|Advocacy - 2.10.16|
HB 276: The OSMA is challenging a chiropractic physicians nutritional education and their ability to effectively delegate giving nutritional advice to another staff member in his/her office. The OSCA and others are educating the bill sponsor, Rep. Schuring, on chiropractic physician’s education, the amount of CE hours he/she receives every biennium and the quality of other healthcare providers who service in a chiropractic office. The OSCA Government Affairs Committee will be meeting February 11th to vote on all potential changes that Rep. Schuring would like to make to the bill.
Conservative Healthcare Study Committee: The OSCA is getting language drafted that would create a Conservative Healthcare Study Committee that would be made up of several House and Senate members. The purpose of the study committee would be to travel the state and hear testimony from conservative healthcare providers as to how they can play integral part in Ohio’s healthcare system. The bill would call for legislators to study the following subjects:
(1) A review and assessment on defining conservative healthcare for the purposes of the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code;
(2) A cost-benefit and health analysis on using a conservative first method of care for neuro-muscular and skeletal symptoms and neuro-muscular conditions; including chiropractic and physical therapy, acupuncture, etc;
(3) The potential benefits and impact of using conservative care to help alleviate the current opiate addiction crisis in Ohio in relationship to neuro-muscular and skeletal conditions and symptoms;
(4) Studying the overall availability of educational institutions in the fields that encompass conservative healthcare and make recommendations on the viability of establishing any additional specialty education institutions in Ohio.
House Bill’s 169 & 170 (PT Scope of Practice and Employer Vaccinations) There has yet to be any movement on these two bills. The speaker’s office and the bills’ sponsors are working with external parties on creating compromises to both bills.
Senate Bill 66 (Healthcare Loan Repayment Program) The OSCA plans to meet with the bill’s sponsor, Senator Tavares, on the potential of amending the bill to include chiropractic physicians for the purpose of qualifying for the loan repayment program.