December 15, 2023

IN THIS ISSUE: President's Message December 2023 | Legislature Adjourns for 2023 | Watch the Blue Jackets with the CMA - Last Day to RSVP! | Donate to PCC's Operation Clean Cheeks | Donate to the CMA Foundation

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President's Message - December 2023

Check out this fabulous December President's Message from Dr. Mehran Mostafavifar. He highlights some of the exciting things the CMA and its affiliates did this past year and looks forward to all the exciting things coming up in 2024.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Healthcare Appreciation Night - LAST DAY TO RSVP!

Join your local physician colleagues and their families at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, January 2nd at 7 pm for the Columbus Blue Jackets Healthcare Professionals Appreciation Night! The deadline to RSVP is Friday, 12/15 at noon.


The Blue Jackets will take on the Boston Bruins!

The CMA has reserved a seating block that includes:

  • Specially priced tickets of $42/per person in the Upper Side area
  • One Pair of exclusive CBJ compression socks for every two tickets purchased
  • $5 food/beverage voucher for every two tickets purchased
Learn More and RSVP

Legislature Adjourns for 2023

This week the Ohio House and Senate had their final legislative sessions until January, when the current legislative session will resume until the end of the 2024 calendar year.


This week:

  • Prohibition against local communities banning flavored tobacco. The House voted this week to override a veto by Governor DeWine. The Senate has yet to act on the veto. An override would prohibit local governments from implementing their own flavored tobacco bans within their jurisdictional boundaries. Opponents of this override generally see the issue as a public health matter where some communities have passed bans, including Columbus. Proponents of an override frequently cite the challenges that businesses have complying across multiple jurisdictions who have a multitude of different regulations.

  • HB 68 was passed and will be going to the Governor. This bill deals with gender transition services for adolescents. Physician groups, including the CMA, raised objections to the legislature inserting itself directly into the practice of medicine with absolute provisions around medications and treatments that would apply in all circumstances for all patients and leave no discretion for physicians regardless of their patients' circumstances. 

  • SB 60’s committee hearing and potential vote was postponed. This bill is perhaps a well-intentioned attempt to increase the capacity of mental health services in the state by creating a new classification of provider, Certified Mental Health Assistant. There are concerns that the provisions of SB 60 would not adequately prepare the CMHA for the scope of practice it would authorize, or ensure protection of the patients CMHAs would be licensed to serve. Among other things, the bill would grant prescriptive authority – including the ability to prescribe controlled substances.

CMA members who have questions about these issues, or any other issues, should contact Lisa Oyer at the CMA, or the CMA's public policy consultant Malcolm Porter.

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Physician CareConnection's Operation Clean Cheeks: Diaper Drive

Join PCC in making a difference in the lives of little ones with Operation Clean Cheeks! They're on a mission to ensure that every baby deserves a clean and healthy start. Help us achieve this goal by contributing to our diaper drive.

Diapers are a basic necessity for babies, yet many families struggle to afford an adequate supply. Operation Clean Cheeks aims to alleviate this burden and provide relief to parents facing financial challenges. By participating in this diaper drive, you're not just giving diapers – you're giving the gift of comfort, hygiene, and peace of mind to both parents and their precious little ones.

Donating is easy! You can support Operation Clean Cheeks by either:

  • Visiting our Amazon Gift List and making a purchase online - click button below
  • Dropping off diapers in person at the CMA offices during our designated drop-off hours.
Donate Today

From our Sponsors: WesBanco

Economic growth and inflation have moderated, and the Federal Reserve is nearing the end of its rate increase cycle. Listen as WesBanco's Chief Investment Strategist, Bob McGee, gives an economic overview in the Markets & Economy Commentary for the Fourth Quarter of 2023.

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Share your expertise with Central Ohio’s news organizations

Sign-up today to be a physician expert for the CMA's Media Contact List - Destiney Davis, our PR & Communications Specialist, will reach out with more details.

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