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April 2021 eNews

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

  • hearing for delegation of laser hair removal to cosmetic therapists

  • continuing education audits resume

  • Dietetics Advisory Council seeking members - deadline extended

  • tickborne diseases

  • Ohio Administrative and Revised Codes now published by Legislative Service Commission

  • COVID-19 updates

  • duty to report

  • death certificates

  • new prescriber compounding rules

  • subject matter experts

Deadline extended: accepting applications for dietetics advisory council member

Deadline extended to April 30, 2021

The Medical Board is seeking applicants for seats on the Dietetics Advisory Council.

The Dietetics Advisory Council, the council advises the board on issues related to the practice of dietetics. The time commitment is four (4) meetings per year in Columbus. Council members are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses such as mileage and parking. The council has upcoming openings for four registered dietitians. 

The application can be found below. If you know of any person who meets this criteria and is interested in this great opportunity for community service, please encourage them to fill out an online application.

Dietetics Advisory Council Application

Agendas posted for April 2021 Committee and Board Meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee and board meetings beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14. These open meetings will be shared publicly via livestream on the board's YouTube channel. The agenda can be viewed here.

Emergency rule for the delegation of laser hair removal to Cosmetic Therapists

Effective April 9, 2021, the Medical Board has adopted an emergency rule that allows physicians to continue to delegate laser hair removal to cosmetic therapists licensed by the Medical Board on or prior to April 11, 2021. This emergency rule will expire on August 8, 2021.

During this time, the Medical Board will also file permanent rules to allow physicians to continue delegation of laser hair removal to cosmetic therapists after the emergency rule expires.

This rule will not change the license status of Cosmetic Therapists due to House Bill 442. Effective April 12, 2021, Cosmetic Therapists will no longer be licensed by the State Medical Board.

Please email contact@med.ohio.gov if you have additional questions.

Board seeking registered nurses

The Medical Board is seeking part-time, contract registered nurses. Duties include: review and evaluate patient records, billing records, and/or other documents or records provided by the board and provide written analysis as to whether the patient records and/or other documents reflect conduct in accordance with acceptable medical practice, state and federal laws, rules, regulations and administrative memoranda. If interested, please provide resume and contact information to Don Davis at Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov.

Accepting applications for Dietetics and Respiratory Care Advisory Council members

The Medical Board is seeking applicants for seats on the Dietetics Advisory Council and the Respiratory Care Advisory Council.

For the Dietetics Advisory Council, the council advises the board on issues related to the practice of dietetics. The time commitment is four (4) meetings per year in Columbus. Council members are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses such as mileage and parking. The council has upcoming openings for four registered dietitians. 

For the Respiratory Care Advisory Council, the council advises the board on issues related to licensing, existing and proposed rules pertaining to the practice of respiratory care, standards for approval of respiratory care education programs. The time commitment is four (4) meetings per year in Columbus. Council members are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses such as mileage and parking. The council has upcoming openings for a physician who has clinical training and experience in pulmonary disease as well as a member representing consumers.

The applications can be found below. If you know of any person who meets this criteria and is interested in this great opportunity for community service, please encourage them to fill out an online application.

Dietetics Advisory Council Application

Respiratory Care Advisory Council Application

 

March 2021 eNews

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

  • House Bills 404 and 442

  • continuing education audits to resume

  • COVID-19 updates

  • ICD-10 code reminder

  • BWCs virtual Medical & Health Symposium

  • safety alert regarding hyaluron pens

  • duty to report

  • death certificates

  • new prescriber compounding rules

  • subject matter experts

Agenda posted for March 2021 board meeting

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee and board meetings beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10.

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

Advisory Council meetings to be livestreamed

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its Dietetics and Respiratory Care Advisory Council meetings. These open meetings will both be shared publicly via the board's YouTube page.

Dietetics Advisory Council 3/8, 2:00 p.m. agenda

Respiratory Care Advisory Council 3/9, 2:00 p.m. agenda

House Bill 442 - changes to Ohio law

On January 7, 2021, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 442 into law. A number of the statutory changes will impact State Medical Board of Ohio licensees.
 
Below is a summary of the changes in Ohio law that become effective April 12, 2021. Licensees are encouraged to read the complete law in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). The Medical Board has also created an FAQ document to address questions you may have due to these changes. 
 
Cosmetic Therapists 
•    The license requirement for cosmetic therapists in Ohio has been eliminated. Cosmetic therapists will no longer be licensed by the Medical Board or any other licensing entity in Ohio.
•    A definition of cosmetic therapy has been added to Ohio Revised Code chapter 4713, which regulates the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board. The revised chapter indicates that an individual may provide cosmetic therapy in a salon if authorized by the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board.


Oriental Medicine Practitioner 
•    The license requirement for oriental medicine practitioners in Ohio has been eliminated.
•    All oriental medicine licenses will be converted to acupuncture licenses under Medical Board regulation, and licensees will be required to meet Ohio’s continuing education requirements for acupuncture in order to renew their license. The renewal date and license numbers for previous holders of oriental medicine licenses will not change.


Massage Therapy 
•    The amount of education hours required to complete a massage therapy program will be reduced from 750 to 600 hours. The amended education hours must meet the minimum requirements: 
   o    Two hundred seventy-five hours in anatomy and physiology and pathology;
   o    Two hundred seventy-five hours in massage theory and practical, including hygiene;
   o    Twenty-five hours in ethics;
   o    Twenty-five hours in business and law.


Physician Assistant 
•    Changes in the law will now allow the Medical Board to recognize any accrediting organization for physician assistant education programs. Previously, the board required physician assistants to be accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education.


Physicians 
•    The amount of continuing education hours a physician may earn providing health care services as a volunteer will be increased to ten hours, however the accrual rate will change. Five hours of volunteer time will be equal to one hour of CME.
•    Clinical research facility certificate: All qualifications, except an unrestricted license to practice medicine in another state or country and appointment to serve in Ohio on the academic staff of a medical school in good standing with the Medical Board, have been eliminated for this license type. All renewal fees and CME requirements have also been eliminated for this license type.
•    Visiting clinical professional development certificates: All qualification requirements except (1) holds an unrestricted license issued in another country and (2) has been accepted for participation in the clinical professional development program of a medical school that is accredited, as well as the certificate fee, have been eliminated for this license type.
•    Visiting podiatric faculty certificates: This certificate fee for this license type has been eliminated.