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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

February 2020 eNews

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

  • Celebrating 125 years

  • SMBO Joins Ohio's Human Trafficking Task Force

  • House Bill 404

  • Scam Alert

  • COVID-19 Updates

  • Medical Board Reviews Petitions

  • Duty to Report

  • Licensee Obligation to Complete Death Certificates

  • Track Your CE/CME with CE Broker

  • Prescriber Compounding Rules, effective March 31

  • Board Seeks Subject Matter Experts

Medical Board Considers New Qualifying Conditions

The State Medical Board of Ohio will consider adding the following as qualifying conditions for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program:

  • Autism (2 petitions)
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Spasticity and Spasms
  • Terminal Illness (2 petitions)

Written public comment on these conditions will be accepted February 11 – February 26, 2021. Anyone may submit their comments by emailing MedicalMarijuana@med.ohio.gov.

 

Petition Process

On Wednesday, February 10, 2021 the board’s Medical Marijuana Committee met and voted to recommend to the full board to reject petitions that did not meet requirements and confirmed petitions that should move forward for expert review and public comment. Later this year, the board will decide if they should be added to the list of conditions which can qualify patients to participate in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.

During the submission period, petitions were filed electronically through the state’s website, medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov. A petition needed 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

 

The Medical Board received 30 petitions from November 1- December 31, 2020.

16 petitions failed to meet the statutory and rule requirements for consideration by the board. These petitions were recommended for rejection by the committee.  The full board will consider the rejection recommendations at the March 10th meeting.

6 petitions failed to meet the statutory and rule requirements for consideration by the board. However, these petitions either explicitly petitioned for a condition already covered (e.g., fibromyalgia), or the petition was for a condition closely associated with a condition already covered (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain). These petitions were rejected by the committee.

The petitions for restless leg syndrome, Huntington’s disease, spasticity and spasms and terminal illness will move forward for expert review as the committee felt they met the requirements for consideration and were not previously considered.

Petitions for autism and anxiety were rejected by the board in 2019 and 2020. During their deliberation on February 10, 2021, the committee agreed that the petitions for autism and panic disorder with agoraphobia met the requirements of new scientific information outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05. They will move forward for consideration; however the board will serve as its own expert.

 

Next Steps

Petitions which do meet the requirements for consideration will proceed and be reviewed by subject matter experts. These experts may include physicians who specialize in the named conditions, experts who have experience with medical marijuana programs in other states, etc. Petitions for the same condition will be combined for the reviews.

The committee reviews the subject matter experts’ reports, and then makes a recommendation to the full board for a vote to adopt/deny the petition to add the qualifying conditions. That full board vote is expected this summer.

The Medical Board’s rules (Ohio Administrative Code) for the qualifying conditions can be found here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4731-32-05.

The next condition petition window will be November 1 – December 31, 2021.

Agendas posted for February 2021 Committee and Board Meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee meetings and Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 10.

These open meetings will be shared publicly via livestreams on the board's YouTube channel. The agendas can be viewed here.

State Medical Board of Ohio Joins Ohio’s Human Trafficking Task Force

NEWS RELEASE: The State Medical Board of Ohio is honored to have been included in Governor DeWine’s expansion of Ohio’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

On January 29, 2021, Governor DeWine signed Executive Order 2021-02D, which increases the number of collaborating agencies in the task force and seeks to pursue fresh strategies to combat human trafficking in Ohio. The task force was established in 2012 and is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services. 

The entire news release can be viewed here.

Click here to view the board’s human trafficking awareness videos.  

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, help is available by calling 888-373-7888 or by texting INFO or HELP to 233733.

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Spoofing Scam Continues

Licensees should remain aware that a scam continues to target and affect Ohio prescribers. Scammers are calling, faxing and emailing medical professionals claiming to be agents of the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO), agents of the DEA or agents of the FBI. These scammers claim that the professionals’ medical and drug licenses have been compromised and are being used by other entities in a drug trafficking scheme. As a result of these allegations, the scammers direct the medical provider to wire money to foreign bank accounts. Please remember, SMBO investigators, DEA agents and FBI agents will not ask for fine payment or personal/sensitive information over the phone.

When the scammers communicate via phone call, they spoof the legitimate phone number for the SMBO (614-466-3934). Be aware that scammers have the ability to spoof phone numbers to appear as though they legitimately belong to the entity they are claiming to be. 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. Further, emails originating from actual Medical Board staff end in @med.ohio.gov.

Learn how to identify a legitimate investigation, how to verify if the caller is from the Medical Board and how to file a complaint if you are contacted by a scammer here.

Click the image to view the fraudulent SMBO letter. Click here to view the phony letter from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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.

Enroll to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in your community

The Ohio Department of Health is seeking health care professionals to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine. You can enroll in the Medical Reserve Corps to join the force administering the vaccine throughout your community. Click here for more info and how you can enroll today. 

Agenda posted for January 2021 board meeting

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee and board meetings beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13.

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

Medical Board Reviews Petitions to Add Qualifying Conditions to the OMMCP

The Medical Board received 30 petitions for potential new qualifying conditions during the 2020 petition window. The Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Committee is anticipated to meet February 10. At that meeting, the committee will decide which petitions will be considered. A final vote on new qualifying conditions is expected this summer.

Condition names as listed by the petitioners:

  1. ADD/ADHD
  2. ADHD
  3. ADHD
  4. ADHD, Autism in Children
  5. Anxiety
  6. Arthritis
  7. Autism
  8. Autism
  9. Bi-polar Depression, ADHD, and Anxiety
  10. Chronic Motor or Vocal Tic Disorder
  11. Complex Reginol Pain Syndrome Type 2
  12. Diabetes
  13. Diabetes
  14. Enlarged Prostate and Gastrointestinal Issues
  15. Fibromyalgia
  16. Huntington’s Disease
  17. Macular Degeneration and Ocular Histoplasmosis
  18. Major Depressive Disorder
  19. Meniere’s Disease
  20. Migraines
  21. Multiple Sclerosis
  22. Opioid Use Disorder
  23. Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia
  24. Panic Disorder/Anxiety
  25. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  26. Restless Leg Syndrome
  27. Spasticity/Persistent Muscle Spasms
  28. Terminal Illness – Estimate of 6-month Life Expectancy or Less
  29. Terminal Illness will Less than 6 Months to Live/Patient is Eligible for Hospice Care
  30. TRD – Treatment Resistant Depression

During the submission period (November 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020), petitions were filed electronically through the state’s website, medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov. Per Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05,a petition needs to include:

  • 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

Petitions that meet the requirements of OAC 4731-32-05 will proceed and be reviewed by subject matter experts. Petitions submitted for the same condition will be combined for the reviews. Any petition for a condition that has been previously reviewed by the board and rejected will not be considered by the board unless new scientific research that supports the request is offered.

The board’s committee will review the expert reports and then make a recommendation to the full board for a vote to adopt/deny a petition to add the qualifying condition under review. A full board vote will occur in summer 2021.

The Medical Board’s rules (Ohio Administrative Code) for the qualifying conditions can be found here: http://codes.ohio.-gov/oac/4731-32-05.

The next condition petition window will be Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021.

New Phishing Scam Affecting Med Board Licensees

The Medical Board has been made aware of an email phishing scam that is being sent to our licensees. The sender claims to represent the Ohio Secretary of State and is attempting to gain access to your personal information through a fraudulent request to validate your profile. There is no need to validate your user profile. Do not click the link or input any sensitive information. 
 
If you receive a suspicious email from someone claiming to represent the Ohio Secretary of State, take these steps to protect yourself:

  • Do not reply

  • Do not open any attachments, as they could infect your computer

  • Do not click on any links. If you have clicked on links in a suspicious email and entered confidential information, visit the Federal Trade Commission website and review the commission's information on identity theft at www.identitytheft.gov

  • Delete the email

The board will send additional updates, if needed.

Please note, the email address used by the scammers may change from the example shown below. 

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December 2020 eNews

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

  • new board member appointment

  • scam alerts from the Medical and Pharmacy boards

  • Ohio health care provider staffing survey

  • COVID-19 updates

    • vaccine

    • vaccine program webinar

    • licensure during the state of emergency

    • COVID-19 testing sites

  • licensee obligation to complete death certificates

  • petition to add qualifying condition

  • duty to report

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

  • December office closures