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Proposed Rules Hearing 2/27/19

Notice of February 27 Proposed Rules Hearing

 

Click here for proposed Genetic Counselor rules

A public hearing on proposed rules will be conducted on February 27, 2108, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules.

 

Accepting Applications for Licensed Dietitian on the Dietetics Advisory Council

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 25, 2019.

Accepting Applications for Consumer Seat on the Respiratory Care Advisory Council

The State Medical Board of Ohio is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to fill the consumer seat 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 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 Respiratory Care Advisory Council shall meet at least four times each year. The appointment to fill the unexpired term of the consumer seat will require a commitment until April 2020 which would entail attendance at approximately 4 quarterly meetings which generally run for 1-2 hours once a 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 the consumer member of the council, please submit an application by email to Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov by February 25, 2019. 

One-Bite Program RFP

The State is seeking a contractor to provide services as a Monitoring Organization who is charged with conducting the One-Bite Program and performing monitoring services. Please see the DAS procurement website for details. The proposal due date is March 4.

 

January 2019 eNews

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

  • New Rules for One-bite Program and Limited Branch

  • Reporting Loss, Theft of Dangerous Drugs & Documents

  • Did you Know - Complaint and Investigation Process

  • Public Hearing: Genetic Counselor Rules

  • Chronic & Subacute Pain Opioid Prescription Regulations

  • Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program Update

  • Cosmetic Therapy Exam

  • February Office Closure

Click here for all of the details.

State Medical Board of Ohio Suspends License

The State Medical Board of Ohio voted today to summarily suspend William Husel’s osteopathic medicine and surgery license. Today’s board action means Husel cannot practice medicine in the state of Ohio. The board action is based on allegations of his failure to meet acceptable standards regarding the selection of drugs, violations of the minimal standards of care and failing to cooperate in a board’s investigation related to the doctor’s prescribing of fentanyl and midazolam to patients under his care at Mt. Carmel Health Systems. 

 

A summary suspension is the fastest means to remove a licensee from practice. We were pleased yesterday when the Ohio Attorney General called for a summary suspension as it was consistent with our aggressive case development that occurred in collaboration with their office over the last several weeks, in preparation for the board’s vote today. There is a higher burden of proof than a regular administrative action as the licensee does not get a hearing prior to the board member’s vote. The law to issue a summary suspension requires the board’s Secretary and Supervising Member to determine that there is clear and convincing evidence that a physician has violated the Medical Practices Act (4731.22B) and that the doctor’s continued practice creates a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public. For summary suspension cases involving minimum standards related to prescribing, the board would typically review patient records involved, interview witnesses, work collaboratively with law enforcement and interview the licensee whose practices are being questioned.

 

Next steps: the licensee has 30 days to request a hearing. Based on information from that hearing (if it occurs) or additional fact finding (such as criminal charges/convictions), members of the State Medical Board of Ohio will decide on permanent action. Board action can range from probation to permanent revocation. The decision would occur during a regular monthly board meeting.

Newly Adopted Rules for Limited Practice and One-bite Program

The Medical Board adopted new rules at its last meeting. They are effective on January 31, 2019.

 

Limited Practice

 

One-bite

 

Holiday Office Closure 1/21/19

The Medical Board's office will be closed on Monday, January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. 

Cosmetic Therapy Exam Set for March 25

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

Statement from the State Medical Board of Ohio About Social Media Posts

Recent media reports have indicated a former resident in training made disparaging remarks on social media. The individual’s application for a training certificate stated the Cleveland Clinic as her training program. By removing this resident from their program, the Cleveland Clinic eliminated her ability to practice medicine at this time. While the individual’s training certificate may remain in “active” status, she does not have the authority to practice in Ohio because she is not part of an accredited program.

 

Ohio law makes all complaints and investigations of the State Medical Board confidential so the board is unable to share any additional information at this time. Discipline against a certificate holder or licensee can range from a reprimand to permanent revocation- meaning they are never able to practice again in Ohio.

 

It is the mission of the State Medical Board of Ohio to protect the health and safety of all Ohioans. Malicious acts and threats of patient harm go against the Medical Practices Act and are denounced by the board.