Archive for October, 2012

Ohio to inspect more pharmacies this fall

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Ohio to inspect more pharmacies this fall

Meningitis outbreak leads to scrutiny

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

DAYTON — Ohio is cracking down on pharmacies that custom-mix individualized prescriptions after a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding company.

Jesse Wimberly, pharmacy inspector for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, said there are 17 specially designated compounding pharmacies statewide. They’re usually inspected at least once every three years, though inspectors will go more often if there are complaints or reported violations.

“Now we’re going to every ...

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Concussion Bill Another COHCA Victory: APN Practice Protected

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COHCA (Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy) has negotiated compromise language to protect Advanced Practice Nurse practice.

COHCA negotiated compromise language with Senators Scott Oelslager and Peggy Lehner, the Ohio State Medical Association, Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and other interested parties, in an effort to amend legislation introduced to address the growing problem of concussions among Ohio’s young athletes.

Thousands of young athletes participate in organized sports activities every day in Ohio. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

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State Medical Board Ousts Chief

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The Columbus Dispatch Thursday October 18, 2012 6:07 AM

Richard Whitehouse

After more than seven years with the State Medical Board of Ohio, Richard Whitehouse has been ousted as executive director.

The reasons remain hazy.

However, there are indications that some Ohio doctors had become uneasy with Whitehouse’s aggressive investigations in the past two years as the state cracked down on “pill mills” and other wrongdoing by physicians.

None ...

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ODMH, First Phase Of Health Home Project

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ODMH, Medicaid Agency Launch First Phase

Of Health Home Project That Could Reach 178,000

Ohio Medicaid on Monday launched a new benefit in five counties that will serve enrollees with serious and persistent mental illness.

The Health Home initiative, executed in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health, will start in Adams, Butler, Lawrence, Lucas and Scioto counties before being expanded statewide by July 2013, according to ODMH.

About 178,000 Ohio Medicaid beneficiaries will be eligible to participate in the Health Homes once the ...

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Ohio Weighs Future Expansion of Medicaid

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BY KATE GIAMMARISE
BLADE STAFF WRITER

John B. McCarthy, State Medicaid Director, talks about a new benefit option for Ohio Medicaid enrollees with serious and persistent mental illness at the Zepf Center. THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT Enlarge | Photo Reprints

Even though it’s not yet clear if Ohio’s Medicaid program ...

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Sentencing for owner of last Ohio ‘pill mill’

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By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS

The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio —

A judge is ready to sentence the owner of a medical clinic in southern Ohio that authorities allege was a notorious drug house. Prosecutors have recommended 10 years in prison for George Adkins, who pleaded guilty last month to five felony counts involving drug trafficking, corrupt activity and forgery. The 69-year-old Adkins was scheduled for sentencing Friday afternoon before Scioto County judge William Marshall. Authorities say Adkins’ Greater Medical Advance was the last so-called ...

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New Offerings from COHCA

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COHCA offers Free Updated Standard Care Arrangement

and State-required 6 Hour Schedule II Prescribing Course

The Council for Health Care Advocacy (COHCA) has responded to member needs by creating an updated standard care arrangement (SCA) for use by all advanced practice nurses and an online course that all prescribing advanced practice nurses must complete prior to renewal next year.

Senate Bill 83, effective last June, allows Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who hold a certificate to prescribe ...

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COHCA Files Objection to Pending Rules…

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COHCA files objection to pending rules that would prohibit Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistant’s from performing physical examinations on Ohio Athletic Commission licensees.

The Ohio Athletic Commission has proposed administrative rules that would allow only physicians to perform physical exams required of licensees of the Ohio Athletic Commission, including boxers, martial artists and others.  This, despite the statute that allows both advanced practice nurses and physicians to complete the examination.

The Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA) has filed an ...

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