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07/12/2019

OPPA members' study published in Academic Psychiatry

Congratulations Dr. Levy and all who were involved!

Characteristics Associated with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Among Medical Residents: Results from the DEPRESS-Ohio Study has been published in Academic Psychiatry. The study, spear headed by former president, Alan Levy, MD, who served as lead investigator, was developed and conducted by members of the OPPA's Depression in Medical Trainees Committee. Read More


07/12/2019

Experts argue for addition of suicide-specific diagnoses in DSM

From the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, held in May, an internationally renowned expert in suicide says that the existence of a suicide-specific diagnosis would compel health systems to create tools to determine the suicide risk of individuals. Read More


07/12/2019

In case you didn't know: Pharmacists can dispense multiple simultaneous Rx refills without calling the prescriber

In 2017, there was a change in the Ohio Revised Code that authorizes a pharmacist who is filling or refilling a prescription that has one or more refills to dispense the drug in a quantity or amount that varies from the quantity or amount that would otherwise be dispensed. This authority is contingent on meeting conditions specified in the law and can be overridden by physicians stating on the Rx specified that the quantity or amount to be dispensed may not vary from the quantity or amount specified in the prescription. The OPPA would like to hear from members. Read More


07/08/2019

In case you missed it: Mark Hurst, MD appointed as Medical Director of Ohio Department of Health

Mark Hurst, MD, who previously served as director and medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) was appointed as Medical Director of the Department of Health on June 13. The OPPA thanks Dr. Hurst for his many years of service with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMAS) and looks forward to continuing to work him in his new position with the Ohio Department of Health. Read More


07/03/2019

More than half of people who misuse prescription opioids also binge drink

More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read More


07/02/2019

Only half of Ohioans eligible for medical marijuana have bought drug

More than 42,000 people can legally buy medical marijuana in Ohio with a doctor’s recommendation, however, according to state records, only about half of them have. When asked why they haven’t bought any medicinal cannabis, patients cited a common reason: cost. Read More


07/01/2019

Ohio House and Senate unable to reach a deal before Sunday deadline

First time since 2009

Not being able to reach a compromise, Ohio lawmakers failed to pass a state budget agreement by the June 30 deadline. As a result, both chambers passed a temporary budget extension of 17 days to keep the government running, which was signed by Governor DeWine.


07/01/2019

Letter to the editor corrects false information about Ohio's SMI exemption from the death penalty

A letter to the editor, written by OPPA President-Elect Megan Testa, MD and Retired Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton was published in the paper and online in response to of the Tribune Chronicle's in response to an editorial with false information about companion bills in the Ohio House and Senate that would remove the death penalty sentencing option for individuals, who at the time of the crime, were diagnosed with a severe mental illness and diminished capacity. Read More


07/01/2019

New Fact Sheet on Queer Populations Now Available

APA’s Division of Diversity and Health Equity has published a mental health fact sheet on queer populations. The fact sheet covers information on demographics, terms , trends in mental health care, FAQs, and tips to communicate with patients. Read More


07/01/2019

APA FREE course of the month - July 2019

Computer Decision Support System for First-Episode Psychosis Pharmacotherapy

Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) is a team-based, multi-element treatment for first episode psychosis (FEP) that integrates medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitative interventions in a recovery-oriented, collaborative approach to care. Read More


06/27/2019

Unique immersion program allows policymakers to become medical students

Leaders at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are helping elected officials, policymakers and other community leaders gain new perspectives on what it takes to become a doctor or medical researcher — and how training provided by state-funded academic medical centers directly impacts the health and well-being of Ohio residents. Read More


06/26/2019

APA begins work on DSM-5-TR

Now six years since the publication of DSM-5, APA has begun work on a text revision, DSM-5-TR. The goal is to ensure that the text in DSM-5 is accurate and up to date and thus continues to be useful for clinical, educational, research, and forensic purposes. Read More


06/21/2019

NCBH develops guide and recommends LAMs as first time treatment option

The National Council for Behavioral Health's (NCBH) Guide to Long-acting Medications (LAM) is a call to Action for psychiatrists and other clinicians and behavioral health organizations to increase the use of long-acting medications and recommends LAMs be considered as first-time treatment option. Read More


06/21/2019

Long-acting antipsychotics help cut risk for arrest in patients with schizophrenia

News from the American Psychiatric Association

After initiation of treatment with long-acting injectable antipsychotics, the incidence of arrest decreased among patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and a previous history of arrest during a 2-year follow-up period at a community mental health center, according to a poster presented at APA annual meeting. Read More


06/19/2019

OhioMHAS offers more buprenorphine waiver trainings

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services continues waiver trainings for medical providers. These trainings are 1.5 days and have been approved for CMEs. Food will be provided at no cost. Participants will receive a course manual and a $1,300 stipend for providers who obtain their waiver within 100 days post training. Read More


06/19/2019

Report recommends local strategies to address addiction crisis in Appalachian counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) released the report, “Opioids in Appalachia: The Role of Counties in Reversing a Regional Epidemic,” in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic that has plagued Ohio and other states in the region. Read More


06/19/2019

Medical board rejects medical marijuana as treatment for opioid addiction

On June 12, citing a lack of scientific proof, the State Medical Board of Ohio voted against allowing physicians to recommend marijuana to treat opioid use disorder. Read More


06/14/2019

Ohio Medicaid seeks public input on how Medicaid managed care can work better

Responses will be accepted through July 31, 2019

One June 13, 2019, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) released a request for information (RFI) to gather public inputas ODM begins the process to select new managed care partners. ODM’s first step in the process is collecting feedback on current Medicaid services, what is working and ideas for improvement. OPPA members are encouraged to respond to the RFI as soon as possible, prior to July 31, 2019. Read More


06/13/2019

Circumstances under which pharmacists can dispense naltrexone

Senate Bill 119 of the 132nd General Assembly, also known as Daniel’s Law, made changes to Ohio law authorizing a pharmacist, under certain conditions, to dispense naltrexone without a prescription. Read More


06/13/2019

Save the date for OPPA 2020 Psychiatric Update - March 14-15

The OPPA will once again hold its 2020 meeting at the Marriott University in Columbus, OH on March 14-15, 2019. This will be the 70th Anniversary of the OPPA and it is sure to have something for everyone. More details to come, however, hold the date now on your calendar so you can join us!


06/13/2019

Legislators asked to spare those with an SMI from the death penalty

Progress is made in both the House and Senate to pass the legislation

Ohio House Bill 136, which would spare an individual diagnosed with a severe mental illness, as defined in the bill, would be exempt from the death penalty passed by the House last week and will now go on to the Senate. At the same time, Senate Bill 54, companion legislation, held its second hearing this week for proponent testimony. Read More


06/13/2019

Ohio Legislative Mental Health Caucus meets

Members of the Mental Health Caucus convened for a breakfast gathering on June 5 at the Statehouse. The event was well attended with nearly 50 participants. Convening the Mental Health Caucus provides another opportunity to discuss the importance of mental health public policy and funding in the budget, as well as pending legislation, and behavioral health redesign. Read More


06/10/2019

OPWC launches FREE online courses on improving physician well-being

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), which represents Ohio physicians and hospitals and focuses on addressing physician burnout, launched six videos in its continuing medical education (CME) wellness video series. Read More


06/04/2019

APA FREE course of the month - June 2019

Culturally Sensitive Clinical Care of Older LGBTQ Adults

The population of the United States is aging and growing increasingly diverse, creating a demographic imperative to address diversity among older adults. Diversity encompasses ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and immigration status. Read More


06/03/2019

J-1 Visa Waiver Program - third application cycle open until June 30, 2019

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s underserved populations. J-1 visa waivers allow foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas. Read More


05/30/2019

More buprenorphine MAT training opportunities offered by OhioMHAS

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is continuing to offer buprenorphine Medication Assisted Treatment trainings for medical providers. These trainings are 1.5 days and offer CMEs, free food, a course manual and a $1,300 stipend for providers who obtain their waiver within 100 days post training. Read More


05/29/2019

New APA child and adolescent telepsychiatry toolkit

This APA toolkit, developed in partnership with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, features a 19-video series from leading child and adolescent psychiatrists about issues unique to practicing telepsychiatry with youth. It covers topics such as how to set up a virtual telepsychiatry space, legal/ regulatory issues, reimbursement, and working in special environments like the juvenile justice system. Read More


05/29/2019

CMS retreats on Medicare Part D protected classes change

In case you missed it, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) decided against limiting coverage in the Six Protected Classes of medicines in Part D, which include: antidepressants, anti-psychotics, anticonvulsants, immunosupressants for transplant rejection, antiretrovials and cancer drugs. Read More


05/29/2019

OPPA submits testimony on ODM's Proposed Telehealth Rule

Steve Jewell, MD, provided written testimony on behalf of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association to the Ohio Department of Medicaid during a public hearing held May 20, 2019 on Proposed Telehealth Rule 5160-1-18. Dr. Jewell expressed concerns about case managers not being included in the draft as well as language that restricted evaluation and management billing codes. Read More


05/29/2019

Pursuit of Parity: Where Ohio stands on insurance coverage of mental illness and substance use disorders

Analysis by the Center for Community Solutions

A recent analysis by the Center for Community Solutions, despite mental health parity laws that were passed more than a decade ago, patients/consumers have very little awareness of their insurance coverage rights for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Further, Ohio patients in need of behavioral health services are up to five times more likely to have to go out of network for treatment than patients in need of medical or surgical care. Read More


05/29/2019

"As Suicides Rise, Insurers Find Ways to Deny Mental Health Coverage"

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 16

The U.S. is in the midst of a mental health crisis. In 2017, 47,000 Americans died by suicide and 70,000 from drug overdoses. And 17.3 million adults suffered at least one major depressive episode. Yet, insurers are still not being held accountable for complying with mental health parity laws. Read More


05/29/2019

BH Redesign next steps: providers and managed care plans

Medicaid Advanced Payment Agreements and the initiation of repayment

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) continue to evaluate the early effects of Behavioral Health (BH) Redesign and BH Integration into managed care on the comprehensive behavioral health system. As part of these efforts, a contingency plan was developed with the Medicaid managed care plans (MCPs) to assist with cash flow to community behavioral health centers (PT84s/PT95s) in the transition to managed care billing through BH Integration. Read More


05/28/2019

OPPA provides MH resources for those impacted by the deadly storms in Ohio

Press Release

As the potential mental health impact of this tragedy increases for our local communities, the OPPA offers tips and resources on how to minimize possible mental and emotional effects of trauma caused by the storms. This tragedy can have a tremendous psychological impact on all those directly and indirectly affected. Read More


05/28/2019

New study aims to reduce overdoses in Ohio

“Community healing” is moving from trite sentiment to executable action item under a new federally-funded study. The aptly named HEALing Communities study is backed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Read More


05/22/2019

OPPA officers begin their terms for 2019-2020

At the conclusion of today's American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting, new officers for the OPPA begin their 2019-2020 terms: President - Victoria Kelly, MD (Toledo); President-Elect - Megan Testa, MD; Treasurer - Molly McVoy, MD (Cleveland); Secretary - Christina Westan, MD (Dayton); and Immediate Past President - William (Bill) Resch, DO (Columbus). Read More


05/15/2019

The use of MAT between white patients and black patients

HPIO releases Ohio Addiction Policy Inventory and Scorecard: Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

In case you missed it, as national drug overdose rates climbed in recent years, white patients were given more prescriptions for medication-assisted treatment. There was no such increase for African Americans, according to a new national study (Source: “Addiction Medicine Mostly Prescribed to Whites, Even As Opioid Deaths Rose among Blacks,” Kaiser Health News, May 8, 2019). Read More


05/15/2019

AMA prior authorization survey - impact on patients (findings from 2018)

In case you missed it, the AMA conducted a survey of 1,000 practicing physicians (40% primary care and 60% specialists) asking for feedback on prior authorizations and its impact on patients. Read More


05/15/2019

APA recently added new information to its telepsychiatry resource page

New resources include: APA Launches New Child & Adolescent Telepsychiatry Toolkit; Meet Members of the APA's Committee on Telepsychiatry; How to Evaluate Telepsychiatry Job Opportunities and APA and ATA Release Telemental Health Guide.


05/14/2019

The Mindful Healthcare Summit - May 23-27, 2019

A free online event through a partnership with OPWC

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (of which OPPA is a member) is pleased to announce its partnership with The Awake Network’s Mindful Healthcare Summit. This is a free online event for medical professionals, students, and administrators examining how mindfulness and compassion practices can help address the complex issues of chronic stress, and overwork, and the epidemic of burnout among health care professionals. Read More


05/14/2019

CPT Coding, Documentation and Billing for Psychiatry workshop - June 20, 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. Read More


05/14/2019

DEA-X Waiver Trainings

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has added additional DEA-X waiver trainings. This free, 1.5 day training is open to all physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who hold an Ohio license and a current DEA number. Residents, PA and NPA students may also attend the training. Physicians who attend the training, obtain their waiver, and fulfill reimbursement criteria will receive $1,300. Read More


05/13/2019

APA FREE course of the month - April 2019

Complementary and Integrative Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are common and complex neurodevelopmental disorders which may present at different stages with different target symptoms. This course discusses how families often utilize complementary and integrative treatments for ASD, the evidence for such use, and risks and benefits of these treatments.


05/13/2019

APA FREE course of the month - May 2019

Identifying and Engaging Youth with Early Psychosis Utilizing Internet and Social Media Platf

Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) is a team-based, multi-element treatment for first episode psychosis (FEP) that integrates medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitative interventions in a recovery-oriented, collaborative approach to care. Read More


05/09/2019

APRN independent practice bill (HB 177) had opposition testimony on Wed., May 14

Opponents of House Bill 177, a bill to give advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) independent practice authority will have the opportunity to testify before members of the Ohio House Health Committee Wednesday, May 14. Please contact your legislators and let them know how you feel about the bill. Let your voice be heard; we know APRNs are contacting legislators, we have share our concerns about patient safety and the team-based approach to care. Read More


05/06/2019

HPIO releases 2019 Ohio Medicaid Basics

Medicaid pays for healthcare services for about three million Ohioans with low incomes, including more than 1.2 million children. Medicaid spending accounts for more than one-third of Ohio’s budget and almost 17% of health expenditures nationally. Read More


04/29/2019

J-1 Visa Waiver Program - third application cycle open until June 30, 2019

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s underserved populations. J-1 visa waivers allow foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas. Read More


04/16/2019

New Medication-Assisted Treatment Rules effective April 30

The State Medical Board of Ohio has rescinded current office-based opioid treatment rules and has issued new medication-assisted treatment rules which will be effective on Tuesday, April 30:


04/12/2019

APA to sponsor Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Train the Trainer (TTT) Program

The Buprenorphine and MAT TTT Program, hosted in partnership by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), is a two-day program hosted in Washington, DC that offers an in-depth training to DEA-X waivered psychiatrists who are currently prescribing buprenorphine to patients and are interested in serving as a regional buprenorphine trainer.


03/25/2019

Ohio Health's new residency training program

OhioHealth’s commitment to address the Behavioral Health needs of our communities included the development of an ACGME Psychiatry Residency Program. We are excited to report that on March 15th, 2019 the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) announced match results


03/15/2019

OPPA sends letter of support on House Bill 61

Earlier this week, OPPA President, William J. Resch, DO, sent a letter of support to the Chair and members of the House Civil Justice Commitee expressing OPPA's support of House Bill 61, which would exempt certain health provider personal information from public records. Read More


03/15/2019

Governor DeWine releases 2020-2021 Executive Budget

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today unveiled his proposed executive budget for fiscal years 2020-2021, which is structurally balanced and does not include an increase in taxes. Read More


03/15/2019

RecoveryOhio Advisory Council's initial report

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine released the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council’s Initial Report that makes recommendations on how to improve prevention, treatment, and recovery support efforts that address the state’s public health crisis – mental health and substance use. Read More


03/12/2019

Plans for additional 30 specialty courts to help state's substance use emergency

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced funding for an additional 30 specialty courts would be included in his budget recommendation for the upcoming 2020-2021 budget biennium. Read More


03/05/2019

Ohio Senate considers co-pays, premiums for Medicaid Expansion group

A new bill in the Ohio Senate would require enrollees in Medicaid expansion to pay premiums and make co-payments on some medical services (Source: “Ohio Medicaid Expansion Patients would Face Co-Pays, Premiums Under New Bill,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 28, 2019). Read More


02/28/2019

Gov. DeWine announced Amy Acton, M.D., M.P.H., is his nominee to lead the Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced Amy Acton, M.D., M.P.H., is his nominee to lead the Ohio Department of Health. Dr. Acton brings more than 30 years of experience in public health and preventative medicine. A licensed physician, Acton most recently served as a Community Research and Grants Management Officer at the Columbus Foundation. Read More


02/28/2019

14th All Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry

March 15-16, 2019

The theme for this year's meeting is Collaboration, Cooperation, Continuity: Focus on Clinical Care, offers plenary sessions as well as breakout workshops geared to meet the educational needs of community psychiatrists. The meeting will be held at the Crown Plaza Columbus North Worthington. For more information and to register, visit the website at eeds.com/live/349049.


02/28/2019

APA FREE course of the month - March 2019

TMS Therapy for the Treatment of Depression

A decade after the Food and Drug Administration cleared the treatment, many psychiatrists are unfamiliar with the literature about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and are not aware of its value and benefit to patients suffering with depression. Read More


02/28/2019

2019 Buprenorphine and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Train the Trainer (TTT) Program

June 9-10, APA Headquarters, Washington, DC

The American Psychiatric Association (APA), in partnership with the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), is proud to announce the 2019 Buprenorphine and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Train the Trainer (TTT) Program. Read More


02/27/2019

New process for SMBO continuing medical education audits

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) is conducting a pilot program through CE Broker to audit the continuing medical education (CME) credits of licensees. Physicians who have been selected for the random CME audit are beginning to receive email notification about the new process from the SMBO. Read More


02/25/2019

The promise of speech recognition and computational linguistics in psychiatry

Recent studies demonstrate that it is possible to extract a significant amount of information from voice recordings of patients engaged in naturalistic or minimally structured speech tasks. Read More


02/19/2019

Ohio's newest APA Distinguished Fellows

The APA recently announced the latest group of OPPA members to have been approved for advancement to Distinguished Fellow status. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members. Congratulations Drs. Osinowo and Dr. Varkula. Read More


02/18/2019

In case you missed it: Next steps in BHR assistance for BH Providers

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) are evaluating the early effects of Behavioral Health Redesign and managed care integration on the comprehensive behavioral health system. At this time, they are focusing immediate efforts on addressing payment and policy challenges and look to design solutions aimed at best serving Ohioans with mental illness and addiction treatment needs. Read More


02/15/2019

OPPA member appointed to serve on RecoveryOhio advisory council

OPPA member, Julie Teeter, MD, has been appointed to serve on Governor DeWine's new RecoveryOhio advisory council. The group has already been meeting one to two times a week for several hours to discuss Ohio's opioid epidemic in order to make recommendations for improvement in a report due to the Governor of March 8, 2019. Read More


02/15/2019

Too Ill to Execute

A new documentary, To Ill to Execute, details the urgency of a movement to exclude those with severe mental illness from the death penalty in states across the U.S. Ohio's former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton and OPPA member, Megan Testa, MD, share their expertise in the film. Read More


02/15/2019

The Promise of Speech Recognition and Computational Linguistics in Psychiatry

There have been recent results demonstrating that it is possible to extract a significant amount of information from voice recordings of patients engaged in naturalistic or minimally structured speech tasks. The studies include differential diagnosis of psychosis, prediction of psychosis onset, detection of psychoactive drug intake and progression of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and MCI/Alzheimer’s.


02/12/2019

Medical marijuana patient registry triples in second month

New patient registry information released on February 7 by state officials shows more than 10,000 people have been recommended medical marijuana for pain that is chronic and severe or cannot be treated with other medicines.


02/12/2019

Leading Ohio organizations launch new effort to address opioid and substance misuse epidemic

On Feb. 6, an alliance of local, state, and national organizations came together to launch the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Ohio. RALI Ohio will address the challenges and needs of the state’s opioid and substance misuse epidemic through a diverse partnership that includes health care, business, veterans, farmers, community, and drug prevention organizations. RALI Ohio will support effective prevention, education, treatment, and recovery programs. By partnering with a broad range of leading groups, RALI Ohio aims to reach people in every part of the state.


02/01/2019

Teen dating violence awareness resources

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. The Violence Free Coalition has created a digital toolkit with social media graphics to help raise awareness.


01/31/2019

Opioid overdose deaths now more likely than traffic deaths

A new national study has found that Americans are now more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle crash. Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying of an opioid overdose compared to a 1 in 103 chance of dying in a motor vehicle crash. Opioid overdoses are now the fifth leading cause of death, according to the United States. Ahead of it are heart disease (1 in 6 chance), cancer (1 in 7), chronic lower respiratory disease (1 in 27) and suicide (1 in 88). Read More


01/29/2019

OPPA applauds SMBO decision on rule 4731-16-16

The State Medical Board of Ohio has rescinded rule 4731-16-16, which prohibits a licensee from receiving a controlled substance for the treatment of an opioid dependence. The current prohibition has the potential to dissuade physicians who have an opioid use disorder from receiving proper treatment for their condition as some medications used in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) are controlled substances due to their potential for misuse.


01/28/2019

APA FREE course of the month - Feb. 2019

Psychiatrists and the Treatment of Pain

Concerns about undertreatment of pain have led to rapid growth in the rates of prescription opioids and a dramatic increase in the prevalence of prescription opioid use disorders, which themselves pose risks of premature mortality. Psychiatrists often see patients with pain, yet most psychiatrists feel uncertain about their role in the treatment of pain. Read More


01/17/2019

ODH second 2019 State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Cycle - now open

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s underserved populations. J-1 visa waivers allow foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas. The second application cycle for 2019 will be open until the end of March. Read More


01/16/2019

Seeking items for silent auction on Sat., Mar. 30, 2019

Please consider securing or donating one or more items

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation is seeking donations for its Silent Auction to raise funds in support of its mission to improve the health and well-being of Ohioans by fostering psychiatric education and research. OPPA members can help make the silent auction a success by securing a donation from a local business, social event, sporting event, etc. Read More


01/16/2019

Wellness Wednesdays are back - and they are FREE

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians' Joy of Medicine Workgroup is proud to offer members (and nonmember physicians of other specialties) another year of valuable wellness topics as part of its “Wellness Wednesdays” series. And, they are available for FREE as a member benefit (and a benefit to OPPA members)! Read More


01/15/2019

State considers adding six conditions to medical marijuana list

As Ohio prepares for its first legal sale of medical marijuana in the coming weeks, a state committee has identified six additional conditions that could be added to the list eligible for medical marijuana. Ohio law set 21 qualifying conditions for patients to get medical marijuana, but opens an annual window for suggestions to add to the list. Read More


01/15/2019

Governor Mike DeWine hits the ground running

Yesterday marked the start of Governor Mike DeWine’s administration, and he hit the ground running with six new executive orders signed immediately after he took the oath of office at his farm in Cedarville, Ohio. Read More


01/11/2019

Standard Authorization Form now available on ODM website

There is now a Standard Authorization Form (Form Number: ODM 10221) available, designed to improve patient care across multiple providers by making it easier to share protected health information in a secure manner. The form is applicable to all covered entities in Ohio. Read More


01/11/2019

Ohio coalition is addressing physician burnout

The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), of which the OPPA is an active member, was established last year to address physician burnout. This week, the Coalition—which represents physicians and hospitals statewide—launched a website with a large collection of resources and tools to tackle this often hidden, but very real, problem. Read More


01/11/2019

More people are getting treatment for mental health and substance use disorder

It's been ten years since the mental health parity act was passed

A new study from independent nonprofit FAIR Health analyzed individual procedures or services covered by private insurance companies from 2007 to 2017. In that decade, use of services for behavioral health, which includes substance abuse and mental-health conditions, went up 320 percent. Treatment related to use and dependence on amphetamines climbed more than 3,000 percent, while use of treatment for anxiety diagnoses spiked more than 240 percent. Read More


01/11/2019

Cabinet appointments announced

Governor Mike DeWine has announced a number of cabinet officials who will serve in his administration and lead efforts related to community mental health and addiction services, including Lori Criss to serve as the Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. It is anticipated that Mark Hurst, MD, will stay on in a clinical capacity. Read More


01/09/2019

Governor signs into law Ohio's Step Therapy legislation

On January 4, Ohio joined 18 other states that have passed step therapy reforms. Governor Kasich signed into law Substitute Senate Bill 265, legislation that puts safe guards around the protocols utilized by insurance companies to step therapy as a cost-containment strategy. The OPPA has strongly supported, and made it a priority to enactment step therapy reform during the last two legislative sessions. Read More


01/08/2019

Legislators back at work for the 133rd General Assembly

Members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate officially convened on Mon., Jan. 7 to open the 133rd, two-year session of the Ohio General Assembly. In an unprecedented vote, it was also the day that ended the months-long battle between Speaker of the House Ryan Smith and former Speaker of the House Larry Householder, with Householder being elected for the new session. Read More


01/07/2019

Save the Date – APA’s 2019 Federal Advocacy Conference

March 11-12, 2019

Join your colleagues and APA leadership and staff for the APA’s 2019 Federal Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.! This unique opportunity to lobby members of Congress on issues that affect psychiatry and our patients will take place March 11th through the 12th at the Washington Marriott Georgetown. Read More


01/03/2019

ODM releases 2018 Managed Care Plans Report Card

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) recently released its 2018 Managed Care Plans Report Card, breaking down the performance of Ohio's five managed care providers across a variety of performance factors. The report card scored Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Molina Healthcare, Paramount Advantage and United Healthcare Community Plan. Each received one out of five stars, five constituting highest performance, in five categories: Getting Care, Doctors' Communication and Service, Keeping Kids Healthy, Living with Illness and Women's Health. Read More


01/03/2019

APA free course of the month - Jan. 2019

Levels of Care in Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders

The transition from childhood to adolescence and subsequently adulthood are unique developmental periods with significant changes in social networks and interactions. Adolescence and early adulthood are the peak times for initiation of substance use disorders, particularly tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs, and alcohol. Learn the considerations for determining the level of care and the use of behavioral approaches for treatment. Read More


01/02/2019

CPT coding/documentation/billing for psychiatry workshop - June 20, 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. Read More


12/11/2018

Mental Health America releases annual State of Mental Health Report


12/06/2018

Step therapy reform companion bills passed out of committees this week


12/06/2018

HB 81 (death penalty exemption for SMI) passes out of committee


12/06/2018

Mental health facts for gay populations


12/06/2018

APA course of the month - Dec. 2018

Functional Neurological Symptom Disorders


12/06/2018

Wellness Wednesday - Dec. 12, 2018 at 12:15 p.m. EST

Re-framing Perspective: Harnessing the Power of Giving Others the Benefit of the Doubt


12/06/2018

Movement toward Medicaid unified PDL begins on Jan. 1


11/26/2018

AI’s potential to diagnose and treat mental illness

A recent report in the Harvard Business Review details how tech companies and universities are developing new tools rooted in artificial intelligence (AI) to help meet a growing demand for mental health diagnostic and treatment services. Read More


11/15/2018

APA honors psychiatrists who served in Vietnam

APA held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to honor the only psychiatrist known to have died during the Vietnam War as well as other psychiatrists who served in Vietnam. Among those attending the ceremony was OPPA Executive Director, Janet Shaw, who chairs the District Branch/State Association Executive Directors Group. Read More


11/14/2018

Ohio Medicaid moving toward managed care unified PDL

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), in partnership with the Medicaid managed care plans (MCPs), is moving toward creating a unified preferred drug list (PDL). ODM will begin a phased-in approach beginning on Jan. 1, 2019. Read More


11/13/2018

Health journal evaluates Ohio parity efforts for anniversary of mental health, addiction law

Ohio's mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems were among those of a few states evaluated recently by the journal Health Affairs in recognition of October as the 10th anniversary of the federal mental health parity law. The publication undertook the evaluation in response to the Parity at 10 Campaign, which seeks greater compliance by insurers and state Medicaid programs with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Treatment Act of 2008. Read More


11/13/2018

Coalition seeks feedback on administrative and billing requirements for behavioral health

The Behavioral Health Provider Coalition for Insurance Advocacy is seeking feedback from psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers related to administrative and billing requirements of third-party payers in Ohio. Please take a few min. (less than 10) to share your experience. Read More


11/13/2018

State leaders looking to move quickly after Issue 1 rejected

After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 last week, state lawmakers are ready to move forward on criminal justice reforms, legislative leaders said Thursday (Source: “After Issue 1 fails, state leaders vow to take up criminal justice reform,” Springfield News Sun, Nov. 8, 2018). Read More


10/31/2018

Research Watch - October 2018 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


10/19/2018

Errors with Medical Board letter about OARRS compliance being addressed

Last week, physicians in Ohio began receiving a letter from the State Medical Board of Ohio notifying them that they were out of compliance with reporting requirements of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). Medical groups came out strong in contacting the board to address two major concerns: 1) incorrect medical license numbers and 2) unavailability of OARRS data.


10/15/2018

Report finds 91 domestic violent deaths in Ohio over the past year

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network announced this week that there were 91 domestic violence deaths in 69 cases in Ohio from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read More


10/03/2018

$71.5M in federal funds awarded to Ohio to fight opioid epidemic

Ohio will receive $71.5 million over the next two years to combat the opioid epidemic as part of an ongoing federal grant program designed to increase drug treatment access and reduce opioid-related deaths. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has committed another $1 billion in grants to helping states carryout their opioid epidemic strategies, the department recently announced. Read More


10/03/2018

Assessment of child health and health care in Ohio unveiled

The Ohio Children’s Hospital Association commissioned the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) to lead a multi-faceted process to develop an Assessment of Child Health and Health Care in Ohio. The Assessment identifies Ohio’s top child health and health care-related priorities and provides a starting place for a child-focused health policy agenda that can pave the way for a healthier Ohio. Read More


10/03/2018

HPIO releases Resource Page on Issue 1

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released a resource page with information on Issue 1, the upcoming statewide ballot initiative that would create a constitutional amendment to implement criminal justice reforms and redirect funding currently used in the criminal justice system to community addiction treatment. Read More


10/03/2018

Pharmacy board seeks comments on classification of kratom as schedule I controlled substance

On October 1, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (SOBP) voted to classify kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance alongside heroin, LSD, and other dangerous illegal drugs. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until close of business on Thursday, October 18. Read More


09/28/2018

APA free course of the month - Oct. 2018

Major depression in children

Recent research suggests that the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) Anxiety/Depression scale can help identify children at highest risk for pediatric major depression (MDD) and, if implemented clinically, could cost-effectively screen children and identify those most in need of early intervention. Read More


09/25/2018

State OKs Medicaid rule change for addiction treatment staff with criminal records

A number of people recovering from addiction who are employed in drug and alcohol treatment centers could lose their jobs under new Ohio Medicaid rules that consider past criminal convictions. Read More


09/20/2018

OhioMHAS awarded $55.8 million state opioid response grant

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) received confirmation today from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that its application for nearly $55.8 million in State Opioid Response (SOR) grant dollars has been approved. Read More


09/20/2018

HPIO releases Health Policy Briefing Book for the next Governor and GA

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a 2018 Health Policy Briefing Book that includes data and strategies the next Ohio governor and General Assembly (GA) can use to develop evidence-informed policies that will improve the health of all Ohioans. Read More


09/17/2018

BWC launches pilot program to encourage employers to hire people recovering from addiction

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has announced plans to launch a pilot program in three Ohio counties to support employers willing to hire workers overcoming a drug addiction (Source: “$5M pilot program to encourage employers to hire recovering addicts,” Dayton Daily News, Sept. 8, 2018). Read More


09/17/2018

HPIO releases Health Policy Briefing Book ahead of fall elections

The Health Policy Institute has released a 2018 Health Policy Briefing Book that includes data and strategies the next Ohio governor and General Assembly can use to develop evidence-informed policies that will improve the health of all Ohioans. Read More


09/14/2018

Foundation Sponsors Research Award – Call for Entries!

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) is sponsoring a research award for each of the following categories: General Member, Resident-Fellow Member, and Medical Student. The winners and runners-up in each category will be invited to attend the OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Marriott University Area in Columbus. Read More


09/11/2018

OPPA submits comments to CMS on proposed Medicare physician fee schedule

On Sept. 10, the OPPA submitted comments on the proposed rules for revisions to payment policies under the physician fee schedule and other revisions to Part B for calendar year 2019, highlighting areas of support and areas of opposition as it specifically relates to physicians specializing in psychiatry. Read More


09/05/2018

AMA Truth in Advertising survey results released

Education and training matters when it comes to who provides your health care, but do most patients know the qualifications of their health care provider? Surveys conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) between 2008 and 2018 found that while patients strongly support a physician-led health care team, many are confused about the level of education and training of their health care provider. Read More


09/05/2018

Ohio House bill calls for cabinet-level drug policy post

Ohio Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester), on Thursday unveiled a bill that would create a cabinet-level post to coordinate drug policy in Ohio. Read More


09/05/2018

Board of Pharmacy rules cannabis byproducts can’t be sold in Ohio stores

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy said, in a ruling posted on its website this week, that products that contain cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical found in cannabis plants, are not legal in Ohio and cannot be sold in stores. Read More


09/05/2018

New APRN independent practice bill introduced

On August 29, State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) introduced House Bill (HB) 726, which would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to practice independently in Ohio. Currently, Ohio law requires APRNs to enter mandatory collaboration agreements with physicians. Read More


09/05/2018

APA free course of the month - Sept. 2018

Transgender Mental Health

Each month, as a benefit to members, the American Psychiatric Association offers free access to an on-demand CME course on a popular, timely and relevant topic.


08/31/2018

Research Watch - August 2018 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


08/29/2018

Join APA’s PsychPro Registry by Oct. 1 to meet 2018 reporting requiremen

More than 400 clinicians have joined PsychPro, APA’s new mental health registry, and many participants have qualified for CMS bonuses. PsychPro helps psychiatrists avoid payment penalties and earn bonuses for meeting quality reporting requirements while minimizing the burden of data collection. Read More


08/28/2018

Ohio MHAS offers additional free DEA DATA 2000 waiver trainings

To help address the opioid crisis in the state of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is offering free DEA DATA 2000 waiver trainings to all physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who hold an Ohio license and a current DEA number. Read More


08/28/2018

Addiction Policy Forum Overdose Reversal Toolkit

The Addiction Policy Forum recently announced the availability of their new Overdose Reversal Toolkit. As we approach International Overdose Awareness Day, the Toolkit is intended to empower patients, families and communities to come together and turn the tides of this deadly epidemic. Read More


08/27/2018

State report touts benefits of Medicaid expansion

State officials this week released a new report crediting Medicaid expansion with reducing the uninsured rate, helping low-income residents find work and providing more access to mental health and addiction services. Read More


08/23/2018

Revised ICD-10-CM codes to take effect October 1

Revised ICD-10-CM codes for 2019, released by the National Center for Health Statistics, take effect on October 1, 2018. A crosswalk between the new ICD codes and DSM-5 codes is posted on APA's website in a printable format that can be used for easy reference. Read More


08/22/2018

Ohio Medicaid to change the way it pays for prescription drugs

The Ohio Department of Medicaid announced that it will move away from the use of “spread pricing” by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) thus changing the way prescription drugs are paid for through Medicaid. Read More


08/22/2018

Ohio National Guard releases its latest digital magazine

From hosting a national exercise with 800 participants to partnering on the state’s first virtual training ground, the Ohio National Guard’s cyber warriors are leading the way in innovative cybersecurity training. Read More


08/15/2018

Elyn Saks, J.D., Ph.D., Will Be Inaugural Speaker for NEOMED Lecture Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Fred Frese and Dr. Penny Frese

Please join the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Department of Psychiatry and Peg’s Foundation for the inaugural Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m. on NEOMED’s Rootstown campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read More


08/07/2018

Research Watch - July 2018 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


07/31/2018

Ohio voters to decide on drug punishment, treatment reform amendment in Nov.

Ohioans will vote on whether to change the state Constitution in November to reduce penalties for nonviolent drug offenders, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office announced Monday afternoon. The drug treatment and rehabilitation amendment will be known as Issue 1 and is backed by a bipartisan coalition of civic, law enforcement, faith and business leaders.


07/25/2018

Medicaid changes stance on Medicaid Provider Agreements

In response to Ohio's medical community, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) agreed to pull back on their new termination policy for physicians and other health care professionals related to licensing board action.


06/13/2018

Concerns with CMHC trade association support of HB 326, psychologists prescribing

On March 23, a statewide trade and advocacy association, whose members include Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), sent a letter to members of the Ohio House Health Committee expressing support of Ohio House Bill 326, which would permit psychologists to prescribe. Please help educate administrators about safety concerns. Read More

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