Medical Advantage and The Ohio State Medical Association Awarded Grant to Test Pain Management Guidelines in Ohio Primary Care Practices

by | Nov 6, 2017 | News

EAST LANSING, Mich., November 6, 2017 – The Ohio Department of Health has selected Medical Advantage, in partnership with The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA), to develop and implement a quality improvement (QI) project for pain management guidelines. The project will support prescribers in the primary care setting by implementing practice-wide and provider-specific strategies. These strategies will operationalize the Ohio prescribing guidelines for acute pain and chronic pain into practice-wide systems.

“Ohio is one of the states in the U.S. hit hardest by this crisis. With this project, we can give healthcare providers the tools they need to stem this devastating situation in Ohio,” said Paul MacLellan, CEO of Medical Advantage.

The project will result in implementation guidance for acute and chronic pain recommendations, as well as tools and resources that can be replicated in any Ohio primary care setting.

“Ohio physicians have made tremendous strides in recent years to help reduce the number of opioids prescribed and to stem the rate of addiction and death directly related to legally prescribed painkillers,” said Todd Baker, CEO of the OSMA. “But this problem is systemic and more must be done at all levels. By supporting frontline primary care providers with additional tools and resources to properly diagnose and treat pain, these physicians will be better equipped to do their part to serve their patients and erase this epidemic.”

Medical Advantage will collaborate with the OSMA to conduct research, develop a best practice prescription management toolkit for chronic pain, pilot test the toolkit with primary care practices, and conduct five statewide training sessions. An esteemed advisory board consisting of primary care physicians, pain specialists, and healthcare executives will provide input, advice, and guidance over the course of the pilot project.

“Our role in this project is to bring our expertise in working closely with healthcare practices to develop and implement successful strategies for improved care delivery,” MacLellan said. “By partnering with the OSMA and its background in opioid education, we will work directly with practices to produce a clear and specific roadmap to reduce pain prescription abuse while still serving patients’ needs.”

Medical Advantage brings more than 20 years of experience in implementing QI projects in the healthcare setting to improve patient care and help clients deliver efficient, high-quality healthcare. The company’s clinical and technical experts serve as trusted advisors to deliver industry-leading best practices, tools, and established methodologies that transform practices to help them succeed in value-based healthcare.

For the past decade, the OSMA has emerged as a leading voice in the fight against the opioid epidemic in the state of Ohio. As an original member of Gov. John Kasich’s Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team, the OSMA has provided valuable input into the creation of the state’s opioid prescribing guidelines as well as the development of the state’s prescription drug monitoring program—the Ohio Automated Prescription Reporting system. The OSMA also developed the state’s first and most comprehensive online opioid prescribing training tool for providers. To date, more than 2,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals have completed the Smart Rx—Safe Medicine and Responsible Treatment—program.

About Medical Advantage

Medical Advantage simplifies the delivery of efficient, high-quality healthcare for medical practices, health centers, physician organizations, hospitals, and health systems. Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 70 U.S. population health management companies, Medical Advantage maximizes healthcare provider’s performance in value-based contracting. Medical Advantage is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Doctors Company (, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer with 80,000 members. To learn more, visit

About Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA)

The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA), based in Dublin, Ohio, is dedicated to empowering physicians, residents and medical students to advocate on behalf of their patients and profession. The OSMA is the largest and oldest statewide physician-led association in Ohio. It is affiliated nationally with the American Medical Association and locally with county medical societies. To learn more, visit


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