HB 276 (Chiropractic-Nutrition): Chairwoman Gonzales plans on holding a vote on House Bill 276 next Wednesday with the intention of voting it out of committee. The bill will be amended to reflect some opposition from the Ohio Respiratory Care Board to exclude home medical equipment as it pertains to the original bill that would allow doctors of chiropractic to administer, sell, distribute, recommend, or provide advice on durable and nondurable medical goods and devices. The Ohio Respiratory Care Board is recommending this amendment in order for them to support the bill.
Medicare Legislation: The OSCA and the ACA met recently with United States Representative, Pat Tiberi, to discuss Medicare legislation. Rep. Tiberi is the Ways and Means Subcommittee Chairman on Health; a critical position that oversees healthcare legislation. Rep. Tiberi expressed interest in introducing a bill that would create chiropractic parity within Medicare Code; specifically the Social Security Act. The OSCA plans to work with other national chiropractic groups in the future to create a strategic and grassroots plan to carry out this important endeavor.
Chiropractic Licensing Board: Due to a recent Supreme Court anti-trust ruling, NC Dental Board vs. FTC, there are currently conversations taking place that could fundamentally change the makeup of Ohio’s regulatory boards and commissions. The Supreme Court ruling means that each Board member can be individually sued by someone claiming an anti-trust violation. Some current proposals being discussed are the following:
1. Have someone from the state – Attorney General, Governor, Lt. Governor, etc. review all decisions of boards before they are effective
2. Change all board structures so there is a plurality of members who are not among those being regulated. For example – Chiropractic Board – increases to 9 members and 6 would be public members, 3 would be licensees.
3. Create a mega-board structure that would review all decisions (licensure and disciplinary) – Maybe 3-4 of these each with subcommittees composed of the current boards. The mega review board would include a plurality of non-professional members; the subcommittees could have a majority of professional members.
While these conversations are preliminary in nature it is something the OSCA plans on getting ahead by meeting with the House and Senate leadership to discuss potential legislation.