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Golf for a Good Cause on Aug. 9!

Grab your putter and meet us on the greens at Sand Ridge Golf Club on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Academy of Medicine Education Foundation (AMEF) is hosting the Swing for Students Golf Outing at the prestigious course. Learn more about the new name and how you can support this event. Proceeds help fund educational programs in our community, including medical student scholarships.  

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Urge Gov. DeWine to Veto Anti-Vaccination Bill

In a last-minute effort before summer break, Republican lawmakers in both houses passed HB 244. If signed into law, it would block public schools and colleges from mandating vaccination against COVID-19. Contact Gov. Mike DeWine to urge a veto on this language. 

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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (SB 6) Passes

 The AMCNO strongly supported this legislation, as it offers a voluntary and expedited pathway to licensure for physicians who qualify and who want to practice in multiple states. Now, it awaits Gov. DeWine's signature.

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6 Ways to Reduce Incivility in Health Care Settings

The COVID-19 pandemic created significant stress in the lives of 8 out of 10 Americans. Health care providers continue to report seeing more angrier, frustrated and wearier patients and their families. And, in some cases, a link has been shown between disruptive behavior and medical errors. Here are 6 ways to help reduce the hostility and protect providers and patients.

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The Ohio Dept. of Medicaid Launches a New Website

Ohio Medicaid has updated their website to be more user-friendly, organized, and viewable on all types of devices. It's easier to navigate, and features tools to help users find the information they're looking for. We encourage physicians and their patients to take a look!

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AMCNO President Dr. Englund Testifies on HB 248

On Tuesday, AMCNO President Dr. Kristin Englund provided testimony against HB 248, the dangerous anti-vaccination bill currently being heard in the Ohio House. She joined other physicians and health care professionals in educating legislators on why this bill should not be passed. Their simple message: vaccines save lives

There is also still time for you to submit written-only opponent testimony for another  hearing in the Ohio House Health Committee next week. 

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 Five Solutions to Ease COVID-19 Burnout

The issue of burnout among physicians and other health professionals is not new. 

A national survey, however, has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated burnout and presented unique challenges for these medical professionals. The American Medical Association offers five solutions to help improve well-being and reduce burnout, during and after the pandemic. 

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ODH Vaccine Providers: Important Message about Ordering COVID-19 Vaccines

As of Monday, June 7, 2021, all COVID-19 vaccine providers who are enrolled with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) are required to directly order COVID-19 vaccine doses each week using the Vaccine Ordering Management System (VOMS).

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CMS Increases Payment Amounts for Medicare Beneficiaries' At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to increase efforts to better serve the 1.6 million adults age 65 or older who have difficulty leaving their home to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also created guidance on how to properly deliver vaccinations to these beneficiaries. 

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Share Your Insight on Medicare Fee-for-Service Programs

Medicare is looking to improve awareness among health care providers and patients of the services covered by the Medicare Fee-for-Service programs, related to diabetes prevention and chronic care management.

Please consider taking their brief survey to share your insights and opinions.

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Tell Legislators to Stop Dangerous All-Encompassing Anti-Vaccine Legislation

A gravely concerning bill pertaining to vaccinations is currently making its way through the Ohio Legislature. HB 248-11 is being framed as a bill to stop the COVID-19 vaccines from becoming mandatory, but it would actually apply to ALL immunizations, including childhood vaccines, according to the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA).

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SMBO Announces Requirement on the Duty to Report Misconduct

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) has announced a new continuing medical education (CME) requirement on the duty to report. Effective May 31, 2021, prior to renewal, MDs and DOs will be required to complete 1 hour of CME on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code. The enforcement of this requirement will commence with renewal applications submitted on or after July 1, 2021.

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Cuyahoga County Diversion Center is Open

The Cuyahoga County Diversion Center, a first-of-its-kind facility, opened its doors on May 3. Overseen by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, and working in conjunction with law enforcement, this unique center allows individuals involved in a low-level offense who are exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental illness and or/addiction to receive the help they need in a treatment environment, instead of being sent to the county jail.

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Local Community Health Centers Create COVID-19 Website

Cuyahoga County’s six community health centers have joined together to ensure everyone has access to the COVID-19 services they need. They created a website,, which provides easy-to-find information on COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations.

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AMA Releases Strategic Plan on Dismantling Structural Racism in Medicine

In May, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a plan designed to dismantle structural racism inside its own ranks and within the United States medical establishment.

The plan has been in the works for more than a year, but the group’s leaders said health inequities highlighted by the pandemic, ongoing police brutality and recent race-based crimes have given the effort a sense of urgency.

Read More Article on Vaccine Hesitancy Features One of Our Members

AMCNO member Dr. Sumita Khatri, who is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Asthma Center and vice chairwoman of the Respiratory Institute, was featured in a article on overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

The article highlights the need for educating the public on why it’s important they get immunized.

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AMA Report Continues to Show Changes in Medicare Spending During the Pandemic

HHS Revises Guidelines for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

An Upcoming Webinar will Discuss the Way Out of the COVID-19 Pandemic

AMCNO Collaborates with AMA on New Telehealth Program

Live Play Touches on Heavy Subject of the Well-Being of Burned Out Physicians

FDA and CDC Lift Pause on Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Share Your Experience with Recoupment of Medicare Advance Payments

An Introduction to the New AMCNO Board Members

What Physicians Need to Know about Information Blocking Rules

April Webinar Series - Intersecting Pandemics: The Opioid Epidemic and COVID-19

The Center for Health Affairs Shares New COVID-19 Resources in Weekly Update

AMA Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Script to Assist with Patient Inquiries

April 24 is DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day