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08/04/2020

Ohio Medicaid Suspends Episode of Care Program

August 4, 2020 - The Ohio Department of Medicaid will not conduct reporting or assess positive and negative incentive payments for the performance periods of calendar year 2020 and 2021. OSMA applauds this decision and will work with practices and ODM next year as it develops plans for 2022.


08/04/2020

Continued Flexibility for Medicare Regulations, Telehealth, and HIPAA

August 4, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the public health emergency for another 90 days through October 23, 2020.


08/04/2020

Health Insurance Coverage for your Practice—Preparing for 2021

August 4, 2020 - One of the biggest costs facing practices today continues to be health insurance coverage for employees. Costs are rising and coverage continues to change year to year. OSMA addresses this challenge by creating the OSMA Health Benefits Plan (HBP).


08/04/2020

Informed Consent: Substance and Signature

August 4, 2020 - OSMA’s preferred partner, The Doctors Company, outlines how an established physician-patient dialogue can prevent patient disappointment from ripening into a claim.


07/30/2020

OSMA Supports Withdrawal of Rule Prohibiting Prescribing of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine in Ohio for Treatment of COVID-19

July 30, 2020 - This rule would have prohibited the dispensing or selling of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in Ohio for treatment of COVID-19 thus removing a physician’s ability to decide if the drug was an appropriate treatment for his or her patient.


07/23/2020

Monitoring Medical Board Activity

July 23, 2020 - Even with the disruption in the healthcare system and governing process caused by the pandemic, the State Medical Board of Ohio continues to meet on a monthly basis and debates issues important to all licensed physicians in the state. OSMA continues to monitor these discussions and advocate for our members—here is our July recap.


07/23/2020

Supporting Ohio's Statewide Mask Mandate

July 22, 2020 - OSMA supports the announcement by Governor Mike DeWine of a mandatory mask/facial covering requirement throughout the state of Ohio in order to slow the ongoing community spread of COVID-19.


07/23/2020

Ohio Medicaid Making Relief Payments Available to Healthcare Providers

July 23, 2020 - The Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) announced a program to give direct relief payments to certain Medicaid healthcare providers.


07/23/2020

Telehealth: Making Reimbursement & Regulatory Changes Permanent

July 23, 2020 - The following provides information on a survey developed by AMA and recently sent to every state. Help support OSMA's efforts by completing this Telehealth Impact Study Provider Survey.


07/23/2020

New COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Physicians

July 23, 2020 - OSMA has worked with the governor’s office and the Ohio Department of Health to provide guidance for physicians that can be used to inform your patients regarding how and where to get tested.


07/23/2020

Medicaid Extends Telehealth Coverage Emergency Rules

July 23, 2020 - With the initial emergency rule set to expire, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced the expansion and continuation of telehealth use flexibility.


07/16/2020

Mid-Year Advocacy Update

July 17, 2020 – It is an understatement to say that 2020 has brought us all many unexpected challenges. Together, we continue to be a strong collective force, and OSMA is pleased to have made progress with many of the year’s advocacy goals despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19.


07/14/2020

OSMAPAC Announces 2020 Election Endorsements

July 14, 2020 – As the political voice for the OSMA’s physician, resident and student members, the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) advocates for Ohio physicians by helping to elect state and federal candidates who support the OSMA’s policy agenda.


07/08/2020

"MaskPlus6" Campaign Resources for Physicians & Practices

July 8, 2020 - To highlight the importance of mask wearing and physical distancing, OSMA is proud to partner with Ohio physician organizations to launch a new campaign: Doctor’s Orders: MaskPlus6.


07/02/2020

Options for Opting-out of MIPS Reporting for 2020

July 2, 2020 - The American Medical Association recently provided the following update on MIPS reporting...


07/02/2020

Healthcare Coalition Advocates to Fix Taxation Penalty Embedded in CARES Act

July 2, 2020 - Nearly 20 health care provider organizations representing doctors, nurses, hospitals, dentists and more recently sent a letter to congressional leaders.


06/30/2020

Top 7 Insurance & Legal Questions for Resuming Medical Practice During COVID-19

June 30, 2020 - In response to concerns about the risks involved with reopening practices and resuming procedures, the following from our partner, TDC, answers the top questions from our members and doctors across the country.


06/23/2020

Governor Expands “Good Cause” For Refusing Suitable Work During COVID

June 23, 2020 - Last week, Governor DeWine signed a new executive order expanding the definition of “Good Cause” for refusing suitable work during COVID and allowing individuals to extend unemployment benefits.


06/22/2020

Helping to Fulfill Your Practice's PPE Needs

June 22, 2020 - OSMA is proud to partner with ActionPPE. This program is available to OSMA member physicians and practices as part of a variety of group purchasing vendor discounts and business supports offered to our members.


06/16/2020

Avoid Risks when Treating Stressed Patients during COVID-19

June 16, 2020 - While most resources are directed at screening for COVID-19 and treating affected patients, there is another important aspect of the pandemic: the impact on your patients’ mental health.


06/12/2020

OSMA’s Statement on State Senator Huffman’s Comments

June 12, 2020 - Today, OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, MD, spoke directly to Sen. Huffman, an emergency room physician and long-time member of OSMA, expressing the association’s concern with his comments and together they discussed how the association, legislature, public health officials and community members can work together to seek a greater understanding of race and its impact on health care in Ohio. Dr. Armstrong currently serves as a member of Governor DeWine’s Minority Health Strike Force.


06/12/2020

Ohio Legislative Recap

June 12, 2020 - This week, OSMA continued to work with state officials to advocate for physicians as decisions are being made on major health policy issues—including racism and public health, liability, telehealth, and mental health parity.


06/11/2020

Federal Advocacy Update

June 11, 2020 - This week, the OSMA continued to work with federal officials to advocate for physicians as decisions are being made on liability protections and relief payments within the next round of COVID-19 restarting and relief efforts.


06/04/2020

Ohio Legislative Update

June 4, 2020 - This week, the OSMA continued to work with state officials as decisions are being made on major health policy issues.


06/04/2020

ReStart Ohio – Healthcare Updates

June 4, 2020 - As decisions are being made on COVID-19 restarting and relief efforts, the OSMA continues to work with state and federal officials to advocate for you, our Ohio physicians.


06/03/2020

Federal Advocacy Update

June 4, 2020 - Congress passes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, while physicians urge Senators for additional relief for physicians.


06/02/2020

Physicians Call for Justice and Racial Equality

June 2, 2020 - Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) condemns the despicable killing of George Floyd and stands in unified support of everyone who peacefully protests his death while demanding justice and racial equality in all of our communities.


05/27/2020

Ohio Legislative Update

May 27, 2020 - Last week, elected officials at the Statehouse continued legislative activity with a series of hearings and floor sessions and made several key decisions on some of OSMA’s priority advocacy items.


05/25/2020

Federal Advocacy Update

May 25, 2020 - Organized Medicine Pushes For ERISA Plan Coverage of Telehealth, and an Update on CARES Act Relief Payments to Physicians


05/21/2020

"Health Care is Safe" Public Service Campaign & Resources for Your Practice

May 21, 2020 - As medical practices begin to reopen and resume elective surgeries and procedures, OSMA knows it is critical that Ohioans are assured healthcare facilities are safe and accessible for patients—we've put together some tools to help your practice.


05/20/2020

Ohio Providers Launch Campaign Touting the Safety of Health Care

May 20, 2020 - While COVID-19 has presented new challenges for medical professionals, Ohio’s leading health care organizations are assuring Ohioans it is safe to see their doctor or visit a hospital to seek medical care and attention.


05/19/2020

Comments Due Next Week for Medical Marijuana Rules & Light-Based Medical Device Rules

May 19, 2020 - Please note: the Pharmacy Board and State Medical Board both have approaching deadlines for comments on rule amendments.


05/15/2020

This Week’s Advocacy Round Up and COVID-19 Announcements

May 15, 2020 - There continues to be a lot of activity at the state and federal level in response to COVID-19, and OSMA was involved in a variety of advocacy initiatives this week. Here is an overview of advocacy efforts and new policy information both in Ohio and at the federal level.


05/11/2020

Ohio Physician Practices Can Access Battelle N95 Sterilization Program

May 11, 2020 - Since Battelle announced its new N95 sterilization program for hospitals that started at the end of March, OSMA has been working closely with Battelle to expand the program to all physician practices in Ohio. We are excited to announce that Battelle can now offer its unique decontamination service at no charge to medical practices of all sizes.


05/08/2020

Legislative Update: Liability Reform Protection Among Top Issues

May 8, 2020 - This week, the Ohio Legislature returned for several socially-distanced hearings and sessions. Several committees also met to proceed with hearings on several key bills, among them a Senate proposal concerning liability in light of the ongoing pandemic, and a House bill regarding surprise medical billing.


05/04/2020

Tips for Reopening Your Practice & This Week’s Managing Change Webinar

May 4, 2020 - Be sure to review these tips to ensure you are protecting yourself, your staff and your patients as you reopen your practice and expand operations.


05/01/2020

Major Change in Medicare Telehealth Coverage

May 1, 2020 - CMS has indicated they will be increasing payments for audio-only telehealth visits for established patients.


05/01/2020

Ohio's Re-Starting Healthcare Guidance

May 1, 2020 - Governor DeWine has issued detailed guidance on Ohio's Healthcare Phase-In.


04/30/2020

Free Live Webinar: Effectively Managing through Change

April 30, 2020 - "How to Lead & Manage Through Change" will be a live webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00pm EST.


04/29/2020

The Latest Recap on Federal Support Programs

April 29, 2020 - There are a variety of programs provided by the federal government to support healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are specific to physicians and healthcare providers, and others are more general to small business.


04/27/2020

Governor DeWine Opens Healthcare System on May 1

April 27, 2020 - The governor’s office sent a press release Monday evening with details of his Responsible RestartOhio plan. The following section related specifically to his healthcare plan.


04/23/2020

Federal Funding and Policy Round-Up

April 23, 2020 - Today's update includes new information on the Health & Human Services physician relief funds, increased Paycheck Protection Program funding, and other Telehealth funding opportunities for certain public programs.


04/22/2020

Elective Procedure Plan, New Testing Priorities & PPP Fund Update

April 22, 2020 - News continues to change rapidly about state and federal plans related to COVID-19 and its impact on healthcare and businesses. Today, Governor DeWine announced a revision to the existing order related to essential and nonessential services.


04/20/2020

Live Webinar this Week

April 20, 2020 - "Maximizing Forgiveness & Minimizing Reduction for Your Paycheck Protection Program Loan" will be a live webinar this Thursday 4/23 at 1pm, EST.


04/19/2020

OSMA Convenes Meeting with Medical Organizations from Across Ohio

April 19, 2020 - During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s essential that organized medicine in Ohio works together to share ideas and information to best serve all physicians.


04/17/2020

Federal Relief Fund Follow-up Q & A

April 17, 2020 - Last week, OSMA sent news about the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) disbursement of the first $30 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Here are more details and answers to questions we've received about eligibility, terms, and more.


04/16/2020

OSMA Advocates for Policy Changes at the Federal & State Levels

April 16, 2020 - Numerous federal and state policy decisions and announcements continue to impact the work of physicians and medical practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. OSMA is advocating on behalf of our members and all Ohio physicians to ensure these policy decisions are made in your best interest. Here are the updates on our major policy actions this week.


04/15/2020

Flexibility in Policies & Deadlines Impacting Physicians

April 14, 2020 - There have been a number of federal, state and other governing bodies that have granted flexibility to physicians in a number of ways—including regulatory reporting, licensure, certification and other requirements. Here are the details on several of these changes and what they mean for Ohio physicians and medical practices.


04/13/2020

Payers Institute Administrative Changes During Crisis

April 13, 2020 - There continue to be major disruptions in the healthcare system due to COVID-19, and most of the major third-party payers have made adjustments to various administrative processes, including prior authorization, quality reporting and telemedicine.


04/10/2020

Federal Relief Funds Arriving for Most Practices

April 10, 2020 - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the immediate disbursement of the first $30 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


04/09/2020

OSMA President Shares Insights at Governor’s Press Conference

April 9, 2020 - Today, during Governor DeWine’s daily press conference, OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, M.D. joined Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. for an expansive discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in Ohio, specifically how the pandemic is impacting Ohio’s minority populations.


04/07/2020

OSMA Advocates for Direct Relief Payments For Ohio Physicians

April 7, 2020 - Today, the OSMA joined the American Medical Association (AMA), national specialty societies, and other state medical associations advocating the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) dedicate a portion of the $100 billion in the CARES act allocated for the medical community for direct payment to physicians.


04/06/2020

Business Fraud Alert

April 6, 2020 - As physicians and practices across the state and country are keeping up with changes to the healthcare industry as a result of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a fraud notice.


04/03/2020

A Note from the OSMA President

April 3, 2020 - As the new OSMA president, let me first simply say thank you and we are here for you. This is an unprecedented time, not only for healthcare providers, but for everyone in our communities. I realize physicians in every corner of the state are struggling with the unknown.


04/02/2020

The Doctors Company's Telehealth FAQ

April 2, 2020 - To support the medical profession during this unprecedented time, the following are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding telemedicine.


04/01/2020

New Guidance & OSMA Advocacy Efforts

April 1, 2020 - Here is a full update on recent changes and issues in which OSMA is actively engaged at the federal and state level.


03/31/2020

State Issues Order for Weekly Ventilator Equipment Inventory Reporting

March 31, 2020 - Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, MD, issued an order requiring all entities with ventilators to report their inventory by no later than 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday beginning April 1, 2020 until further notice.


03/30/2020

CMS Expands its Accelerated & Advanced Payment Program

March 30, 2020 - On Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a major expansion to its accelerated and advanced payment program. Most physicians in Ohio that have billed Medicare in the last 180 days are eligible for emergency funding to address cash flow issues.


03/27/2020

What’s in the Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Package?

March 27, 2020 - Congress passed a federal funding bill to provide aid in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. At about $2.2 trillion, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act will be the largest stimulus package passed in modern American history. OSMA will update information on our Coronavirus Business Support page about the stimulus package as any new information becomes available.


03/26/2020

Ohio Legislature Responds to the COVID-19 Emergency

March 26 - The Ohio State Medical Association is committed to keeping Ohio physicians informed on state and federal updates related to COVID-19, especially how they impact Ohio’s medical practices and healthcare professionals. Here’s a breakdown of the major items contained in the bill passed out of both chambers, including items related specifically to the health care industry, as well businesses and other community programs and services.


03/26/2020

Relief for Your Business

March 25 - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to healthcare delivery systems and most physician practices. New information is being released each day to assist small businesses and employees. Additionally, changes are being made that are specific to medical practices.


03/24/2020

Medical Practice/Business Relief
 Questions & Updates

March 23, 2020 - Here is a quick overview of upcoming telehealth and business relief information—as well as new details on liability/malpractice guidance, extension of prior authorization, quality reporting deadline delays, and BWC premium delays.


03/23/2020

The Latest State Orders & Clinical Regulatory Changes

March 23, 2020 - What do these latest updates mean for you? From the effects of the "Stay at Home" order, to the Pharmacy Board's emergency rules on prescribing, to PPE and COVID-19 testing supplies... OSMA's updates get you the latest information.


03/23/2020

COVID-19 Malpractice Coverage FAQs

March 20, 2020 - As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, OSMA partner, The Doctors Company has created a Q&A to address your critical questions during this time. You are doing such important work on the frontlines of this coronavirus pandemic, and we are here to support you. Please continue to check back daily as we update the information.


03/19/2020

Update on Telehealth Changes & Resources

March 19, 2020 - Due to the unprecedented disruption to the healthcare system, many physicians are being forced to consider alternative options to see patients and stay viable as a business. We recognize you may be dealing with difficulties.


03/17/2020

All Non-Essential Surgeries Must Be Postponed

March 17, 2020 - Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, has ordered hospitals and outpatient surgical centers to postpone all elective, non-essential surgeries and procedures indefinitely.


03/17/2020

COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020 - As you are aware, the healthcare system in Ohio and across the country and world is in a state of flux due to issues related to COVID-19. After speaking to numerous practices over the last several days we recognize physicians and practices are looking for information and guidance related not only to testing/treating patients for COVID-19 but also simply how you can keep your practice open, safe and viable over the next several weeks.


03/16/2020

Physicians with a CTR: Reminder of Reporting Requirements

March 16, 2020 – Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-03 requires each physician with a certificate to recommend medical marijuana to submit an annual report to the board that describes their observations regarding the effectiveness of medical marijuana in treating patients. Completion of this survey will satisfy the requirement in the rule.


03/15/2020

OSMA Council to Meet Virtually on March 21

March 15, 2020 – As you know the OSMA canceled its Annual in-person Meeting of the House of Delegates. The OSMA Council will meet virtually on March 21 to plan how the OSMA will accomplish the organizational business that would otherwise have been conducted at the in-person meeting, namely elections and disposition of resolutions.


03/15/2020

ODH Releases Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Primary Care & Outpatient Providers

March 15, 2020 – The coronavirus situation warrants a unified, consistent approach and requires primary care providers and other outpatient services providers to comply with the following course of action regarding screening and treatment of potential COVID-19 patients. 


03/12/2020

OSMA Symposium Event Cancelled

March 12, 2020 – The Ohio State Medical Association’s Education Symposium scheduled for March 20 in Columbus, Ohio has been CANCELLED. Please save the date for April 9, 2021!


03/11/2020

OSMA Annual Meeting Event Cancelled

The Ohio State Medical Association’s Annual Meeting scheduled for March 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio has been CANCELLED.


03/10/2020

Coronavirus & Patient Safety in the Medical Office

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across multiple continents. Given that outbreaks are expected to occur at a community level, medical offices will undoubtedly experience an influx of patients seeking assistance. The question is: Are medical offices doing enough?


02/27/2020

Ohio Department of Health Issues Notice to Physicians Regarding Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to consider the health risk from COVID-19 to be low among the general public in the U.S. However, there is increasing concern that eventually community person-to-person spread will occur here as it has recently in countries...


02/18/2020

Doctors & Hospitals Win Again in Court on Price Transparency

On February 7, 2020 the 6th District Court of Appeals of Ohio ruled in favor of the OSMA, Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and other health care organizations in its lawsuit seeking to prevent implementation of a price transparency law enacted in 2016.


02/13/2020

Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is proposing some sweeping changes—give your feedback!

The OSMA advocated for significant changes to the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Progra—and we were heard. Using our initial feedback, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is proposing some sweeping changes to simplify physician and patient interaction with the system and again is asking for our feedback on the proposal.


02/13/2020

Modern Payment Solutions for Modern Medicine

With one simple, healthcare-centric payment gateway, hospitals & clinics can now give their patients the flexibility to manage their financial obligation anytime, anywhere. 90 percent of our clients reported an increase in cash flow from patients utilizing the Best Card payment platform.


02/06/2020

Doctors: How to Talk to Patients About Nutrition and Diet

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, co-chair of the Lifestyle and Nutrition Workgroup with the American College of Cardiology, explains that the drugs we use to treat heart disease can be wonderful tools, but they don’t really focus on a cure or reversal—they only control the disease.


01/30/2020

A Look at the Way HIPAA Impacts Digital Marketing

Violating the HIPAA Act by accidentally revealing protected health information (PHI) is one of the most common reasons for healthcare professionals to avoid engaging in digital marketing activities.


01/21/2020

CMS Scope of Practice Sign on Letter

OSMA joins with AMA and other organizations responding to Trump Administration’s executive order on scope of practice.


01/14/2020

Remember to Check Your Initial 2020 MIPS Eligibility


01/14/2020

The MIPS 2019 Data Submission Period is Now Open


01/14/2020

Language Barriers: Reducing Claims with Multilingual Patients


12/19/2019

A Year in Physician Advocacy – 2019 Update & 2020 Preview!

It would be an understatement to say that 2019 was a hectic year for the OSMA Advocacy team. With a biennial budget process that went into overtime and many other major issues taking center stage, the OSMA was on-hand at the Statehouse day after day: meeting with legislators, testifying in committee hearings, and attending meetings with other interested parties to work on proposals which would impact the practice of medicine in Ohio.


12/19/2019

OSMA Prevails in CRNA Scope Deliberations

HB 224 initially proposed to modify the scope of practice of CRNAs by granting them undefined hospital-based prescriptive authority. The physician community expressed a number of serious concerns with the proposal from the start, and the OSMA has been working with the sponsor and proponents for many months to try and come to an understanding.


12/17/2019

Primary Care First Questions to Be Answered by CMS

The AMA has partnered with the American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Physicians to host Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation staff in a FREE, 60-minute webinar about the new Primary Care First Model on Monday, January 6 from 7-8 pm EST.


12/12/2019

Tackling Physician Burnout Requires Unprecedented Leadership

Recent actions by the World Health Organization seem to further legitimize what many physicians are experiencing: a chronically stressful healthcare system that makes connecting with patients and providing quality care more challenging.


12/10/2019

Prior Authorization Reform – Still Time to Join The Effort

In order to focus our 2020 advocacy efforts on continuing prior authorization reform, we need your help in completing a comprehensive survey on general issues as well as analyzing specific elements of compliance with the 2016 law. We are asking every practice in Ohio to complete the 15-minute survey.


11/13/2019

Ohio Department of Medicaid Announces Uniform Drug List & Other Policy Changes

The Ohio Department of Medicaid announced two major policy changes for 2020. Medicaid will move to a Uniform Drug List (UDL) across all of its managed care plans. There will also be significant changes to the Episodes of Care reporting programing.


11/12/2019

Response to The Doctors Company’s Physician Survey on Opioid Use

The Doctors Company’s social media surveys of physicians, as well as national data, demonstrate that the medical community is responding to the message about safe prescribing and is exploring solutions.


11/12/2019

Exploring the Benefits of Combining a 401(k) with a Cash Balance Plan

Many business owners have the same financial goals: minimize taxes and increase retirement savings while mitigating cost. Business owners seek to accomplish these goals by adopting a Cash Balance Plan combined with a 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan, as this strategy could be a cost effective way to maximize benefits for business owners.


11/12/2019

CMS Releases 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule & Quality Payment Program Final Rules

On November 1, 2019 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule related to the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program.


11/05/2019

OSMA Speaks Out Regarding Scope Changes in Trump Executive Order

On October 29, the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) joined a coalition of numerous national and state medical and specialty societies to voice serious concerns about scope of practice changes in the Executive Order titled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.”


10/10/2019

Survey Opportunity: Physician Leadership Development

Please consider completing this voluntary survey regarding your experience and educational needs as a physician leader to make your voice heard.


10/08/2019

CME Requirements for Licensure Renewal Changing as of October 17th

As part of this year’s state budget legislation that passed in mid-July, several changes were made to physician licensure laws enforced by the State Medical Board of Ohio.


10/08/2019

Opioid Response Network Provides Free Training

This network provides local training and education free of charge for specific needs at a community level to address this health crisis. The Opioid Response Network team stands ready to assist you.


10/03/2019

OSMA Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for At-Large Council Seats

Are you interested in more actively participating in the work of the OSMA? The OSMA Committee on Nominations is seeking candidates to serve as At-Large members of the OSMA Council. The Committee will nominate at least 4 candidates to fill 3 At-Large Council seats. The term of office is 2 years.


10/03/2019

HIPAA Privacy & Security Compliance Gets Real

The federal Office for Civil Rights recently announced a $10,000 settlement against a small dental practice in Texas for failing to maintain the privacy of patients on social media when responding to an online review of the practice.


10/01/2019

Health Alert: Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with E-Cigarettes or Vaping

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued an updated health alert to healthcare providers requiring them to report all suspected cases of serious pulmonary disease of unclear etiology with a history of vaping in the past 90 days to local health officials for investigation.


10/01/2019

Advanced Practice Provider Closed Claims: What Can We Learn?

We analyzed claims against two types of advanced practice providers (APPs): physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). Of the 649 claims that closed between 2012 and 2017, approximately 60 percent were against PAs and 40 percent were against NPs. The study provides insights into patient allegations, identifies underlying issues that contribute to patient harm, and outlines strategies for mitigating risk.


09/12/2019

Networking Reception & Policy Forum

Plan to attend a FREE event near you this September or October. Please RSVP to attend...


09/10/2019

Electronic Health Records Continue to Lead to Medical Malpractice Suits

EHR-related medical malpractice suits are becoming more common. For eight years, claims in which the use of EHRs contributed to patient injury have been on the rise.


09/10/2019

OSMA Continues to Advocate For Prior Authorization Reform

The OSMA joined with the AMA and numerous other national and state medical organizations in calling for major prior authorization reforms in the Medicare Advantage market.


09/09/2019

OCR Settles First Case in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing its first enforcement action and settlement in its Right of Access Initiative.


08/15/2019

Fall Advocacy Preview

The OSMA expects that several years of work with a coalition to bring mental health insurance coverage parity to Ohioans will culminate this fall with the introduction of legislation.


08/15/2019

New OSMA Strategic Plan In Progress

Having reached the end of the current three year strategic plan (2016-2019), the OSMA Council used its summer meeting to engage in future strategic planning. After reviewing accomplishments as well as unfinished tasks in the current plan, the Council set future priority issues for the OSMA...


08/15/2019

Healthier Ohio – 2020 & Beyond

OSMA President, Susan Hubbell, M.D. updated Council at our August meeting on the Healthier Ohio: 2020 & Beyond initiative that was launched at the OSMA Annual Meeting in April.


08/15/2019

The Young Physician Section is Official

The OSMA House of Delegates approved creation of the Young Physician Section (YPS) in 2018 and its organizers developed the governing structure, which the OSMA Council approved in August. The YPS will give younger physicians the opportunity to participate in specific education, networking and leadership opportunities.


08/01/2019

Ohio Physicians Give Feedback on Medicaid Managed Care Program

Many of our members provide daily patient care to Ohio’s Medicaid population and thus are uniquely qualified to provide meaningful information to assist the Ohio Department of Medicaid in its upcoming competitive Medicaid managed care procurement process. The comments we received from our members generally centered on areas where improvement is most desired, including plan accountability, grievances and appeals, provider support, benefits and delivery, and care coordination and management.


07/23/2019

Wrap Up: Ohio Delegation to the American Medical Association

Your OSMA Delegation to the AMA worked diligently on behalf of Ohio physicians during the recent 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Ohio resolutions were carried forward and either adopted as new policy or committed the AMA to continue existing policy for another ten years.


07/18/2019

Ohio Budget Process Complete

The OSMA Government Relations team has been engaging with legislators on health care-related budget items since the governor’s initial proposal was released, and has been following and participating in the ongoing debates about a number of health policy decisions.


07/18/2019

Terminating Patient Relationships

Just as it is an acceptable and reasonable practice to screen incoming patients, it is acceptable and reasonable to know when to end patient relationships that are no longer therapeutic. It is critical, however, to end the patient relationship in a manner that will not lead to claims of discrimination or abandonment.


07/18/2019

Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition Offers Online CME Courses

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), which represents Ohio physicians and hospitals and focuses on addressing physician burnout, launched six videos in its continuing medical education (CME) wellness video series.


07/18/2019

Training Managers Who Walk the Walk

Identifying and training role models in your business or practice is key to creating a positive, productive work environment. Which managers should you cultivate as role models to lead your organization?


06/06/2019

New Pain Management Toolkit Available

A new state toolkit designed to assist primary care doctors who prescribe opioids will be released this month by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).


06/06/2019

The $4.6 Billion Price Tag of Physician Burnout

To put a price on burnout, the study authors culled data from recent research findings and reports — including direct or inferred findings on doctors cutting back on hours or quitting as a result of burnout.


05/16/2019

Ohio’s Health Value Needs to be Better Now

Ohio is ranked 46 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to the 2019 Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) Health Value Dashboard—landing the Buckeye state in the bottom quartile.


04/25/2019

Concerns about U.S. Measles Outbreak

A recent poll by The Doctors Company received 9,459 responses to the question: How concerned are you as a healthcare provider about the recent U.S. measles outbreak?


04/25/2019

Hiring Friends and Family at the Office Is a Bad Idea

If your sister is pressuring you to hire your nephew for that much-coveted summer internship position so he can get his “foot in the door,” don’t give in to temptation.


03/28/2019

The 3-Minute Guide to Creating a Modern Website

How to Go Beyond an Online Business Card and Build an Effective Online Presence...


03/28/2019

Dollars & Sense: The State Budget

Earlier this week, the state budget became a bill on Capitol Hill—or at least on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. The OSMA has completed an initial review of the bill language...


03/28/2019

On-Demand Care for YOU

As part of its commitment to the well-being of all physicians in the state of Ohio, the OSMA Physician Well-Being Committee recently launched an online hub...


03/14/2019

Oxycon"tained" Again in 2018

Pharmacy Board Releases Compelling OARRS Data... This week, the State of Ohio Pharmacy Board reported that the number of opioids dispensed to Ohioans dropped by 325 million from 2012 or 2018.


02/28/2019

OSMA Goes to Washington

Earlier this month, several OSMA members along with the OSMA Government Relations staff traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss how existing laws are affecting patients and practices.


02/28/2019

Lions, and Tigers and Boards, Oh My!

Vision for the Future Commission released its final report to the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors early this month.


02/28/2019

This Bud’s for You (or Your Patients)

Within the first month that the medical marijuana program was running in the state of Ohio, nearly $1M in sales were recorded, but questions remain.


02/27/2019

Take Control of Rising Healthcare Costs

The OSMA understands the struggles to maintain an independent practice. This is one reason why the OSMA decided to offer an OSMA managed, self-funded health care plan.


02/15/2019

2019 OSMA Annual Meeting—Resolutions Posted

All resolutions received by the Wednesday, February 6th deadline have been posted to the website so you can start to review them. We will post background information as we receive it.


02/14/2019

Despite 21% Decrease in Overdose Deaths, Ohio Still Has Work to Do

According to a recent CDC report, Ohio saw a significant decrease – 21.4% - in overdose fatalities in July 2017 through June 2018; second in the nation only to Washington DC, which saw a 24.2% decrease.


02/14/2019

What is the OSMA Doing for You?

With a new governor in office and Ohio legislators back at the Statehouse, the OSMA is putting our advocacy agenda—based on the priorities of our members—in motion.


01/10/2019

Make Sure to Do your Annual HR Check Up

Now that 2019 is underway, it is essential that you make sure your company is in compliance with state and federal regulatory updates.


01/10/2019

OSMA Insurance Agency Announces 2019 Average Rate Renewal of only 2.9 Percent

Physician practices participating in the OSMA’s Health Benefits Plan (HBP) will see another year of rate increases averaging single digits. Renewal increases for 2019 will average 2.9%. This increase, along with plan increases over the past three years, show a four-year average of 4.5%. Significantly below the national averages.


01/08/2019

Ohio’s Lame Duck Legislative Session 2018 – What Happened & What You Should Know

The final months of 2018 were a whirlwind beyond the usual frenzied legislative activity of “lame duck” – with Ohio’s legislators staying in session until just days before the Christmas holiday, and returning for more action just days after. This scenario is extremely rare and hasn’t happened in Ohio’s legislature to this extent in decades.


01/03/2019

Physician Well-Being: The Real 5th Vital Sign

"The reason we should care about burnout is because it has the potential for serious consequences on the quality of patient care and safety, patient satisfaction, professionalism, physicians’ own care and safety, and the viability of the health care system..."


12/06/2018

Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Opens: What it Means for Doctors

The amount of product will be extremely limited, as growers and dispensaries come online throughout 2019.

Education

08/04/2020

Continued Flexibility for Medicare Regulations, Telehealth, and HIPAA

August 4, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the public health emergency for another 90 days through October 23, 2020.


08/04/2020

Health Insurance Coverage for your Practice—Preparing for 2021

August 4, 2020 - One of the biggest costs facing practices today continues to be health insurance coverage for employees. Costs are rising and coverage continues to change year to year. OSMA addresses this challenge by creating the OSMA Health Benefits Plan (HBP).


08/04/2020

Informed Consent: Substance and Signature

August 4, 2020 - OSMA’s preferred partner, The Doctors Company, outlines how an established physician-patient dialogue can prevent patient disappointment from ripening into a claim.


03/16/2020

Physicians with a CTR: Reminder of Reporting Requirements

March 16, 2020 – Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-03 requires each physician with a certificate to recommend medical marijuana to submit an annual report to the board that describes their observations regarding the effectiveness of medical marijuana in treating patients. Completion of this survey will satisfy the requirement in the rule.


03/15/2020

OSMA Council to Meet Virtually on March 21

March 15, 2020 – As you know the OSMA canceled its Annual in-person Meeting of the House of Delegates. The OSMA Council will meet virtually on March 21 to plan how the OSMA will accomplish the organizational business that would otherwise have been conducted at the in-person meeting, namely elections and disposition of resolutions.


03/15/2020

ODH Releases Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Primary Care & Outpatient Providers

March 15, 2020 – The coronavirus situation warrants a unified, consistent approach and requires primary care providers and other outpatient services providers to comply with the following course of action regarding screening and treatment of potential COVID-19 patients. 


03/12/2020

OSMA Symposium Event Cancelled

March 12, 2020 – The Ohio State Medical Association’s Education Symposium scheduled for March 20 in Columbus, Ohio has been CANCELLED. Please save the date for April 9, 2021!


03/11/2020

OSMA Annual Meeting Event Cancelled

The Ohio State Medical Association’s Annual Meeting scheduled for March 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio has been CANCELLED.


10/10/2019

Survey Opportunity: Physician Leadership Development

Please consider completing this voluntary survey regarding your experience and educational needs as a physician leader to make your voice heard.


07/18/2019

Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition Offers Online CME Courses

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), which represents Ohio physicians and hospitals and focuses on addressing physician burnout, launched six videos in its continuing medical education (CME) wellness video series.


06/06/2019

New Pain Management Toolkit Available

A new state toolkit designed to assist primary care doctors who prescribe opioids will be released this month by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).


03/28/2019

The 3-Minute Guide to Creating a Modern Website

How to Go Beyond an Online Business Card and Build an Effective Online Presence...


03/28/2019

On-Demand Care for YOU

As part of its commitment to the well-being of all physicians in the state of Ohio, the OSMA Physician Well-Being Committee recently launched an online hub...


03/14/2019

Oxycon"tained" Again in 2018

Pharmacy Board Releases Compelling OARRS Data... This week, the State of Ohio Pharmacy Board reported that the number of opioids dispensed to Ohioans dropped by 325 million from 2012 or 2018.


02/28/2019

Lions, and Tigers and Boards, Oh My!

Vision for the Future Commission released its final report to the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors early this month.


02/28/2019

This Bud’s for You (or Your Patients)

Within the first month that the medical marijuana program was running in the state of Ohio, nearly $1M in sales were recorded, but questions remain.

Legislative Advocacy

07/30/2020

OSMA Supports Withdrawal of Rule Prohibiting Prescribing of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine in Ohio for Treatment of COVID-19

July 30, 2020 - This rule would have prohibited the dispensing or selling of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in Ohio for treatment of COVID-19 thus removing a physician’s ability to decide if the drug was an appropriate treatment for his or her patient.


07/16/2020

Mid-Year Advocacy Update

July 17, 2020 – It is an understatement to say that 2020 has brought us all many unexpected challenges. Together, we continue to be a strong collective force, and OSMA is pleased to have made progress with many of the year’s advocacy goals despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19.


07/14/2020

OSMAPAC Announces 2020 Election Endorsements

July 14, 2020 – As the political voice for the OSMA’s physician, resident and student members, the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) advocates for Ohio physicians by helping to elect state and federal candidates who support the OSMA’s policy agenda.


02/18/2020

Doctors & Hospitals Win Again in Court on Price Transparency

On February 7, 2020 the 6th District Court of Appeals of Ohio ruled in favor of the OSMA, Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and other health care organizations in its lawsuit seeking to prevent implementation of a price transparency law enacted in 2016.


02/13/2020

Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is proposing some sweeping changes—give your feedback!

The OSMA advocated for significant changes to the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Progra—and we were heard. Using our initial feedback, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is proposing some sweeping changes to simplify physician and patient interaction with the system and again is asking for our feedback on the proposal.


01/21/2020

CMS Scope of Practice Sign on Letter

OSMA joins with AMA and other organizations responding to Trump Administration’s executive order on scope of practice.


12/19/2019

A Year in Physician Advocacy – 2019 Update & 2020 Preview!

It would be an understatement to say that 2019 was a hectic year for the OSMA Advocacy team. With a biennial budget process that went into overtime and many other major issues taking center stage, the OSMA was on-hand at the Statehouse day after day: meeting with legislators, testifying in committee hearings, and attending meetings with other interested parties to work on proposals which would impact the practice of medicine in Ohio.


12/19/2019

OSMA Prevails in CRNA Scope Deliberations

HB 224 initially proposed to modify the scope of practice of CRNAs by granting them undefined hospital-based prescriptive authority. The physician community expressed a number of serious concerns with the proposal from the start, and the OSMA has been working with the sponsor and proponents for many months to try and come to an understanding.


12/10/2019

Prior Authorization Reform – Still Time to Join The Effort

In order to focus our 2020 advocacy efforts on continuing prior authorization reform, we need your help in completing a comprehensive survey on general issues as well as analyzing specific elements of compliance with the 2016 law. We are asking every practice in Ohio to complete the 15-minute survey.


09/10/2019

OSMA Continues to Advocate For Prior Authorization Reform

The OSMA joined with the AMA and numerous other national and state medical organizations in calling for major prior authorization reforms in the Medicare Advantage market.


08/15/2019

Fall Advocacy Preview

The OSMA expects that several years of work with a coalition to bring mental health insurance coverage parity to Ohioans will culminate this fall with the introduction of legislation.


08/01/2019

Ohio Physicians Give Feedback on Medicaid Managed Care Program

Many of our members provide daily patient care to Ohio’s Medicaid population and thus are uniquely qualified to provide meaningful information to assist the Ohio Department of Medicaid in its upcoming competitive Medicaid managed care procurement process. The comments we received from our members generally centered on areas where improvement is most desired, including plan accountability, grievances and appeals, provider support, benefits and delivery, and care coordination and management.


07/23/2019

Wrap Up: Ohio Delegation to the American Medical Association

Your OSMA Delegation to the AMA worked diligently on behalf of Ohio physicians during the recent 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Ohio resolutions were carried forward and either adopted as new policy or committed the AMA to continue existing policy for another ten years.


07/18/2019

Ohio Budget Process Complete

The OSMA Government Relations team has been engaging with legislators on health care-related budget items since the governor’s initial proposal was released, and has been following and participating in the ongoing debates about a number of health policy decisions.


03/28/2019

Dollars & Sense: The State Budget

Earlier this week, the state budget became a bill on Capitol Hill—or at least on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. The OSMA has completed an initial review of the bill language...


02/28/2019

OSMA Goes to Washington

Earlier this month, several OSMA members along with the OSMA Government Relations staff traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss how existing laws are affecting patients and practices.


02/14/2019

What is the OSMA Doing for You?

With a new governor in office and Ohio legislators back at the Statehouse, the OSMA is putting our advocacy agenda—based on the priorities of our members—in motion.


01/08/2019

Ohio’s Lame Duck Legislative Session 2018 – What Happened & What You Should Know

The final months of 2018 were a whirlwind beyond the usual frenzied legislative activity of “lame duck” – with Ohio’s legislators staying in session until just days before the Christmas holiday, and returning for more action just days after. This scenario is extremely rare and hasn’t happened in Ohio’s legislature to this extent in decades.

Member News

08/04/2020

Ohio Medicaid Suspends Episode of Care Program

August 4, 2020 - The Ohio Department of Medicaid will not conduct reporting or assess positive and negative incentive payments for the performance periods of calendar year 2020 and 2021. OSMA applauds this decision and will work with practices and ODM next year as it develops plans for 2022.


08/04/2020

Continued Flexibility for Medicare Regulations, Telehealth, and HIPAA

August 4, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the public health emergency for another 90 days through October 23, 2020.


08/04/2020

Health Insurance Coverage for your Practice—Preparing for 2021

August 4, 2020 - One of the biggest costs facing practices today continues to be health insurance coverage for employees. Costs are rising and coverage continues to change year to year. OSMA addresses this challenge by creating the OSMA Health Benefits Plan (HBP).


08/04/2020

Informed Consent: Substance and Signature

August 4, 2020 - OSMA’s preferred partner, The Doctors Company, outlines how an established physician-patient dialogue can prevent patient disappointment from ripening into a claim.


07/16/2020

Mid-Year Advocacy Update

July 17, 2020 – It is an understatement to say that 2020 has brought us all many unexpected challenges. Together, we continue to be a strong collective force, and OSMA is pleased to have made progress with many of the year’s advocacy goals despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19.


07/14/2020

OSMAPAC Announces 2020 Election Endorsements

July 14, 2020 – As the political voice for the OSMA’s physician, resident and student members, the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) advocates for Ohio physicians by helping to elect state and federal candidates who support the OSMA’s policy agenda.


05/11/2020

Ohio Physician Practices Can Access Battelle N95 Sterilization Program

May 11, 2020 - Since Battelle announced its new N95 sterilization program for hospitals that started at the end of March, OSMA has been working closely with Battelle to expand the program to all physician practices in Ohio. We are excited to announce that Battelle can now offer its unique decontamination service at no charge to medical practices of all sizes.


05/08/2020

Legislative Update: Liability Reform Protection Among Top Issues

May 8, 2020 - This week, the Ohio Legislature returned for several socially-distanced hearings and sessions. Several committees also met to proceed with hearings on several key bills, among them a Senate proposal concerning liability in light of the ongoing pandemic, and a House bill regarding surprise medical billing.


05/04/2020

Tips for Reopening Your Practice & This Week’s Managing Change Webinar

May 4, 2020 - Be sure to review these tips to ensure you are protecting yourself, your staff and your patients as you reopen your practice and expand operations.


05/01/2020

Major Change in Medicare Telehealth Coverage

May 1, 2020 - CMS has indicated they will be increasing payments for audio-only telehealth visits for established patients.


05/01/2020

Ohio's Re-Starting Healthcare Guidance

May 1, 2020 - Governor DeWine has issued detailed guidance on Ohio's Healthcare Phase-In.


04/30/2020

Free Live Webinar: Effectively Managing through Change

April 30, 2020 - "How to Lead & Manage Through Change" will be a live webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00pm EST.


04/29/2020

The Latest Recap on Federal Support Programs

April 29, 2020 - There are a variety of programs provided by the federal government to support healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are specific to physicians and healthcare providers, and others are more general to small business.


04/27/2020

Governor DeWine Opens Healthcare System on May 1

April 27, 2020 - The governor’s office sent a press release Monday evening with details of his Responsible RestartOhio plan. The following section related specifically to his healthcare plan.


04/23/2020

Federal Funding and Policy Round-Up

April 23, 2020 - Today's update includes new information on the Health & Human Services physician relief funds, increased Paycheck Protection Program funding, and other Telehealth funding opportunities for certain public programs.


04/22/2020

Elective Procedure Plan, New Testing Priorities & PPP Fund Update

April 22, 2020 - News continues to change rapidly about state and federal plans related to COVID-19 and its impact on healthcare and businesses. Today, Governor DeWine announced a revision to the existing order related to essential and nonessential services.


04/20/2020

Live Webinar this Week

April 20, 2020 - "Maximizing Forgiveness & Minimizing Reduction for Your Paycheck Protection Program Loan" will be a live webinar this Thursday 4/23 at 1pm, EST.


04/19/2020

OSMA Convenes Meeting with Medical Organizations from Across Ohio

April 19, 2020 - During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s essential that organized medicine in Ohio works together to share ideas and information to best serve all physicians.


04/17/2020

Federal Relief Fund Follow-up Q & A

April 17, 2020 - Last week, OSMA sent news about the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) disbursement of the first $30 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Here are more details and answers to questions we've received about eligibility, terms, and more.


04/16/2020

OSMA Advocates for Policy Changes at the Federal & State Levels

April 16, 2020 - Numerous federal and state policy decisions and announcements continue to impact the work of physicians and medical practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. OSMA is advocating on behalf of our members and all Ohio physicians to ensure these policy decisions are made in your best interest. Here are the updates on our major policy actions this week.


04/15/2020

Flexibility in Policies & Deadlines Impacting Physicians

April 14, 2020 - There have been a number of federal, state and other governing bodies that have granted flexibility to physicians in a number of ways—including regulatory reporting, licensure, certification and other requirements. Here are the details on several of these changes and what they mean for Ohio physicians and medical practices.


04/13/2020

Payers Institute Administrative Changes During Crisis

April 13, 2020 - There continue to be major disruptions in the healthcare system due to COVID-19, and most of the major third-party payers have made adjustments to various administrative processes, including prior authorization, quality reporting and telemedicine.


04/10/2020

Federal Relief Funds Arriving for Most Practices

April 10, 2020 - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the immediate disbursement of the first $30 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


04/09/2020

OSMA President Shares Insights at Governor’s Press Conference

April 9, 2020 - Today, during Governor DeWine’s daily press conference, OSMA President Anthony Armstrong, M.D. joined Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. for an expansive discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in Ohio, specifically how the pandemic is impacting Ohio’s minority populations.


04/07/2020

OSMA Advocates for Direct Relief Payments For Ohio Physicians

April 7, 2020 - Today, the OSMA joined the American Medical Association (AMA), national specialty societies, and other state medical associations advocating the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) dedicate a portion of the $100 billion in the CARES act allocated for the medical community for direct payment to physicians.


04/06/2020

Business Fraud Alert

April 6, 2020 - As physicians and practices across the state and country are keeping up with changes to the healthcare industry as a result of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a fraud notice.


04/03/2020

A Note from the OSMA President

April 3, 2020 - As the new OSMA president, let me first simply say thank you and we are here for you. This is an unprecedented time, not only for healthcare providers, but for everyone in our communities. I realize physicians in every corner of the state are struggling with the unknown.


04/02/2020

The Doctors Company's Telehealth FAQ

April 2, 2020 - To support the medical profession during this unprecedented time, the following are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding telemedicine.


04/01/2020

New Guidance & OSMA Advocacy Efforts

April 1, 2020 - Here is a full update on recent changes and issues in which OSMA is actively engaged at the federal and state level.


03/31/2020

State Issues Order for Weekly Ventilator Equipment Inventory Reporting

March 31, 2020 - Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, MD, issued an order requiring all entities with ventilators to report their inventory by no later than 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday beginning April 1, 2020 until further notice.


03/30/2020

CMS Expands its Accelerated & Advanced Payment Program

March 30, 2020 - On Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a major expansion to its accelerated and advanced payment program. Most physicians in Ohio that have billed Medicare in the last 180 days are eligible for emergency funding to address cash flow issues.


03/27/2020

What’s in the Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Package?

March 27, 2020 - Congress passed a federal funding bill to provide aid in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. At about $2.2 trillion, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act will be the largest stimulus package passed in modern American history. OSMA will update information on our Coronavirus Business Support page about the stimulus package as any new information becomes available.


03/26/2020

Ohio Legislature Responds to the COVID-19 Emergency

March 26 - The Ohio State Medical Association is committed to keeping Ohio physicians informed on state and federal updates related to COVID-19, especially how they impact Ohio’s medical practices and healthcare professionals. Here’s a breakdown of the major items contained in the bill passed out of both chambers, including items related specifically to the health care industry, as well businesses and other community programs and services.


03/26/2020

Relief for Your Business

March 25 - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to healthcare delivery systems and most physician practices. New information is being released each day to assist small businesses and employees. Additionally, changes are being made that are specific to medical practices.


03/24/2020

Medical Practice/Business Relief
 Questions & Updates

March 23, 2020 - Here is a quick overview of upcoming telehealth and business relief information—as well as new details on liability/malpractice guidance, extension of prior authorization, quality reporting deadline delays, and BWC premium delays.


03/23/2020

The Latest State Orders & Clinical Regulatory Changes

March 23, 2020 - What do these latest updates mean for you? From the effects of the "Stay at Home" order, to the Pharmacy Board's emergency rules on prescribing, to PPE and COVID-19 testing supplies... OSMA's updates get you the latest information.


03/23/2020

COVID-19 Malpractice Coverage FAQs

March 20, 2020 - As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, OSMA partner, The Doctors Company has created a Q&A to address your critical questions during this time. You are doing such important work on the frontlines of this coronavirus pandemic, and we are here to support you. Please continue to check back daily as we update the information.


03/19/2020

Update on Telehealth Changes & Resources

March 19, 2020 - Due to the unprecedented disruption to the healthcare system, many physicians are being forced to consider alternative options to see patients and stay viable as a business. We recognize you may be dealing with difficulties.


03/17/2020

All Non-Essential Surgeries Must Be Postponed

March 17, 2020 - Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, has ordered hospitals and outpatient surgical centers to postpone all elective, non-essential surgeries and procedures indefinitely.


03/17/2020

COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020 - As you are aware, the healthcare system in Ohio and across the country and world is in a state of flux due to issues related to COVID-19. After speaking to numerous practices over the last several days we recognize physicians and practices are looking for information and guidance related not only to testing/treating patients for COVID-19 but also simply how you can keep your practice open, safe and viable over the next several weeks.


03/16/2020

Physicians with a CTR: Reminder of Reporting Requirements

March 16, 2020 – Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-03 requires each physician with a certificate to recommend medical marijuana to submit an annual report to the board that describes their observations regarding the effectiveness of medical marijuana in treating patients. Completion of this survey will satisfy the requirement in the rule.


03/15/2020

OSMA Council to Meet Virtually on March 21

March 15, 2020 – As you know the OSMA canceled its Annual in-person Meeting of the House of Delegates. The OSMA Council will meet virtually on March 21 to plan how the OSMA will accomplish the organizational business that would otherwise have been conducted at the in-person meeting, namely elections and disposition of resolutions.


03/15/2020

ODH Releases Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Primary Care & Outpatient Providers

March 15, 2020 – The coronavirus situation warrants a unified, consistent approach and requires primary care providers and other outpatient services providers to comply with the following course of action regarding screening and treatment of potential COVID-19 patients. 


03/12/2020

OSMA Symposium Event Cancelled

March 12, 2020 – The Ohio State Medical Association’s Education Symposium scheduled for March 20 in Columbus, Ohio has been CANCELLED. Please save the date for April 9, 2021!


03/11/2020

OSMA Annual Meeting Event Cancelled

The Ohio State Medical Association’s Annual Meeting scheduled for March 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio has been CANCELLED.


03/10/2020

Coronavirus & Patient Safety in the Medical Office

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across multiple continents. Given that outbreaks are expected to occur at a community level, medical offices will undoubtedly experience an influx of patients seeking assistance. The question is: Are medical offices doing enough?


02/27/2020

Ohio Department of Health Issues Notice to Physicians Regarding Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to consider the health risk from COVID-19 to be low among the general public in the U.S. However, there is increasing concern that eventually community person-to-person spread will occur here as it has recently in countries...


02/18/2020

Doctors & Hospitals Win Again in Court on Price Transparency

On February 7, 2020 the 6th District Court of Appeals of Ohio ruled in favor of the OSMA, Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and other health care organizations in its lawsuit seeking to prevent implementation of a price transparency law enacted in 2016.


02/13/2020

Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is proposing some sweeping changes—give your feedback!

The OSMA advocated for significant changes to the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Progra—and we were heard. Using our initial feedback, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is proposing some sweeping changes to simplify physician and patient interaction with the system and again is asking for our feedback on the proposal.


02/13/2020

Modern Payment Solutions for Modern Medicine

With one simple, healthcare-centric payment gateway, hospitals & clinics can now give their patients the flexibility to manage their financial obligation anytime, anywhere. 90 percent of our clients reported an increase in cash flow from patients utilizing the Best Card payment platform.


02/06/2020

Doctors: How to Talk to Patients About Nutrition and Diet

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, co-chair of the Lifestyle and Nutrition Workgroup with the American College of Cardiology, explains that the drugs we use to treat heart disease can be wonderful tools, but they don’t really focus on a cure or reversal—they only control the disease.


01/30/2020

A Look at the Way HIPAA Impacts Digital Marketing

Violating the HIPAA Act by accidentally revealing protected health information (PHI) is one of the most common reasons for healthcare professionals to avoid engaging in digital marketing activities.


01/14/2020

Remember to Check Your Initial 2020 MIPS Eligibility


01/14/2020

The MIPS 2019 Data Submission Period is Now Open


01/14/2020

Language Barriers: Reducing Claims with Multilingual Patients


12/17/2019

Primary Care First Questions to Be Answered by CMS

The AMA has partnered with the American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Physicians to host Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation staff in a FREE, 60-minute webinar about the new Primary Care First Model on Monday, January 6 from 7-8 pm EST.


12/12/2019

Tackling Physician Burnout Requires Unprecedented Leadership

Recent actions by the World Health Organization seem to further legitimize what many physicians are experiencing: a chronically stressful healthcare system that makes connecting with patients and providing quality care more challenging.


12/10/2019

Prior Authorization Reform – Still Time to Join The Effort

In order to focus our 2020 advocacy efforts on continuing prior authorization reform, we need your help in completing a comprehensive survey on general issues as well as analyzing specific elements of compliance with the 2016 law. We are asking every practice in Ohio to complete the 15-minute survey.


11/13/2019

Ohio Department of Medicaid Announces Uniform Drug List & Other Policy Changes

The Ohio Department of Medicaid announced two major policy changes for 2020. Medicaid will move to a Uniform Drug List (UDL) across all of its managed care plans. There will also be significant changes to the Episodes of Care reporting programing.


11/12/2019

Response to The Doctors Company’s Physician Survey on Opioid Use

The Doctors Company’s social media surveys of physicians, as well as national data, demonstrate that the medical community is responding to the message about safe prescribing and is exploring solutions.


11/12/2019

Exploring the Benefits of Combining a 401(k) with a Cash Balance Plan

Many business owners have the same financial goals: minimize taxes and increase retirement savings while mitigating cost. Business owners seek to accomplish these goals by adopting a Cash Balance Plan combined with a 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan, as this strategy could be a cost effective way to maximize benefits for business owners.


11/12/2019

CMS Releases 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule & Quality Payment Program Final Rules

On November 1, 2019 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule related to the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program.


11/05/2019

OSMA Speaks Out Regarding Scope Changes in Trump Executive Order

On October 29, the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) joined a coalition of numerous national and state medical and specialty societies to voice serious concerns about scope of practice changes in the Executive Order titled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.”


10/10/2019

Survey Opportunity: Physician Leadership Development

Please consider completing this voluntary survey regarding your experience and educational needs as a physician leader to make your voice heard.


10/08/2019

CME Requirements for Licensure Renewal Changing as of October 17th

As part of this year’s state budget legislation that passed in mid-July, several changes were made to physician licensure laws enforced by the State Medical Board of Ohio.


10/08/2019

Opioid Response Network Provides Free Training

This network provides local training and education free of charge for specific needs at a community level to address this health crisis. The Opioid Response Network team stands ready to assist you.


10/03/2019

OSMA Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for At-Large Council Seats

Are you interested in more actively participating in the work of the OSMA? The OSMA Committee on Nominations is seeking candidates to serve as At-Large members of the OSMA Council. The Committee will nominate at least 4 candidates to fill 3 At-Large Council seats. The term of office is 2 years.


10/03/2019

HIPAA Privacy & Security Compliance Gets Real

The federal Office for Civil Rights recently announced a $10,000 settlement against a small dental practice in Texas for failing to maintain the privacy of patients on social media when responding to an online review of the practice.


10/01/2019

Health Alert: Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with E-Cigarettes or Vaping

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued an updated health alert to healthcare providers requiring them to report all suspected cases of serious pulmonary disease of unclear etiology with a history of vaping in the past 90 days to local health officials for investigation.


10/01/2019

Advanced Practice Provider Closed Claims: What Can We Learn?

We analyzed claims against two types of advanced practice providers (APPs): physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). Of the 649 claims that closed between 2012 and 2017, approximately 60 percent were against PAs and 40 percent were against NPs. The study provides insights into patient allegations, identifies underlying issues that contribute to patient harm, and outlines strategies for mitigating risk.


09/12/2019

Networking Reception & Policy Forum

Plan to attend a FREE event near you this September or October. Please RSVP to attend...


09/10/2019

Electronic Health Records Continue to Lead to Medical Malpractice Suits

EHR-related medical malpractice suits are becoming more common. For eight years, claims in which the use of EHRs contributed to patient injury have been on the rise.


09/10/2019

OSMA Continues to Advocate For Prior Authorization Reform

The OSMA joined with the AMA and numerous other national and state medical organizations in calling for major prior authorization reforms in the Medicare Advantage market.


09/09/2019

OCR Settles First Case in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing its first enforcement action and settlement in its Right of Access Initiative.


08/15/2019

New OSMA Strategic Plan In Progress

Having reached the end of the current three year strategic plan (2016-2019), the OSMA Council used its summer meeting to engage in future strategic planning. After reviewing accomplishments as well as unfinished tasks in the current plan, the Council set future priority issues for the OSMA...


08/15/2019

Healthier Ohio – 2020 & Beyond

OSMA President, Susan Hubbell, M.D. updated Council at our August meeting on the Healthier Ohio: 2020 & Beyond initiative that was launched at the OSMA Annual Meeting in April.


08/15/2019

The Young Physician Section is Official

The OSMA House of Delegates approved creation of the Young Physician Section (YPS) in 2018 and its organizers developed the governing structure, which the OSMA Council approved in August. The YPS will give younger physicians the opportunity to participate in specific education, networking and leadership opportunities.


08/01/2019

Ohio Physicians Give Feedback on Medicaid Managed Care Program

Many of our members provide daily patient care to Ohio’s Medicaid population and thus are uniquely qualified to provide meaningful information to assist the Ohio Department of Medicaid in its upcoming competitive Medicaid managed care procurement process. The comments we received from our members generally centered on areas where improvement is most desired, including plan accountability, grievances and appeals, provider support, benefits and delivery, and care coordination and management.


07/18/2019

Ohio Budget Process Complete

The OSMA Government Relations team has been engaging with legislators on health care-related budget items since the governor’s initial proposal was released, and has been following and participating in the ongoing debates about a number of health policy decisions.


07/18/2019

Terminating Patient Relationships

Just as it is an acceptable and reasonable practice to screen incoming patients, it is acceptable and reasonable to know when to end patient relationships that are no longer therapeutic. It is critical, however, to end the patient relationship in a manner that will not lead to claims of discrimination or abandonment.


07/18/2019

Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition Offers Online CME Courses

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), which represents Ohio physicians and hospitals and focuses on addressing physician burnout, launched six videos in its continuing medical education (CME) wellness video series.


07/18/2019

Training Managers Who Walk the Walk

Identifying and training role models in your business or practice is key to creating a positive, productive work environment. Which managers should you cultivate as role models to lead your organization?


06/06/2019

New Pain Management Toolkit Available

A new state toolkit designed to assist primary care doctors who prescribe opioids will be released this month by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).


06/06/2019

The $4.6 Billion Price Tag of Physician Burnout

To put a price on burnout, the study authors culled data from recent research findings and reports — including direct or inferred findings on doctors cutting back on hours or quitting as a result of burnout.


05/16/2019

Ohio’s Health Value Needs to be Better Now

Ohio is ranked 46 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to the 2019 Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) Health Value Dashboard—landing the Buckeye state in the bottom quartile.


04/25/2019

Concerns about U.S. Measles Outbreak

A recent poll by The Doctors Company received 9,459 responses to the question: How concerned are you as a healthcare provider about the recent U.S. measles outbreak?


04/25/2019

Hiring Friends and Family at the Office Is a Bad Idea

If your sister is pressuring you to hire your nephew for that much-coveted summer internship position so he can get his “foot in the door,” don’t give in to temptation.


03/28/2019

The 3-Minute Guide to Creating a Modern Website

How to Go Beyond an Online Business Card and Build an Effective Online Presence...


03/28/2019

Dollars & Sense: The State Budget

Earlier this week, the state budget became a bill on Capitol Hill—or at least on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. The OSMA has completed an initial review of the bill language...


03/28/2019

On-Demand Care for YOU

As part of its commitment to the well-being of all physicians in the state of Ohio, the OSMA Physician Well-Being Committee recently launched an online hub...


03/14/2019

Oxycon"tained" Again in 2018

Pharmacy Board Releases Compelling OARRS Data... This week, the State of Ohio Pharmacy Board reported that the number of opioids dispensed to Ohioans dropped by 325 million from 2012 or 2018.


02/28/2019

OSMA Goes to Washington

Earlier this month, several OSMA members along with the OSMA Government Relations staff traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss how existing laws are affecting patients and practices.


02/28/2019

Lions, and Tigers and Boards, Oh My!

Vision for the Future Commission released its final report to the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors early this month.


02/28/2019

This Bud’s for You (or Your Patients)

Within the first month that the medical marijuana program was running in the state of Ohio, nearly $1M in sales were recorded, but questions remain.


02/27/2019

Take Control of Rising Healthcare Costs

The OSMA understands the struggles to maintain an independent practice. This is one reason why the OSMA decided to offer an OSMA managed, self-funded health care plan.


02/15/2019

2019 OSMA Annual Meeting—Resolutions Posted

All resolutions received by the Wednesday, February 6th deadline have been posted to the website so you can start to review them. We will post background information as we receive it.


02/14/2019

Despite 21% Decrease in Overdose Deaths, Ohio Still Has Work to Do

According to a recent CDC report, Ohio saw a significant decrease – 21.4% - in overdose fatalities in July 2017 through June 2018; second in the nation only to Washington DC, which saw a 24.2% decrease.


01/10/2019

Make Sure to Do your Annual HR Check Up

Now that 2019 is underway, it is essential that you make sure your company is in compliance with state and federal regulatory updates.


01/10/2019

OSMA Insurance Agency Announces 2019 Average Rate Renewal of only 2.9 Percent

Physician practices participating in the OSMA’s Health Benefits Plan (HBP) will see another year of rate increases averaging single digits. Renewal increases for 2019 will average 2.9%. This increase, along with plan increases over the past three years, show a four-year average of 4.5%. Significantly below the national averages.


01/03/2019

Physician Well-Being: The Real 5th Vital Sign

"The reason we should care about burnout is because it has the potential for serious consequences on the quality of patient care and safety, patient satisfaction, professionalism, physicians’ own care and safety, and the viability of the health care system..."


12/06/2018

Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Opens: What it Means for Doctors

The amount of product will be extremely limited, as growers and dispensaries come online throughout 2019.