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Accepting Applications for LD on Dietetics Advisory Council until February 11

The State Medical Board of Ohio is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for a licensed dietitian council member seat on the Dietetics Advisory Council. The board appoints the Dietetics Advisory Council to advise the board on issues relating to the practice of dietetics. 


The statutory requirement for this seat is that the council member be licensed under Chapter 4759 of the Ohio Revised Code and actively engaged in the practice of dietetics.


The Dietetics Advisory Council shall meet at least four times each year.  The council member seat appointment will be for a 3-year term. The appointment will require attendance at quarterly meetings which generally run for 1-2 hours each quarter in Columbus.  Members of the council are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses associated with travel to Columbus for the meetings.


At council meetings, members of the council discuss issues relating to the practice of dietetics in Ohio, and the council may submit recommendations to the Medical Board in the following areas: 


(1) Requirements for issuing a license to practice as a dietitian or as a limited permit holder, including the educational and experience requirements that must be met to receive the license or permit;
(2) Existing and proposed rules pertaining to the practice of dietetics and the administration and enforcement of this chapter;
(3) Standards for the approval of educational programs required to qualify for licensure and continuing education programs for licensure renewal;
(4) Policies related to the issuance and renewal of licenses and limited permits;
(5) Fees for the issuance and renewal of a license to practice dietetics as a licensee or as a limited permit holder;
(6) Standards of practice and ethical conduct in the practice of dietetics; and
(7)  The safe and effective practice of dietetics, including scope of practice and minimal standards of care.


If you are interested in serving as a council member, please submit an application by email to Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov by February 11, 2020.

Accepting Applications for Licensed RCP Council Member until February 11

The State Medical Board of Ohio is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for a licensed respiratory care professional council member on the Respiratory Care Advisory Council.  The board appoints the Respiratory Care Advisory Council to advise the board on issues relating to the practice of respiratory care.

The statutory requirement for this seat is that the council member be licensed in respiratory care under Chapter 4761 of the Ohio Revised Code and actively engaged in the practice of respiratory care.

The Respiratory Care Advisory Council shall meet at least four times each year.  The council member seat appointment will be for a 3-year term. The appointment will require attendance at quarterly meetings which generally run for 1-2 hours each quarter in Columbus. Members of the council are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses associated with travel to Columbus for the meetings.

At council meetings, members of the council discuss issues relating to the practice of respiratory care in Ohio, and the council may submit recommendations to the Medical Board in the following areas: 

(1) Requirements for issuing a license to practice as a respiratory care professional or as a limited permit holder, including the educational and experience requirements that must be met to receive the license or permit;

(2) Existing and proposed rules pertaining to the practice of respiratory care and the administration and enforcement of this chapter;

(3) Standards for the approval of educational programs required to qualify for licensure and continuing education programs for licensure renewal;

(4) Policies related to the issuance and renewal of licenses and limited permits;

(5) Fees for the issuance and renewal of a license to practice respiratory care as a licensee or as a limited permit holder;

(6) Standards of practice and ethical conduct in the practice of respiratory care;

(7) The safe and effective practice of respiratory care, including scope of practice and minimal standards of care.

If you are interested in serving as a council member, please submit an application by email to Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov by February 11, 2020.

 

Accepting Applications for Consumer Seat on Dietetics Advisory Council until February 11

The State Medical Board of Ohio is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to fill the consumer seat on the Dietetics Advisory Council. The board appoints the Dietetics Advisory Council to advise the board on issues relating to the practice of dietetics.

The statutory requirement for that seat is that the consumer member not be affiliated with any health care profession. The consumer member shall be appointed to represent the interest of the consumers. 

The Dietetics Advisory Council shall meet at least four times each year. The consumer member seat appointment will be for a 3-year term. The appointment will require attendance at quarterly meetings which generally run for 1-2 hours each quarter in Columbus. Members of the council are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses associated with travel to Columbus for the meetings.

At council meetings, members of the council discuss issues relating to the practice of dietetics in Ohio, and the council may submit recommendations to the Medical Board in the following areas: 

(1) Requirements for issuing a license to practice as a dietetics professional or as a limited permit holder, including the educational and experience requirements that must be met to receive the license or permit;

(2) Existing and proposed rules pertaining to the practice of dietetics and the administration and enforcement of this chapter;

(3) Standards for the approval of educational programs required to qualify for licensure and continuing education programs for licensure renewal;

(4) Policies related to the issuance and renewal of licenses and limited permits;

(5) Fees for the issuance and renewal of a license to practice dietetics as a licensee or as a limited permit holder;

(6) Standards of practice and ethical conduct in the practice of dietetics;

(7) The safe and effective practice of dietetics, including scope of practice and minimal standards of care.              

 

If you are interested in serving as the consumer member of the council, please submit an application by email to Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov by February 11, 2020.

 

Extortion Scam Affects Medical Board Licensees (January 2020 eNews)

The January 2020 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available. Highlights:

  • Reminder to All Licensees Regarding Extortion Scam

  • Medical Board Officers for 2020

  • DEA DATA 2000 Waiver Trainings

  • 2020 J-1 Waiver Program Application Cycle Now Open

  • Medical Board Seeks to Contract with Victim Coordinators

  • Board Seeks Subject Matter Experts

  • Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program

  • Holiday Office Closure

Click here to read the issue.

 

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

The Medical Board received 28 petitions for potential new qualifying conditions during the 2019 petition window. Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Committee is anticipated to meet February 12. 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. Anxiety
2. Anxiety
3. Anxiety, Depression
4. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
5. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Arthritis
6. Asperger’s Disorder
7. Autism Spectrum Disorder
8. Autism Spectrum Disorder
9. Autism Spectrum Disorder
10. Bengals/Browns Fans
11. Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
12. Chronic Back Chronic Hip
13. Depression
14. Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia, Concussions
15. Epstein-Barr
16. Gastroesophageal reflux disease
17. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
18. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
19. HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's
20. Insomnia
21. Lupus
22. Opioid Use Disorder
23. Opioid Use Disorder
24. Panic Attack and Anxiety
25. PTSD, Depression, Anxiety
26. Severe Social Anxiety
27. Stage 4 Breast Lung Lymph Nodes Cancer
28. Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain

During the submission period (November 1, 2019- December 31, 2019), 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

Petitions which do meet the requirements 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. 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.

In the following months, 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 will occur in Summer 2020.

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, 2020.

Board launches confidential complaint hotline (December 2019 eNews)

The December 2019 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available. Highlights:

  • confidential complaint hotline

  • Loucka named director of the Medical Board

  • new rules effective 11/30/19

  • petition to add qualifying condition

  • board seeks subject matter experts

  • Health News Ohio magazine

  • holiday office closure

Click here to read the issue.

State Medical Board of Ohio Launches Confidential Complaint Hotline

Nov. 18, 2019 – (COLUMBUS, Ohio) The State Medical Board of Ohio today launched its confidential complaint hotline.

Anyone may call 1-833-333-SMBO (7626) to file a complaint against health care professionals who hold a license from the Medical Board. Ohio law makes all complaints and investigations of the board confidential. Callers do not need to leave identifying information, although additional detail can help support a more thorough investigation.

Please visit med.ohio.gov/Regulation/File-a-Complaint for detailed information on filing a complaint, a list of license types regulated by the Medical Board and who to contact if our board does not have authority to take action.

Board Releases Cultural Competency Video (November 2019 eNews)

The November 2019 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available. Highlights:

  • Cultural Comptency video released

  • CME guidance

  • new rules effective 11/5/19

  • HHS releases new guidance on opioid tapering

  • medical board seeks victim coordinators and subject matter experts

  • medical marijuana control update

  • petition to add qualifying condition window open

  • Health News Ohio magazine late-summer issue

  • cosmetic therapy exam registration deadline

  • office closure

Click here to read the issue.

Loucka Named Director of the State Medical Board of Ohio

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) announced today that it has unanimously approved Stephanie M. Loucka as its Executive Director, effective November 14, 2019. Ms. Loucka previously served as the director at the Ohio Department of Aging. Prior to that she held senior leadership positions at both the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and the Ohio Department of Aging. Most recently, Ms. Loucka served as the human resources director at Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. She received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Otterbein College and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Board Seeks Comment on Proposed Actions to Respiratory Care Rules

The Medical Board is seeking public comment on the proposed actions for the following rules. Click the link to view the rule and the Business Impact Analysis filed with the Common Sense Initiative: Respiratory Care Rules  


Comments on the proposed rules must be received no later than November 22, 2019. Please provide comments to both of the following: