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ODH, Local Health Departments Partner With National Group To Address Infant Mortality; Senate Committee To Hit The Road

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ODH, Local Health Departments Partner With National Group To Address Infant Mortality; Senate Committee To Hit The Road

Building on existing efforts to reduce infant minority health disparities, the Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday kicked-off a three-year partnership with national organization CityMatCH Tuesday to focus on implementing best practices and evaluating outcomes throughout the state.

Concentrated in nine Ohio cities, seven of which are large urban centers, the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes partnership will coordinate national, local and state efforts to address health disparities that persist between minority and white populations, ODH Director Ted Wymyslo ...

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UPDATE – Ohio General Assembly

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UPDATE – Ohio General Assembly

Spring was an extremely busy time in the Ohio General Assembly.  In addition to regular committee activity summarized below, both chambers considered Ohio’s operating budget and the voluminous policy changes incorporated into that bill.  Both the House of Representatives and the Senate broke the budget into sections to be considered by various committees in addition to the Finance and Appropriation Committees.  The budget subject matter covered a broad spectrum of policy, from speed limits to education and telehealth to spider ...

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The nurse practitioner will see you now

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The nurse practitioner will see you now

As health reform kicks in, more of our

health care is likely to come from

non-M.D.s. Here’s a guide to who’s who.

consumerreports

Consumer Reports magazine: August 2013

For a country that has managed to outspend every other developed nation in the world on health care, the U.S. is oddly short on doctors, especially primary-care ones. We have about 30 primary-care physicians per 100,000 people, far fewer than any other industrialized country, including the ...

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AG, U.S. Attorney Sting Sends up Pill Mill Operator for 22 Years

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AG, U.S. Attorney Sting Sends up Pill Mill Operator for 22 Years

From Hannah Report

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says the former owner of a Chillicothe pill mill will spend more than two decades in prison after he was sentenced Monday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart joined state Attorney General Mike DeWine in the announcement, saying Kevin Huff, 36, will spend 21 years and 10 months behind bars after pleading guilty in June 2012 to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone Pills in Excess of 200,000 Dosage Units (30mg tablets) and one count of money laundering.

Huff was the owner of Primary Health Care at 173 Renick Avenue in Chillicothe until authorities closed the pain clinic in June 2011.

“This case should serve as an example of just how serious we are about stopping those who are involved in overprescribing prescription medication,” DeWine said in a statement. “People are regularlyoverdosing on prescriptions that they should never have access to in the first place, and if we have to put those responsible in prison for decades, that’s what we’ll do.”

The Chillicothe Police Department, Ross County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, Ohio Board of Pharmacy, and the Internal Revenue Service also helped to investigate Huff.

Primary Health Care charged individuals $200 for drug prescriptions including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Xanax, writing approximately 25 prescriptions per day.

“Between July 2009 and June 2011,” said Stewart, “Huff conspired to illegally distribute Oxycodone and concealed the proceeds gained from the clinic he owned by purchasing real property, vehiclesand boats, as well as concealing the proceeds in bank accounts.”

As clinic owner, Huff received payments of $5,000 to $8,000 three times a month, according to authorities. The investigation into others at the clinic remains open, and additional chargescould be filed at a later date.

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ODMH Delays Statewide Implementation of Health Homes

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ODMH Delays Statewide Implementation of Health Homes

Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) Director Tracy Plouck announced recently that the deadline for moving the concept of “health homes” statewide for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses (SPMI) has been reset from July 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2013.

Addressing this delay, Plouck told those in attendance at the Voices for Ohio’s Children 2013 Ohio Children’s Health Conference on March 28 that the delay is necessary to allow her department and the Office of Medicaid to refine enrollment, ...

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Nurses pressing for more autonomy

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Nurses pressing for more autonomy

25 Mar 201
The Washington Post
BY N. C. AIZENMAN

They say their empowerment will ease shortage of doctors

“We have a ready-made, no-added-cost workforce in place that could be providing care at a much higher level if we modernize our state laws.”
Taynin Kopanos, official with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

For years, nurses have been subordinate to doctors — both in the exam room and the political arena.

But aided by new allies ranging from the AARP to social workers and ...

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BWC Board Requires That Providers Join Drug Monitoring System

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BWC Board Requires That Providers Join Drug Monitoring System

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors adopted rules Friday designed to help the agency better monitor its providers’ and claimants’ drug prescriptions.

The rules will permit the BWC to stop reimbursement for controlled substance prescriptions written by providers who are not in compliance with the Ohio State Medical Board’s requirement that certain prescribers enroll in the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, according to the bureau’s summary.

Prescribers not enrolled in the system cannot comply with current best medical practice, which ...

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GOP chafes at Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid

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GOP chafes at Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid

By  Catherine Candisky
The Columbus Dispatch Friday February 15, 2013 7:59 AM

Fellow conservatives in the House slammed Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand the tax-funded Medicaid program, saying yesterday that it is a bad deal for taxpayers and the uninsured.

GOP lawmakers said providing health coverage to an additional 275,000 poor and disabled Ohioans will make it more difficult for them to escape poverty while increasing the national debt.

During more than six hours of testimony before ...

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House Standing Committees Announced

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House Standing Committees Announced

Speaker Batchelder recently announced assignments to house standing committees.

This promises to be a busy two year session that will commence working on legislative priorities immediately. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these individuals, as they will certainly review legislation this session that will directly impact your practice. COHCA will closely monitor this process but please let us you know how you feel about pending legislation as we report on it.

The House Health and Aging Committee will be chaired ...

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Clarification Regarding APRN and PA Enhanced Reimbursement for Primary Care

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Clarification Regarding APRN and PA Enhanced Reimbursement for Primary Care

Clarification Regarding APRN and PA

Enhanced Reimbursement for Primary Care

Group practices, with eligible physicians and which employ APRNs (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses) and PAs (Physician Assistants), may receive the enhanced reimbursement for primary care as outlined in the ACA (Affordable Care Act). According to OMA (Ohio Office of Medical Assistance) interpretation of Federal Register, Volume 77 Number 215 Part II, the higher payment would be applicable to services provided by  APRNs & PAs practicing within a group practice arrangement overseen by ...

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