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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain Rules - Phase 2 (Effective December 29, 2017)

Ohio’s rules for prescribing opioids to address acute pain took effect in August 2017. Starting December 29, 2017 prescribers are required to include the ICD-10 code on prescriptions for opioids to treat acute pain. If you have not yet confirmed that your EMR and/or e-prescribing vendor(s) can support automated placement of the ICD-10 code on prescriptions, is it strongly suggested that you contact them immediately. If your EMR system is not able to automate the code by December 29, 2017, you can simply add the ICD-10 numbers into the comment section on the prescription or write it in manually. The State Medical Board has provided information on the new acute prescribing rules over the past four months and will be releasing additional educational information next month about the new rule requirements.


State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Mistakenly Sends OARRS Email

Please be advised that the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy sent out emails this morning to approximately 7,000 prescribers indicating failure to comply with laws requiring the use of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS).

The emails were erroneously distributed without the knowledge of the State Medical Board of Ohio, Ohio Board of Nursing or the Ohio State Dental Board and may contain inaccurate information. If you received this morning’s email, please disregard it. You do not need to take any further action at this time. The Pharmacy Board apologizes for this mistake and any concerns it may have caused. 


Board Guidance on Filing Complaints for Sexual Misconduct

All license holders are held to the highest standards of legal and ethical behavior. The medical board has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, and encourages the public to report all instances of inappropriate behavior immediately.

Recent media coverage of sexual assaults may encourage others in Ohio to come forward, and the medical board would like to ensure that victims are aware of not only the criminal charges but also the regulatory complaints that can be filed. If a complaint to the medical board is investigated and confirmed, professionals can face disciplinary action up to license revocation and a significant fine.

Steps to take if you feel you are the victim of – or have knowledge of – inappropriate touching or other assaults by a licensed provider in Ohio:

1. Contact law enforcement, and provide full details of the misconduct that occurred.

2. File a complaint with the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Please note that complaints and investigations are confidential per Ohio law; your name will never be made public to any outside party. Formal board action against licensees is available on the board’s website.

Those who hold a license from the State Medical Board of Ohio have a duty to report peers who have violated rules, laws and ethics standards. Failure to report can result in fines of up to $20,000 and disciplinary action.

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HealthScene Ohio - Fall 2017 Issue Available

HealthScene Ohio, the Medical Board’s quarterly magazine, is now available. The fall 2017 issue features articles showing how Ohio is combating the opioid epidemic, obtaining better health with diabetes, the many forms of Oriental Medicine, vaccinations for adults, a clinic dedicated to migrant workers, aging gracefully with geriatric medicine, medical response during disasters, addressing heart failure, improving health literacy, developing more effective treatments for MS and preventing misdiagnosis in emergency medicine.


Cosmetic Therapy Exam Set for December 18

The date of the next Cosmetic Therapy exam is Monday, December 18, 2017. The application must be submitted before 5 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017. Click here for information and to submit an application.

Office Closure in Observance of Veterans Day

The Medical Board's office will be closed tomorrow, November 10th, in honor of Veterans Day. The office will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m.


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Take Charge Ohio Campaign Launches

We’ve developed and launched the public awareness campaign, “Take Charge Ohio: Manage Pain, Prevent Medication Abuse” with the Ohio Department of Health and several other state licensing boards and agencies. The campaign is aimed at our prescribers, their patients and the general public. The campaign offers our prescribers various resources they can use to properly educate their patients on the safe and responsible use of pain medication and pain management treatment. The free resources and tools include: videos, brochures, flyers and FAQs. Visit the website for all the information:


Prescribing for Acute Pain - FAQs Available

On August 31, 2017 new rules became effective for prescriptions written for the treatment of acute pain. The State Medical Board of Ohio has compiled a collection of the most frequently asked questions. Guidance based upon those inquiries are now available on the Prescriber Resources page. Click here for a direct link.


The October Issue of eNews is Available

The October 2017 issue of the Medical Board's eNews has arrived. Here are the highlights:

  • Physician CME Deadline Changes

  • CME Audit Process Update

  • Terminal Distributor License for Office-Based Opioid Treatment

  • Prescribing for Acute Pain - Additional Guidance Available

  • Guidance for Rule 4731-11-09 Prescribing to Patients Not Seen by the Physician

  • National Drug Take Back Day

  • Monthly Formal Action Reports

  • November Holiday Closures

Click here for all of the details.


New Video - How to Complete a Training Certificate Application

All license applications are processed online in the eLicense portal. Learn how to complete a training certificate application easily in the portal.


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