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2020 Submission Period Open to Add Qualifying Conditions to Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program

 

The State Medical Board of Ohio established Nov. 1, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020 as the third submission period for petitions to add a qualifying medical condition to the Medical Marijuana Control Program. Petitions can be filed electronically through the state's website here

Petitions need to include (per Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05):

  • The name and contact information

  • Specific disease or condition requested to be added

  • Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition

  • Relevant medical or scientific evidence

  • Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition

  • Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition and other types of medical or scientific documentation

  • Letters of support provided by physicians

To view past petitions and supporting documents, click here.

November 2020 eNews

The November 2020 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available

  • updated regulations

  • check your expiration date

  • license renewals impacted by COVID

  • reminder regarding extortion scam

  • petition to add qualifying condition

  • rules filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office, comments due 11/6

  • board seeks subject matter experts (family medicine, internal medicine and pain management and medical marijuana)

  • COVID-19 updates

  • Ohio Statewide Pediatric Low Vision Directory

  • office closures

Agenda posted for November 2020 Board Meeting

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its Board Meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10.

This open meeting will be shared publicly via livestream on the board's YouTube channel. The agenda can be viewed here.
 

Note: YouTube no longer supports Internet Explorer. Please use the Chrome browser to view the meeting.

COVID-19 Vaccination Provider Enrollment Needed ASAP Due to Accelerated Federal Timelines

 If you want to administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, it is critically important that you enroll as soon as possible due to accelerated federal timelines. If you have ultra-cold storage capabilities (below -70 degrees Celsius) and are able to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 500 or more individuals, you are asked to enroll no later than Friday, November 6! Please note that not every provider needs to have ultra-cold storage capabilities to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider.

To submit an application to become a COVID-19 vaccination provider, please sign up online by going to the State of Ohio’s OH|ID webpage at https://ohid.ohio.gov and follow the steps outlined in this job aid. Be sure to have on hand all of the information outlined in the enrollment checklist.

While it is unknown exactly when vaccine will be available, the Ohio Department of Health must review and process applications and conduct provider training as quickly as possible to be prepared to mobilize immediately with little notice. It also is essential that they be able to identify and address any vaccine provider gaps across the state.

Please note that if you do not already have an OH|ID account, this will be a two-step sign-up process. The first step will be to create an account which must be reviewed and approved, usually within 24 hours. After approval, you will receive an email notification and can go to the second step by logging into your new OH|ID account to complete your COVID-19 vaccination provider enrollment application.

If you have any questions, please contact the ODH COVID-19 Vaccination Provider Enrollment Team at covidvaccine@odh.ohio.gov.

 

 

October 2020 eNews

The October 2020 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available

  • updated regulations

  • check your expiration date

  • license renewals impacted by COVID

  • OARRS account update and delegate reverification workflow

  • mental health and substance use disorder benefits toolkit

  • board seeks subject matter

  • COVID-19 updates

  • electronic death certification available

Reminder to All Licensees Regarding Extortion Scam

Licensees should be on alert for a scam that has resurfaced targeting Ohio physicians. Scammers have been calling and faxing prescribers stating they have been investigated for drug trafficking by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and their license has been suspended effective immediately.

Please remember, State Medical Board of Ohio investigators will not ask for fine payment or personal/sensitive information over the phone and will never contact licensees via fax. If the Medical Board is truly conducting an investigation and that individual faces action against their license, they will receive an official notice of opportunity for a hearing either via certified mail or by personal service. Information on all suspensions of Medical Board licenses and the payment of all Medical Board fines can be found via the official State of Ohio portal, eLicense.ohio.govFurther, emails originating from actual Medical Board staff end in @med.ohio.gov.

If you would like to verify the identity of a State Medical Board of Ohio investigator, please email a regional supervisor directly:

If you are contacted by a scammer, please report the incident to your local law enforcement and Ohio's Attorney General by filing a complaint online at ohioprotects.org or by calling 800-282-0515. 

New rules effective 10/31/20

 

The following rules go into effect on October 31, 2020:

 

Opioid Addiction Treatment

Physician Assistant Rules

4730-4-01 Definitions

4730-4-02 Standards and procedures for withdrawal management for drug or alcohol addiction

Physician Rules

4731-33-01 Definitions

4731-33-02 Standards and procedures for withdrawal management for drug or alcohol addiction

 

Controlled Substance Prescribing

Physician Rules

4731-11-01 Definitions

4731-11-14 Prescribing for subacute and chronic pain

 

Consult Agreements

Physician Rules

4731-35-01 Consult agreements

4731-35-02 Standards for managing drug therapy

September 2020 eNews

The September 2020 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available

  • COVID-19 related license renewal date changes

  • September is National Preparedness Month

  • newly adopted rules

  • proposed rules

  • COVID-19 updates

  • electronic death certification

  • board seeks subject matter experts

  • board seeks physician assistant policy committee member

  • Health News Ohio magazine summer issue

  • holiday office closure

Agendas posted for Annual Retreat and October Board Meeting

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its Annual Retreat (10/13) and Board Meeting (10/14). These open meetings will be shared publicly via livestream on the board's YouTube channel. 

The retreat agenda can be viewed hereThe board meeting agenda can be viewed here

Updated couples massage requirements in the Responsible RestartOhio guidance document

The Ohio Department of Health released guidance that permits couples massage provided that massage tables are spaced 8 feet apart. The updated Responsible RestartOhio Sector-Specific Operating Requirements are available on the Medical Board's website here.