|Advocacy - 2.24.16|
House Bill 276 (Chiropractic-Nutrition) The Ohio State Medical Association, through interested party talks, have requested the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Schuring, place continuing education mandates if a chiropractic physician wishes to provide advice on nutrition or sell nutritional products. Additionally, the OSMA is requesting HB 276 eliminate the ability for a chiropractic physician to delegate his/her nutritional responsibilities to a qualified healthcare provider in his/her office. The OSCA, through its Government Affairs Committee, recently wrote a letter to Rep. Schuring requesting he not change the bill to require CE’s and eliminate a DC’s potential to delegate. The committee overwhelming agrees DC’s have more than enough education in nutrition; thus not requiring additional CE hours. Additionally, the committee disagrees with the OSMA that a DC should not be able to delegate. Should the OSMA language be included in the bill and passed a DC would no longer be able to delegate nutritional duties to a nutritionist or any other qualified healthcare provider in their office. The OSCA has requested Rep. Schuring leave existing language the way it currently is and allow DC’s to continue delegating his/her responsibilities.
The OSCA and OSMA are scheduled to meet within the next couple of weeks to go over each association’s differences.
Bureau of Workers Compensation: The OSCA recently had a meeting with Ohio’s BWC senior staff; including John Annarino (Chief Medical and Health Officer), Freddie Johnson (Chief of Medical Services) and Dr. Stephen Woods (Medical Director) regarding the creation of a new process that would eliminate the need for reviews. The OSCA has asked that BWC take an action on the approval of the new process within the next 60 days. Once the new process is approved the OSCA will be providing training seminars to its membership.
Presidential Election: A recent Quinnipiac Poll found Ohioans favoring presidential candidate Donald Trump by 5% over Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich. The poll, conducted from February 16-20th, found Donald Trump at 31%, John Kasich at 26%, Texas Senator Ted Cruz at 21%, Florida Senate Marco Rubio at 13% and retired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, at 5%.
House Bill 170 (Employer-Vaccination Mandate) No update at this time.
House Bill 169 (PT Scope of Practice) No update at this time.
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