Advocacy News


Department of Medicaid Budget Includes Reimbursement Increase for Podiatrists

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) budget includes a 5% increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rates for podiatrists.


Health Care Non-Competes Face Uncertain Future

Last summer, President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order last summer that encourages the Federal Trade Commission to draft rules to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility.”


Board Approves Telehealth Rules

The State Medical Board adopted new telehealth rules that will become effective on February 28, 2023. These rules implement the requirements of the telehealth statute (R.C. 4743.09) for physicians (MD, DO, and DPM), physician assistants, dietitians, respiratory care professionals, and genetic counselors.


2022 Election Recap

Ohio Republicans maintained their stronghold on controlling Ohio’s legislative and statewide offices, sweeping to victories in all five statewide offices and increasing their supermajorities in both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. They also maintained control of the state Supreme Court and kept the US Senate seat of the retiring Rob Portman in Republican hands.


Commentary: Orthopaedic Associations Continue Assault on Our Scope of Practice

The Ohio Orthopaedic Society and a Connecticut-based orthopaedic surgeon opened a new front in the orthopaedic community's seemingly never-ending war on our scope of practice. Click on the headline for more information.


State Medical Board Rescinds Pro-Podiatry Guidance

The State Medical Board of Ohio unexpectedly voted at its November meeting to retract a 2019 policy letter that determined it is within the scope of practice for an Ohio podiatrist to perform a supramalleolar osteotomy of the tibia or fibula to correct a deformity and harvest bone marrow aspirate from the proximal tibia.


Governor Signs COVID-19 Vaccine Bill into Law

A bill that provides Ohio podiatrists with statutory authority to administer the COVID-19 vaccine has been signed into law.


Ohio Flu Shot Bill Signed into Law

An Ohio bill that enables podiatrists in Ohio to administer the influenza vaccine to individuals seven-years-old or older was recently signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine.