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IMPORTANT DUES PROCESS UPDATE

At our most recent board meeting in Columbus, there was a discussion regarding the dues process for COHCA.   Board members themselves conveyed their own issues with their uncertainty regarding the payment of their dues, ranging from trying to remember the date they joined (which was their renewal date) to wondering if they had missed the notification that it was time to pay their dues.  In addition, from a board perspective, it was difficult to plan financially for the year when the income for the year was trickling in in an inconsistent manner.  In order to improve the functionality of the organization, the Board voted to go to a calendar year dues setup.  That means that everyone’s dues will coincide with the calendar year and will go from January 1 to December 31.  The board also decided that any member who renews between July 1 and the end of the year will have their membership continued through the end of 2018.  Any members not renewing within that time frame will receive a dues notice in January, 2018 for their dues for the year.  In following years, all members will receive a dues notice in December for the upcoming year.  That means that all members will receive a dues notification in December, 2018 for the calendar year 2019.

COHCA has become an important voice in the legislature when health care issues are discussed.  It is important for both health care professionals and patients that we are able to maintain and improve on what we are accomplishing in the Statehouse.  We thank you for your support in the past, and we hope that, by our successes, we have earned your continued support in the future.

 

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NEW LAW – Advanced Practice Nurses and Schedule II Prescribing

Senator Scott Oelslager introduced Senate Bill 83 on February 16, 2011, to expand the authority of certain advanced practice nurses to prescribe schedule II controlled substances.  The bill was passed by the Ohio legislature and signed by Governor Kasich on March 9, 2012.  The bill becomes law and will go into effect on June 8, 2012. The Board will adopt rules pertaining to an APN’s authority to prescribe schedule II controlled substances, and the Committee on Prescriptive Governance (CPG) will recommend revisions to the Formulary pertaining to schedule II controlled substances.

The CPG expects to complete the additions/revisions to the Formulary by June 8, 2012, the effective date of the bill. The Board is beginning the rulemaking process with a planned effective date of November 1, 2012. The Board and CPG welcome recommendations and comments.

The Board will also establish a rule regarding the continuing education course requirements for Certificate to Prescribe (CTP) holders. The Board is planning an effective date of November 1, 2012 to provide ample time for CTP holders to complete the required six hours of continuing education before the renewal cycle ends on August 31, 2013. When you renew your license, you will be required to verify completion of the continuing education course.

The Board encourages APNs and other interested parties to periodically check the Board website for additional information regarding implementation of Sub. SB 83, draft administrative rules, and CPG information. If you have questions or comments, please contact the Board at board@nursing.ohio.gov.

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