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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.

Board seeks comment for proposed rules under initial review

The State Medical Board of Ohio seeks public input on proposed rules several times during the rule-making process. Public input is sought after the Medical Board has conducted its initial review of rules, after rules are filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office, and at the public hearing that occurs after the rules are formally filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

Comments received will be reviewed and possibly result in changes to the initially proposed language before the rules are then filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office.

 

At this time, public comment is being sought on the proposed language for the following rules:

Eligibility for Licensure - 4731-6-14 - comments due September 25

Hearing Rules - comments due September 18

 

Comments to:

Judy Rodriguez, Public Services Manager

Judith.rodriguez@med.ohio.gov

 

Agenda posted for September 2020 board meeting

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9.

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.

Ohio Licensure during the state emergency

The Medical Board has received many inquiries regarding temporary licensure during the state emergency. Please be aware, Ohio law does not currently offer emergency or temporary licensure for out-of-state physicians. Unless an exemption applies (Ohio Revised Code 4731.36), physicians must hold an active Ohio license to practice medicine in the state of Ohio.

eNews for August 2020

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

  • FY20 annual report

  • COVID-19 related renewal date changes

  • duty to report

  • board seeks subject matter experts

  • holiday office closure

Click here to read the issue.

 

Agenda posted for Physician Assistant Policy Committee meeting

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its Physician Assistant Policy Committee meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21.

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.

DEA warns of scammers impersonating DEA employees

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a warning to its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls by scammers posing as DEA employees attempting to defraud and extort victims. The schemers call the victims, spoofing DEA phone numbers in order to appear legitimate, and threaten arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities unless victims pay a “fine” over the phone, via wire transfer, or through a gift card.

 

DEA personnel does not contact practitioners or members of the public by telephone to demand payment and will not request personal or sensitive information over the phone. If there is a legitimate investigation or legal action, notification will be made via official letter or in-person. 

 

The entire press release can be read here

Ad hoc Telehealth Committee Meeting Announced

The State Medical Board of Ohio's ad hoc Telehealth Committee will convene a meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m. The notice can be found here on the SMBO website.

 

The meeting can be viewed publicly via livestream on the Medical Board’s YouTube channel

 

Media contact:

Tessie Pollock

614-620-2127

tessie.pollock@med.ohio.gov

 

 

 

 

New Qualifying Condition for OMMCP

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) met on July 8 to discuss the petitions to add three qualifying conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). After a discussion, the full board voted to accept the petition and add cachexia as a qualifying condition, effective immediately. The board also voted to reject petitions for autism spectrum disorder and anxiety disorder. This brings the total number of qualifying conditions in the OMMCP to 22.

 

Cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome, is a condition that causes extreme weight and muscle loss and is often associated with other severe and chronic illnesses.

 

Under Ohio law, the following are qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

 

The next submission period is scheduled for Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020. Anyone may submit a petition requesting a condition be added to the MMCP. If a condition has been previously rejected by the board, the new petition must contain new scientific information that supports the request. Details on the process can be found here.

Agenda Posted for July 2020 Board Meeting

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its Board Meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

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.