Legislative

New Law Broadens Authority of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Reacting to the current and predicted increased shortage of primary care physicians, the Ohio General Assembly enacted House Bill 216, signed by Governor Kasich on January 4, 2017, and effective April 7, 2017.

The new law modifies Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 4723 (Ohio’s Nurse Practice...


2016 Election Update Part Two*: The Rise and Fall of The American Health Care Act of 2017

On March 20, 2017, Republicans proposed the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). The bill focused on reallocating funding to reduce healthcare costs for patients. The major proposals included:

Repealing the penalties associated with the individual and large employer mandates for minimum...

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law Progresses, but Are Physicians Willing to Recommend?

In the face of Ohio’s opioid epidemic that leads the nation in fatal heroin overdoses — an ironic byproduct of addiction to prescription painkillers — does medical marijuana provide a viable alternative for physicians to manage intractable pain and other Qualifying Medical Conditions? The issue...


Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law Leaves Doctors Hungry for More Information

On September 8, 2016, Ohio became the 25th state to legalize a comprehensive medical cannabis (medical marijuana) program, perhaps in part to combat the opioid epidemic by offering relief to those suffering from intractable pain caused by a number of recognized medical conditions. Ohio’s Medical...


A Checklist for MACRA

Last year, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) eliminated Medicare’s SGR formula and required Medicare, beginning in 2019, to provide value-based reimbursement to physicians. MACRA represents a big step away from traditional Medicare fee-for-service. (In the meantime, the...


Expanding Ohio’s “I’m Sorry” Law

Ten years ago, the Ohio General Assembly passed its first “I’m Sorry” legislation, designed to prevent a physician’s apologetic expressions of sympathy, commiseration, condolence, compassion, or general sense of benevolence to a patient or patient’s family following an unanticipated clinical outcome, from being introduced into evidence in a malpractice action as an admission of liability.