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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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COHCA meets with Medicaid

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COHCA meets with Medicaid

COHCA meets with Medicaid regarding

enhanced reimbursement for primary care

Representatives from the Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA) met today with Medicaid officials at the Office of Medicaid Assistance (OMA) to discuss Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Physician Assistant (PA) qualification for enhanced payments under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

APRNs, working as part of a group practice with physicians who may receive the enhanced reimbursement, would be eligible for the additional reimbursement for primary care patients as ...

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COHCA Member Wins Advocacy Award

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COHCA Member Wins Advocacy Award

Submitted by: Nicole F. Garritano, MSN, CPNP-AC, Communications Chair, COHCA

COHCA Member Wins Advocacy Award

Michelle Wilson, MS, CNP, APRN-BC, CPNP-AC, and COHCA member was recently awarded the 2013 Nurse Practitioner State Advocacy Award for the state of Ohio by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). This award recognizes nurse practitioners (NP) in each state who have made significant contributions toward increasing awareness and acceptance of ...

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Concussion rules to protect athletes: editorial

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View full size Jamal Lewis, whose last game for the Cleveland Browns was in 2009, was an NFL running back for nine years. To this day, Lewis still has headaches from numerous concussions suffered over the course of his career. Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Published: Thursday, January 03, 2013, 8:43 PM

By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board The Plain Dealer

View full size Jamal Lewis, whose last game for the Cleveland Browns was in 2009, was an NFL running back for nine years. To this day, Lewis still has headaches from numerous concussions suffered over the course of his career. Chuck Crow, The Plain 

Belatedly, Ohio has joined the ranks of states requiring extra caution for young athletes who may suffer head injuries. ...

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Update to CTP-E Holders and CTP-E Applicants

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Update to CTP-E Holders and CTP-E Applicants

UPDATE: December 20, 2012 –

A Pending CTP-E Holders and CTP-E Applicants Alert

The Ohio Board of Nursing worked with the state legislature on an amendment in Substitute House Bill 303 to Section 4723.482, ORC to assist pending Certificate To Prescribe (CTP-E) holders and applicants. The amendment became law on December 20, 2012.

The amendment makes an exception for pending CTP-E holders and CTP-E applicants who completed a 45-hour course of study in advanced pharmacology before December 20, ...

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HB 303 was signed by Governor Kasich

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HB 303 was signed by Governor Kasich

HB 303 was just signed by Governor Kasich.

It is now law. 

It contains the provisions related to the online course.

Please follow the guidance below related to the schedule II course.  This is the most recent information to be released by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

 

UPDATE: December 11, 2012

A Pending CTP-E Holders and CTP-E Applicants Alert

The Ohio Board of Nursing is currently working with the state legislature on an amendment in Substitute ...

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