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Medical Board Votes on Medical Marijuana Control Program Conditions

Today the State Medical Board of Ohio voted to reject the petitions for anxiety disorder and autism spectrum disorder; these conditions will not be added to Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program at this time. 

The board could review these conditions at a later date if additional studies or evidence are brought forth in the petition process. The next window for petitions will be November 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. Today the board also voted to set the follow year’s window. That will be November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

September 2019 eNews

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

  • Medical Board responds to governor's working group report 

  • September is National Recovery Month 

  • new Spanish documents available 

  • October 1 renewal deadline 

  • notice of October 2 public hearing

  • board seeks victim coordinators and subject matter experts 

  • OMMCP update 

  • cosmetic therapy exam registration deadline 

  • board meeting dates

Click here to read the issue.

Notice of October 2, 2019 Public Hearing

A public hearing will be conducted on October 2, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules.

State Medical Board of Ohio Seeks to Contract with Victim Coordinators

 

VICTIM COORDINATOR JOB DESCRIPTION

The Victim Coordinator shall work under the direction of the Deputy Director of Investigations, Compliance, Enforcement, and Standards Review (ICES) or their designee to provide continuity and support functions to victims involved with a State Medical Board of Ohio investigation. The Victim Coordinator will be a resource for the overall coordination of internal and external communications related to that investigation in partnership with Board investigators and enforcement attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and the Attorney General Office and other prosecutor’s offices. The Victim Coordinator will provide trauma informed, emotionally safe communications to the victim while coordinating the victim’s participation in a Board investigation.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilizes Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles when engaging with victims

  • Provides TIC coordination services for victims involved in a board investigation

  • Explains the board investigation and disciplinary process and various administrative law proceedings to victims

  • Assists victims through successive stages of the board investigation and disciplinary process, providing emotional support and practical information as needed

  • Acts as a liaison to statewide victim advocacy organizations, child advocacy centers, schools, local hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors

  • Assists with outreach programs and coordinates activities with outside agencies to offer assistance to victims

  • Maintains a log of cases to be tracked with daily updates of all cases in process

  • Maintains case files with updated information related to case progress, telephone conservations, conferences, and case disposition, as well as time spent on respective cases

  • Handles sensitive and unusual situations with discretion

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Crisis Counseling Skills

  • HIPAA

  • Criminal justice processes and court proceedings

  • Knowledge of victim services provided by various community agencies

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with Board staff, community agencies, victims, and the public

  • Ability to be empathetic and objective when communicating with victims

  • Knowledge and ability to work with persons of diverse backgrounds

Preferred Education/Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, social work, public health or related field from an accredited college or university, although a Master’s degree is preferred

  • Experience working with highly sensitive and confidential information

  • Experience working in victim advocacy or criminal coordination, particularly with work in crimes against persons

  • Experience working with prosecutors and/or law enforcement

The Victim Coordinator shall be responsible for and assume all office and business expenses and all travel expenses that are incurred as a result of the performance of this contract.

The rate of pay for the Victim Coordinator position will be $40/hour, for a maximum of 250 hours/$10,000 per state fiscal year. Expected hours are intermittent, but within regular business hours of 8:00am – 5:00p.m.

If you are interested in applying for the Victim Coordinator position, please send your resume to Donald Davis at Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov.

Click on Attached Files to download a PDF.

Senate Bill 57 Legalizes Hemp Products in Ohio

Recent updates to state law (SB 57) changed the definition of marijuana in Ohio. Hemp and hemp products such as CBD oil, containing no more than three-tenths of a percent (0.3%) THC, are no longer considered to be marijuana in Ohio and are therefore legal to use outside of the medical marijuana program.

A physician, physician assistant, or massage therapist, acting within their scope of practice may apply CBD oil as a topical application if it has less than 0.3% THC. Similarly, hemp products can now be sold outside of a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Please see more information from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, who is tasked with establishing Ohio’s Hemp Cultivation and Processing Program.

Medical Board licensees should also consider consulting with private legal counsel about the ramifications of the FDA’s caution against making unsubstantiated medical claims in the selling of hemp products such as CBD oil. See the FDA statement on the Agriculture Improvement Act at the following link: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/statement-fda-commissioner-scott-gottlieb-md-signing-agriculture-improvement-act-and-agencys

Medical Board Adopts New Confidential One-bite Program For Practitioners Seeking Treatment For a Substance Use Disorder

On January 31, the State Medical Board adopted rules for Ohio’s new One-bite program: a confidential program that allows an eligible practitioner who is impaired due to a substance use disorder to avoid formal disciplinary action by the Medical Board. 

Eligibility for the One-bite program is determined by the Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP), the board-approved monitoring organization responsible for conducting the One-bite program. The program is available to all Medical Board license types, except applicants for licensure.

In order to be eligible for the confidential One-bite program, practitioners must meet the following criteria:

    1. Be diagnosed with substance use disorder and impaired in ability to practice.

    2. Be a first-time participant in the program

    3. Have no prior disciplinary action for substance use disorder or impairment by any              licensing board in Ohio

 

To maintain eligibility for the One-bite program, practitioners must complete treatment at an approved One-bite program facility, complete continuing care, enter into a monitoring agreement with OPHP, and comply with all conditions of treatment and monitoring.

OPHP will not disclose to the Medical Board the name or records relating to a practitioner participating in the One-bite program unless certain conditions exist. Participation in the One-bite program does not preclude the Medical Board from pursuing action for violating any other statute or board regulation.

If you think you may qualify for the One-bite program or know a colleague in need of help, please contact the Ohio Physicians Health Program at (614) 841-9690 or info@ophp.org

For more information, see Sec. 4731.251 and 4732.252 of the Revised Code and Rule 4731-16-17 - 4731-16-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Physician CME Audits

The board is currently conducting random CME compliance audits for physicians. We have partnered with CE Broker for CE/CME tracking and reporting. If you are selected for an audit, please follow the instructions in the email that you receive. If you need to register for an account with CE Broker or have questions, you can find additional information here.

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Scam Targets Ohio Physicians

ALERT!

Licensees should be on alert for a scam that has been reported in targeting Ohio physicians. During the reported incident, the scammer calls the physician’s office and says they are being investigated by the DEA for inappropriate prescribing and their license will be revoked if they do not agree to pay a fine immediately via phone or fax. In one such incident, the scammer even faxed a fraudulent document to the physician using the State Medical Board logo. Medical Board investigators have alerted our partners at the DEA of this scam and those agents will also be on alert. If you are contacted, please report the incident to local law enforcement and the Medical Board investigations division by calling 614-466-3934.

Please be aware that if the State Medical Board of Ohio 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, information on all suspensions of Medical Board licenses and the payment of all Medical Board fines can be found via the official state website, eLicense.ohio.gov.

New Rules Effective July 31, 2019

New rules have been adopted by the Medical Board and are effective on July 31, 2019.

 

Limited Branches of Medicine

4731-1-02 Application of rules governing limited branches of medicine

 

Physician Licensure

4731-6-01 Definitions

4731-6-02 Preliminary education for medical and osteopathic licensure

4731-6-03 Eligibility for the medical and osteopathic examination

4731-6-05 Format of medical and osteopathic examination

4731-6-07 Passing average on examination – Rescinded

4731-6-10 Clinical competency examination –​ Rescinded

4731-6-14 Eligibility for licensure by examination

4731-6-15 Eligibility for licensure of national board diplomates and medical council of Canada licentiates

4731-6-16 Eligibility for medical or osteopathic licensure by endorsement of licenses granted by other states –​ Rescinded

4731-6-21 Application procedures for certificate issuance; investigation

4731-6-22 Abandonment and withdrawal of medical and osteopathic licensure applications

4731-6-30 Training certificates

4731-6-31 Limited preexamination registration and limited certification

4731-6-32 Clinical research faculty certificates –​ Rescinded

4731-6-33 Special activity certificates

4731-6-34 Volunteer certificates

4731-6-35 Processing applications from service members, veterans, or spouses of service members or veterans

 

Notice of Medical Board Meetings

4731-7-01 Method of notice of meetings

 

Anesthesiologist Assistants

4731-24-01 Definitions

4731-24-02 Anesthesiologist assistants: supervision

4731-24-03 Anesthesiologist assistants: enhanced supervision

4731-24-05 Military provisions related to certificate to practice as an anesthesiologist assistant

 

Standards and Procedures for Physician Prescribing When the Drug May be Administered by a Pharmacist

4731-34-01 Standards and procedures to be followed by physicians when prescribing a dangerous drug that may be administered by a pharmacist by injection

 

July 2019 eNews

The July 2019 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available. Here are the highlights:

  • OARRS

  • medical marijuana subject matter experts sought

  • new resources available for chronic and subacute pain prescribing

  • OMMCP update

  • free opioid tapering webinar

  • new EMS public record exemptions

  • office closure

  • board meeting dates

Click here to read the issue.