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Surprise Billing Update: Victory for EM Physicians and Patients!

Gov. DeWine stands up for quality care, vetoes harmful surprise billing provisions

Ohio ACEP is thrilled to report that, thanks in part to the tireless work of our Chapter leadership and lobbyist, Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed the harmful surprise billing provisions in the state budget bill passed by the Ohio General Assembly in July. Ohio ACEP requested the line-item veto in a letter sent to the Governor, and we appreciate his willingness to put patients and physicians before insurers’ profit margins. The surprise billing provisions vetoed by Governor DeWine would have left all reimbursement decisions in the hands of insurance... [Read more]

Budget Bill Passes with Some ‘Wins’ for Ohio Physicians

Final version of budget includes generally positive revisions on freestanding emergency department signage, Medicaid patients, and telemedicine

After missed deadlines, stalled negotiations, a stopgap budget, and no shortage of drama, the General Assembly arrived at an 11th hour deal on a two-year budget bill to send to Governor Mike DeWine. The biennial budget was quickly signed into law by the Governor on July 18.

In addition to a major victory on the issue of surprise/out-of-network billing (see previous article), the final budget included generally positive developments for Ohio emergency physicians on issues like... [Read more]

APRN Scope of Practice Expansion Advances in the House

General Assembly expected to resume work on troubling legislation after August recess

On July 18, the House Health Committee heard proponent testimony on House Bill 177, an alarming bill which would allow advance practice nurse practitioners (APRNs) to practice medicine independently without a standard care agreement with a collaborating physician. Introduced by Rep. Tom Brinkman (R—Cincinnati), HB 177 is a re-introduction of similar bills that were defeated or substantially changed in the last two sessions of the General Assembly. At the July 18 hearing—the fourth hearing for HB 177—supporters of the bill claimed that it would improve access to... [Read more]

Medical Groups Submit Comments on Medicaid Managed Care

Ohio ACEP signs onto recommendations to Ohio Department of Medicaid for reprocurement of managed care contracts

Responding to a request for information from the Ohio Department of Medicaid, a number of medical and physicians groups—including Ohio ACEP and Ohio State Medical Association—have issued recommendations as the state begins to reprocure managed care contracts. These medical and physicians groups worked together for several months to analyze concerns with provisions of Ohio’s current contracts with its managed care plans (MCPs) and identified a number of requests, including: Prompt pay—MCPs should be required to reimburse within 14 days of... [Read more]

Ohio ACEP Government Affairs:

Baruch Fertel, MD, FACEP

Chair, Ohio ACEP Government Affairs Committee

Amanda Sines

Ohio ACEP Lobbyist
Government Advantage Group

From National ACEP

Advocacy Townhall: August Recess 

August is a great opportunity for ACEP members to advocate on behalf their profession and patients in the ongoing surprise billing debate on Capitol Hill because legislators are back home during the recess. Register for our upcoming ACEP Advocacy Townhall on August 5 to learn how to effectively engage your legislators while they are back and get answers in real time about the latest congressional activity from ACEP’s Associate Executive Director of Public Affairs, Laura Wooster.

How Federal Regulations Impact EM

ACEP has launched Regs & Eggs, a new blog where ACEP’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Jeffrey Davis, will provide weekly updates on the major federal regulations impacting emergency medicine. As we fight against burdensome new requirements in Medicare and other federal programs, or express our support for policies that would truly benefit EM, we need your input. Join for us some Regs & Eggs.

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US to set up plan allowing prescription meds from Canada
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Access to telehealth services still low, with many questioning its value
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