Ohio AAP Concussion Victory

Ohio AAP Successfully Removes Provision to Allow Chiropractors to Assess Concussions… Again

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics successfully removed an amendment from House Bill 483 that would have allowed chiropractors to clear young athletes to return to play following a concussion and would have required 6 hours of CME annually for physicians and chiropractors who want to return youth to play.

Advocacy PillarThe amendment was removed from HB 483 on Wednesday, April 9 as part of the mid-biennium review (MBR).

James Duffee, MD, voiced his concerns before the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, calling it “unnecessary and potentially harmful to Ohio’s youth athletes.”

Ohio AAP secured a line-item veto in 2013 striking down a similar amendment in the annual budget.

An Advocacy Call is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 from 5:30pm-6:30pm if you would like more information on today’s victory and the potential for this amendment to return in the senate. Email Melanie Farkas if you would like to take part. (#1-800-466-8543, code: 462132)

For those of you who would like to express your gratitude to Representative Ryan Smith for removing the amendment, click here for his email address. Please thank him for removing his amendment to allow us more time for dialogue with those who were supportive of allowing chiropractors to assess concussions and why we think this could be very harmful to children.

You may also view Ohio AAP’s Concussion Guidelines for Physicians by clicking here.