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Tuition to Drop 30% for KSUCPM Students from Ohio

Tuition to Drop 30% for KSUCPM Students from Ohio

Ohio students enrolled at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) will see a $13,866 decrease in tuition effective the 2024 spring semester. The change is a result of the state of Ohio providing $6.8 million in state funding through the 2024-25 state budget.

CGS Local Coverage Determination Places New Limits on Use of Skin Substitutes

CGS Local Coverage Determination Places New Limits on Use of Skin Substitutes

A CGS Local Coverage Determination (LCD) will place new limits on the use of skin substitutes for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers. The LCD, which becomes effective September 17, 2023, states “greater than four applications of a skin substitute graft or cellular and/or tissue-based products (CTP) within the episode of skin replacement surgery (defined as 12 weeks from the first application of a skin substitute graft or CTP)” are “not medically reasonable and necessary.”


Column: State Budget Victory Years in the Making

It took some new approaches, the right political winds, and some perseverance to secure State Share of Instruction funding for Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, explains OHFAMA Executive Director Mike Mathy.


Ohio’s Biennium Budget Impacts State Medical Board of Ohio

Ohio’s biennium budget includes changes that will impact State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) licensees. Below is a summary of the law changes that become effective October 3, 2023.


State Budget Boosts Medicaid Reimbursement Rates, Provides KSUCPM Funding

New funding for Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine and a 5% increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for podiatrists are highlights of the state budget signed into law July 3 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.


Senate Budget Includes KSUCPM Funding

The Ohio Senate’s version of the state budget bill released June 6 includes $3.4 million each fiscal year in State Share of Instruction funding for Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. If adopted, KSUCPM estimates Ohio’s in-state graduates would earn their degrees with a nearly 30% decrease in student debt.


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.