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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Board Seeks Comment Regarding One-bite Program

The State Medical Board of Ohio has filed proposed actions concerning rules with the Common Sense Initiative Office. The proposals are available for your comment.


Section 4731.251, Ohio Revised Code, requires the Medical Board to adopt rules that establish a program by which all Medical Board licensees may receive confidential treatment for impairment by drugs, alcohol or other substances of abuse.

Rule 4731-16-17: sets forth the requirements of the one-bite program.

Rule 4731-16-18: sets forth the eligibility criteria for program participants.

Rule 4731-16-19: sets forth the requirements for the monitoring organization.

Rule 4731-16-20: sets forth the requirements for the treatment providers.

Rule 4731-16-21: sets forth the requirements for continuing care.


Please provide comments to both of the following:

Comment deadline: June 15, 2018


Track Your CE/CME Online With CE Broker

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) has partnered with CE Broker to simplify your CE/CME tracking and reporting. Using CE Broker Basic, you can track your course completion and report hours free of charge. There is no requirement that licensees sign up for any CE Broker account at this time. It is an optional tool that is being offered.


MDs, DOs, DPMs, CTs, GCs, RCPs and LDs – you can use your free CE Broker account to:

  • See what courses you have completed

  • Find board-verified courses

  • Report your CE/CME

  • Learn when you have completed all requirements

  • Contact CE Broker support for help


To create your free CE Broker Basic account:

1.     Click here.

2.     Choose from the account options. The free account option is called Basic.

3.     Enter your license number and answer a few easy questions.


CE Broker offers additional account options including a Professional Account and a Concierge Account. SMBO licensees are welcome to sign up for these services if interested.


Note, entering your continuing education through CE Broker will not automatically renew your license. You will still need to file a license renewal through the eLicense portal. CE Broker allows the Board to verify your completed continuing education following your renewal.


SMBO randomly audits a percentage of practitioners CE/CME compliance during each renewal cycle. If you are selected for audit, you will be requested to respond to the audit via CE Broker.


To learn more, view a brief introductory video:


CE Broker has a full-time support center open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST to assist you with questions. You can reach them at, (877) 434-6323 or




Upcoming Office Closure

The Medical Board's office will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.


Physician Continuing Education Rules

Effective 5/31/18, rule 4731-10-02 now permits a licensee to earn one hour of CME for each sixty minutes spent providing volunteer health care services in Ohio to indigent and uninsured persons. A maximum of thirty-three hours per CME period may be earned. Any hours of CME earned under this provision shall be credited toward category two requirements. See 4731-10-02(E) for complete information. 


Board Seeks Comment on Proposed Rules

The Medical Board is seeking comments on the initial review of three rules. The proposed language for each rule can be found by clicking on the links below.

Comments on the rules should be submitted to Sallie Debolt, Senior Counsel, State Medical Board of Ohio at


Comment deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018

Subacute and Chronic Pain Rules

Termination of Physician-Patient Relationship


Comment deadline: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Application of Rules Governing Limited Branches of Medicine or Surgery


CT Exam Date Set for June 25

CT Exam Date Set for June 25

The date of the next Cosmetic Therapy exam is Monday, June 25, 2018. The application must be submitted before 5 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018. Click here for information and to submit an application.


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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


Saturday, April 28, 2018

10AM - 2PM


The DEAs National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. If you have unwanted or expired Rx meds, you can find collection sites throughout Ohio:


According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.


April Issue of eNews Published

The April 2018 issue of the Medical Board's eNews has arrived. Here are the highlights:

  • April 28th is National Drug Take Back Day

  • Respiratory Care Professional Renewal Reminder

  • Medical Board Appoints Dietetics Advisory Council and Respiratory Care Advisory Council Members

  • Proposed Rules for Genetic Counselors, Dietetics and Respiratory Care

  • CTR Notice

  • Unclaimed Funds Reports

Click here for all of the details.


March Issue of eNews Published

The March 2018 issue of the Medical Board's eNews has arrived. Here are the highlights:

  • MDs, DOs can apply for certificate to recommend (CTR)

  • Schottenstein and Soin reappointed

  • OARRS Data Review

  • Updated FAQ for Office-based Opioid Treatment

  • Free Data 2000 Presciber Training

  • Seeking Expert Reviewers

  • Unclaimed Funds

  • Monthly Formal Action Reports

Click here for all of the details.


Now Accepting Certificate to Recommend Medical Marijuana Applications

The State Medical Board of Ohio is now accepting applications for a certificate to recommend (CTR) under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.


Click here to read full details.


Please note that just because physicians have an approved CTR, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program is not fully operational. The program is anticipated to be in place by September 2018 as outlined in HB523. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is currently structuring the patient registry with an anticipated go-live date sometime this summer. The dispensaries, where patients will purchase the product, are anticipated to be operational by September 2018.