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(From the February 2017 Issue of MedStat)

Audiology Clinic Changes to Referral-Based

The Department of Audiology has recently transitioned to a referral-based clinic due to the changes in Medicaid policy related to the ACA. Please send orders for all patients who need pediatric hearing health care one of the following ways:

Phone: (614) 722-6200 or (877) 722-6220
Fax: (614) 722-4000 (written referrals/scripts will be accepted)
CareLink: Utilize CareLink to place referral orders on established patients. If you don’t have a CareLink account, email

If you have any questions, please contact Audiology program manager, Gina M. Hounam at (614) 722-5868 or email As always, thank you for your referrals and the opportunity to help provide expert pediatric hearing health care to your patients.

Hospital NPO Instructions

A summary of the hospital’s NPO instructions is now available for patients being scheduled for a procedure requiring sedation or anesthesia. The guidelines instruct patient families on eating and drinking prior to their procedure. Patient procedures can be cancelled if the instructions are not followed. Download the summary. Copies can be ordered from Smartworks. Community physicians can contact their physician liaison for copies. A video of these instructions is also available to patients and families.

The Nationwide Children’s Opioid Safety Task Force

Within the past month, 4 million people in the U.S. have reported the nonmedical use of prescription opioids and an estimated 400,000 persons have used heroin. In the state of Ohio, more than 1 in 5 high school students has reported the misuse of prescription drugs, with over half of those being opioids. The majority obtain them free from a friend or family member from left over prescriptions.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has developed an Opioid Safety Task Force to not only evaluate opioid prescribing practices within the institution, but also to provide education to providers, patients and families on appropriate monitoring, securing, transitioning and disposing of opioids. It is important for providers in all areas to understand appropriate opioid prescribing practices and the risks and benefits of these medications in order to educate and provide pain management for patients and families. Download the insert on Guidelines for Safe Opioid Prescribing for more information.

Ohio Amblyope Registry Provides Free Treatment Supplies

The Ohio Amblyope Registry (OAR) is the first and only state-wide registry for children and families with amblyopia. OAR provides free treatment supplies (eye patches), educational information and support to any child (under the age of 18) and their family in the state of Ohio diagnosed with amblyopia. Once a child is diagnosed with amblyopia, a registration form is completed and registers them with the OAR. Upon registration, the child receives free adhesive eye patches, reward patching posters along with educational information for the caregiver. When the child needs additional patches, the caregiver can call the OAR or visit their website to request additional patches. Every child, regardless of household income, can receive additional free patches during their patching treatment. The Ohio Amblyope Registry is a grant funded program through donations from the dollar check-off box on the license plate renewal form. The program is part of the Save Our Sight fund with the Ohio Department of Health. For additional information, visit or call (877) 808-2422.

Nationwide Children’s Opens Its First Medical Supplies Store

Nationwide Children's Homecare opened the doors of Nationwide Children's Hospital’s first Medical Equipment and Supplies Store at the Lewis Center location November 2016. The Store at Lewis Center provides over-the-counter medical equipment such as breast pumps, along with supplies families may need when caring for an injured or ill child at home from bath chairs, to walking aids, to basic monitoring equipment. The Store does not use cash, but accepts credit or debit cards for payment of non-prescription over-the-counter equipment and supplies. Families may arrange to pick up equipment their child’s physician has prescribed. In those instances, the physician calls Nationwide Children’s Homecare at (614) 355-1100 to place the referral so insurance is identified for billing. The Store at Lewis Center is open for scheduled or walk-in business, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete list of medical equipment and supplies, and updates visit

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