The OOA works to protect the physician-patient relationship and advocates to preserve the physician-led health care team in state law.
We are fighting on the front line at the Ohio Statehouse in battles involving practice regulation, Medicaid reimbursement, BWC compensation, tort reform and HMO/insurance company regulation to name a few. These areas of your practice are controlled by the states, not the federal government.
For information about Congressional bills and regulatory issues at the federal level, check the American Osteopathic Association Action Center.
[June 24, 2019]
Ohio’s infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births is among the highest in the US. Two state representatives are looking to improve that statistic by expanding smoking cessation programs, dental visits, and health education.
[June 19, 2019]
A longtime official at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services is moving to the same role at the Ohio Department of Health.
[June 11, 2019]
An increasing number of states are raising the legal sales age for tobacco products to 21. Ohio legislators seem poised to do the same as part of the biennial budget bill.
[May 31, 2019]
A bill in the Ohio Senate would allow for certain types of consumer grade fireworks to be sold in stores, establishing one of the most dangerous fireworks standards in the nation. Generally, there are often restrictions on dates and times as well as types of devices that can be discharged.
[May 21, 2019]
The Secretary of State held a contest to replace the existing “I Voted” sticker given to Ohioans after casting their ballot. The winning entry, designed by a high-school student in Ashville, will be available for the November 2019 election.
[May 17, 2019]
It's time to take action! State lawmakers need to hear from you about the dangers to patient safety and why it's important to protect the physician-led, team approach to care.
[May 10, 2019]
The $69 billion budget package cuts taxes, raises the legal age to buy cigarettes, and establishes mandates on health care providers to address "surprise billing."
[May 1, 2019]
Ryan Paulus, a fourth-year medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a health policy rotation last month at the OOA office.
[April 18, 2019]
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[April 11, 2019]
Legislation that would eliminate the current requirement that APRNs collaborate with a physician has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature--again.
[April 5, 2019]
A finance subcommittee in the Ohio House heard from several health-related agencies this week as Gov. Mike DeWine's biennial budget is considered by state lawmakers.
[March 29, 2019]
Two fourth-year medical students at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine completed health policy rotations this month with OOA Executive Director Matt Harney.
[March 22, 2019]
The OOA monitors the Ohio General Assembly for health care bills of interest to physicians and patients. Here's this week's list.
[March 21, 2019]
The governor finalized his cabinet appointments last month when he named a Columbus-area physician to lead the Health Department.
[March 15, 2019]
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[March 7, 2019]
SB 61, sponsored by State Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) alters the prescribing authority to allow CRNAs to “select, order, and administer drugs other than anesthesia” in the immediate post-operative period.
[February 22, 2019]
OU-HCOM Student Tiffany Stainfield, who is serving an OOA health policy rotation, and Matt Harney met with State Rep. Derek Merrin, chair of the Health Committee this week. Stainfield is from Merrin’s 47th House District, which encompasses the majority of Fulton County and western parts of Lucas County.
[February 6, 2019]
State lawmakers have selected their leadership in the House of Representatives and Senate. Here's the full roster.
The 133rd Ohio General Assembly convened January 7, with both chambers conducting swearing-in ceremonies and electing their leadership. In the House of Representatives, Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) narrowly edged out incumbent Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) to take the speaker spot. The months-long battle between the two ended in a 52-46 vote that hinged on the Democrats. Householder served as House speaker from 2001-2004.
[December 2018] Legislation to Reform Step Therapy Approved during Lame Duck
State lawmakers were busy during the lame duck session, which started after the November 6 election and concluded at the official close of the two-year session on December 31. Ten health-related bills became law, including a measure to reform step therapy. Ohio DOs and OOA staff had advocated for passage of the step therapy legislation.
Read the OOA Legislative Update for July 2018
The Ohio General Assembly recessed for summer break, June 27, after marathon sessions in both the House and Senate that lasted well into the evening. For the House of Representatives, it was a final attempt to address a backlog of legislation from the weeks-long deadlock over electing a new speaker. The 30+ bills included measures to toughen penalties for fentanyl traffickers, reduce state regulations by giving more power to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, and prohibit pharmacy benefit managers from imposing gag orders that prevent pharmacists from telling customers about cheaper drug options.