|Advocacy - 11.18.15|
The Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) is finalizing the “Ohio Guideline for the Management of Acute Pain Outside of Emergency Departments.” The OSCA has been part of these discussion from day one and is very proud that non-pharmacologic treatment; specifically a chiropractic adjustment, is listed first as a way to combat acute pain. Click here to view a final version of the guideline.
The OSCA will be publicly supporting House Bill 276 on November 18th when the Health and Aging Committee allows proponents to speak in support of the bill. The OSCA continues to believe chiropractic physicians already have the ability to provide excellent nutritional therapies but does support clarifying in the code to eliminate any misunderstanding.
House Bill 169 (Physical Therapists increase in scope of practice) The OSCA will be taking part in an interested party meeting this week with the bill’s sponsor as well as the committee chairman in which the bill is assigned. The OSCA will continue to advocate against passing a provision in the bill that would allow physical therapists the ability to independently diagnose a patient. Through our own research and conversations with our healthcare providers PT’s lack the fundamental education in order to carry out the above procedure.
Senate Bill 90 (Healthcare worker identification) SB 90 is up for its first hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this week. The bill, should it be signed into law, requires healthcare providers to wear a badge distinguishing what type of healthcare provider they are. The OSCA understands this may be necessary in hospital systems, but disagrees chiropractic physicians, dentists, etc., should be included in this bill. While the bill does not have a lot of support from the Ohio Healthcare Provider Coalition, the OSCA will continue meeting with the bills’ sponsor and other senators to exclude chiropractic physicians from the bill.
House Bill 170 (Vaccination-employment) The OSCA plans on distributing information to its members relating to the Representative Christina Hagan’s bill that would outlaw the current practice of businesses requiring employment vaccinations. It is important all of the OSCA members understand the bill and the effects it could have on Ohio’s working population.
GXMO – The OSCA continues to have conversations with the Dept. of Health after meeting with them several times regarding the burden current GXMO procedures place on chiropractic offices. It is our hope in the coming months the OSCA and the DOH can come to an agreement and solution that will produce better outcomes for both the patient and the healthcare provider.