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12/15/2017

Prepare promptly for new pharmacy rules that go into effect Dec. 29

With only two weeks to implement, the State of Ohio Pharmacy board notified prescribers, just yesterday, that beginning Dec. 29, 2017, the diagnosis/procedure code requirements are effective for all opioid prescriptions. The requirements for all other controlled substances go into effect on June 1, 2018.


12/01/2017

Sunovion submits new drug application for novel ADHD dication

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals last month announced that the FDA has accepted for review a New Drug Application (NDA) for dasotraline-a novel dual-acting dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (DNRI) for the treatment of ADHD in children and adults .


11/22/2017

Remember the OPPF on Giving Tuesday

It’s Giving Tuesday! Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Please remember the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) on this upcoming #GivingTuesday, by making a contribution on Tues., Nov. 27. Read More


11/22/2017

Research Watch - November 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


11/22/2017

A call for psychiatrists with clozapine expertise in schizophrenia

For those with expertise in the use of clozapine this is an opportunity to collaborate with others who also have expertise and would like to see its appropriate use increase for the 20-30% of persons with treatment resistant schizophrenia. Read More


11/22/2017

Deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide could hit 1.6M over the next decade, report says

As reported recently in USA Today, drugs, alcohol and suicide could lead to the deaths of more than 1.6 million people over the next 10 years, according to a report released Tuesday that signals a troubling trend in mental health in the U.S. Read More


11/22/2017

DEA DATA 2000 Waiver Training – Dec. 15-16

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the American Society of Addiction Medicine will host a DEA Data 2000 Waiver training on Dec. 15-16 in Columbus. Read More


11/22/2017

OPPA and other physician groups meet with the SMBO on proposed confidential monitoring program

On November 14, Mark Munetz, MD and Executive Director, Janet Shaw, joined other physician organizations in a meeting with three board members and staff of the of the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) to discuss concerns proposed rules that would create a non-disciplinary, confidential monitoring program. Read More


11/12/2017

Ohio owes $29.5 million for improper Medicaid bonuses, feds claim

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General says Ohio owes the federal government $29.5 million for improper bonus payments rewarding the state’s effort to sign up children for Medicaid.


11/09/2017

Pharmacy Board announces access to Rx monitoring system for Ohio drug courts.

Ohio courts overseeing individuals struggling with drug addiction now have access to an additional tool to ensure they comply with court ordered treatment. On Tuesday, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (BOP) announced that drug court programs have access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. Read More


11/07/2017

Ohio Opiate Project ECHO

As part of Ohio’s 21st Century CURES Act initiative, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) will sponsor several services to help mentor and provide continuing education for physicians through Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Videoconferences will be hosted by Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) through two distinct ECHOS. Read More


11/07/2017

OPPA joins other groups to urge ODM to require MCOs to set addiction protocols to nationally recognized clinical standards

The OPPA signed on to a letter with seven other addiction treatment providers to urge the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) to require its contracted Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to set operational, utilization management, and reimbursement policy for addiction treatment services according to nationally recognized clinical standards. Read More


11/07/2017

APA/APAF Fellowships - application open until Jan. 31

The APA/APAF Fellowships provide psychiatry residents the experiential learning, training and professional development they need to be leaders in the field of psychiatry. Read More


11/07/2017

APA free course of the month for Nov. 2017

Disaster Mental Health: Practical Applications

Each month, members have free access to an online CME course on a trending topic. The November course discusses a model for short-term disaster mental health support which can aid psychiatrists treating patients after disasters. Read More


11/07/2017

Additional OhioMHAS DEA DATA 2000 waiver trainings for Dec. 2017 and Mar. 2018

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has announced two additional upcoming DATA2000 trainings. Physicians and residents attending the trainings, obtaining a waiver, and applying for the reimbursement on time will receive $1,300 reimbursement for their time. Read More


11/07/2017

HPIO Plans Comprehensive Policy Review of Efforts Implemented to Solve Ohio’s Opioid Addiction Crisis

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) is conducting a comprehensive policy review of efforts to solve Ohio’s opioid addiction crisis. The review seeks to establish evidence-based strategies that have supporting outcomes data. Read More


11/06/2017

Sign-up for APA's MH registry, PsychPRO before Dec. 15

The deadline for signing up with APA’s new mental health registry, PsychPRO (Psychiatric Patient Registry Online) to meet quality reporting requirements under the Medicare Quality Payment Program this year is December 15. Read More


11/06/2017

Research Watch - October 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


10/31/2017

Last chance to register at the early-bird rate for the Coding & Documentation workshop!

The OPPA will be hosting a day-long coding workshop in Columbus, designed for psychiatrists and their new or experienced billing and coding staff and all other mental health professionals who want to stay current with new information, rules and policies that impact billing for mental health services, including CPT coding changes related to Ohio Medicaid’s Behavioral Health Redesign which go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Read More


10/13/2017

APA releases new guide for members on MIPS

The APA has released a new guide to help psychiatrists avoid potential financial penalties from Medicare’s new quality performance program, known as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The MIPS was created in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). It is part of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program, along with incentives for “Advanced” Alternative Payment Models.


10/13/2017

APA free webinar on MIPS - Oct. 18 from 1 - 2 p.m. (ET)

With many feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), physicians are asking a key question: Where do I start?


10/13/2017

Medical licensure questions keep doctors from seeking help for mental health conditions

Medscape recently reported, “Medical licensing boards continue to ask about current and past mental health conditions on initial and renewal applications, a practice that creates a major barrier to physicians seeking mental health care,” researchers concluded.


10/10/2017

SMBO issues FAQ on telemedicine prescribing

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) has posted an FAQ guidance document to facilitate compliance with Rule 4731-11-09, Ohio Administrative Code.


10/06/2017

ASAM free webinar: addressing addiction issues in veterans

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Attend this webinar to gain insight into specific veteran issues within the context of addiction treatment. Understand the role physicians and other medical professionals can play to better serve this special population.


10/06/2017

VA steps up efforts to help veterans fighting opioid addiction

VA Steps Up Efforts To Help Veterans Fighting Opioid Addiction Hartford Courant US Veterans are twice as likely to overdose on opioid drugs than the general population. Yale University School of Medicine been awarded $9.7 million to research interventions and treatments to reduce the effects of opioid addiction in veterans.


10/06/2017

SMBO promotes video and fact sheet on acute pain rules

New rules, by the State Medical Board of Ohio, for prescribing opioid analgesics for the treatment of ACUTE pain went into effect on August 31, 2017. These rules DO NOT apply to the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain.


10/05/2017

APA's new guide will help psychiatrists avoid penalties from MIPS

APA has released a new guide to help psychiatrists avoid potential financial penalties from Medicare’s new quality performance program, known as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).


10/05/2017

Still confused about MIPS?

With many feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), physicians are asking a key question: Where do I start?


10/05/2017

HPIO releases resource page on Issue 2 - drug pricing ballot initiative

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a resource page with information on the upcoming statewide drug pricing ballot initiative. The OPPA joins with others interested in lowering prescription medication costs to Ohio's citizens. We must do so, however, in a manner that is enforceable, achievable, and available to all who need it. The OPPA does not believe that Issue 2 accomplishes this. For that reason, the OPPA has taken a position of opposition on Issue 2


09/26/2017

Research Watch - September 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


09/26/2017

OPPA seeks newsletter editor

The OPPA is seeking an OPPA member to serve as editor of its quarterly publication, Insight Matter, issued four times per year. This voluntary position is a voting member of Council. Please contact the OPPA office for a complete description of the position and to learn more.


09/25/2017

Ohio MHAS survey to gather clinical data for gambling disorder teatment

The Ohio Problem Gambling Advisory Board, with support from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, is asking for clinicians to complete this short survey to determine service accessibility and workforce development needs for problem gambling services in Ohio. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and will be open through November 13, 2017. Read More


09/25/2017

HHS Live Stream Recovery Month Event – Sept. 27

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will convene national leaders and experts to discuss the opioid epidemic and other addictions and to help raise awareness, encourage compassion, reinforce the role of community and families in long-term recovery and prevention and make a call to action. Read More


09/25/2017

Action Alert: Urge Sen. Portman to vote NO on Graham-Cassidy

A renewed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is gaining momentum in the Senate. The Senate is expected to vote Wed. (Sept. 27) on a bill sponsored by Senators Graham (R-SC) and Cassidy (R-LA). The Graham-Cassidy bill would have drastic impact on Ohio's efforts to provide treatment for thousands of Ohioans with mental illness and addiction disorders. Sen. Portman is a swing vote. Call today! Read More


09/25/2017

Mortality gap for serious mental illness widens

It is well-established that individuals with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia live much shorter lives than the rest of the population, dying an estimated 10 to 25 years younger, depending on the nation where they reside. Now, new evidence from an analysis of nearly 40,000 health records in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2014 indicates the mortality gap between the two populations is growing larger. Read More


09/25/2017

2017 Assisted Outpatient Treatment Symposium - Nov. 2, Columbus

In 2014, Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 43, legislation designed to encourage wider use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) kindled new interest in AOT across Ohio as a strategy for meeting the needs of some of the most challenging patients. The goal of this FREE conference is to translate interest into action. Read More


09/25/2017

Ohio has one year to finalize everything for medical marijuana

In one year, Ohioans with qualifying health conditions, by law, will be able to buy medical marijuana, but there is still a considerable amount of state activity that must take place before that can happen. Read More


09/25/2017

ASAM awarded $2.2 from OhioMHAS to increase the number of physicians with a DATA 2000 waiver in Ohio

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is proud to announce the acquisition of a $2.2 million grant from the state of Ohio to help combat the prescription opioid and heroin crisis by educating more physicians so they can obtain a DATA 2000 waiver. Read More


09/21/2017

Become an OPPA Grassroots Advocate - we need your help

If you believe advocating for your patients and your profession is important, then sign-up to be an OPPA Grassroots Advocate today. There are many benefits to becoming a Grassroots Advocate! The most important one is that you can have your voice heard and make a difference in influencing policy and laws in Ohio related to mental illness, substance use and/or health care in general. You choose the level to which you want to be involved. Read More


09/21/2017

Ohio patient advocates push to reform step therapy

Representing the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association, Executive Director, Janet Shaw, was one of more than 40 advocates who gathered at the Ohio Statehouse on Sept. 20 to push legislation that would reform "step therapy" also known as "fail first" cost-containment strategies used by health plans. Read More


09/20/2017

CPT coding/documentation/billing for psychiatry workshop - Nov. 29, Columbus

The OPPA will be hosting a day-long coding workshop in Columbus, designed for psychiatrists and their new or experienced billing and coding staff and all other mental health professionals who want to stay current with new information, rules and policies that impact billing for mental health services, including CPT coding changes related to Ohio Medicaid’s Behavioral Health Redesign which go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Read More


09/20/2017

Changes announced to ICD-10-CM for DSM-5 diagnoses

Revised 2018 ICD-10-CM codes, scheduled to go into effect October 1, include new, updated, or deleted codes for diagnoses listed in ICD-10-CM, including some 65 codes related to mental health conditions listed in DSM-5. Read More


09/19/2017

Medicaid's plan to close funding gap includes no cuts to physician fee schedule

Ohio's Medicaid physician fee schedule will not be impacted by the Kasich Administration’s proposal to close a funding gap which was created in the 2017/18 budget. An initial proposal called for a 5%-7% across-the-board cut in Medicaid provider rates, including the physician fee schedule. Read More


09/19/2017

TAC issues "Treat or Repeat," a state survey of SMI, crimes and community treatment

The Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), has released a new report that looks at, on a state-by-state basis, the connection between severe mental illness, major crimes and community treatment. No state received an A grade - go to page 79 to see how Ohio scored and suggestions for improvements. Read More


09/15/2017

More Ohio newspapers urge readers to vote NO on Issue 2

Today the Plain Dealer editorialized on Issue 2, a drug pricing statute, urging readers to vote NO. This is the third major daily newspaper in Ohio to study Issue 2, hear from both sides, and determine the proposal is not good for Ohio, will not achieve its stated purpose, and contains an extreme, unprecedented provision giving proponents a blank check to cover litigation costs. Read More


09/12/2017

H.B. 326 - would allow certain psychologists in Ohio to prescribe medications

Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) and Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Wood County) introduced House Bill 326 which would allow certain psychologists in Ohio to prescribe psychiatric medications as well as opioid antagonists. The OPPA is strongly opposed to the bill because of patient safety concerns. Read More


09/12/2017

Fentanyl deaths in 2016: up 540% in three years

In June, the New York Times made headlines with a report that U.S. drug overdose deaths would exceed 59,000 in 2016, a 19% increase from the year before. The Center for Disease Control has now published data indicating the situation is much worse as approximately 64,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses and there has been a 540% increase in three years for Fentanyl deaths. Read More


09/12/2017

OPPA participates in Ohio Coalition for Primary Care Physicians

The Ohio Coalition of Primary Care Physicians held its quarterly meeting on Sept. 9, 2017. OPPA President, Tamara Campbell, MD and Executive Director, Janet Shaw, attended and represented the OPPA. Read More


09/12/2017

HPIO medical marijuana in Ohio resource page

Given the recent adoption of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program's final regulations, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released its medical marijuana in Ohio resource page. The resource page includes descriptions of House Bill 523, state regulations of marijuana growth, distribution and use, and state vs. federal legal consideration. The resource page also includes resources on the health and policy implications of changes in marijuana use. Read More


09/12/2017

Ohio Medicaid releases 2017 managed care plans report card

The third annual report card for Ohio Medicaid managed care plans was released recently, continuing the state’s transparency effort to inform consumers and provide incentive for the health plans to improve their services. Read More


09/08/2017

Ohio psychiatrist exploring link between child suicides, family addiction

Cincinnati psychiatrist Daniel Nelson is working with county coroners across the nation to try to corroborate his theory, that trauma from the nation’s opioid epidemic could help explain an extraordinary increase in suicide among American children. Read More


09/05/2017

Research Watch - August 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


09/01/2017

House of Medicine meets

On Aug. 30, Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association President, Tamara Campbell, MD, along with Executive Director, Janet Shaw and Lobbyist ,Michelle Fitzgibbon, represented the OPPA at a House of Medicine meeting hosted by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA). Read More


08/30/2017

New limits on prescription opioids for acute pain

Effective Thursday, August 31, the State of Ohio implemented new rules for prescribing opioid analgesics for the treatment of acute pain (these rules DO NOT apply to the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain). Read More


08/22/2017

BWC provider office staff sessions to begin again Sept. 19

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is continuing its provider office staff outreach sessions after receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees wanting to reconnect. Office staff members are sharing their issues and challenges for providing excellent service for Ohio’s injured workers. Read More


08/22/2017

Statewide Medicaid and My Care Ohio MCP forums continue through Oct.

Ohio's Medicaid and MyCare Ohio managed care plans (MCPs) are hosting regional forums for behavioral health (BH) providers to provide updates on preparations for BH Redesign and Managed Care integration. This is a good opportunity for BH providers to get specific information, ask technical questions, and to meet key contacts with all the Medicaid managed care plans. Read More


08/09/2017

Research Watch - July 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


08/07/2017

CCS summarizes the budget outcome for Medicaid and Health

In the final installment of the State Budgeting Matters series covering Ohio’s biennial budget, the Center for Community Solutions looks at the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Department of Health. Given the very rare veto overrides took place, most of which dealt with Medicaid, this analysis explains what happened between Conference Committee and the House, and what the Senate has to deliberate in the coming weeks.


08/07/2017

OhioMHAS received an all-funds increase over 12% in the budget

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services received an all-funds increase of over 12 percent in the recently enacted State Budget, according to the Center for Community Solutions in its final review of Ohio's FSY 2018-2019 budget.


08/02/2017

Medical Board implements changes with their new eLicense Conversion

As part of the eLicense conversion, the Medical Board will no longer accept paper applications, including for training certificates. In addition, physician assistant supervision agreements must now be uploaded, updated and managed through the e-License Portal.


08/02/2017

Ethics and the "Goldwater Rule"

Earlier this month, the American Psychoanalytic Association sent an email to its members encouraging them to offer analysis on behavior among those in the public eye if they feel inclined to do so. The American Psychiatric Association maintains its position that it unethical to do so.


07/11/2017

Video explains PsychPRO, APA Mental Health Registry

Curious about PsychPRO, the new mental health registry from APA? The APA has created a short video that explains how PsychPRO can help you treat patients and meet your certification requirements. PsychPRO is open to individual psychiatrists as well as large group practices and hospitals.


07/11/2017

APA free course of the month for July 2017

Cardiac Safety Risks of Psychotropic Drugs

Each month, members have free access to an online CME course on a trending topic. The July course reviews fundamental information for psychiatrists regarding cardiac safety considerations for patients taking antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers, including risk-benefit considerations and strategies for proper monitoring.


07/11/2017

Americans with MH disorders receive 51% of all opioids prescribed in the US

Study finds that as a population, the 16% of adults with mental health disorders receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions distributed each year in the United States. Improving pain management among this population is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.


06/26/2017

Research Watch - June 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


06/21/2017

APA urges members to Contact their US senators to voice opposition to health AHCA

Members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) “are urged to contact their US senators to voice opposition to the health care reform bill now being considered in the Senate.” It is expected that senators will “vote on the bill, which is based on the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), by July 4.” APA's dedicated page makes it easy to make contact. Read More


06/20/2017

SAMHSA National Behavioral Health Barometer now available

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the Behavioral Health Barometer, United States, Volume 4. Topics addressed in the report include substance use, serious mental illness, serious thoughts of suicide and behavioral health treatment. Read More


06/20/2017

Ohio's Behavioral Health Redesign - disappointment expressed at delay by actions of the Ohio Council

After more than two years of development and extensive stakeholder input, the Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are ready to implement Behavioral Health Redesign. However, a recent move by the Ohio Council for Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers has stalled the process delaying the July 1 implementation date. Many providers and stakeholders favored a July 1 implementation date, and have expressed disappointment and negative business impacts from the delay. Read More


06/19/2017

A Veteran's plea: stop executing people with severe mental illness

Frederick J. Frese, III, Ph.D., practicing psychologist and former Marine Corps captain who served during the Vietnam War and who was discharged after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, is someone who has been on both sides of the mental health system  - as a consumer and as a caregiver - Dr. Frese supports others who believe that taking the death penalty off the table for people with severe mental illness (Ohio's HB 81/SB 40) is a sensible, humane response that respects the fundamental dignity of each human being. Read More


06/19/2017

Kasich backs gradual phase out of Medicaid expansion

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said last week that he could accept a gradual phase out of the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but only if Congress provides states with more money than the House health care bill included and more flexibility to manage the health program for the poor (Source: “John Kasich Backs Slow Medicaid Rollback, but With More Money,” New York Times, June 12, 2017). Read More


06/16/2017

Updated action guide to address opioid abuse available

The Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) this week published an updated Action Guide to Address Opioid Abuse. The 20-page resource serves as a blueprint to help communities address opioid addiction at the local level. Read More


06/16/2017

Ohio leads nation in prescription drug monitoring

A recent fact sheet from the American Medical Association shows that Ohio now leads the nation in prescription drug monitoring. In 2016, Ohio processed more than 24 million queries from physicians and other health professionals through the State Board of Pharmacy's Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS), far more than any other state. Read More


06/14/2017

OPPA testifies on telemedicine amendment in state budget

On June 14, Executive Director, Janet Shaw, testified on behalf of the OPPA before the Senate Finance Committee to request that the Committee add back the telemedicine amendment inserted and passed by the House, which was subsequently removed by the Senate. Read More


06/08/2017

OPPA submits testimony in support of House Bill 145

OPPA president, Tamara Campbell, MD, submitted written testimony on behalf of the OPPA in support of House (HB) 145, legislation to create a confidential monitoring and treatment program for physicians and other health care professionals licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio. Read More


06/08/2017

Call your state Senator this weekend to ensure key provisions remain in the budget

This weekend, the Ohio Senate will be making final decisions on the Senate Sub-bill of Ohio's SFY 2018-2019 biennial budget bill. Please contact your state Senator and ask them to keep key provisions put in by the House related to services for individuals with mental illness and/or addiction disorders. Read More


06/08/2017

HPIO releases: State Policy Options in the AHCA

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, a bill aimed at overhauling much of the Affordable Care Act. Although the AHCA is sometimes referred to as a bill to "repeal and replace" the ACA, it leaves many of the decisions to alter the 2010 health reform law in the hands of states. Read More


06/08/2017

Free CME on behavioral health and underserved populations (BHUP)

The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, with funding from the Ohio Department of Medicaid, has developed seven web-based on-line CME courses specifically designed for psychiatric physicians and other providers in caring for underserved patients and families. Read More


05/31/2017

Research Watch - May 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


05/31/2017

Ohio leads nation in prescription drug monitoring

A recent fact sheet from the American Medical Association shows that Ohio now leads the nation in prescription drug monitoring. In 2016, Ohio processed more than 24 million queries from physicians and other health professionals through the State Board of Pharmacy's Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS), far more than any other state. Read More


05/31/2017

Allowable charges for copying medical records

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has released updated amounts that physicians and other health care professionals can charge for copying medical records in 2017. Read More


05/31/2017

Having problems with OARRS website?

Last month, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (SOBP) updated its Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) with a new software platform. While every attempt was made to ensure a smooth transition, the SOBP is aware of some access issues and is working diligently to correct them. Read More


05/12/2017

Medicaid's role in behavioral health - infographic

A new infographic is available from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation that illustrates Medicaid's role in behavioral health.


05/10/2017

2017 Assisted Outpatient Treatment Symposium - Nov. 2, Columbus

The OPPA is once again a proud sponsor of the 2017 Assisted Outpatient Treatment Symposium. Across the nation and here in Ohio, studies have shown that AOT can dramatically improve treatment outcomes and substantially reduce the likelihood of repeat hospitalization and criminal justice involvement for its target population.


05/05/2017

ASAM 2000 waiver training available in Columbus on June 12, 2 - 6 p.m.

With the opioid crisis severely affecting all areas of our state, it is crucial for Ohio to have more physicians who are able to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorders. This four-hour workshop, combined with the four-hour on-line training will prepare physicians to apply for the waiver in order to treat patients with buprenorphine. Read More


05/05/2017

"Consider Psychiatry" campaign for medical students

One of the top priorities of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) is it's Consider Psychiatry Campaign which is designed to provide medical students with opportunities to engage with practicing psychiatrists in hopes that they will consider choosing psychiatry as their medical specialty in residency. Please consider giving to support this important initiative. Read More


05/04/2017

HPIO releases Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio recently released Ohio Medicaid Basics 2017, a foundational summary of the state-federal program including an overview of Ohio's Medicaid eligibility, enrollment and financing. Read More


05/04/2017

Ohio Medicaid releases My Care Ohio three-year evaluation

Ohio Medicaid recently released a three-year evaluation of the MyCare Ohio demonstration program that reports significant benefits for Ohioans enrolled in the program and taxpayers. MyCare plans coordinate Medicare and Medicaid services across physical, behavioral, and long-term services and support for 107,000 individuals in 29 counties. Read More


05/04/2017

APA free course of the month for May 2017

Each month, members have free access to an online CME course on a trending topic. The May course “Neuroimaging Correlates of Psychopathology and Substance Abuse.” Read More


05/03/2017

OPPA annual Advocacy Day at the Statehouse another success

On Wed., April 25, OPPA members gathered at the Statehouse in Columbus for a day filled with learning and advocating on behalf of their patients and for their profession. Read More


05/03/2017

OPPA and OPPF pleased to again support Ohio Stepping Up

The Stepping Up Initiative is a national effort to divert people with mental illness from jails and into treatment. The campaign, both nationally, and in Ohio, brings together a powerful coalition of organizations and individuals, working together to reduce the number of people with illness in jails - which have become the de facto in-patient psychiatric facilities. Read More


05/03/2017

OPPA expresses concerns with SMBO proposed confidential monitoring program

On April 24, the OPPA joined a dozen other statewide physician organizations, in submitting a letter to the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) identifying concerns with proposed rules for a confidential monitoring process for physicians who are dealing with mental or physical illness. Read More


04/24/2017

Research Watch - April 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


04/24/2017

Ohioans covered by Medicaid will soon be eligible for up to 15 days IH MH treatment

A change in a federal Medicaid rule that has stood for 52 years is expected to allow more Ohioans to get badly needed mental-health services. Effective July 1, Medicaid recipients ages 21 to 64 who are in a managed-care plan will be eligible for up to 15 days of inpatient mental-health treatment. The program specifically exempted that group from inpatient coverage since it was founded in 1965. Read More


04/14/2017

OPPA Quarterly Newsletter - Insight Matters, Spring 2017

Read the latest issue of the OPPA's official newsletter. Read More


04/11/2017

Ohio's 2017 opiate conference registration is live!

Registration is now available for Ohio’s eighth annual opiate conference: Bridges to Recovery on June 12-13, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. In addition to many excellent speakers, this year's program will include a DATA 2000 waiver training through the American Society of Addiction Medicine.


04/05/2017

Nominations being accepted for the APA Bruno Lima Award in Disaster Psychaitry

The APA is calling upon District Branches/State Association presidents to submit a letter of nomination. The Bruno Lima Award recognizes outstanding contributions of APA members in the care and understanding of the victims of disaster. The APA is calling upon District Branches/State Association presidents to submit a letter of nomination. OPPA members are encouraged to recommend a colleague (or themselves) to be considered for nomination.


03/31/2017

Ohio telemedicine rules effective March 23

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) has adopted new rules for persons not seen by the physician, commonly referred to as telemedicine rules. Read More


03/31/2017

President signs executive order on drug addiction

President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Read More


03/31/2017

New Limits on Prescription Opiates Will Save Lives and Fight Addiction

Ohio is updating its opiate prescribing policies for treating acute pain by giving them the force of law. The state began creating its voluntary guidelines in 2012, together with the medical community, even before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines last March. Read More


03/31/2017

APA free course of the month for Apr. 2017

APA’s course of the month for April, "Managing the Side Effects of Psychotropic Medications," is now available to APA members at no cost in the APA Learning Center. Read More


03/31/2017

Number of students matching to psychiatry increases for the fifth year in a row

A total of 923 U.S. senior medical school students matched with a psychiatry residency in this year’s National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), up from 850 in 2016. This year’s figure is the highest number of medical students to choose psychiatry residency training programs in recent history. Read More


03/31/2017

SAMHSA releases guidelines for people with MH or SUD transitioning from jails and prisons

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released an implementation guide titled, Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide. Read More


03/31/2017

The Psychiatric Shortage - Causes and Solutions

The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) Medical Director Institute issued a report this week entitled, "The Psychiatric Shortage - Causes and Solutions" which describes the problem, identifies solutions and proposes concrete solutions to evidence-based psychiatric services. Read More


03/23/2017

Research Watch - March 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


03/23/2017

Ohio MHAS seeking psychiatrists in Toledo for April - June

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is seeking psychiatrists to address a projected staff shortage for the period of April – June at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) in Toledo. Read More


03/17/2017

State budget update: CS blog recap of ODH and OhioMHAS testimony

The House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard testimony last Thursday from the directors of the Ohio departments of Health and Mental Health and Addiction Services as it convened for its fourth hearing of H.B. 49, the executive budget proposal for fiscal years 2018-2019. Community Solutions Graduate Assistant Adam White recaps the directors' testimonies and key areas of committee questioning in his latest blog.


03/17/2017

ACHA to cost Ohio $19-26 billion in lost Medicaid funds

The House Republican's American Health Care Act (ACHA) establishes an alternative Medicaid financing plan built on per capita caps. Research conducted by Community Solutions finds that the Ohio all funds reduction, as the result of the proposed Medicaid per capita cap, would be between $19 and $25.6 billion between Fiscal Years 2019 and 2025.


03/09/2017

Megan Testa, MD, testifies on behalf of SB 56 - step therapy reform

On March 7, OPPA chair of Government Relations, Megan Testa, MD testified in support of Senate Bill 56 - a bill which would put safeguards in place for when insurance companies utilize a cost containment strategy known as step therapy - more accurately referred to as "fail first."


03/09/2017

OPPA testifies on SMI exemption from the death penalty bill

Megan Testa, MD, Chair of the OPPA Government Relations Committee, provided proponent testimony before members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tues., March 7, on Senate Bill 40. Read More


03/09/2017

APA deeply concerned about proposed ACA replacement bill

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) president, APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., expresses deep deeply concern that the proposed ACA replacement released earlier this week will negatively impact care for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. The APA urges continued support and expanded access to quality, evidence-based mental health and substance use services. Read More


03/08/2017

OhioMHAS budget testimony available online

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck provided testimony in support of the department’s FY 2018-19 budget before members of the House Health and Human Services Subcommittee on March 2. Read More


03/05/2017

Ohio ranks 46th in the nation in health value

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio this week released the latest edition of its Health Value Dashboard, which ranks states and the District of Columbia on a combination of population health and healthcare spending metrics. According to the Dashboard, Ohio ranks 46th in the nation in health value. Read More


03/05/2017

APA free course of the month for Mar. 2017

Each month, members have free access to an online CME course on a trending topic. The March course reviews the latest evidence on the detection and prevention of cognitive decline and strategies for maintaining both physical and mental exercise and proper nutrition. Read More


03/01/2017

HPIO releases latest edition of its Health Value Dashboard

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio today released the latest edition of its Health Value Dashboard, which ranks states and the District of Columbia on a combination of population health and healthcare spending metrics. According to the Dashboard, Ohio ranks 46th in the nation in health value. Read More


02/27/2017

OPPA seeking ECPs to mentor RFMs

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association is looking for Early Career Psychiatrists (ECP), those members who are in their first eight years of practice, who would be interested in providing mentorship to psychiatry residents on a one-to-one basis. Read More


02/27/2017

Research Watch - Feb. 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


02/27/2017

Ohio proposed marijuana limits among strictest in U.S.

Proposed limits on how much medical marijuana Ohio patients could buy and possess would be among the strictest in the country. Read More


02/24/2017

Ohio MHAS and DODD release: Perspectives on Trauma and Hope for Healing

(OhioMHAS) and Developmental Disabilities (DODD) have released Perspectives on Trauma and Hope for Healing - a new video series depicting personal stories of lived experience and resiliency. Read More


02/24/2017

CCS releases state legislative district profiles

The Center for Community Solutions has released Legislative District Profiles for each of Ohio's state House and Senate Districts. This is the first time the data has been compiled at the state district level, showing that issues related to health and human services touch every district in Ohio. Read More


02/20/2017

Members invited to comment on APA Guideline

Members of the OPPA/APA are invited to review and comment by March 17, 2017 on the draft APA "Practice Guidelines for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder." Read More


02/17/2017

Bill introduced to exempt individuals with SMI from the death penalty

Senators John Eklund (R-Geauga) and Sandra Williams (D-Cuyahoga) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would exclude individuals with serious mental illness from the death penalty just as individuals with intellectual disabilities and juveniles are currently exempted. Read More


02/17/2017

APA continues to address concerns related to MOC

The American Psychiatric Association has created a webpage to identify for members, what its role is in Maintenance of Certification. Read More


02/15/2017

Bill introduced to put protections in place for step therapy

Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced Senate Bill 56 which would put into place protocols for insurance companies that utilize step therapy (also known as fail first) as a prior authorization/cost savings strategy. Read More


02/02/2017

NEJM - Medicare Payment for Behavioral Health Integration

On January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin paying clinicians separately for the BHI services they provide to Medicare beneficiaries. Four new codes were created for the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule to allow payment to health care providers for furnishing BHI services. Read More


02/02/2017

APA free course of the month for Feb. 2017

Myths and Misperceptions of Opioids and Cannabis

Each month, members have free access to an online CME course on a trending topic. The February course is Myths and Misperceptions of Opioids and Cannabis presented by Nora Volkow, M.D., of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Read More


02/02/2017

Opioids prescribed to Ohioans drop 20 percent

Opioid prescribing declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2016, according to a newly released report from the State Board of Pharmacy's Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). Read More


02/02/2017

Governor Kasich unviels Executive Budget

On Monday, Governor Kasich released his Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Executive Budget, which builds on the progress made since 2011 to strengthen Ohio’s economy and promote job creation. Read More


02/02/2017

House of medicine identifies tops issues to follow in 2017

On Jan. 27, the OSMA hosted the 2017 House of Medicine meeting where leaders of statewide medical specialty organizations gathered and strategized about major issues impacting medicine in Ohio. Read More


02/02/2017

AMA survey quantifies time burden of prior authorizations

What do you do 37 times in a given workweek? If you are a fervent coffee drinker, perhaps that is how often you refill your trusty travel mug. But if you are like the physicians recently surveyed by the AMA, 37 may be the number of prior-authorization (PA) requests that you and your hardworking staffers complete each week. Read More


02/01/2017

Five of Ohio's 10 psychiatric residency program reach APA 100% Club status

The OPPA would like to recognize the residents and training directors at five program in Ohio for their commitment to being a part of an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders! Read More


01/30/2017

OhioMHAS promotes ASAM guidelines for treatment of opioid use disorder

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Clinical Roundtable has recommended the implementation of the National Practice Guidelines for the use of Medications in the treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Read More


01/25/2017

Watch your e-mail for OPPA electronic ballots

On Tues., Jan. 31, the OPPA will be sending an e-mail to all voting members, for whom we have a valid e-mail address, with a link to SurveyMonkey so members can vote to elect leaders of the OPPA as well as to vote on a proposed amendment to the bylaws. Read More


01/25/2017

Correction in OPPA newsletter, Insight Matters, Winter 2017 issue

The OPPA would like to congratulate newly advanced APA Distinguished Fellows and Fellows. Read More


01/24/2017

Research Watch - Mar. 2017 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


01/24/2017

Medical board distributes e-News for Jan. 2017

In case you missed it, the State Medical Board of Ohio recently e-mailed its Jan. 2017 issue of the Med Board e-News to all licensees. Read More


01/23/2017

Proposed amendment to the OPPA bylaws - 2017

OPPA members will be asked to vote on the amended bylaws which will be included on the ballot that will be sent electronically to all OPPA members at the end of January. Read More


01/20/2017

New tool shows crisis trends in real time by state

A new tool from Crisis Text Line reveals the location, day of the week, time of day, accompanying issues, and words most associated with specific mental health issues of individuals who text 4HOPE to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Read More


01/19/2017

OPPA quarterly newsletter Insight Matters, winter 2017

Read the latest issue of the OPPA's official newsletter. Read More


01/18/2017

OPPA joins OHA and other groups to fight unworkable price transparency law

The OPPA has joined several other medical groups, including the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association, to fight a law that was to go into effect Jan. 1, 2017. The flawed law invites confusion for all stakeholders and would result in provider non-compliance and delays in patient care. Read More


01/16/2017

State officials tout success of mental health crisis text line

Text 4HOPE to 741741

A statewide partnership with the national Crisis Text Line has resulted in 243 "active rescues" of Ohioans in danger of harming themselves or others, state and local mental health officials said this week. Read More


01/16/2017

Study: More than 200k Ohioans would lose addiction, mental health care with ACA repeal

More than 220,000 people in Ohio may be unable to afford care for mental illness or drug addiction if congressional Republicans scrap the 2010 health-care law without passing a substitute measure, according to a new national report. Read More


01/13/2017

Much needed new feature of OARRS

A new feature has been added to the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting (OARRS) that allows physicians (and their designees) to see which prescriptions for their patients were not checked. Read More


01/13/2017

Deadline for APA elections near

Help determine the future of APA by selecting its next leaders. Learn about this year’s slate of candidates, their priorities, backgrounds and watch video interviews! Read More


01/03/2017

HPIO holds forum to explore Ohio's 2016 State Health Assessment

As state agencies prepare state budget proposals and the Ohio General Assembly prepares for the next two-year session, a forum hosted by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) on December 8 explored the three priority areas that emerged from Ohio’s 2016 State Health Assessment: mental and infant health; chronic disease; and mental health and addiction. Read More


01/03/2017

Medical board distributes e-News - Dec. 2016

In case you missed it, the State Medical Board of Ohio recently e-mailed its e-News publication for Dec. 2016. Articles include information on: licensee renewal; PA supervision agreement renewal deadline; and reporting to OARRS. Read More


01/03/2017

Applications for APA/APAF fellowships due by Jan. 31!

APA/APAF Fellowships are designed to help residents, fellows and early career psychiatrists explore interests and develop their leadership skills. APA/APAF Fellowships can be completed during your regular residency training program. The APA is now accepting applications for each of its eight fellowships. Read More


01/03/2017

APA free course of the month for Jan. 2017

Each month, members have access to an online course on a trending topic. The January course is Evaluating and Managing Agitated Patients, taught by Rachel Glick, M.D., University of Michigan. Read More


12/29/2016

Research Watch - Dec. 2016 now available

Research Watch is an initiative by the residents of Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center in the form of a monthly e-publication, which aims to inform psychiatry residents and faculty of notable articles published in prominent research and educational journals, with the hope of promoting a culture of incorporating latest research in our psychiatric worldview. Read More


12/27/2016

Report: Ohio ground zero for opioid overdose deaths

According to a report from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Ohio saw more opioid overdose deaths than anywhere else in the nation in 2014, and the numbers continue to rise, according to a recent report. Read More


12/27/2016

Insurance directory errors cause challenges for consumers

As consumers review their coverage and shop for 2017 insurance through the federal health law’s online marketplaces, many of the directories they are using are outdated and inaccurate. Read More


12/22/2016

Happy holidays from the OPPA!

Wishing you all the joys of the season - time with family, the gift of friends and the hope of peace and good health. May the spirit of the holiday season be with you all through the coming year.


12/21/2016

Medical board releases draft medical marijuana rules

On December 15, the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) presented draft rules at Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee meeting relative to the perimeters for issuing certificates to physicians who wish to recommend medical marijuana for their patients who have qualifying conditions and diseases. Read More


12/19/2016

Ohio negotiates price freeze on anti-overdose drug

State officials announced this week that Ohio is the first state to negotiate a price freeze with the maker of naloxone, an opiate overdose medication (Source: “Ohio locks in discount for overdose drug,” Chillicothe Gazette, Nov. 30, 2016). Read More


12/19/2016

APA free course of the month for Dec.

Each month APA makes available a free CME course to members only through its Learning Center. December’s selection is “Early Detection and Intervention for Adolescents With Early Psychosis.” Read More


12/19/2016

Opioid deaths surpass 30,000 in 2015 according to CDC

The Washington Post (12/8, Ingraham) reports data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday revealed that “opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history.” Read More


12/19/2016

Federal and state changes raise possibility of new or expanded syringe services programs in Ohio

As the opiate crisis continues to take a toll on Ohio and the need for addiction recovery services outpaces capacity, syringe services programs, or syringe exchange program, have become a more common topic of discussion as an intervention to reduce harm for people who inject drugs. Read More


12/19/2016

Ohio's 131st General Assembly - by the numbers wrap up

When the House and Senate adjourned in the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 9, they concluded what are expected to be the last regular sessions of the General Assembly. There were some interesting numbers that came out of the 131st session. Read More


12/15/2016

Obama signs historic 21st Century Cures Act to reform MH care system

With President Barack Obama’s signature on Dec. 13, the 21st Century Cures Act, widely considered to be landmark healthcare legislation, was passed into law. The bill includes provisions long championed by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act as well as provisions in the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016. Read More

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