The OPPA, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, is a statewide medical specialty organization whose more than 1,000 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders.
Rep. Steve Huffman (R-Kettering), chair of the House Health Committee, agreed to schedule a final hearing on HB 326 on Wed., June 20, to allow proponents to bring in one last speaker in support of the bill to expand the scope of practice for psychologists to prescribe medications. Read More
Ohio Medicaid released the first report of its kind in the nation that shows the price the state’s Medicaid managed care plans pay for prescription drugs, the amount pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) retain to administer the program, and the amount paid to pharmacies. The report was prepared by HealthPlan Data Solutions (HDS) based on one year of actual pharmacy claims data. Read More
The OPPA is participating in the Parity at 10 Campaign to distribute a patient/consumer survey to help understand people’s experiences when seeking treatment through insurance coverage. Your responses will help improve access to treatment services. Read More
The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODOI) has primary responsibility to enforce the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) for state-regulated private insurance plans. Pursuant to a mandatory reporting requirement included in the State’s 2017 operating budget, ODOI identified the strategies it pursues to enforce MHPAEA. Read More
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Monday, released the Drug Use Prevention Education Resource Guide aimed at helping schools implement effective drug use prevention programming. The guide builds on the 2017 report that said Ohio schools should provide consistent, age-appropriate, evidence-based substance-use prevention education for all students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Read More
July 9, 2018