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Department of Health Director to resign

Department of Health Director Ted Wymyslo recently announced his decision to resign as agency head in order to return to private medical practice. Wymyslo was a family physician and educator in Montgomery County before joining the Kasich Administration in 2011. [more]

Bill would establish pharmacy audit standards

Legislation to enact standard procedures for pharmacy audits is under consideration in the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee. According to Senator Troy Balderson (R- Zanesville), the lack of uniform standards in relation to Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), entities that audit pharmacies, in Ohio has led to unreasonable demands and abuses. These entities are often hired by third-party payers, such as health insurers, to ensure that claims and payments have been made correctly. [more]

Legislation to watch

Infant Mortality: Sponsored by Senator Shannon Jones (R – Springboro), Senate Bill 277 would create the Commission on Infant Mortality. The commission would be charged with conducting a complete inventory of services provided or administered by the state that are available to address the infant mortality rate in the state. The bill was introduced on Feb.12. [more]