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Agendas Posted for December Committee and Board Meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee and board meetings on Wednesday, December 8. These open meetings will be shared on the board's YouTube channel. The agendas can be found here.

8:00 a.m. Finance Committee

8:30 a.m. Compliance Committee

9:00 a.m. Quality Assurance Committee

10:00 a.m. Board Meeting

November 2021 eNews

The November issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available

  • telemedicine update

  • House Bill 176

  • podiatric scope of practice

  • proposed rules for light-based medical devices and Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

  • petition period open to add new medical marijuana qualifying conditions

  • duty to report obligation

  • ICD-10 Code reminder

  • COVID-19 resources

  • licensee obligation to complete death certificates

  • board seeks subject matter experts in family medicine, internal medicine and pain management

  • office closure

Request for comment on initial review of rules

Light-based Medical Devices and Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Rules

Comments due December 1, 2021

The State Medical Board of Ohio seeks public input on proposed rules several times during the rule-making process. Public input is sought after the Medical Board has conducted its initial review of rules, after rules are filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office, and at the public hearing that occurs after the rules are formally filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

The Medical Board’s initial review of rules may result in a proposal to amend current rules, rescind current rules, make no changes to current rules, and/or adopt new rules. Comments received will be reviewed and possibly result in changes to the initially proposed language before the rules are then filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office. 

At this time, public comment is being sought on the proposed language for the following rules. The rules title is a link to the rule(s) and a memo explaining the proposed action.

4731-18-01  Definitions Proposed to amend

4731-18-02  Use of Light Based Medical Devices Proposed to amend

4731-18-03  Delegation of the Use of Light Based Medical Devices for Specified Non-Ablative Procedures Proposed to rescind

4731-18-03  Delegation of the Use of Light Based Medical Devices for Specified Non-Ablative Procedures Proposed new rule

4731-38-01  Licenses Issued or Renewed Under the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Proposed new rule

Deadline for submitting comments: December 1, 2021

Comments to: Kimberly Anderson, State Medical Board of Ohio

Kimberly.Anderson@med.ohio.gov

Telemedicine Update

During the November 10 meeting, the Medical Board voted to extend the enforcement date of its regulation requiring in-person visits until March 31, 2022

The Medical Board approved telemedicine FAQs that provide guidance on telemedicine in Ohio and the Medical Board’s resumption of enforcement on March 31 of its laws and rules requiring in-person visits in certain situations. Click here to view the FAQs.

Agendas posted for November 2021 committee and board meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee and board meeting on Wednesday, November 10. These open meetings will be shared on the board's YouTube channel. The agendas can be found here.

9:00 a.m. Quality Assurance Committee

10:00 a.m. Board Meeting 

Petition period open to add new medical marijuana qualifying conditions

The submission period is open for anyone to submit a petition requesting a condition be added to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. If a condition has been previously rejected by the board, the new petition must contain new scientific information that supports the request. The window is open from November 1 to December 31.

As a reminder, the following are the current qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana use in Ohio:

  • AIDS

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • cachexia

  • cancer

  • chronic traumatic encephalopathy

  • Crohn’s disease

  • epilepsy or another seizure disorder

  • fibromyalgia

  • glaucoma

  • hepatitis C

  • Huntington’s disease

  • inflammatory bowel disease

  • multiple sclerosis

  • pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • positive status for HIV

  • post-traumatic stress disorder

  • sickle cell anemia

  • Spasticity

  • spinal cord disease or injury

  • terminal illness

  • Tourette syndrome

  • traumatic brain injury

  • ulcerative colitis

Details on the process can be found here.

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Senate Bill 6, signed into law by Governor DeWine on June 29, 2021, authorizes the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) to enter into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Ohio becomes the 35th state to become a member of the Compact. Physicians (MDs and DOs) from any state with Compact membership, including Ohio, who meet the qualifications will be eligible for licensure in any other participating state. Senate Bill 6 gives the SMBO until September 29, 2022 to implement the system to begin processing and issuing licenses through this path.

The board has created internal work groups to assist with the establishment and implementation of this new licensure path. Report-outs from the internal work groups are shared at the board’s monthly meeting.

The SMBO looks forward to working as part of the Compact to create an additional avenue for the licensing of physicians. We will keep you and your associations aware of our implementation plans as they develop over the next year. Those plans will include a ‘go live’ date for Ohio, as well as instructions on how to participate.

Additional information on the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact can be found here. If you have additional questions, please email mailto:contact@med.ohio.gov.

October 2021 eNews

The October issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available

  • New rules

  • public rules hearing

  • petition period to add medical marijuana qualifying conditions

  • COVID-19 vaccine boosters and vaccinations for pregnant people

  • Drug Take Back Day

  • duty to report

  • ICD-10 reminder 

  • licensee obligation to complete death certificates

  • board seeks subject matter experts

  • upcoming office closures

SMBO is accepting applications for the Massage Therapy Advisory Council

House Bill 110 was signed into law on June 30, 2021. Effective September 30, this legislation authorizes the State Medical Board of Ohio to appoint a Massage Therapy Advisory Council.

The Massage Therapy Advisory Council will advise the board on issues related to the practice of massage therapy.

The Medical Board is now seeking applicants for the seven seats that will be available on the council. Per Ohio Revised Code 4731.152, the board is looking for three types of members: four licensed, practicing massage therapists; one massage therapy educator; one non-health care professional to represent the interest of consumers.

The time commitment is four meetings per year in Columbus. Council members are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses such as mileage and parking.

The applications can be found below. If you or someone you know meets the criteria and is interested in this opportunity for community service, please download the appropriate application. Once completed, email it and your resume or CV to Jill.Reardon@med.ohio.gov. Applications are due by October 4, 2021.

Massage Therapy Advisory Council - Practicing LMT Application closed

Massage Therapy Advisory Council - Educator Application closed

Massage Therapy Advisory Council - Consumer Application deadline extended to 11/3

Governor DeWine Observes the First Ohio Overdose Awareness Day

 

Governor Mike DeWine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 31, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957
Jill Del Greco: 614-644-0957

Governor DeWine Observes the First Ohio Overdose Awareness Day

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 30 in June designating today, Aug. 31, as Ohio Overdose Awareness Day to raise public awareness and to remember the lives lost to the epidemic.

Unintentional drug overdose is one of the leading causes of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes. According to RecoveryOhio, in January through November of 2020, there were 4,579 unintentional drug overdose deaths reported. This is a 24% increase over 2019. Ohio’s medical and first responder communities attribute the increase primarily to fentanyl, a highly addictive and dangerous opioid.

Earlier this year, state officials approved $2.5 million to rapidly deploy 60,000 doses of naloxone to 23 counties struggling with a high burden of overdoses. Governor DeWine, RecoveryOhio, ODH, and OhioMHAS are encouraging all Ohioans to consider carrying naloxone to help save a life. 

“Naloxone has proven to save lives. By getting it into the hands of communities and groups across the state in areas that are experiencing the most overdoses and deaths, we are putting this life-saving opportunity where it is needed most,” said Governor DeWine.

To learn more about Ohio’s work to address opioid addiction, visit recoveryohio.gov. If you or a loved one need help for a substance use disorder, please call the Ohio CareLine at 1-800-720-9616 for free, confidential assistance from a trained counselor.

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