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Health Care in the News

As part of its monthly agenda, the Academy Council routinely reviews health care related news articles. Click the articles button below to view the item from February. This month's articles include:

"Feds move into digital medicine, face doctor backlash" USA Today
"Here's why eight of Cincinnati's biggest doctor groups are joining forces" Cincinnati Business Courier
"CEO says TriHealth stepping up expansion into insurance business" Cincinnati Business Courier
"TriHealth acquires Oxford hospital at last" Cincinnati Enquirer
"TriHealth acquires two medical practices" Cincinnati Business Courier
"Mercy Health acquires one of Greater Cincinnati's largest doctor groups" Cincinnati Business Courier
"Mercy brings in new leader for practice" Cincinnati Enquirer
"Mayfield Clinic to move HQ and medical offices" Cincinnati Business Courier

Welcome to the Academy of Medicine

The Academy of Medicine (Hamilton County Medical Society), founded in 1857, is a not-for-profit, professional association for the physicians of Hamilton County, Ohio. Mission Statement: The Academy of Medicine is the professional association that exists to organize, represent, advocate for, and serve physicians of Greater Cincinnati.

2015 Health Care Heroes honored February 12

On February 12, the Cincinnati Business Courier will honor individuals who have made a positive impact on health care in our community at its annual Health Care Heroes awards dinner.

Academy members among the finalists include Stephen Blatt, MD, and Jay Johannigman, MD, in the Provider category; Stephen Feagins, MD, in the Community Outreach category; Nicholas Gates, MD, in the Innovator category; and Stephen Lewis, MD, in the Manager category. 

Alvin Crawford, MD, will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement award. Jeremy Engel, MD, is the keynote speaker and will discuss heroin addiction and how it has become a medical epidemic in our region.

To make reservations, click here.

Save-the-Date for Cincinnati Reds outing
The date for the Academy’s annual outing to Great American Ballpark is Sunday, July 19. Join us as the Cincinnati Reds take on in-state rivals the Cleveland Indians. 
The Academy Group Picnic Package includes a Field Box seat; all-inclusive buffet; beverages; and a private dining area. 
This is one of the Academy’s most popular social activities, so save-the-date, make plans to attend, and watch for more information about tickets in upcoming editions of Cincinnati Medicine Digest and on the Academy’s website.

State Medical Board rule changes

New requirements related to office-based opioid treatment

As of January 31, 2015, Ohio physicians providing office-based opioid treatment using buprenorphine products must comply with Rule 473-11-12, Ohio Administrative Code, or face disciplinary action by the board. For a synopsis, click here

State Medical Board of Ohio seeks comments on proposed rule amendments 

Proposed amendments affect Rule 4731-11-01: Definitions (applicable to prescribing controlled substances); Rule 4731-11-09: Prescribing to persons the physicians has never personally examined; and Rule 4731-11-11: Standards and procedures for review of Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS).

Comments received by February 20 will be reviewed by the Medical Board for possible amendments to the proposed language. For a synopsis and how to comment, click here.

New laws affect prescribing

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy is offering guidance to health care providers on how to comply with new Ohio laws that affect prescribing. 

HB 367 – Buprenorphine Used in Treating Drug Dependence or Addiction

HB 314 – Prescribing Opioids to Minors

HB 341 – Mandatory OARRS Registration and Requests

OSMA proposes dramatic organizational changes

The Ohio State Medical Association is proposing what it calls dramatic organizational changes. These changes, recommended by a specially created Bylaws Task Force, include: eliminating geographic districts; holding two policy forums to discuss health care issues; repurposing the Annual Meeting; and opening voting to all OSMA members. The bylaws changes, presented as a resolution, will be voted on during the OSMA Annual Meeting to be held April 10-12 in Columbus.

The First District Delegation, which represents physicians in Hamilton County and seven surrounding Ohio counties, met in January, and there was considerable discussion about the proposed bylaws changes at the state level. If you would like to share your comments/concerns with the First District, contact Academy Associate Executive Director Nancy Coomer by email or call 513-421-7010, ext. 307.

In addition, the First District is submitting six resolutions for consideration by the OSMA House of Delegates at the upcoming Annual Meeting — one, a memorial resolution in honor of Francis J. Froehlich, MD; four relating to the OSMA Annual Meeting; and one concerning retiring physicians. The First District Delegation will meet on March 11 for its final preparatory meeting leading up to the OSMA Annual Meeting. If you would like to attend the March First District meeting, please contact to Ms. Coomer.

Take advantage of group purchasing benefit in 2015

The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council that offers members an opportunity for significant cost-savings and other benefits through participation in the Health Council's Group Purchasing Program.

The program covers a wide variety of products and services and aims to help members save money and enhance their ability to deliver better care. Participants will enjoy the combined buying power of more than 170 hospital and other health care facilities. This high volume translates into substantial discounts on purchases of products and services. Some categories that may be of particular interest to physician practices include language/interpreter services, solid waste removal, energy sharps/RMW treatment, courier services, and criminal background checks. Click here to see the current list.

If you have questions, contact Rachel Casanta at the Health Council.

Connect with DocBookMD
DocBookMD is a mobile, secure, HIPAA-compliant smartphone platform for your iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Provided free to Active and Resident members of the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, DocBookMD offers HIPAA-compliant messaging; sending and receiving of images (X-rays, EKGs, wounds, etc.); a directory of your Academy of Medicine colleagues; a local pharmacies list; and much more.

Register today directly from your iPad, iPhone, or Android device. To register, you will need your Academy of Medicine Member ID Number. If you do not have it, contact the Academy at 513-421-7010. Your free app is available at the iTunes Store or the Android Market.