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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.

​Taking the Risks to Heart: Misdiagnosis of Heart Disease
February 21, 2017
Heart disease is the leading killer of women, responsible for one in every four female deaths, and this danger was highlighted by the tragic death of actress Carrie Fisher in late 2016. But almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly from heart disease had no previous symptoms.*

OSMA Symposium Spotlight: Prevention Strategies
February 21, 2017
An important aspect of managing a successful medical practice is leveraging the “what if” – or applying a certain amount of focus to prevention of mistakes and negative outcomes, and their impacts on the practice should they arise. As many already know, it is not a healthy management strategy to think: “It will never happen to us,” which could result in feeling under-prepared in a high-stakes situation.

Governor’s Budget Proposal Seeks to Keep Medicaid Expansion
February 8, 2017
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has introduced a biennium budget proposal that keeps Medicaid expansion in place and provides more support for primary care as the state moves to a value-based care model of paying for medical services.

The governor, in what will be his final state budget before he leaves office in early 2018, also proposed to continue spending about $1 billion in each of the next two years to address opioid addiction and pledged addition funding to combat infant mortality.

Updates on the Ohio Compounding Rules
February 7, 2017
Earlier this month, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy finalized its rules for compounding in the state and issued guidance on both the compounding rules and recent changes to the laws surrounding Terminal Distributor of Dangerous Drugs (TDDD) licenses. Please find the updates from the Board here:

​FREE Compliance, Simplified Webinar, On-Demand
February 7, 2017
Did you miss our FREE webinar with Healthicity on compliance? You can access this 45-minute long webinar on our On-Demand Content page on our website.

Final Call for Delegates & Alternates
February 7, 2017

Nominations and bios will be accepted up to Friday, February 10, 2017, after that date any additional candidates must run from the floor of the House of Delegates.

​Up to 6% of your Medicare Payments are At Risk—Are You Ready?
February 7, 2017
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PQRSwizard is an easy to use online tool to help physicians and other eligible professionals quickly and easily participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Similar to online tax preparation software, the PQRSwizard helps guide professionals through a few easy steps to rapidly collect, validate and submit their results to CMS. PQRSwizard is powered by the CECity registry, a CMS Qualified Registry for PQRS reporting.

​Are Your Credentials in Good Hands?
February 7, 2017
The Ohio State Medical Association responded to the need for assistance with the credentialing process. In partnership with the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, we offer Credentials Keepers, to our members. Credentials Keepers offers a multitude of services...

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