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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Agendas posted for February 2022 Meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio has several public meetings scheduled this week.

Monday, February 7

The Massage Therapy Advisory Council is meeting in person at 2:00 p.m. The agenda can be found here.


Wednesday, February 9

The following meetings will be shared on the board's YouTube channel. The agendas can be found here.

9:00 a.m. Compliance Committee

9:30 a.m. Finance Committee

10:00 a.m. Board Meeting

Immediately following the Board Meeting - Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee

January 2022 eNews

The January issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available here:

  • Proposed rules for licenses issued under the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC)

  • newly adopted rules effective 1/31/22

  • nine medical marijuana petitions received

  • subject matter expert wanted to review medical marijuana petitions

  • IMLC update

  • duty to report obligation

  • licensee obligation to complete death certificates

  • ICD-10 Code reminder

  • COVID-19 resources

  • board seeks subject matter experts

  • upcoming office closure

Agendas posted for January committee and board meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee and board meetings on Wednesday, January 12. These open meetings will be shared on the board's YouTube channel. The agendas can be found here.

7:30 a.m. Finance Committee

8:00 a.m. Quality Assurance Committee

9:00 a.m. Compliance Committee

10:00 a.m. Board Meeting

Nine Medical Marijuana Petitions Received

The Medical Board received nine petitions for potential new qualifying conditions during the 2021 petition window. The Medical Board’s Medical Marijuana Committee is anticipated to meet February 9. At that meeting, the committee will decide which petitions will be considered. A final vote on new qualifying conditions is expected this summer.

Condition names as listed by the petitioners:

  1. Gilbert’s Disease

  2. Anxiety

  3. Degenerative Disk Disease, Chronic pain, PTSD

  4. Bi polar, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorder

  5. Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

  6. Insomnia

  7. Lupus

  8. Opioid Use Disorder

  9. Autism Spectrum Disorder

During the submission period (November 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021), petitions were filed electronically through the state’s website, medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov. Per Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05, a petition needs to include:

  • The name and contact information

  • Specific disease or condition requested to be added

  • Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition

  • Relevant medical or scientific evidence

  • Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition

  • Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition and other types of medical or scientific documentation

  • Letters of support provided by physicians

Petitions that meet the requirements of OAC 4731-32-05 will proceed and be reviewed by subject matter experts. Petitions submitted for the same condition will be combined for the reviews. Any petition for a condition that has been previously reviewed by the board and rejected will not be considered by the board unless new scientific research that supports the request is offered.

The board’s committee will review the expert reports and then make a recommendation to the full board for a vote to adopt/deny a petition to add the qualifying condition under review. A full board vote is expected in summer 2022.

The Medical Board’s rules (Ohio Administrative Code) for the qualifying conditions can be found here: http://codes.ohio.-gov/oac/4731-32-05.

The next condition petition window is scheduled for November 1 – December 31, 2022.

December 2021 eNews

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

  • proposed rules for approval of licensure applications

  • newly adopted rules

  • health alert

  • petition period open to add new medical marijuana qualifying conditions

  • IMLC update

  • 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

New rules effective 12/31/21

The maintenance of list of disqualifying criminal offenses rule was adopted by the board at its meeting on September 8 and PA consult agreements rules were adopted by the board on December 8. Both are effective on December 31.

 

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.