2020 OSMA Annual Meeting

Below is a summary of all YPS-related actions taken by our OSMA House of Delegates (HOD) during their virtual policy meeting this Summer:

The following resolutions were adopted:

  • Resolution 7 asked that the OSMA oppose any legislation that criminalizes physicians for providing the standard of care.

  • Resolution 11 called for the OSMA to support education and awareness of physicians as it relates to hospice and palliative care, and increase exposure to these specialties in residency programs.

  • Resolution 13 called for the OSMA to support regulation and restriction of e-cigarettes and vaping devices, and educate the public on these hazards.

  • Resolution 15 asked the OSMA to support individualized, gender-affirming, evidence-based practices in caring for transgender and gender minority patients, and to support training providers in how to care for these patients.

  • Resolution 16 asked the OSMA to help increase awareness of prescription donations to the Ohio Drug Donation Repository, an important resource for free clinics.

  • Resolution 19 addressed the important issue of out-of-network billing and brought our policy in line with AMA. Importantly, this resolution calls for mediation and/or independent dispute resolution (IDR) as an option or alternative to come to payment resolution between insurers and providers.

  • Resolution 23 proposes that government-mandated clinical decision-making tools should never replace physician judgement. It also states that any mandates on patient care or the physician-patient relationship be independently validated to show benefit and be fully funded by the mandating organization.

  • Resolution 25 asked the OSMA to support legislation requiring insurers to count the value of any coupons or discounts offered by pharmaceutical and medical device companies towards a patient’s deductible.



The following resolutions were adopted as amended:

  • Resolution 3 called for a code of conduct whereas members are expected to engage professionally and respectfully. The OSMA with furthermore define inappropriate behavior and develop policies and procedures to address it.

  • Resolution 4 called for parity in the number of years of training required for IMGs and USMGs to pursue licensure.

  • Resolution 8 called for the OSMA to support access of physicians and trainees to evidence-based mental health programs.

  • Resolution 10A called for the OSMA to monitor proposed firearm legislation in the state of Ohio.

  • Resolution 10B called for the OSMA to study and report back to the 2021 House of Delegates regulations regarding firearm control.

  • Resolution 22 asked the OSMA to advocate for prompt payment from the VA for care provided to veterans outside of the VA system.


The following resolutions were referred to Council for report back:

  • Resolution 2 attempted to clarify how districts are awarded representation in the OSMA House of Delegates. This resolution was referred to Council so that appropriate Bylaws changes can be thoroughly investigated and submitted for review by the HOD.

  • Resolution 12 called for the OSMA to advocate for repeal of a law which criminalizes the non-disclosure of HIV.

  • Resolution 17 attempted to modify several OSMA policies to allow for “evidence-based proposals to universal health insurance that preserve the freedom of choice, freedom of practice, and universal access for patients.” The issue was divisive and was referred to council for report so that the HOD may fully consider this issue in person.

  • Resolution 20 and 21 asked the OSMA Council to report on the business practices of insurers as they relate to out-of-network billing (20) and negotiations with providers (21).


Resolutions 19, 22, 23, and 26 will be taken by the Ohio Delegation to the American Medical Association as items of business.