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House Bill 483 amended to include COHCA requested amendments

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House Bill 483, one of a package of midterm budget review bills offered by Governor John Kasich, was amended Wednesday with language requested by the Council of Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA).

The amendment reinstates a requirement in Ohio statute that the director of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to be an Ohio licensed pharmacist. COHCA collaborated with the Ohio Pharmacists Association in an effort to make this change.

Language also makes changes regarding gambling disorders and supervising providers. Language appeared in ...

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Governor Kasich Signs Admitting Bill

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Governor Kasich signing APRN/PA Admitting bill with COHCA board members Jeri MIlstead, Lori Herf, Meredith Lahl and COHCA lobbyist in attendance along with members of the Cleveland Clinic team and Reps. Gonzales and Wachtmann

Governor Kasich signing APRN/PA Admitting bill with COHCA board members Jeri MIlstead, Lori Herf, Meredith Lahl and COHCA lobbyist in attendance along with members of the Cleveland Clinic team and Reps. Gonzales ...

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Admitting Bill Unanimously Clears the Ohio Senate

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The Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA) is thrilled to announce that House Bill 139 that we worked on along with other interested parties unanimously passed out of the Ohio Senate on Wednesday, January 29.

The Council of Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA), in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic, has worked hard over the last year to pass House Bill 139, abill that will allow both Physician Assistants as well as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to admit patients to Ohio ...

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NAPNAP – SILVER SPONSOR

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Thank You!

COHCA would like to thank the Ohio Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners) for becoming a SILVER SPONSOR.

 

About NAPNAP

With over 7,500 members, NAPNAP is the professional association for PNPs and other advanced practice nurses who care for children. Established in 1973, NAPNAP has been actively advocating for  children’s health by: providing funding, education, and research opportunities to PNPs; and producing and distributing educational materials to parents and families. NAPNAP prides itself in the caliber of its members, ...

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Heroin Sting Yields Dozens of Arrests in Southern Ohio

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Kasich Promises New Prevention Program

State officials announced a series of heroin busts in southern Ohio Wednesday on the same day Gov. John Kasich called abuse of the drug one of the major problems facing the Buckeye State. Investigators arrested 39 individuals in Pickaway County for trafficking heroin and other drugs supplied largely by the Columbus area.

Arrests stem from a joint investigation by the Ohio attorney general, Pickaway County sheriff and Circleville police. They focused primarily on ...

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Admitting Bill Clears the Senate Health Committee

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The Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA) is thrilled to announce that House Bill 139 that we worked on along with other interested parties unanimously passed out of the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee this morning.

The Council of Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA), in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic, has worked hard over the last year to pass House Bill 139, a bill that will allow both Physician Assistants as well as Advanced Practice Nurses to admit ...

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COHCA Requests Nurse Midwife Birth Certificate Clarification

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At the request of the Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy, (COHCA) State Senator Shannon Jones today amended House Bill 95, pending in the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee, with language to clarify that Certified Nurse Midwives may sign the birth certificates of the babies they deliver in Ohio.

Though Certified Nurse Midwives have been signing birth certificates for more than 30 years and the Ohio Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics has accepted midwife-signed documents, Certified Nurse ...

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Administration Seeks Controlling Board Approval For Medicaid Expansion

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As expected, the Kasich Administration will turn to the Controlling Board later this month to approve funding to expand Ohio’s Medicaid system up to 138% of the federal poverty level.

The Department of Medicaid on Friday submitted a request to the panel seeking authorization to spend federal funds totaling $500,000 million in FY14 and $2 billion in FY15 to extend the program to cover citizens up to 138% of the federal poverty level, as originally proposed by Gov. John Kasich in ...

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COHCA Announces Opiate Prescribing Resource Website Launched

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The appropriate treatment of pain is a priority in Ohio.

The Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT), the state regulatory boards, COHCA and other associations, individual providers and other key stakeholders have focused their most recent efforts on educating health care professionals and patients.  The goal of this educational effort is to help reduce and eliminate the misuse and abuse of opioid drugs.

The team has established a website www.opioidprescribing.ohio.gov that features the “Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic, Non-Terminal Pain” ...

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HIPO testimony before Senate Finance Medicaid Subcommittee

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Analysis: Medicaid Expansion Fiscally Feasible

Ohio could spend less on Medicaid over the long term by expanding eligibility than it would if it takes no action on the program, a new analysis from Ohio State University and Health Policy Institute of Ohio suggests.

Presented before the Senate Finance: Medicaid Subcommittee Tuesday, the analysis asserts that changes to the program, like payment overhauls or quality improvements, could help “bend the cost curve,” making program expansion “feasible.” (Analysis) (Presentation)

Some panelists ...

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