Primary Care Rate Increate – October 16 Update

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has released another update on the Primary Care Rate Increase.

This updated provides details about timeline for payments, as well as a comprehensive list of physicians who have successfully attested for the increase.

The document released by the Ohio Department of Medicaid on October 15 can be found here.

View other updates associated with Increased Reimbursement.

Mental Health in Primary Care

The Building Mental Wellness (BMW) Learning Network will support you and your practice to develop the culture, skills, and collaboration that can assure your success in serving your patients affected by emotional, developmental or behavioral issues. In addition to the benefits of improving patient care, participants will also receive Part IV MOC, CME and a practice stipend.

Click here to visit the BMW Project Page. Also, take a second to fill out the form below and a member of BMW Team will follow-up with more information, including how you can register to participate!

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Preschool Vision Screening Learning Collaborative Recruitment

The Ohio AAP has recently partnered with Prevent Blindness Ohio to create a Quality Improvement project focused on preschool vision screening. The Preschool Vision Screening Learning Collaborative will benefit health care professionals by:

  • Improving vision screening within their practice
  • Introducing quality improvement topics to practices at a pace that is comfortable, allowing providers to meet MOC requirements
  • Offering them a stipend for their participation
  • Providing vision screening equipment at no cost

For a copy of the formal recruitment letter, click here.

For a copy of the project’s recruitment packet, click here.

Click on the image below to view a copy of the project’s recruitment postcard.

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If you are interested in receiving additional information about the Preschool Vision Screening Learning Collaborative, please fill out the below form.

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Affordable Care Act

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces began on Tuesday, October 1, with coverage beginning as soon as Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Health Insurance Marketplaces are one-stop shops for consumers to research, compare, and purchase comprehensive health insurance plans, but currently, less than 25% of Americans are aware that marketplaces exist.

Providing good information to help patients make informed decisions about their health care is something you do every day, and it’s what you can do now to help make sure your patients are aware of their options.

People who are unaware of the ACA implementation run the risk of not being ready for enrollment deadlines and are likely unaware of the new services and benefits.

Health Insurance Marketplaces offer:
  • Low cost coverage options
  • Comprehensive plans with essential benefits.
The ACA’s changes for 2014 mean:
  • Plans can no longer deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions
  • People without health care coverage will have to pay a fee.

Primary care physicians and other health care professionals have the opportunity to help patients understand and navigate the changing health care landscape by discussing the insurance options that are available through the marketplace.

In August, the AAP developed and distributed state-specific fact sheets linking parents and families to their state’s marketplace and answering a series of questions about what to look for in an insurance plan. The AAP also developed fact sheets to educate pediatric practices that might benefit from the law’s small business health insurance options. All of these can be found on www.aap.org/ACAmarketplace. On www.healthychildren.org/ACAmarketplace (also in Spanish), parents can also learn about how to navigate the new marketplace and better understand how insurance works.

Additional information about the ACA and the new marketplace can be found at Healthcare.gov.

2013 Annual Meeting – Thank You

The Ohio AAP would like to thank all of the sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, speakers, and guests who made the 2013 Annual Meeting a huge success!

If you missed this year’s meeting, feel free to take a look at what took place at this year’s meeting by visiting the 2013 Annual Meeting Resources page.

Mark your calendar’s for next year’s meeting: September 4, 5 and 6, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin, OH

Building “Piece” of Mind

The Building “Piece” of Mind handouts were created by Dr. Andrew Garner and are used by practices participating in the Building Mental Wellness Learning Collaborative.

Ounce of Prevention – Sports Nutrition

Introduced in 2007, the Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound toolkit addresses the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. The goal is to provide primary care providers with simple tools to educate parents in prevention strategies by making good nutritional and physical activity decisions for their children. Ounce of Prevention starts at the first well child visit, and provides these tools through 18 years old. The toolkit includes evidence-based messages as recommended by the Expert Committee within the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The following pieces are taken from the Sports Nutrition portion of the Ounce of Prevention Materials:

For more Ounce of Prevention information, visit the Ounce of Prevention Project Page.

Ounce of Prevention – Calcium

Introduced in 2007, the Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound toolkit addresses the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. The goal is to provide primary care providers with simple tools to educate parents in prevention strategies by making good nutritional and physical activity decisions for their children. Ounce of Prevention starts at the first well child visit, and provides these tools through 18 years old. The toolkit includes evidence-based messages as recommended by the Expert Committee within the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The following pieces are taken from the Calcium portion of the Ounce of Prevention Materials:

For more Ounce of Prevention information, visit the Ounce of Prevention Project Page.