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(From the August 2019 Issue of MedStat)

Updated Information on Medicaid Preferred Drug List, Coverage Updates

Ohio’s five Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) update and maintain their own individual drug formularies, which typically change on a quarterly basis. Partners For Kids pharmacists regularly advocate to the plans regarding pediatric conditions and access to the medications needed to treat them for inclusion on that MCOs’ specific formulary. Check out the changes in the Ohio Managed Medicaid Preferred Drug List, effective July 1. For questions about the prescribing resources, please contact

Weekly Respiratory and GI Pathogen Reports Effective July 29, 2019

For many years Laboratory Services has published an electronic weekly respiratory pathogen report that details the trends for positive respiratory pathogens in the Nationwide Children’s inpatient and outpatient population. This report now has a new look.

What is changing?

  • Results on the corresponding graphs will represent the % positive vs. the number positive. This will better represent the positivity rates.
  • The charts and graphs are more consolidated to reduce the page number, making it easier to view on a smart phone or other device. 

We are also introducing a NEW weekly GI pathogen report at the request of our community practice partners. The format follows the respiratory pathogen report, and represents positive test results from the GI FilmArray panel and individual stool infectious disease test (i.e. Rotavirus antigen). It does not include results from the general stool culture.

These reports are available in the following locations:

If you have questions regarding the weekly pathogen reports or want more information on how to access Physician Connect, please contact Laboratory Client Services at (614) 722-5477. 

Information Available for Pathology Consult Requests

Nationwide Children’s and external clinicians may have a need to request pathology consultation for continuum of care or second opinion. These consultations can also be initiated at the request of the patient/parent. After receipt of the materials from the outside institution, the Anatomic Pathology (AP) department generates reports within a few business days based on the review of the glass slides and pathology report received. Additionally, AP may contact the outside facility to request additional material should there be a need for ancillary testing. This includes but is not limited to special staining, immunohistochemical staining, in situ hybridization, and immunofluorescence, as well as molecular and cytogenetic studies. In addition to consultations, technical only requests can be accommodated. The Anatomic Pathology specialty section of our webpage includes information on required and accepted materials as well as links to our consultation requisition and stain menu.

Access more Anatomic Pathology information and materials

If you have other questions regarding pathology consults, please contact the Anatomic Pathology department at (614) 722-5450.