Podiatric scope of practice

Comments due by 8/19/21

The State Medical Board of Ohio is seeking public comments on podiatric scope of practice to assist with its rule-making process.  


Under section 121.931,Ohio Revised Code, a party may petition an agency to restate a policy in a rule. In June 2019, the State Medical Board of Ohio considered a request from a podiatrist as to whether five specific procedures were within the scope of practice of a podiatrist. The Board determined that four of the five procedures were within the scope of practice of a podiatrist. After the Board issued its determination on this issue, concerns were raised with respect to two of the specific procedures that were determined to be within the podiatric scope of practice: 

1.    Is it permissible for a podiatrist in Ohio to perform a supramalleolar osteotomy of the tibia or fibula to correct a deformity?
2.    Is it permissible for a podiatrist in Ohio to harvest bone marrow aspirate from the proximal tibia?

 

In May 2021, the State Medical Board appeared before the Joint Commission on Agency Rule Review (“JCARR”) for consideration as to whether the policy determination should be specified in a rule. Prior to receiving the determination from JCARR, the State Medical Board of Ohio decided to commence the rule-making process on this issue. Given the differences from the affected parties, the Board has decided to first solicit comments from interested parties to inform the rule-making process. 


These links provide copies of the Medical Board rules related to podiatric scope of practice (4731-20-01 and 4731-20-02) and the June 2019 communication regarding the specific procedures. 


Please provide any comments and supporting material that you would like the Medical Board to consider in drafting rules related to the above-listed specific procedures and whether they are within the scope of practice of a podiatrist.


Comments on the proposed rules must be received no later than August 19, 2021. Please provide comments to: Kimberly.Anderson@med.ohio.gov.