OSMA is working with state leaders and diligently monitoring pandemic-related developments. We will post important updates and physician resources here as new developments become available. Check out the topics below and our recent news updates.
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December 8, 2023 – CMS has changed the way health care is considered and paid not only by Medicare but many commercial insurance plans. Part of this change is the mandated requirement for Medicaid to cover many of these services as part of the standardization in health care delivery and reimbursement.
October 31, 2023 – Artificial intelligence has gained a strong foothold in healthcare. This article from The Doctors Company and TDC Group, offers guidance on how healthcare providers should exercise extreme caution and diligence when utilizing AI in their practices.
September 26, 2023 – Earlier this month I had the privilege of participating in an extremely important event and campaign focused on improving physician well-being and normalizing the discussion on mental health.
September 14, 2023 – OSMA is partnering with Disappearing Doctors to cohost an event The Disposables—an original collection of portraits honoring the 400+ physicians who die by suicide each year. The Disposables—created by artist Jeremy Rosario—depicts handcrafted portraits made from donated disposable medical supplies from doctors’ workplaces. The portraits will be on display for public viewing at the COhatch The Gateway starting on Monday Sept. 18 through Oct. 20.
September 5, 2023 – The Doctors Company, outlines a number of patient safety strategies to manage noncompliant patients.
August 1, 2023 – Clinicians are understandably concerned about their reputations and the consequences of any negative comments posted about them on social media platforms. Although the web can be a powerful tool for healthcare practices, it becomes problematic when patients post unfavorable opinions.
May 31, 2022 – The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) ended on May 11, 2023, which changes many federal policies established during the pandemic. OSMA is working to keep members updated as guidance is available.
May 8, 2023 - This week, the Ohio Department of Health sent out a reminder to providers of COVID-19 vaccines about recent expiration awareness. NOTE: All remaining doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine expired on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
May 3, 2023 - The ending of the Public Health Emergency may impact an individual’s coverage of COVID-19 tests. CMS is encouraging that you know these changes and share the New Consumer Fact Sheet on COVID-19 tests.
April 24, 2023 - On May 11, 2023, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is set to expire. Healthcare providers continue to implement COVID protocols and navigate the ever-changing healthcare regulations at both the federal and state levels, therefore it is important to take time to prepare for the ending of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). Here are some webinars to help you plan...
New this year as part of the OSMA annual meeting, medical students were invited to submit an abstract for poster presentation. This was an excellent opportunity for students to become involved in the OSMA Annual Meeting and to enhance their reputation both within and outside their institution – and to network with physicians about policy, research, career interests and more.
April 11, 2023 – The rule creates enforcement provisions for misleading marketing schemes, removes barriers to care created by complex coverage criteria, and expands access to behavioral health care. OSMA joined with the American Medical Association in supporting these needed reforms.
April 3, 2023 – Prior to the pandemic, practitioner concerns over how to conduct a physical examination during a virtual visit created a significant barrier to telehealth. Thanks to appropriate telehealth use guidelines and technological advances, important components of an in-office visit, such as vital signs and point-of-care testing, are now becoming an in-home reality with remote patient monitoring.
March 6, 2023 – As part of its commitment to supporting the financial success of its members, OSMA has partnered with Mercantile Technologies to create the OSMA Business Credit Card, a credit card built specifically for OSMA members.
March 4, 2023 – According to a study published in Pediatrics, it is estimated that between 2010 and 2019, more than 70,000 emergency department (ED) visits in the United States were battery related among children under 18 years old.
March 1, 2023 – One month ago Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) launched the Next Generation managed care plans, new Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), and Fiscal Intermediary (FI). These initiatives provide an enhanced and personalized healthcare experience for ODM members with more transparency and visibility of care and services for providers. Here are some reminders...
February 20, 2023 – It has been announced that the PHE will be extended through May 11, at which point it will permanently expire, marking the end of PHE extensions. Because the PHE has been in place for nearly three years, it can be difficult to remember which rules existed before then, and which have been temporary. Here are a few highlights of what is expected to change.
February 16, 2023 – Physicians across Ohio have continued to embrace remote healthcare services. After a lengthy rule promulgation process, including our member feedback and input from OSMA, the Board has finalized new telehealth rules, which will become effective this month.
February 9, 2023 – When using telehealth to treat patients out of state, most healthcare professionals are mindful about licensure issues. But some are not aware that practicing without a license in a given state is not just malpractice, it is a criminal offense.
February 2, 2023 – With increasing regularity, staffing shortages have adversely impacted the delivery of healthcare and the availability of diagnostic and therapeutic resources. The ongoing scarcity of employees negatively influences the quality and depth of many primary and support roles at every level throughout the healthcare workforce—including physicians, dentists, advanced practice clinicians, allied health professionals, practice assistants, and front- and back-office specialists.
January 11, 2023 – The OSMA Council (Board of Directors) met in the summer and again in the fall to update the organization’s three-year strategic plan. Leadership approved five main issues areas to guide the organization’s work the next three years.
January 11, 2023 – Understanding the differences between the flu, RSV, and COVID-19 will help prevent misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis when patients present with respiratory symptoms. Learn more from TDC's latest article.
December 18, 2022 – The American Medical Association (AMA) sent OSMA the following communication to remind members about an important MIPS deadline and advocacy efforts to extend opportunities for filing.
August 1, 2022 – The need for well-being support has never been higher, and the OSMA Foundation is supporting Ohio's healthcare workforce with a way to measure factors like personal anxiety, depression and burnout and connect with credible resources who can help.
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