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Law Librarians Heading to ORALL Conference

If you see fewer people in the library during the next few days it is because several librarians will be attending the annual Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Conference (ORALL).  The conference is at Case Western Reserve University and will run from today through Friday.  Law Librarians from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky will be in attendance representing law school, law firm, state, county and city law libraries.

The highlight of the conference will be C|M| Law librarians Neeri Rao, Amy Burchfield and Brian Cassidy’s presentation “Creative Spaces:  The New Learning Commons At C|M|Law”.

Cuyahoga County Now Using Electronic Pollbooks

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections logoIf you will be voting in the 9/12/17 Primary Election in Cuyahoga County, and have not voted since before the 5/2/17 Primary Election, you will see a new feature at the polls.  Electronic pollbooks were tested in many precincts for the 5/2/17 Primary Election, but electronic pollbooks will be used throughout all of Cuyahoga County for the 9/12/17 Primary Election.  Electronic pollbooks are handheld tablets used to check in voters, and each electronic pollbook has the record of every voter in the county.  Poll workers can check in voters by scanning the voter’s driver’s license or state ID, or by doing a manual name search.  [Voters must provide proof of identify when checking in – see the Ohio Secretary of State voter Identification Requirements page.]  Each electronic pollbook is synced to other units at the polling location – when a voter checks in on one unit, all units at that location are updated.  For additional information, see the Cuyahoga County Electronic Poll Books page and Electronic Pollbook Training Videos page.

Proposed Ohio Regulations On Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Photo of 2 opioid prescription bottlesThe State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy recently proposed amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) regulations concerning the “manner of issuance of a prescription,” “information required for submission,” and “electronic format required for the transmission of dispensing information.”  The proposed amendments to OAC 4729-5-30 require diagnosis codes and days’ supply on all controlled substance prescriptions; specifies the portions of a prescription that a pharmacist may modify; updates requirements for prescribing via fax, orally, or electronically; and updates “dispense as written” requirements for generic substitutions, interchangeable biologics, and combined refills.  The proposed amendments to OAC 4729-37-04 and OAC 4729-37-05 require reporting of diagnosis codes to the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS), and the adoption of the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy 4.2A Standard for reporting dispensing data.  The Pharmacy Board believes collection of diagnosis codes in OARRS “will help to support efforts to monitor and enforce the acute pain prescribing limits currently being proposed by Ohio’s Prescriber regulatory boards,” and these “limits have the potential to reduce the number [of] opioids prescribed in Ohio by an additional 109 million doses.”  For additional information, see the information on these proposed regulation amendments in the Register of Ohio.

Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion Program Survives Veto Override Threat

image of Seal of Ohio Medicaid DepartmentThe State of Ohio Medicaid Expansion remains intact.  On 6/30/17, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) line-item vetoed numerous items in Amended Substitute House Bill 49, the 2018-19 state operating budget.  Item 16 was the “health care compact” provision that would have frozen enrollment in the Medicaid Expansion program.  The freeze would have kicked 500,000 people off the program, because anyone who became temporarily ineligible because of a job would not be allowed back on.  Ohio House and Senate Republicans had pledged to recruit a super-majority to override this particular veto, but recently backed down.  However, the Republicans have overridden several of Kasich’s vetos, thereby restoring a prohibition on coverage of any new groups under Medicaid, a requirement of House and Senate approval before raising Medicaid rates, and a prohibition on lowering reimbursement rates for nursing homes.  Barbara Sears, the Ohio Director of Medicaid is concerned that there will be lower reimbursement rates for hospitals and home medical services, and some home services may no longer be available for Medicaid recipients.

Need to Search Interstate Compacts?

The National Center for Interstate Compacts Database is a great place to start if you need to research interstate compacts.  An interstate compact is an agreement between two or more states.  Those agreements which would increase the power of states at the expense of the federal government require approval of Congress.

The National Center for Interstate Compacts assists states in the review, revision, and creation of new interstate compacts as solutions to multi-state problems or alternatives to federal preemption.

The database allows users to search more than 1,500 statutes for state-by-state interstate compact membership.  Search via the interactive map or advanced search options. Once located, the compact statutory language is available as a PDF.