Congratulations Dr. Liston! Physicians invited to help CMA plan for 2019

Congratulations to our colleague, Dr. Beth Liston, for her election on Tuesday to the Ohio House of Representatives. We look forward to celebrating her achievement and having a Central Ohio physician in the legislature.

As the physician leaders for the CMA's 2019 Public Policy and Political Action Committee, please know that any Central Ohio physician is welcome to attend our meetings and participate in any portion of our work.

We represent very different backgrounds in this area - Dr. Cotton is a long-time participant in policy and politics for the CMA, OSMA, and the Academy of Pediatrics, while Dr. Costa is new to the committee and this area work for the CMA.

As co-chairs with this varied background, we hope that we can help embody an invitation that all physicians are welcome to participate.

Below is some information for our upcoming meeting on November 15.  We look forward to the upcoming work in the political area on behalf of physicians and our patients.


Bill Cotton, MD, and Stephanie Costa, MD
Co-Chairs of the CMA Public Policy and Political Action Committee

Dr. Bill Cotton (Co-Chair of the CMA Public Policy and Political Action Committee) stands in front of the Ohio Statehouse

Dr. Bill Cotton (Co-Chair of the CMA Public Policy and Political Action Committee) stands in front of the Ohio Statehouse

Pubic Policy Meeting on November 15 at CMA's offices on Dublin Road from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.


  1. Review outcome and discuss implications of 2018 election

  2. Discussion of CMA's role in policy and politics in a divided political environment.

  3. Review 2018 Ohio Legislature's "Lame Duck" agenda for remainder of the year

  4. Plans for 2019: issues and engagement with Central Ohio elected officials

Note: potential items for the upcoming Legislative "Lame Duck" sessions:

  • HB191 & SB301: concerns about CRNA’s expansion of practice authority

  • SB259: HOM generally supportive of changes to PA authority – a model of collaborative process between physicians and other provider group seeking changes to their practice authority

  • HB 7: HOM chief proponent of changes to liability provisions for physicians - this bill passed the House and OSMA is pushing for Senate approval prior to year’s end. Senate Judiciary Committee is chaired by Franklin County’s Kevin Bacon.

  • HB479: HOM supportive of PBM changes 

  • Other issues percolating, but may carry over to the new General Assembly in 2019-2020, include

  • Telemedicine coverage

  • Prohibitions on expanding insurance coverage mandates

  • Step Therapy

  • Regulatory issues: compounding, confidential initial treatment for addiction issues; OARRS compliance

If your interests and availability align to be able to attend, please RSVP to either Cathy Thompson ( or Malcolm Porter (