February 10, 2021 - More session choices, more education credits and more convenience. At the lower registration price of $100 for member physicians and staff, attendees can earn up to 14 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits.


02/10/2021

What Resident Physicians Must Know about Privacy & Confidentiality

February 10, 2021 - Successful physician-patient relationships are built on the foundation of privacy. The promise of confidentiality is essential in order for patients to feel as though they can be candid about their health.


02/10/2021

CGS Offering Assistance in Preventive Care 

February 10, 2021 - Three programs have been implemented to improve utilization rates of the Medicare Preventive services, Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), and Chronic Care Management (CCM) services.


02/02/2021

Interstate Licensure for Telehealth Can Fuel Medical Practice Growth

February 2, 2021 - Licensing restrictions have been eased to facilitate care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new normal of greater state-to-state cooperation for access to care may persist after the pandemic. Still, the savvy physician knows that many restrictions apply, and that understanding them reduces risk.


02/02/2021

Helping Your Patients Understand Medicare Coverage

February 2, 2021 - In Ohio, more than two million people rely on Medicare, and it is essential they have all the information they need to make an informed decision about their Medicare plan selection.


02/02/2021

Is Your Office Prepared for the New Interoperability Rules?

February 2, 2021 - OSMA's free, live webinar on Feb. 10 (at 1pm) can help... "Meeting Interoperability and Avoiding Information Blocking"


02/01/2021

Be Aware: Recent Ransomware Attacks in Ohio

February 1, 2021 - Cybercriminals recently began launching ransomware attacks on local businesses, right here in Ohio. Victims include hospitals and medical associations, government organizations, and private sector companies.


01/27/2021

Join Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Fauci, for a Q&A

January 27, 2021 - You're encouraged to attend a Fireside Chat with Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. Questions will be answered about how the new administration is approaching the COVID-19 crisis. There will also be a moderated Q&A during which time you can ask Dr. Fauci questions through the chat function.


01/26/2021

Tips for Communicating with COVID-19 Vaccine-Hesitant Patients

January 26, 2021 - Physicians should be proactively preparing for the upcoming administration of vaccines to the general population. This includes implementing a plan to initiate effective, informed consent conversations with patients to guide them to an informed decision about the vaccine.


01/25/2021

Medical Students: Remember Your Annual Meeting is Feb. 7

January 25, 2021 - Please RSVP to attend virtually on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.


01/23/2021

President Biden's Executive Orders for Handling COVID-19

January 23, 2021 - President Biden has unveiled a significant national strategy for handling COVID-19 and addressing pandemic preparedness generally. The President also took initial steps to immediately implement portions of this strategy, issuing several executive orders and memoranda.


07/16/2020

Mid-Year Advocacy Update

July 17, 2020 – It is an understatement to say that 2020 has brought us all many unexpected challenges. Together, we continue to be a strong collective force, and OSMA is pleased to have made progress with many of the year’s advocacy goals despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19.


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

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.


07/27/2021

Healthy State Alliance Opioid Symposium

July 27, 2021 - This 3rd annual, free event will be virtual and take place on October 16 from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EST. It will feature addiction experts from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Bon Secours Mercy Health and others discussing the following topics...


07/08/2021

Provider Relief Payments—What to know if you received funds

July 8, 2021 - The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open for providers who need to report on the use of funds in Reporting Period 1. If you received Provider Relief Funds, please review these resources.


06/15/2021

OSMA Members Elected to AMA Positions

June 15, 2021 - Congratulations to our OSMA members elected to an AMA position this week!


06/10/2021

Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Falsehoods & Supporting Statewide Vaccination Efforts

June 10, 2021 - As Ohio continues efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19, OSMA is proud to support these efforts and ensure member physicians have the information and tools they need to encourage vaccines and be vaccine providers.


06/03/2021

Endorsing Dr. Lou Edje for AMA's Council on Medical Education

June 3, 2021 - Dr. Edje, an active OSMA member since 1998, has served our organization as an alternate and currently delegate representing the full spectrum of medical education issues with clarity, credibility and eloquence. Her perspective is informed from her robust leadership experience in undergraduate, graduate and post graduate education.


06/02/2021

Medical Board—Important News!

June 2, 2021 - Effective May 31, 2021, MDs, DOs and DPMs will be required to complete one hour of Continuing Medical Education (CME) prior to renewal on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code. The enforcement of this requirement will commence with renewal applications submitted on or after July 1, 2021.


05/11/2021

Physician Wellness Coalition Releases New Video Resources

May 11, 2021 – The Coalition is offering a series of free, physician wellness videos certified by the OSMA for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit.


05/11/2021

Webinar: The New Ohio Medicaid Provider Network Management

May 11, 2021 – The Ohio Department of Medicaid invites you to an overview of the new Provider Network Management (PNM) module and Centralized Credentialing.


05/05/2021

Telehealth Immersion Program

May 5, 2021 – To help guide the future of how practices use telehealth, OSMA is excited to collaborate with the AMA on this program. By doing so, we hope to provide you access to all the latest resources for best implementing telehealth in your practice now and into the future. Join an introductory session on the program on May 11, 2021, 12–12:45 p.m. EST.


04/29/2021

Discussing the COVID Vaccine with Patients: Campaigns Physicians Can Use

April 29, 2021 – This is a big moment in time for vaccines. As we honor World Immunization Week the last week of April, it seems appropriate to give a big thank-you to the many doctors, scientists, immunologists and healthcare professionals who make vaccines possible.


04/23/2021

Introducing OSMA’s New President: A Q&A with Lisa Egbert, MD

April 23, 2021 – We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Egbert as our new President, and we thank Dr. Anthony Armstrong who skillfully completed his term. Read on to learn more about Dr. Egbert, her medical career, and her vision for leading OSMA.


04/15/2021

Ohio Medicaid Announces New Managed Care Contracts

April 15, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Medicaid has selected six companies as recipients of the next managed care organizations (MCOs) contracts. The contracts are scheduled to start in January 2022.


04/05/2021

Free Webinar: Key Provisions of Information Blocking Compliance

April 5, 2021 - Are you prepared? The compliance date for the information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act final rule was set for April 5, 2021.


03/10/2021

Behavioral Heath Integration Research Study

March 10, 2021 - a research study is launching to gather feedback from primary care and physician practices that are interested in integrating behavioral health care for their patients.


02/16/2021

Join Our Advocacy Updates at 2021's Education Symposium

February 16, 2021 - Stay current with what’s going on at the Statehouse at the opening session of this year’s OSMA Education Symposium.


02/10/2021

OSMA's 2021 Education Symposium Registration Now Open!

February 10, 2021 - More session choices, more education credits and more convenience. At the lower registration price of $100 for member physicians and staff, attendees can earn up to 14 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits.


02/02/2021

Helping Your Patients Understand Medicare Coverage

February 2, 2021 - In Ohio, more than two million people rely on Medicare, and it is essential they have all the information they need to make an informed decision about their Medicare plan selection.


02/02/2021

Is Your Office Prepared for the New Interoperability Rules?

February 2, 2021 - OSMA's free, live webinar on Feb. 10 (at 1pm) can help... "Meeting Interoperability and Avoiding Information Blocking"


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

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

Summary of 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule & Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

August 15, 2021 - On July 13, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies proposed rule.


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.


08/02/2021

Open Notes in Healthcare: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Cures Act

August 2, 2021 - On April 5, 2021, a requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act went into effect: Patients must be able to access information in their EHRs “without delay.” (This requirement does not apply to paper records.) The Cures Act prohibition against information blocking, often referred to as an “open notes” provision, provides patients with transparency in the outcomes of their healthcare via convenient access to information in their EHR, which can positively or negatively impact the patient-doctor relationship.


07/22/2021

Medical Board Clarifies Telemedicine Rules with State Emergency Expiring

July 22, 2021 - Since many of the medical board’s telemedicine rules were halted in early 2020 due to COVID-19, allowing much more leeway in treating patients remotely, OSMA has received many questions from physician offices about the current status of the rules and how the board will handle telemedicine once the pandemic has subsided.


07/21/2021

Help OSMAPAC Come Back Strong in 2021

July 21, 2021 - As Ohio works to recover from the impact of the pandemic, the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) is critical now more than ever. Your OSMA advocacy team is on-hand on a day-to-day basis and needs your support.


07/21/2021

Federal Advocacy Update

July 21, 2021 - CMS releases 2022 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, updates on state scope of practice activity, and President Biden signs Executive Order aimed at limiting anti-competitive behavior.


07/20/2021

Medical Board Updates

July 20, 2021 - Learn about the Interstate Medical License Compact (SB 6), and the recently reappointed Medical Board Member—Mark A. Bechtel, MD.


07/13/2021

Ohio to Enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

July 13, 2021 - Senate Bill 6, signed into law by Governor DeWine on June 29, 2021, authorizes the State Medical Board of Ohio to enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Ohio becomes the 35th state to become a member of the Compact. Physicians from any state with Compact membership, including Ohio, who meet the qualifications will be eligible for licensure in any other participating state. The following was sent by the Medical Board this afternoon to all physicians in the state.


07/01/2021

House Bill 244

July 1, 2021 - In a late-night and last-minute move the day before the legislature went on break for the summer, elected officials swiftly passed legislation that would prohibit Ohio public schools and colleges from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations..


07/01/2021

Amended Senate Bill 111

July 1, 2021 - Last week, legislators considering an unrelated spending bill added an anti-vaccine amendment to the bill and hurriedly passed it in a floor vote.


07/01/2021

State Budget Update: Governor DeWine Signs 2-Year Budget Bill into Law, Issues Line-Item Vetoes

July 1, 2021 - The Conference Committee finalized the state budget plan based on the contents of the bills passed in each legislative chamber, and the legislature approved the bill just short of their June 30 deadline. Late Monday night, the final version of HB 110 passed in the Senate (by a vote of 32-1), and House (by a vote of 82-13).


06/24/2021

Medicaid Managed Care Plans Increase Payment for COVID Vaccine

June 24, 2021 - The Medicaid and MyCare plans have had discussions with providers on how to increase vaccinated Medicaid recipients, and what their offices need to be effective. After listening to providers, the Medicaid and MyCare plans have decided to increase the amount per vaccine from $38 to $100 per COVID-19 vaccination.


06/23/2021

Medicaid Cybersecurity Incident Announcement

June 23, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Medicaid's provider data manager, Maximus, recently reported an incident involving an application related to credentialing and licensing data in Ohio.


06/23/2021

OSMA Members Speak Out: Anti-Vaccine HB 248 Opponent Hearings

June 23, 2021 - OSMA members and many others representing Ohio’s medical and business communities spoke out in opponent hearings in the House Health Committee on Tuesday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 22.


06/17/2021

Opponent Hearings on Anti-Vaccine Legislation Begin

June 17, 2021 - OSMA continues to participate in advocacy efforts in opposition to Ohio House Bill 248, a gravely concerning legislative proposal regarding vaccinations. Get the details to get involved in OSMA Efforts!


06/17/2021

State Budget Update: Ohio Senate Passes Budget Bill, Conference Committee Convenes

June 17, 2021 - Last week, the Ohio Senate voted 25-8, along party lines, to pass its version of House Bill 110, the $75 billion two-year state operating budget for FY 2022-2023.


06/16/2021

OSMA Advocacy Efforts on Insurance Coverage of Drugs Highlighted

June 16, 2021 - Earlier this week, the Columbus Dispatch published a series of articles highlighting the challenges many patients and physicians have with insurance coverage of drugs. The series featured several issues which OSMA is involved in advocacy on at the Statehouse.


06/15/2021

Medical Board's June Meeting Highlights

June 15, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on June 9, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


05/26/2021

Prior Authorization under Medicare Plans

May 25, 2021 - Bipartisan legislation has been reintroduced that would protect patients from unnecessary delays in care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans, providing much-needed oversight and transparency of health insurance for America’s seniors.


05/20/2021

Advocacy Update: OSMA Testifies in Support of Tanning Ban for Minors

May 20, 2021 - This week, OSMA joined the Ohio Dermatological Association (ODA) testifying in support of House Bill 159, legislation that would prohibit use of indoor tanning services by those under the age of 18 in Ohio.


05/19/2021

Medical Board's May Meeting Highlights

May 19, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on May 12, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


05/18/2021

Addressing Prediabetes and Hypertension—Your Input Matters!

May 18, 2021 – ODH is conducting one-on-one interviews to discuss current processes, opportunities for improvement, and team-based approaches—with the goal being to create social marketing campaigns to drive awareness amongst healthcare providers regarding best practices for prediabetes and hypertension.


05/05/2021

Medicare Recoupment Reminder—Let Us Know How It's Going!

May 5, 2021 – CMS recently began automatic recoupment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments. OSMA and AMA are very interested in feedback about recoupment of the Medicare advance payments.


04/23/2021

Introducing OSMA’s New President: A Q&A with Lisa Egbert, MD

April 23, 2021 – We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Egbert as our new President, and we thank Dr. Anthony Armstrong who skillfully completed his term. Read on to learn more about Dr. Egbert, her medical career, and her vision for leading OSMA.


04/22/2021

State Budget Bill Update: House Approves HB 110, Sends to Senate

April 22, 2021 - OSMA has been monitoring the budget process over the last several months, keeping a close eye on provisions related to healthcare. This week, members of the Ohio House Finance Committee approved substitute House Bill 110, the House version of the state operating budget.


04/22/2021

Medical Board's April Meeting Highlights

April 21, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on April 14, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


04/15/2021

OSMA's 2021 Annual Meeting Summary

April 15, 2021 - Get the details and results from our 2021 event. The virtual meeting kicked off with a keynote speech from Governor Mike DeWine, who took the opportunity to thank OSMA physician members for their service to patients as well as their counsel and leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


04/06/2021

Temporary Medicare Claims Hold Pending Congressional Action

April 6, 2021 - CMS issued the following statement on March 30, in anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the 2% sequester reduction suspension...


03/17/2021

March Advocacy Update—The Issues on OSMA’s Agenda

March 17, 2021 - OSMA’s Government Relations team serves as the voice of Ohio’s physicians—advising state departments and influencing state policy on health issues. We are currently working on a variety of familiar issues, as well as laying the groundwork and progressing with several reform initiatives.


03/17/2021

Senate Bill 22 Passes in the Ohio Legislature, DeWine Indicates He Will Veto

March 17, 2021 - As you may recall, SB 22 is the legislature’s reaction to the state’s pandemic response, and would limit the ability of the governor and the health department to issue orders related to the pandemic.


03/16/2021

Federal Advocacy Update

March 16, 2021 - Revisions to Policy that Would Have Raised Fees on Practices, and Biden Administration Announces Increase to Vaccine Administration Payment


03/15/2021

Annual PAC Campaign – Help Us Build Back Stronger!

March 15, 2021 - We wanted to let you know that we are gearing up efforts at a strong comeback after a challenging 2020 year. Because the OSMAPAC suspended a lot of its typical fundraising activities last year due to the impact of COVID-19 on the health care environment, it is even more important that we do everything we can this year to build back the strength of the PAC in 2021.


03/14/2021

Medical Board's March Meeting Highlights

March 14, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on March 10, 2021. Here are the highlights from the meeting.


02/25/2021

What Consumers Want from Healthcare—Q&A with Expert, Linda MacCracken

February 25, 2021 - In advance of our 2021 Education Symposium, Navigating the Future of Healthcare, we’re highlighting one of our expert speakers, Linda MacCracken from Accenture, who shares her thoughts on what consumers—especially seniors—want from healthcare providers. More about this topic will be shared in a webinar at OSMA’s Education Symposium.


02/18/2021

2021 Legislative Sessions Kick Off – What is OSMA Working on So Far?

February 18, 2021 - The 134th General Assembly is underway, and hearings in the Ohio House and Senate have begun. As always, OSMA is on hand to monitor all legislation as it is introduced, identify proposals that would affect Ohio physicians and patient care, and make your voice heard on emerging issues.


02/17/2021

OSMA Joins AMA in Urging Congress to Extend the Moratorium on the Medicare Sequester

February 17, 2021 - OSMA recently signed on to a letter from the American Medical Association (AMA) encouraging congressional leadership to take action and pass legislation that would extend the current moratorium on the 2% Medicare payment sequester beyond the expiration date of March 31, 2021.


02/16/2021

Being an Advocate Q&A with OSMA Thought Leader, Alan Levy, MD

February 16, 2021 - What are some of the biggest policy issues facing healthcare at both the state and federal level? What does it mean to be a healthcare advocate? Learn from OSMA's Chair of the Focused Task Force on Legislation.


02/16/2021

Governor DeWine’s Proposed Budget – Items Impacting Health Care

February 16, 2021 - Many details within the budget are subject to change as the bill progresses through the two chambers, so OSMA will keep Ohio physicians informed in the coming weeks as budget proceedings continue.


02/16/2021

Join Our Advocacy Updates at 2021's Education Symposium

February 16, 2021 - Stay current with what’s going on at the Statehouse at the opening session of this year’s OSMA Education Symposium.


02/15/2021

Nominations Open for the 2020 Physician Advocate of the Year

February 15, 2021 - This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ability to effectively advocate at the local, state or federal level on behalf of their profession and patients throughout 2020.


02/15/2021

Medical Board Meeting Highlights

February 15, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on February 10, 2021. Here are the highlights from the meeting.


02/11/2021

Health Equity Q&A with OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, MD

February 11, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic and elevated conversations about racial justice have brought the issue of healthcare equity to the forefront for healthcare professionals everywhere. As we support members in 2021, we’re pleased to share thoughts from OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, MD on health equity and what this means for Ohio physicians.


01/23/2021

President Biden's Executive Orders for Handling COVID-19

January 23, 2021 - President Biden has unveiled a significant national strategy for handling COVID-19 and addressing pandemic preparedness generally. The President also took initial steps to immediately implement portions of this strategy, issuing several executive orders and memoranda.


07/16/2020

Mid-Year Advocacy Update

July 17, 2020 – It is an understatement to say that 2020 has brought us all many unexpected challenges. Together, we continue to be a strong collective force, and OSMA is pleased to have made progress with many of the year’s advocacy goals despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19.


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

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.


01/03/2022

Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

January 3, 2022 – We're excited to officially introduce OSMA CARES—our free, simple and anonymous tool to help physicians and all Ohio-licensed health care providers check up on their mental and emotional health.


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

Summary of 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule & Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

August 15, 2021 - On July 13, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies proposed rule.


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.


08/12/2021

OSMA Member, Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., Named Director of ODH

August 12, 2021 - OSMA leadership applauds this appointment and looks forward to continuing to work with Dr. Vanderhoff on the numerous current and future public health challenges in Ohio.


08/11/2021

Primary Care: Are you screening for prediabetes and referring to a local MDPP?

August 11, 2021 - Nearly 85% of Americans with prediabetes don’t even know they have it—often, it goes undetected until serious health conditions develop. Screening your patients regularly for prediabetes can give them a chance to prevent T2D and other serious health conditions.


08/11/2021

2020 MIPS Performance Feedback Now Available

August 11, 2021 - How did you do? If you haven’t reviewed your data (performance feedback, final score and payment adjustment) be sure to do so.


08/03/2021

Ohio Medicaid Vaccine Incentives Extended

August 3, 2021 - Ohio Medicaid and MyCare Managed Care Plans (MCPs) have extended the $100 provider incentive vaccination administration fee timeframe until September 15, 2021...Learn the details.


08/02/2021

Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Update

August 2, 2021 - OSMA has been working with Blue & Co. to provide our members with the latest information about paying back your Provider Relief Payments (PRF). Some of their team members attended the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) July 20 session on PRF and provided the following highlights...


08/02/2021

Open Notes in Healthcare: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Cures Act

August 2, 2021 - On April 5, 2021, a requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act went into effect: Patients must be able to access information in their EHRs “without delay.” (This requirement does not apply to paper records.) The Cures Act prohibition against information blocking, often referred to as an “open notes” provision, provides patients with transparency in the outcomes of their healthcare via convenient access to information in their EHR, which can positively or negatively impact the patient-doctor relationship.


07/29/2021

Vaccine Mandate Support & PPE Recommendations for Healthcare Settings

July 29, 2021 - The AMA has joined over fifty other organizations in a joint statement supporting mandatory COVID vaccinations for all healthcare workers. Also, make sure you are up to date on current PPE guidance from the CDC and the state of Ohio.


07/28/2021

Council Spotlight: Mary LaPlante, MD, FACOG

July 28, 2021 - Over the past year, the role of the Council members has become even more important as OSMA has responded to the pandemic. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight these leaders.


07/27/2021

Healthy State Alliance Opioid Symposium

July 27, 2021 - This 3rd annual, free event will be virtual and take place on October 16 from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EST. It will feature addiction experts from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Bon Secours Mercy Health and others discussing the following topics...


07/22/2021

Medical Board Clarifies Telemedicine Rules with State Emergency Expiring

July 22, 2021 - Since many of the medical board’s telemedicine rules were halted in early 2020 due to COVID-19, allowing much more leeway in treating patients remotely, OSMA has received many questions from physician offices about the current status of the rules and how the board will handle telemedicine once the pandemic has subsided.


07/21/2021

Help OSMAPAC Come Back Strong in 2021

July 21, 2021 - As Ohio works to recover from the impact of the pandemic, the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) is critical now more than ever. Your OSMA advocacy team is on-hand on a day-to-day basis and needs your support.


07/21/2021

Federal Advocacy Update

July 21, 2021 - CMS releases 2022 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, updates on state scope of practice activity, and President Biden signs Executive Order aimed at limiting anti-competitive behavior.


07/20/2021

Medical Board Updates

July 20, 2021 - Learn about the Interstate Medical License Compact (SB 6), and the recently reappointed Medical Board Member—Mark A. Bechtel, MD.


07/13/2021

Statewide COVID-19 Well-Being Survey for Healthcare Professionals

July 13, 2021 - Your input is valued! The Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP) is conducting a statewide COVID-19 well-being survey. The purpose of this study is to gather the perspectives of healthcare professionals working across all disciplines, on the types of services needed to support their well-being and the type of infrastructure that needs to be in place so that these services can be easily accessed.


07/13/2021

Ohio to Enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

July 13, 2021 - Senate Bill 6, signed into law by Governor DeWine on June 29, 2021, authorizes the State Medical Board of Ohio to enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Ohio becomes the 35th state to become a member of the Compact. Physicians from any state with Compact membership, including Ohio, who meet the qualifications will be eligible for licensure in any other participating state. The following was sent by the Medical Board this afternoon to all physicians in the state.


07/12/2021

The Ohio Medicaid Website has Officially Changed! 

July 12, 2021 - Ohio Medicaid's new website reflects the next generation of Medicaid and is designed with you in mind. It is user friendly, organized based on the interests of the communities we work with (people served by Medicaid, providers and health care givers, stakeholders, and partners), and built for mobile devices, smartphones, and desktop viewing.


07/08/2021

Provider Relief Payments—What to know if you received funds

July 8, 2021 - The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open for providers who need to report on the use of funds in Reporting Period 1. If you received Provider Relief Funds, please review these resources.


07/07/2021

COVID Updates from OSHA and EEOC

July 7, 2021 - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration issued an emergency temporary standard for occupational exposure to COVID-19. And in May, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released new guidance related to requiring employees with disabilities to receive a vaccination.


07/07/2021

Deferred, Delayed, Disrupted: Mitigating Risks From Care During COVID-19

July 7, 2021 - The pandemic thoroughly disrupted healthcare delivery across the spectrum of healthcare. By mid-2020, more than 40 percent of U.S. adults had delayed medical care or avoided it entirely.


07/01/2021

House Bill 244

July 1, 2021 - In a late-night and last-minute move the day before the legislature went on break for the summer, elected officials swiftly passed legislation that would prohibit Ohio public schools and colleges from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations..


07/01/2021

Amended Senate Bill 111

July 1, 2021 - Last week, legislators considering an unrelated spending bill added an anti-vaccine amendment to the bill and hurriedly passed it in a floor vote.


07/01/2021

State Budget Update: Governor DeWine Signs 2-Year Budget Bill into Law, Issues Line-Item Vetoes

July 1, 2021 - The Conference Committee finalized the state budget plan based on the contents of the bills passed in each legislative chamber, and the legislature approved the bill just short of their June 30 deadline. Late Monday night, the final version of HB 110 passed in the Senate (by a vote of 32-1), and House (by a vote of 82-13).


06/24/2021

National Men’s Health Month – Member Offers Tips for Male Health

June 24, 2021 - June is a time to recognize National Men’s Health Month and raise awareness about the importance of regular healthcare screenings and healthy habits for men and boys everywhere.


06/24/2021

Medicaid Managed Care Plans Increase Payment for COVID Vaccine

June 24, 2021 - The Medicaid and MyCare plans have had discussions with providers on how to increase vaccinated Medicaid recipients, and what their offices need to be effective. After listening to providers, the Medicaid and MyCare plans have decided to increase the amount per vaccine from $38 to $100 per COVID-19 vaccination.


06/23/2021

Medicaid Cybersecurity Incident Announcement

June 23, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Medicaid's provider data manager, Maximus, recently reported an incident involving an application related to credentialing and licensing data in Ohio.


06/23/2021

OSMA Members Speak Out: Anti-Vaccine HB 248 Opponent Hearings

June 23, 2021 - OSMA members and many others representing Ohio’s medical and business communities spoke out in opponent hearings in the House Health Committee on Tuesday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 22.


06/17/2021

Opponent Hearings on Anti-Vaccine Legislation Begin

June 17, 2021 - OSMA continues to participate in advocacy efforts in opposition to Ohio House Bill 248, a gravely concerning legislative proposal regarding vaccinations. Get the details to get involved in OSMA Efforts!


06/17/2021

State Budget Update: Ohio Senate Passes Budget Bill, Conference Committee Convenes

June 17, 2021 - Last week, the Ohio Senate voted 25-8, along party lines, to pass its version of House Bill 110, the $75 billion two-year state operating budget for FY 2022-2023.


06/16/2021

OSMA Advocacy Efforts on Insurance Coverage of Drugs Highlighted

June 16, 2021 - Earlier this week, the Columbus Dispatch published a series of articles highlighting the challenges many patients and physicians have with insurance coverage of drugs. The series featured several issues which OSMA is involved in advocacy on at the Statehouse.


06/15/2021

Medical Board's June Meeting Highlights

June 15, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on June 9, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


06/15/2021

OSMA Members Elected to AMA Positions

June 15, 2021 - Congratulations to our OSMA members elected to an AMA position this week!


06/10/2021

Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Falsehoods & Supporting Statewide Vaccination Efforts

June 10, 2021 - As Ohio continues efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19, OSMA is proud to support these efforts and ensure member physicians have the information and tools they need to encourage vaccines and be vaccine providers.


06/09/2021

Medical License Renewal Reminder

June 9, 2021 - According to the medical board, almost 4,000 physicians have not yet renewed! If you are one of those physicians, make sure that you renew by the July 1st deadline.


06/03/2021

Endorsing Dr. Lou Edje for AMA's Council on Medical Education

June 3, 2021 - Dr. Edje, an active OSMA member since 1998, has served our organization as an alternate and currently delegate representing the full spectrum of medical education issues with clarity, credibility and eloquence. Her perspective is informed from her robust leadership experience in undergraduate, graduate and post graduate education.


06/03/2021

Helpful Policies Implemented for Ohio Vaccine Providers

June 3, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has announced a number of policy changes that will make it much easier for primary care practices of all sizes to provide the COVID vaccine in their offices.


06/03/2021

White House Vaccine Conversation: Recording Available!

June 3, 2021 - If you missed the White House's vaccine conversation for Ohio primary care providers, a recording is now available. Hear from governor DeWine, surgeon general Murthy, other White House, the CDC and ODH, as well as OSMA President, Dr. Lisa Egbert—who hosted a panel discussion.


06/02/2021

Allowable Charges for Copying Medical Records

June 1, 2021 - 2021 Update: The Ohio Department of Health is required on an annual basis to use the Consumer Price Index to determine the amount of increase or decrease in costs for providing medical records. The increase for 2021 is a 1.23% increase from 2020.


06/02/2021

Medical Board—Important News!

June 2, 2021 - Effective May 31, 2021, MDs, DOs and DPMs will be required to complete one hour of Continuing Medical Education (CME) prior to renewal on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code. The enforcement of this requirement will commence with renewal applications submitted on or after July 1, 2021.


06/01/2021

Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19, and the Future of Pandemics

June 1, 2021 - Artificial intelligence (AI) has proven of value in the COVID-19 pandemic and shows promise for mitigating future healthcare crises.


05/27/2021

National Women’s Health Month – Physicians Offer Tips for Female Health

May 27, 2021 - We asked a few OSMA female physicians to share their tips for women everywhere to protect their health and get the care they need to live their most fulfilling lives.


05/26/2021

Prior Authorization under Medicare Plans

May 25, 2021 - Bipartisan legislation has been reintroduced that would protect patients from unnecessary delays in care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans, providing much-needed oversight and transparency of health insurance for America’s seniors.


05/26/2021

National Health Care Expenditures, 2019

May 25, 2021 - A new report from the AMA provides a detailed look at the official U.S. health care spending estimates through 2019. We will continue to keep you informed as we get updated spending data for 2020 and into 2021.


05/20/2021

Advocacy Update: OSMA Testifies in Support of Tanning Ban for Minors

May 20, 2021 - This week, OSMA joined the Ohio Dermatological Association (ODA) testifying in support of House Bill 159, legislation that would prohibit use of indoor tanning services by those under the age of 18 in Ohio.


05/19/2021

Medical Board's May Meeting Highlights

May 19, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on May 12, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


05/18/2021

Addressing Prediabetes and Hypertension—Your Input Matters!

May 18, 2021 – ODH is conducting one-on-one interviews to discuss current processes, opportunities for improvement, and team-based approaches—with the goal being to create social marketing campaigns to drive awareness amongst healthcare providers regarding best practices for prediabetes and hypertension.


05/13/2021

OSMA Supports Governor’s Announcement to Rescind Health Orders

May 13, 2021 – Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced that all health orders (except those related to longterm care and assisted living facilities) will be rescinded on June 2. As we’ve learned more about the science of how this virus works and as more Ohioans have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, we’ve made outstanding progress in bringing down the rate of new COVID-19 cases.


05/12/2021

AMA Releases Plan to Embed Racial Justice & Advance Health Equity

May 12, 2021 – A new three-year roadmap released is dedicated to embedding racial justice and advancing health equity within the AMA and our health care system.


05/11/2021

Physician Wellness Coalition Releases New Video Resources

May 11, 2021 – The Coalition is offering a series of free, physician wellness videos certified by the OSMA for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit.


05/11/2021

Webinar: The New Ohio Medicaid Provider Network Management

May 11, 2021 – The Ohio Department of Medicaid invites you to an overview of the new Provider Network Management (PNM) module and Centralized Credentialing.


05/05/2021

Telehealth Immersion Program

May 5, 2021 – To help guide the future of how practices use telehealth, OSMA is excited to collaborate with the AMA on this program. By doing so, we hope to provide you access to all the latest resources for best implementing telehealth in your practice now and into the future. Join an introductory session on the program on May 11, 2021, 12–12:45 p.m. EST.


05/05/2021

Medicare Recoupment Reminder—Let Us Know How It's Going!

May 5, 2021 – CMS recently began automatic recoupment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments. OSMA and AMA are very interested in feedback about recoupment of the Medicare advance payments.


05/05/2021

Malpractice Claims from the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2021 - The pandemic has raised pressing questions around preventive measures, vaccines, and safe treatment, but it has also obscured one key lingering uncertainty for medical professionals: Where are all the medical malpractice claims?that can help mitigate risks.


04/29/2021

Discussing the COVID Vaccine with Patients: Campaigns Physicians Can Use

April 29, 2021 – This is a big moment in time for vaccines. As we honor World Immunization Week the last week of April, it seems appropriate to give a big thank-you to the many doctors, scientists, immunologists and healthcare professionals who make vaccines possible.


04/23/2021

Introducing OSMA’s New President: A Q&A with Lisa Egbert, MD

April 23, 2021 – We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Egbert as our new President, and we thank Dr. Anthony Armstrong who skillfully completed his term. Read on to learn more about Dr. Egbert, her medical career, and her vision for leading OSMA.


04/22/2021

State Budget Bill Update: House Approves HB 110, Sends to Senate

April 22, 2021 - OSMA has been monitoring the budget process over the last several months, keeping a close eye on provisions related to healthcare. This week, members of the Ohio House Finance Committee approved substitute House Bill 110, the House version of the state operating budget.


04/22/2021

Medical Board's April Meeting Highlights

April 21, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on April 14, 2021. Here are the topic highlights from the meeting.


04/15/2021

Ohio Medicaid Announces New Managed Care Contracts

April 15, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Medicaid has selected six companies as recipients of the next managed care organizations (MCOs) contracts. The contracts are scheduled to start in January 2022.


04/15/2021

Ohio to Increase Vaccine Distribution to Physician Practices

April 15, 2021 - OSMA was informed that the Ohio Department of Health is planning to increase distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to physician practices in the next two weeks.


04/15/2021

OSMA's 2021 Annual Meeting Summary

April 15, 2021 - Get the details and results from our 2021 event. The virtual meeting kicked off with a keynote speech from Governor Mike DeWine, who took the opportunity to thank OSMA physician members for their service to patients as well as their counsel and leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


04/06/2021

Temporary Medicare Claims Hold Pending Congressional Action

April 6, 2021 - CMS issued the following statement on March 30, in anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the 2% sequester reduction suspension...


04/06/2021

Telehealth from the Field: Case Study Involving Remote Monitoring Problems

April 6, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Preferred Partner, The Doctors Company: Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of remote patient monitoring was expanding. The technologies offer many benefits, but they may also create potential malpractice risks. Consider the following case example and strategies that can help mitigate risks.


04/05/2021

Free Webinar: Key Provisions of Information Blocking Compliance

April 5, 2021 - Are you prepared? The compliance date for the information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act final rule was set for April 5, 2021.


04/05/2021

REMINDER: Repayment of Medicare Accelerated & Advance Payments Started March 30

April 5, 2021 - CMS recently issued a clarification on payback terms for those practices that received accelerated and advanced payments from Medicare last year.


03/24/2021

CMS Seeking Applications for Next Round of Primary Care First (PCF) Model

March 24, 2021 - Primary care practices in eligible regions are encouraged to apply. Practices that participate in PCF will have flexibility in terms of care delivery and the opportunity to increase practice revenue through performance-based model payments. The deadline for practice applications is April 30, 2021; the deadline for payer applications is May 28, 2021.


03/17/2021

March Advocacy Update—The Issues on OSMA’s Agenda

March 17, 2021 - OSMA’s Government Relations team serves as the voice of Ohio’s physicians—advising state departments and influencing state policy on health issues. We are currently working on a variety of familiar issues, as well as laying the groundwork and progressing with several reform initiatives.


03/17/2021

Senate Bill 22 Passes in the Ohio Legislature, DeWine Indicates He Will Veto

March 17, 2021 - As you may recall, SB 22 is the legislature’s reaction to the state’s pandemic response, and would limit the ability of the governor and the health department to issue orders related to the pandemic.


03/16/2021

Federal Advocacy Update

March 16, 2021 - Revisions to Policy that Would Have Raised Fees on Practices, and Biden Administration Announces Increase to Vaccine Administration Payment


03/15/2021

Annual PAC Campaign – Help Us Build Back Stronger!

March 15, 2021 - We wanted to let you know that we are gearing up efforts at a strong comeback after a challenging 2020 year. Because the OSMAPAC suspended a lot of its typical fundraising activities last year due to the impact of COVID-19 on the health care environment, it is even more important that we do everything we can this year to build back the strength of the PAC in 2021.


03/14/2021

Medical Board's March Meeting Highlights

March 14, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on March 10, 2021. Here are the highlights from the meeting.


03/11/2021

Physician Experts Address Top Questions about COVID-19

March 11, 2021 - Leading pandemic voices, Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Ashish Jha, share views at virtual TDC board meeting.


03/10/2021

Medicare Revenue Down 19% over First Half of 2020

March 10, 2021 - The economic impact of COVID-19 on health care continues to reveal itself through reductions in patient volume and revenue and in higher practice costs. As the pandemic stretches on, physician practice viability remains under threat.


03/10/2021

Behavioral Heath Integration Research Study

March 10, 2021 - a research study is launching to gather feedback from primary care and physician practices that are interested in integrating behavioral health care for their patients.


03/03/2021

Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) announces a 7% decrease in premiums for 2021

March 3, 2021 - Last week the BWC Board announced an average premium reduction of 7.1% for the 2021 policy year that begins in July.


03/03/2021

White House Modifies Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

March 3, 2021 - On Monday, February 22, 2021, the Biden-Harris administration announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to “provide equitable relief” and increase the availability of the PPP funds to the smallest employers and sole proprietors.


03/03/2021

Before COVID-19, Outlier Medical Malpractice Verdicts Were Rising—What’s Next?

March 3, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Preferred Partner, The Doctors Company: Severity, the average cost of a medical malpractice claim, continues its relentless increase. Though severity has been rising since at least the 1970s, in recent years we have seen a sharp increase in outlier verdicts, which exceed common policy limits and often set records for their venues.


02/25/2021

What Consumers Want from Healthcare—Q&A with Expert, Linda MacCracken

February 25, 2021 - In advance of our 2021 Education Symposium, Navigating the Future of Healthcare, we’re highlighting one of our expert speakers, Linda MacCracken from Accenture, who shares her thoughts on what consumers—especially seniors—want from healthcare providers. More about this topic will be shared in a webinar at OSMA’s Education Symposium.


02/23/2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Answers from Virtual Panel of Healthcare Experts

February 23, 2021 - Leading pandemic voices, Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Ashish Jha, share perspectives at a virtual meeting hosted by the TDC Group of companies.


02/23/2021

Addressing Physical & Behavioral Health During COVID-19

February 22, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Symposium Sponsor, Medical Mutual: ...With increased incidents of mental health concerns due to COVID-19, the mental, as well as physical, health of our Medical Mutual members—your patients—is more important than ever. Here are four focus areas to improve care coordination and reduce hospital readmissions for members with behavioral health concerns.


02/18/2021

2021 Legislative Sessions Kick Off – What is OSMA Working on So Far?

February 18, 2021 - The 134th General Assembly is underway, and hearings in the Ohio House and Senate have begun. As always, OSMA is on hand to monitor all legislation as it is introduced, identify proposals that would affect Ohio physicians and patient care, and make your voice heard on emerging issues.


02/17/2021

OSMA Joins AMA in Urging Congress to Extend the Moratorium on the Medicare Sequester

February 17, 2021 - OSMA recently signed on to a letter from the American Medical Association (AMA) encouraging congressional leadership to take action and pass legislation that would extend the current moratorium on the 2% Medicare payment sequester beyond the expiration date of March 31, 2021.


02/16/2021

Being an Advocate Q&A with OSMA Thought Leader, Alan Levy, MD

February 16, 2021 - What are some of the biggest policy issues facing healthcare at both the state and federal level? What does it mean to be a healthcare advocate? Learn from OSMA's Chair of the Focused Task Force on Legislation.


02/16/2021

Governor DeWine’s Proposed Budget – Items Impacting Health Care

February 16, 2021 - Many details within the budget are subject to change as the bill progresses through the two chambers, so OSMA will keep Ohio physicians informed in the coming weeks as budget proceedings continue.


02/16/2021

Join Our Advocacy Updates at 2021's Education Symposium

February 16, 2021 - Stay current with what’s going on at the Statehouse at the opening session of this year’s OSMA Education Symposium.


02/15/2021

Nominations Open for the 2020 Physician Advocate of the Year

February 15, 2021 - This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ability to effectively advocate at the local, state or federal level on behalf of their profession and patients throughout 2020.


02/15/2021

Medical Board Meeting Highlights

February 15, 2021 - The State Medical Board of Ohio met on February 10, 2021. Here are the highlights from the meeting.


02/11/2021

Health Equity Q&A with OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, MD

February 11, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic and elevated conversations about racial justice have brought the issue of healthcare equity to the forefront for healthcare professionals everywhere. As we support members in 2021, we’re pleased to share thoughts from OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, MD on health equity and what this means for Ohio physicians.


02/10/2021

OSMA's 2021 Education Symposium Registration Now Open!

February 10, 2021 - More session choices, more education credits and more convenience. At the lower registration price of $100 for member physicians and staff, attendees can earn up to 14 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits.


02/10/2021

What Resident Physicians Must Know about Privacy & Confidentiality

February 10, 2021 - Successful physician-patient relationships are built on the foundation of privacy. The promise of confidentiality is essential in order for patients to feel as though they can be candid about their health.


02/10/2021

CGS Offering Assistance in Preventive Care 

February 10, 2021 - Three programs have been implemented to improve utilization rates of the Medicare Preventive services, Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), and Chronic Care Management (CCM) services.


02/02/2021

Interstate Licensure for Telehealth Can Fuel Medical Practice Growth

February 2, 2021 - Licensing restrictions have been eased to facilitate care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new normal of greater state-to-state cooperation for access to care may persist after the pandemic. Still, the savvy physician knows that many restrictions apply, and that understanding them reduces risk.


02/02/2021

Helping Your Patients Understand Medicare Coverage

February 2, 2021 - In Ohio, more than two million people rely on Medicare, and it is essential they have all the information they need to make an informed decision about their Medicare plan selection.


02/02/2021

Is Your Office Prepared for the New Interoperability Rules?

February 2, 2021 - OSMA's free, live webinar on Feb. 10 (at 1pm) can help... "Meeting Interoperability and Avoiding Information Blocking"


02/01/2021

Be Aware: Recent Ransomware Attacks in Ohio

February 1, 2021 - Cybercriminals recently began launching ransomware attacks on local businesses, right here in Ohio. Victims include hospitals and medical associations, government organizations, and private sector companies.


01/27/2021

Join Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Fauci, for a Q&A

January 27, 2021 - You're encouraged to attend a Fireside Chat with Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. Questions will be answered about how the new administration is approaching the COVID-19 crisis. There will also be a moderated Q&A during which time you can ask Dr. Fauci questions through the chat function.


01/26/2021

Tips for Communicating with COVID-19 Vaccine-Hesitant Patients

January 26, 2021 - Physicians should be proactively preparing for the upcoming administration of vaccines to the general population. This includes implementing a plan to initiate effective, informed consent conversations with patients to guide them to an informed decision about the vaccine.


01/25/2021

Medical Students: Remember Your Annual Meeting is Feb. 7

January 25, 2021 - Please RSVP to attend virtually on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.


01/23/2021

President Biden's Executive Orders for Handling COVID-19

January 23, 2021 - President Biden has unveiled a significant national strategy for handling COVID-19 and addressing pandemic preparedness generally. The President also took initial steps to immediately implement portions of this strategy, issuing several executive orders and memoranda.


07/16/2020

Mid-Year Advocacy Update

July 17, 2020 – It is an understatement to say that 2020 has brought us all many unexpected challenges. Together, we continue to be a strong collective force, and OSMA is pleased to have made progress with many of the year’s advocacy goals despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19.


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

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.


01/03/2022

Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

January 3, 2022 – We're excited to officially introduce OSMA CARES—our free, simple and anonymous tool to help physicians and all Ohio-licensed health care providers check up on their mental and emotional health.


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.


08/03/2021

Ohio Medicaid Vaccine Incentives Extended

August 3, 2021 - Ohio Medicaid and MyCare Managed Care Plans (MCPs) have extended the $100 provider incentive vaccination administration fee timeframe until September 15, 2021...Learn the details.


08/02/2021

Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Update

August 2, 2021 - OSMA has been working with Blue & Co. to provide our members with the latest information about paying back your Provider Relief Payments (PRF). Some of their team members attended the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) July 20 session on PRF and provided the following highlights...


08/02/2021

Open Notes in Healthcare: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Cures Act

August 2, 2021 - On April 5, 2021, a requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act went into effect: Patients must be able to access information in their EHRs “without delay.” (This requirement does not apply to paper records.) The Cures Act prohibition against information blocking, often referred to as an “open notes” provision, provides patients with transparency in the outcomes of their healthcare via convenient access to information in their EHR, which can positively or negatively impact the patient-doctor relationship.


07/29/2021

Vaccine Mandate Support & PPE Recommendations for Healthcare Settings

July 29, 2021 - The AMA has joined over fifty other organizations in a joint statement supporting mandatory COVID vaccinations for all healthcare workers. Also, make sure you are up to date on current PPE guidance from the CDC and the state of Ohio.


07/22/2021

Medical Board Clarifies Telemedicine Rules with State Emergency Expiring

July 22, 2021 - Since many of the medical board’s telemedicine rules were halted in early 2020 due to COVID-19, allowing much more leeway in treating patients remotely, OSMA has received many questions from physician offices about the current status of the rules and how the board will handle telemedicine once the pandemic has subsided.


07/13/2021

Statewide COVID-19 Well-Being Survey for Healthcare Professionals

July 13, 2021 - Your input is valued! The Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP) is conducting a statewide COVID-19 well-being survey. The purpose of this study is to gather the perspectives of healthcare professionals working across all disciplines, on the types of services needed to support their well-being and the type of infrastructure that needs to be in place so that these services can be easily accessed.


07/07/2021

COVID Updates from OSHA and EEOC

July 7, 2021 - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration issued an emergency temporary standard for occupational exposure to COVID-19. And in May, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released new guidance related to requiring employees with disabilities to receive a vaccination.


07/07/2021

Deferred, Delayed, Disrupted: Mitigating Risks From Care During COVID-19

July 7, 2021 - The pandemic thoroughly disrupted healthcare delivery across the spectrum of healthcare. By mid-2020, more than 40 percent of U.S. adults had delayed medical care or avoided it entirely.


06/10/2021

Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Falsehoods & Supporting Statewide Vaccination Efforts

June 10, 2021 - As Ohio continues efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19, OSMA is proud to support these efforts and ensure member physicians have the information and tools they need to encourage vaccines and be vaccine providers.


06/09/2021

Medical License Renewal Reminder

June 9, 2021 - According to the medical board, almost 4,000 physicians have not yet renewed! If you are one of those physicians, make sure that you renew by the July 1st deadline.


06/03/2021

Helpful Policies Implemented for Ohio Vaccine Providers

June 3, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has announced a number of policy changes that will make it much easier for primary care practices of all sizes to provide the COVID vaccine in their offices.


06/03/2021

White House Vaccine Conversation: Recording Available!

June 3, 2021 - If you missed the White House's vaccine conversation for Ohio primary care providers, a recording is now available. Hear from governor DeWine, surgeon general Murthy, other White House, the CDC and ODH, as well as OSMA President, Dr. Lisa Egbert—who hosted a panel discussion.


06/01/2021

Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19, and the Future of Pandemics

June 1, 2021 - Artificial intelligence (AI) has proven of value in the COVID-19 pandemic and shows promise for mitigating future healthcare crises.


05/26/2021

National Health Care Expenditures, 2019

May 25, 2021 - A new report from the AMA provides a detailed look at the official U.S. health care spending estimates through 2019. We will continue to keep you informed as we get updated spending data for 2020 and into 2021.


05/13/2021

OSMA Supports Governor’s Announcement to Rescind Health Orders

May 13, 2021 – Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced that all health orders (except those related to longterm care and assisted living facilities) will be rescinded on June 2. As we’ve learned more about the science of how this virus works and as more Ohioans have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, we’ve made outstanding progress in bringing down the rate of new COVID-19 cases.


05/11/2021

Physician Wellness Coalition Releases New Video Resources

May 11, 2021 – The Coalition is offering a series of free, physician wellness videos certified by the OSMA for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit.


05/05/2021

Telehealth Immersion Program

May 5, 2021 – To help guide the future of how practices use telehealth, OSMA is excited to collaborate with the AMA on this program. By doing so, we hope to provide you access to all the latest resources for best implementing telehealth in your practice now and into the future. Join an introductory session on the program on May 11, 2021, 12–12:45 p.m. EST.


05/05/2021

Medicare Recoupment Reminder—Let Us Know How It's Going!

May 5, 2021 – CMS recently began automatic recoupment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments. OSMA and AMA are very interested in feedback about recoupment of the Medicare advance payments.


05/05/2021

Malpractice Claims from the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2021 - The pandemic has raised pressing questions around preventive measures, vaccines, and safe treatment, but it has also obscured one key lingering uncertainty for medical professionals: Where are all the medical malpractice claims?that can help mitigate risks.


04/29/2021

Discussing the COVID Vaccine with Patients: Campaigns Physicians Can Use

April 29, 2021 – This is a big moment in time for vaccines. As we honor World Immunization Week the last week of April, it seems appropriate to give a big thank-you to the many doctors, scientists, immunologists and healthcare professionals who make vaccines possible.


04/15/2021

Ohio to Increase Vaccine Distribution to Physician Practices

April 15, 2021 - OSMA was informed that the Ohio Department of Health is planning to increase distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to physician practices in the next two weeks.


04/06/2021

Telehealth from the Field: Case Study Involving Remote Monitoring Problems

April 6, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Preferred Partner, The Doctors Company: Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of remote patient monitoring was expanding. The technologies offer many benefits, but they may also create potential malpractice risks. Consider the following case example and strategies that can help mitigate risks.


03/11/2021

Physician Experts Address Top Questions about COVID-19

March 11, 2021 - Leading pandemic voices, Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Ashish Jha, share views at virtual TDC board meeting.


03/10/2021

Medicare Revenue Down 19% over First Half of 2020

March 10, 2021 - The economic impact of COVID-19 on health care continues to reveal itself through reductions in patient volume and revenue and in higher practice costs. As the pandemic stretches on, physician practice viability remains under threat.


03/03/2021

Before COVID-19, Outlier Medical Malpractice Verdicts Were Rising—What’s Next?

March 3, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Preferred Partner, The Doctors Company: Severity, the average cost of a medical malpractice claim, continues its relentless increase. Though severity has been rising since at least the 1970s, in recent years we have seen a sharp increase in outlier verdicts, which exceed common policy limits and often set records for their venues.


02/23/2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Answers from Virtual Panel of Healthcare Experts

February 23, 2021 - Leading pandemic voices, Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Ashish Jha, share perspectives at a virtual meeting hosted by the TDC Group of companies.


02/23/2021

Addressing Physical & Behavioral Health During COVID-19

February 22, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Symposium Sponsor, Medical Mutual: ...With increased incidents of mental health concerns due to COVID-19, the mental, as well as physical, health of our Medical Mutual members—your patients—is more important than ever. Here are four focus areas to improve care coordination and reduce hospital readmissions for members with behavioral health concerns.


02/17/2021

OSMA Joins AMA in Urging Congress to Extend the Moratorium on the Medicare Sequester

February 17, 2021 - OSMA recently signed on to a letter from the American Medical Association (AMA) encouraging congressional leadership to take action and pass legislation that would extend the current moratorium on the 2% Medicare payment sequester beyond the expiration date of March 31, 2021.


01/27/2021

Join Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Fauci, for a Q&A

January 27, 2021 - You're encouraged to attend a Fireside Chat with Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. Questions will be answered about how the new administration is approaching the COVID-19 crisis. There will also be a moderated Q&A during which time you can ask Dr. Fauci questions through the chat function.


01/26/2021

Tips for Communicating with COVID-19 Vaccine-Hesitant Patients

January 26, 2021 - Physicians should be proactively preparing for the upcoming administration of vaccines to the general population. This includes implementing a plan to initiate effective, informed consent conversations with patients to guide them to an informed decision about the vaccine.


01/23/2021

President Biden's Executive Orders for Handling COVID-19

January 23, 2021 - President Biden has unveiled a significant national strategy for handling COVID-19 and addressing pandemic preparedness generally. The President also took initial steps to immediately implement portions of this strategy, issuing several executive orders and memoranda.

 

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