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​ACA Replacement Proposed, Concerns Abound for Physicians & Their Patients
March 9, 2017
House Republicans in Washington on Tuesday released a new federal healthcare proposal they are calling the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the long-anticipated effort to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Almost immediately upon its release, the GOP bill sparked controversy—chiefly among Republicans themselves with some arguing the new proposal did not go far enough to overturn the ACA, or Obamacare, with some derisively referring to the plan as ‘Obamacare Lite.’

Let Your Voice Be Heard at Annual Meeting
March 9, 2017
If you haven’t registered for the Annual Meeting there is still time! Several counties are not represented in the House of Delegates (HOD) and we need YOUR help.

OSMA AHCA Letter to Congress
March 22, 2017

Price Transparency Hearing Against the State Ordered to Reconvene in August of 2017
March 7, 2017
In December, the OSMA joined the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and filed a lawsuit against the state in an effort to block the new price transparency law from being implemented on January 1.

​State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Recent Law Changes
March 9, 2017
Recently, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy released guidance documents regarding recent law and rule changes that may pertain to your practice. Please review the following information carefully and direct any questions you may have to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

NEW Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Advisory Panels!
March 9, 2017
Join the OSMA in furthering our strategic initiatives to address sustainability, physician well-being, practice transformation, governance & operations and advocacy! 

​International Bancard Can Help You Collect More Patient Payments!
March 9, 2017

Medical Record Copying Charges
March 9, 2017
Both HIPAA (45 CFR §§164.502, 164.524 and 164.528) and Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code §3701.74) require health-care providers, including physicians, to allow patients access to their medical records upon request. In doing so, physicians must take reasonable steps to establish the identity of the person making a request to examine or copy a record.

2018-2019 Budget Proposal Highlights
February 21, 2017
Listed here are newly-introduced state budget initiatives that seek to make a number of fiscal and policy changes relevant to health care. The OSMA will work to advocate for physicians as these changes are negotiated upon over the next several months. 

SB 319 Prevents Penalty for Not Prescribing Opioids
February 21, 2017
In fall 2016, Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would remove and revise questions assessing pain management from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, to eliminate this financial pressure to potentially overprescribe opioids. CMS has since indicated that it would develop alternative questions related to pain and communications related to pain between patient and provider.

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