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The State Medical Board of Ohio has rescinded current office-based opioid treatment rules and has issued new medication-assisted treatment rules which will be effective on Tuesday, April 30:


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


CPT coding/documentation/billing for psychiatry workshop - Jan. 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. Read More


Mental Health America releases annual State of Mental Health Report

Mental Health America released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. This year, Minnesota came out on top overall with Nevada coming in 51st. Ohio ranked 19th overall. Read More


Step therapy reform companion bills passed out of committees this week

On Tuesday of this week, the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee passed SB 56 (version 21) and on Wednesday, the House Health Committee passed HB 72 (version 4), companion bills that would include patient protection guardrails for insurers who want to utilize the cost containment strategy known as "step therapy" and "fail first". Read More


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

On Wed., Dec. 5, members of the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee passed legislation, House Bill 81, out of committee by a vote of 9 to 3. This is the first step to passing legislation that would prevent individuals with severe mental illness, at the time of the crime, from receiving a death sentence. Read More


Mental health facts for gay populations

The American Psychiatric Association's Division of Diversity and Health Equity has published a fact sheet on Mental Health Disparities in Gay Populations. This resource includes information on Mental health status and disparities, Epidemiology, Stigma and discrimination and Barriers to accessing mental health services. Read More


APA course of the month - Dec. 2018

Functional Neurological Symptom Disorders

This presentation, which is free to APA members, discusses developments in neuropsychiatry and effective strategies in the diagnosis of functional neurological symptom disorder (conversion disorder) for the general psychiatrist. Presented by Sepideh N. Bajestan, M.D., Ph.D., of Stanford University. Read More


Call for poster presentation abstracts for OPPA 2019 Annual Psychiatric Update

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) and Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) invite all the OPPA members (including resident/fellows and medical students) to participate by submitting an abstract to the upcoming Annual Psychiatric Update to be held at the Marriott University in Columbus on March 30-31st 2019. Read More


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

OPPA members are invited to participate in the final session of Wellness Wednesdays, a structured, bi-monthly webinar series focused on enhancing professional and personal wellness through the joy of medicine. The series is planned by the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) and is open and free to all physicians. Read More


Movement toward Medicaid unified PDL begins on Jan. 1

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). Beginning Tuesday, January 1, 2019, all Ohio Medicaid MCPs will prefer the same medications and use the same prior authorization criteria for diabetes drugs (insulin and non-insulin), hepatitis C drugs, and medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Read More


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


Tomorrow is #Giving Tuesday! We hope you will support the OPPF!

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) invites you to participate in #Giving Tuesday, a nationwide movement that encourages us to give back. Please remember OPPF on #GivingTuesday, by making a contribution on Tues., Nov. 27. Your generosity impacts the future of psychiatry by directly supporting OPPF’s mission. Read More


Registration now open for OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update

March 30-31, 2019, Marriott University, Columbus, OH

The 2019 meeting will be held at a new venue with a new format! The OPPA brings together thought leaders in mental health, data science, technology, neuroscience, and more for this day and a half meeting to build on the promise of increased advances in technology and innovation in Psychiatry. In addition, join colleagues for an evening of dinner, awards, silent auction and a truly motivating keynote speaker. Reserve your spot today as space is limited! Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


$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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


Ohio loses one of its most beloved MH advocates with the passing of Fred Frese

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to such a remarkable man who did so much and was so well known by speaking openly about his own struggles with schizophrenia and advocating on behalf


MyCare Ohio demonstrates better care, lower costs, according to ODM

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) recently released its annual MyCare Ohio evaluation. The report shows the MyCare program is saving Ohio taxpayers at least $30 million annually while also delivering better care and better health outcomes for more than 113,000 Ohioans enrolled in the program.


APA Free Course of the Month - July 2018

PTSD: Pathophysiology, Treatment, and Military Aspects

Around 6.8% of the population who have been exposed to a traumatic experience in their lifetime will experience PTSD, while a dramatically higher 17-25% of those exposed to military combat will. This course discusses the pathophysiology, treatment, and military aspects of PTSD including the unique characteristics of combat operational stress as well as the currently available treatment modalities for PTSD. Read More


Area 4 - Early Career Mentorship & Career Planning Symposium

Free to attend for OPPA/APA Resident-Fellow Members

Resident-Fellow Members in Ohio - make plans to attend this excellent half day of learning on Sat., Aug., 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Cleveland. The event is designed to address important topics not covered during residency/fellowship. Read More


Mark Hurst, MD takes over as director of OMHAS with Tracy Plouk's resignation

Mark Hurst, MD, has been named by Governor John Kasich as the new director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Ohio MHAS). He replaces Tracy Plouck who left to take a job with a non-profit organization. Dr. Hurst has been with the state mental health agency since 1991, and has served as the medical director of the OhioMHAS for the past six years. Read More


Dispensing of emergency refill of medication without a prescription

Legislation passed in 2016, commonly referred to as Kevin’s Law, modified the authority of pharmacists to dispense an emergency refill of medication without a prescription. Read More


Federal court ruling in Kentucky may impact Ohio Medicaid waiver plan

A federal judge's ruling last week on a Medicaid waiver in Kentucky will likely delay a decision on a similar work requirement proposed by Ohio (Source: Kentucky ruling on Medicaid work requirement could stall Ohio's waiver,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 3, 2018). Read More


House Health Committee holds 5th hearing on HB 326 - psychologists prescribing bill

Rep. Steve Huffman (R-Kettering), chair of the House Health Committee, agreed to schedule a final hearing on HB 326 on Wed., June 20, to allow proponents to bring in one last speaker in support of the bill to expand the scope of practice for psychologists to prescribe medications. Read More


Ohio leads nation in pharmacy benefit transparency

Ohio Medicaid released the first report of its kind in the nation that shows the price the state’s Medicaid managed care plans pay for prescription drugs, the amount pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) retain to administer the program, and the amount paid to pharmacies. The report was prepared by HealthPlan Data Solutions (HDS) based on one year of actual pharmacy claims data. Read More


Parity@10 patient/consumer survey

The OPPA is participating in the Parity at 10 Campaign to distribute a patient/consumer survey to help understand people’s experiences when seeking treatment through insurance coverage. Your responses will help improve access to treatment services. Read More


Enforcement of the MHPAEA (parity) through expanded state attorney general authority

The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODOI) has primary responsibility to enforce the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) for state-regulated private insurance plans. Pursuant to a mandatory reporting requirement included in the State’s 2017 operating budget, ODOI identified the strategies it pursues to enforce MHPAEA. Read More


AG, joint study committee release guide to effective drug prevention Programming

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Monday, released the Drug Use Prevention Education Resource Guide aimed at helping schools implement effective drug use prevention programming. The guide builds on the 2017 report that said Ohio schools should provide consistent, age-appropriate, evidence-based substance-use prevention education for all students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Read More


Suicide rates are rising faster among women than men in the U.S.

The rates for completed suicides have risen by nearly 30% in the past 20 years and, although males take their lives at a higher rate overall, the National Center for Health Statistics finds that the number of girls and women who complete suicide is rising faster than in males. Read More


New sheriff's office unit aims to address mental health issues

A push by local law enforcement called the "Community Intervention and Diversion" unit, or CID, will give those suffering from mental illness the help they need instead of going to jail.


Research Watch - May 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


Psychiatrist Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., Elected President-Elect of the AMA

APA member Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., a former APA board member and AMA board member, was elected today as president-elect of the AMA during the AMA’s House of Delegates meeting in Chicago. Read More


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


Ohio won’t meet Sept. 8 deadline for medical marijuana, regulators say

State regulators working to meet a Sept. 8 deadline to set up Ohio's medical marijuana program now say there won't be any products available to patients by that time. The date by which marijuana plants needed to be in the ground in order to meet the deadline has passed. Read More


Suicide rates up in Ohio and the nation

A federal report released last week found that Ohio’s suicide rate rose by 36 percent from 1999 to 2016, which was the 19th-highest among the states. Read More


OPPA members - please update your profile

Please take a moment to verify your member profile in OPPA's membership database and make changes if need be. This information is especially important when it comes to legislative issues. In addition, you can choose to be included (or NOT be included) in a directory for the public and/or for other OPPA members. Read More


ECT efficacious, cost-effective for individuals with treatment-resistant major depression

MedPage Today reported that an analysis suggests electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is efficacious and also cost-effective for patients with treatment-resistant major depression, and it should be considered after failure of two prior trials of pharma-cotherapy and/or psychotherapy. Read More


RFM members - action required: it's time to advance your APA/OPPA membership

As residents prepare to graduate from your training programs, please complete the electronic membership advancement form to let us know if you will are continuing in a fellowship or advancing to practice. Read More


APA Free Course of the Month - June 2018

Evaluating Adverse Drug Effects

Psychiatrists are increasingly called upon to evaluate somatic and psychiatric symptoms and differentiate them from possible iatrogenic effects of psychotropic medications. OPPA members are encouraged to participate to learn more about this important topic. Read More


Latest HPIO addiction resource page explores overdose reversal, harm reduction

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released the latest tool from its Addiction Evidence Project: An online resource page on overdose reversal and other forms of harm reduction. Read More


APA and ATA issue guide for mental health providers

The APA and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) this week released “Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health,” a guide for mental health providers who want to begin using interactive videoconferencing to offer services to their patients. Read More


OPPA comes out strong to testify in opposition to Sub HB 326 – psychologists prescribing

The OPPA testifies in opposition to legislation that would allow certain psychologists in Ohio to prescribe psychotropic medications and opioid antagonists. This hearing allowed for proponents, opponents and interested parties to testify. Read More


OPPA testifies on HB 546 – telehealth bill

On May 16, Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association president-elect, Victoria Kelly, MD, testified before the Ohio House Health Committee in support of House Bill (HB) 546. Introduced by Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), HB 546 would prohibit health benefit plans from treating telemedicine services differently from in-person health care services solely because they are provided as telemedicine services. Read More


OMHAS - firearms and mental illness memo

As part of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service's suicide prevention efforts, Mark Hurst, MD, Medical Director, kicks off a series of memos on the topic, the first one entitled: Firearms and Mental Illness. Read More


Ohio Medicaid MCOs to hold behavioral health provider forums

Ohio's Medicaid Managed Care Organizations are hosting regional forums to offer important information for behavioral health providers preparing for Managed Care integration. This is a good opportunity for providers to get updated information on Medicaid managed care plan billing rules, receive personalized technical assistance on claims and/or contracting, and meet key contacts at the managed care plans. Read More


Kasich announces opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain

Assuring individuals who need opiates to manage long-term pain they need not worry about losing their medication, Gov. John Kasich Wednesday announced new rules aimed at curbing the unnecessary prescription of opiate painkillers to manage sub-acute and chronic pain and promoting the use of alternative treatments. Read More


Ohio Medicaid supports work and community engagement

On April 30, Ohio Medicaid requested federal approval to implement a work requirement to promote financial independence, community engagement and better health outcomes among Medicaid expansion enrollees. Read More


Take the physician burnout self-assessment today

Feeling burned out? You’re not alone. Many psychiatrists and other physicians experience feelings of dissatisfaction and weariness that are associated with burnout and/or depression. Read More


American Journal of Psychotherapy Archives available online now

For the first time ever, the entire archive of the American Journal of Psychotherapy is available in digital form online. Read More


APA free course of the month - May 2018

Lithium and Bipolar Disorder in Child

Lithium continues to be highly recommended in international guidelines for the pharmacotherapy of bipolar disorder, but worldwide usage by clinicians seems less frequent than expected. Read More


Parity@10 Compliance Campaign aims to achieve parity enforcement

The OPPA, along with many other statewide physician groups and patient advocacy organizations, is part of a collaboration in Ohio known as Parity@10. Initiated at the federal level, Parity@10, 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark legislation, which mandates that health insurance plans’ standards for substance use and mental health benefits be comparable to, and be no more restrictive than, the standards for other medical/surgical benefits. Read More


Please respond to OPPA's Integrated Care survey

Deadline: May 21, 2018

A collaborative of statewide physician groups and provider organizations is interested in determining the presence of any and all forms of primary care and behavioral health integration in Ohio. Aggregate data will be used to support and expand Integrated Care and to identify concerns, challenges, implementation barriers to be addressed with payors, policymakers and others.Your time in responding to the survey is greatly appreciated! Read More


Study sheds light on why U.S. spends more on health care, provokes more questions

The United States spends more on health care than any other developed nation and recent research sheds new light on why that may be, but also provokes more questions for policymakers to explore. Read More


Research Watch - April 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

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