News You Can Use

(From the February 2019 Issue of MedStat

Medical Specialty Clinic Patient Referral Form Update

The Medical Specialty Clinic referral form (PDF) now includes a field outlining the type of request needed:

  • New patient consultation
  • New patient transfer of care
  • Second opinion request from a provider

Please replace this updated form in your referral requests moving forward. If you need further information please contact your physician liaison.

New Rules on Prescribing Opioid Analgesics for Treatment of Sub-Acute and Chronic Pain

The Ohio Boards of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry released new rules for prescribing opioid analgesics for the treatment of sub-acute and chronic pain. The new rules went into effect on December 23, 2018. Additional details can be found on the State Medical Board’s Prescriber Resources page, which contains links to the physician regulations and an overview of the prescribing requirements. Nationwide Children’s will be rolling out additional provider support for these regulations in the coming weeks, including Epic updates, an ANCHOR resource page, and updated forms. 

Updated Information on Medicaid Preferred Drug List, Coverage Updates

Did you know that 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 (PDF), effective January 1, and a summary of coverage updates (PDF). For questions about the prescribing resources, please email

Guidelines for Respiratory Virus Testing

In the midst of influenza season, the Nationwide Children’s Laboratory Services has updated their Guidelines for Respiratory Virus Testing (PDF). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend ordering respiratory virus laboratory testing (RVLT) for patient being admitted to the hospital with influenza symptoms or patients whose clinical management would be influenced by test results. Patients at risk for complications who have a clinical diagnosis of influenza may benefit from starting empiric antiviral treatment. Patients hospitalized during influenza season with influenza-like illness should also start empiric antiviral treatment while molecular assays are pending. To reference available testing, visit our Laboratory Services webpage. Local weekly respiratory pathogen trends are also provided on this page.

The Center for Family Safety and Healing – Adult Services

According to the American Psychological Association, children who witness domestic violence are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, nightmares, teen dating violence and disruptions at school. At Nationwide Children’s, we see these children every day, whether they come through the ED, participate in therapeutic programing related to domestic violence, or come in for primary care. Unfortunately, children with complex medical or mental health conditions may also continue to experience domestic violence home. The Adult Services Department at The Center for Family Safety and Healing provides advocacy, therapy, and legal services to adults who are survivors of domestic violence. This is a unique resource providing wrap around, holistic domestic violence services to our patient families, employees and adults in the community. To learn more about our program (PDF) or set up domestic violence education for your department, please reach out to Adult Services Intake at (614) 722-8293 or email Thank you for all you do to keep our patients and their families safe.

Download the Recently Updated Physician Connect App

Developed with physicians in mind, the Physician Connect App provides direct access to Nationwide Children’s specialists and expert pediatric content. With the app, physicians can:

  • Access free CME On Demand, CME opportunities and Medical Grand Rounds
  • View the latest protocols and guidelines to help identify, diagnose and manage pediatric conditions from specialties such as Behavioral Health, Heart, Gastroenterology and Surgical Services
  • Quickly access tools such as
    • Hypertension calculator
    • BiliTool
    • BMI calculator
    • STI guidelines
    • LactMed
    • MedLine Plus
  • Make a referral right from the home screen
  • Message directly and securely with our specialists

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play. You will need to download the app again if you have a version prior to December 2018.