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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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Update on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

September 21, 2021 – Join Pfizer leaders on October 1 at 2PM – 3PM (EST) for an update on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.


Federal Vaccine Requirements for Healthcare Settings

September 16, 2021 - The Biden administration has announced a series of initiatives related to requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for all employees of certain businesses. There appear to be two new regulations that might impact the employees in your healthcare setting.


New Provider Relief Funding Available

September 14, 2021 - the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application will open on September 29, 2021.


Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Michelle Knopp, MD

September 7, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


Ohio Medicaid Announces Go-Live for Next Generation Managed Care 

September 6, 2021 – Ohio Medicaid announced that July 1, 2022 is the projected date on which managed care members will begin receiving services from one of the seven next generation managed care plans, including the Single Pharmacy Benefit Manager (SPBM), Provider Network Management (PNM) module, Centralized Credentialing, and Fiscal Intermediary.


OSMA’s Statement on Prescribing Ivermectin to Treat COVID-19

September 1, 2021 - The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) announces today its support of the joint statement by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists strongly opposing the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial.


Combatting COVID-19 & Vaccine Misinformation

August 24, 2021 - Physician efforts to keep patients properly informed about developments in the pandemic are especially critical now with the ongoing spread of the Delta variant.


Updated FDA Resources for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

August 24, 2021 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and older. COVID-19 VACCINE PROVIDERS: Please review and share updated FDA resources for the Pfizer vaccine, now known as Comirnaty.


Council Spotlight: A Q&A with Mary LaPlante, MD, FACOG

August 24, 2021 – Over the past year, the role of OSMA Council members has become even more important. As we welcome a new cohort of Council members, we’d like to spotlight our leaders.


OSMA Foundation Impact: Well-Being Assessment & Referral Tool

August 19, 2021 - One of our Foundation's new projects in progress is the creation of a personal well-being assessment and referral tool for every doctor and licensed healthcare worker in the state.


White House Virtual Conversation: Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort

August 19, 2021 - Plan to attend this live discussion with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on Monday, August 23, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET.


OSMA Foundation Impact: Virtual Event Series on Physician Well-Being

August 16, 2021 - Thanks to a grant we received, OSMA conducted a series of physician well-being webinar events late last year. With the stress of the pandemic continuing, these videos are still available for reference.


Ohio Medicaid Vaccine Incentives Extended

August 3, 2021 - Ohio Medicaid and MyCare Managed Care Plans (MCPs) have extended the $100 provider incentive vaccination administration fee timeframe until September 15, 2021...Learn the details.


Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Update

August 2, 2021 - OSMA has been working with Blue & Co. to provide our members with the latest information about paying back your Provider Relief Payments (PRF). Some of their team members attended the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) July 20 session on PRF and provided the following highlights...


Open Notes in Healthcare: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Cures Act

August 2, 2021 - On April 5, 2021, a requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act went into effect: Patients must be able to access information in their EHRs “without delay.” (This requirement does not apply to paper records.) The Cures Act prohibition against information blocking, often referred to as an “open notes” provision, provides patients with transparency in the outcomes of their healthcare via convenient access to information in their EHR, which can positively or negatively impact the patient-doctor relationship.


Vaccine Mandate Support & PPE Recommendations for Healthcare Settings

July 29, 2021 - The AMA has joined over fifty other organizations in a joint statement supporting mandatory COVID vaccinations for all healthcare workers. Also, make sure you are up to date on current PPE guidance from the CDC and the state of Ohio.


Medical Board Clarifies Telemedicine Rules with State Emergency Expiring

July 22, 2021 - Since many of the medical board’s telemedicine rules were halted in early 2020 due to COVID-19, allowing much more leeway in treating patients remotely, OSMA has received many questions from physician offices about the current status of the rules and how the board will handle telemedicine once the pandemic has subsided.


Statewide COVID-19 Well-Being Survey for Healthcare Professionals

July 13, 2021 - Your input is valued! The Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP) is conducting a statewide COVID-19 well-being survey. The purpose of this study is to gather the perspectives of healthcare professionals working across all disciplines, on the types of services needed to support their well-being and the type of infrastructure that needs to be in place so that these services can be easily accessed.


COVID Updates from OSHA and EEOC

July 7, 2021 - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration issued an emergency temporary standard for occupational exposure to COVID-19. And in May, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released new guidance related to requiring employees with disabilities to receive a vaccination.


Deferred, Delayed, Disrupted: Mitigating Risks From Care During COVID-19

July 7, 2021 - The pandemic thoroughly disrupted healthcare delivery across the spectrum of healthcare. By mid-2020, more than 40 percent of U.S. adults had delayed medical care or avoided it entirely.


Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Falsehoods & Supporting Statewide Vaccination Efforts

June 10, 2021 - As Ohio continues efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19, OSMA is proud to support these efforts and ensure member physicians have the information and tools they need to encourage vaccines and be vaccine providers.


Medical License Renewal Reminder

June 9, 2021 - According to the medical board, almost 4,000 physicians have not yet renewed! If you are one of those physicians, make sure that you renew by the July 1st deadline.


Helpful Policies Implemented for Ohio Vaccine Providers

June 3, 2021 - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has announced a number of policy changes that will make it much easier for primary care practices of all sizes to provide the COVID vaccine in their offices.


White House Vaccine Conversation: Recording Available!

June 3, 2021 - If you missed the White House's vaccine conversation for Ohio primary care providers, a recording is now available. Hear from governor DeWine, surgeon general Murthy, other White House, the CDC and ODH, as well as OSMA President, Dr. Lisa Egbert—who hosted a panel discussion.


Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19, and the Future of Pandemics

June 1, 2021 - Artificial intelligence (AI) has proven of value in the COVID-19 pandemic and shows promise for mitigating future healthcare crises.


National Health Care Expenditures, 2019

May 25, 2021 - A new report from the AMA provides a detailed look at the official U.S. health care spending estimates through 2019. We will continue to keep you informed as we get updated spending data for 2020 and into 2021.


OSMA Supports Governor’s Announcement to Rescind Health Orders

May 13, 2021 – Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced that all health orders (except those related to longterm care and assisted living facilities) will be rescinded on June 2. As we’ve learned more about the science of how this virus works and as more Ohioans have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, we’ve made outstanding progress in bringing down the rate of new COVID-19 cases.


Physician Wellness Coalition Releases New Video Resources

May 11, 2021 – The Coalition is offering a series of free, physician wellness videos certified by the OSMA for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit.


Telehealth Immersion Program

May 5, 2021 – To help guide the future of how practices use telehealth, OSMA is excited to collaborate with the AMA on this program. By doing so, we hope to provide you access to all the latest resources for best implementing telehealth in your practice now and into the future. Join an introductory session on the program on May 11, 2021, 12–12:45 p.m. EST.


Medicare Recoupment Reminder—Let Us Know How It's Going!

May 5, 2021 – CMS recently began automatic recoupment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments. OSMA and AMA are very interested in feedback about recoupment of the Medicare advance payments.


Malpractice Claims from the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2021 - The pandemic has raised pressing questions around preventive measures, vaccines, and safe treatment, but it has also obscured one key lingering uncertainty for medical professionals: Where are all the medical malpractice claims?that can help mitigate risks.


Discussing the COVID Vaccine with Patients: Campaigns Physicians Can Use

April 29, 2021 – This is a big moment in time for vaccines. As we honor World Immunization Week the last week of April, it seems appropriate to give a big thank-you to the many doctors, scientists, immunologists and healthcare professionals who make vaccines possible.


Ohio to Increase Vaccine Distribution to Physician Practices

April 15, 2021 - OSMA was informed that the Ohio Department of Health is planning to increase distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to physician practices in the next two weeks.


Telehealth from the Field: Case Study Involving Remote Monitoring Problems

April 6, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Preferred Partner, The Doctors Company: Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of remote patient monitoring was expanding. The technologies offer many benefits, but they may also create potential malpractice risks. Consider the following case example and strategies that can help mitigate risks.


Physician Experts Address Top Questions about COVID-19

March 11, 2021 - Leading pandemic voices, Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Ashish Jha, share views at virtual TDC board meeting.


Medicare Revenue Down 19% over First Half of 2020

March 10, 2021 - The economic impact of COVID-19 on health care continues to reveal itself through reductions in patient volume and revenue and in higher practice costs. As the pandemic stretches on, physician practice viability remains under threat.


Before COVID-19, Outlier Medical Malpractice Verdicts Were Rising—What’s Next?

March 3, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Preferred Partner, The Doctors Company: Severity, the average cost of a medical malpractice claim, continues its relentless increase. Though severity has been rising since at least the 1970s, in recent years we have seen a sharp increase in outlier verdicts, which exceed common policy limits and often set records for their venues.


COVID-19 Vaccine Answers from Virtual Panel of Healthcare Experts

February 23, 2021 - Leading pandemic voices, Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Ashish Jha, share perspectives at a virtual meeting hosted by the TDC Group of companies.


Addressing Physical & Behavioral Health During COVID-19

February 22, 2021 - Brought to you by OSMA Symposium Sponsor, Medical Mutual: ...With increased incidents of mental health concerns due to COVID-19, the mental, as well as physical, health of our Medical Mutual members—your patients—is more important than ever. Here are four focus areas to improve care coordination and reduce hospital readmissions for members with behavioral health concerns.


OSMA Joins AMA in Urging Congress to Extend the Moratorium on the Medicare Sequester

February 17, 2021 - OSMA recently signed on to a letter from the American Medical Association (AMA) encouraging congressional leadership to take action and pass legislation that would extend the current moratorium on the 2% Medicare payment sequester beyond the expiration date of March 31, 2021.


Join Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Fauci, for a Q&A

January 27, 2021 - You're encouraged to attend a Fireside Chat with Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. Questions will be answered about how the new administration is approaching the COVID-19 crisis. There will also be a moderated Q&A during which time you can ask Dr. Fauci questions through the chat function.


Tips for Communicating with COVID-19 Vaccine-Hesitant Patients

January 26, 2021 - Physicians should be proactively preparing for the upcoming administration of vaccines to the general population. This includes implementing a plan to initiate effective, informed consent conversations with patients to guide them to an informed decision about the vaccine.


President Biden's Executive Orders for Handling COVID-19

January 23, 2021 - President Biden has unveiled a significant national strategy for handling COVID-19 and addressing pandemic preparedness generally. The President also took initial steps to immediately implement portions of this strategy, issuing several executive orders and memoranda.


Vaccination Update

January 14, 2021 - Governor DeWine and the ODH announced that Ohio will expand its vaccination efforts starting the week of January 18. New "1B" groups will be eligible for vaccination, and the state has also implemented a search tool for vaccine provider locations where the vaccine shipments have become available.


Federal Budget/COVID Relief Overview for Physician Practices

January 6, 2021 - The AMA has provided a comprehensive update on the impact of the latest legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president. Major items include updates to the Medicare fee schedule and billing, money for provider relief and small business support.


COVID-19: A Call for Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare

January 5, 2021 - For the next decade, we will all be carried along on a jet stream of change. Ask yourself a simple question: will the practice of good medicine in 2030 look the same as good medicine in 2020? Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and CEO of OSMA’s liability insurance partner—The Doctors Company—provides his insight.


Update from the Ohio Vaccine Preparedness Office

December 21, 2020 - We want to share the Ohio Department of Health's "Weekly Update" from the Ohio Vaccine Preparedness Office. Get the latest on the pandemic vaccine news, resources and talking points.


Keep a COVID-19 Diary: Document Now in Case of Future Lawsuits

November 9, 2020 – What the future holds relative to the evolution of COVID-19 remains unknown, but it is certain that litigation for COVID-related claims is on the horizon and will impact physicians in all medical specialties and practice models.

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