Recent News


Important Information

from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Office Closure

The State Medical Board office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Agendas Posted for May Meetings

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

Tuesday, May 10

The Massage Therapy Advisory Council is meeting via GoToWebinar at 2:00 p.m. The agenda and registration link can be found here.

Wednesday, May 11

The following meeting agendas can be found here.

8:30 a.m. Medical Marijuana Committee - This meeting will be shared via GoToWebinar. Click here for the registration link. 

10:00 a.m. Board Meeting - This meeting will be shared on the board's YouTube channel.

Physician Assistant Policy Committee Canceled

The Physician Assistant Policy Committee scheduled for today at 2.p.m. has been canceled.

Prescription Fraud Advisory-Promethazine with Codeine

The Board of Pharmacy has received reports of fraudulent electronic prescriptions for promethazine with codeine throughout the state in the name of a Columbus-based physician assistant.

To help combat these fraudulent prescriptions, it is strongly recommended that pharmacies verify promethazine/codeine prescriptions with the practitioner’s office by means other than the phone numbers provided on the prescriptions. Additionally, pharmacies and/or pharmacists should report all incidents of prescription fraud to the Board of Pharmacy and local authorities. Reports to the Board of Pharmacy may be filed online by visiting:  

April 2022 Enews

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

  • Get to Know SMBO 
  • seeking comments on proposed rules
  • CDC health advisory
  • executive order banning new opioids 
  • COVID-19 vaccine boosters communications toolkit 
  • Physician Assistant Advisory Committee and Massage Therapy Advisory Council seeking consumer members
  • Well-being checkup and referral engagement service
  • death certificates 
  • ICD-10 code 

Agendas Posted for April Meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will have its committee and board meetings on Wednesday, April 13. These meetings will take place in-person and are open to the public. A courtesy livestreaming may be available, as technology permits, on the Board's YouTube channel. The Board meeting agenda is available here.

8:00 a.m. Quality Assurance Committee

9:00 a.m. Licensure Committee

9:30 a.m. Compliance Committee

10:00 a.m. Board Meeting

Get To Know SMBO

The State Medical Board of Ohio protects the public by ensuring qualified providers are held to the standard of care and safely treat patients. With such a large responsibility we recognize it may be difficult for the public to understand the board’s full scope and the significance of its day-to-day operations.

This month, the board is excited to announce the launch of a public engagement campaign, Get to Know SMBO with the purpose of educating the public about the board’s core services and providing clear instructions on how to file a complaint.

Among the new additions, we’re adding a “For the Public” tab on the website with helpful patient resources, looking to engage with patient audiences, and launching a YouTube series of videos featuring SMBO staff and leadership explaining common board practices.

Through this campaign, we look forward to finding opportunities to collaborate with our fellow state agencies and community partners to better inform the public. Our commitment to serving the patients of Ohio is unwavering. We extend an invitation to all to get to know the State Medical Board of Ohio.

March 2022 eNews

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

  • National Nutrition Month

  • public rules hearing

  • accepting applications for Dietetics Advisory Council

  • ODH shifts to weekly COVID reporting

  • BWCs virtual medical & health symposium

  • physician reviewers wanted

  • board seeks subject matter experts

  • death certificates

  • COVID-19 resources

Public hearing March 25

A public hearing will be held via GoToWebinar on March 25 at 1:30 p.m. The proposed rule is applicable to licenses issued or renewed under the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules. 

Accepting applications for Dietetics Advisory Council member

The Medical Board is seeking licensed dietitian applicants for an open seat on the Dietetics Advisory Council. The Dietetics Advisory Council advises the board on issues related to the practice of dietetics. The time commitment is four (4) meetings per year in Columbus. Council members are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses such as mileage and parking. If you know of any person who meets this criteria and is interested in this great opportunity for community service, please encourage them to fill out an online application. Deadline to apply is March 28. Click here to complete the application.