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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

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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August 2021 eNews

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

  • FY21 annual report

  • telemedicine update

  • additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in immunocompromised people

  • duty to report obligation

  • new public record exemptions for mental health providers

  • health alert from CDC

  • ICD-10 code reminder

  • licensee obligation to complete death certificates

  • board seeks subject matter experts

  • upcoming office closure

Agendas posted for August 2021 committee and board meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee and board meeting on Wednesday, August 11. These open meetings will be shared on the board's YouTube channel. The agenda can be found here.

9:00 a.m. Compliance Committee

10:00 a.m. Board Meeting 

Med Board seeking registered nurse

The Medical Board is seeking a part-time, contract registered nurse. 

Duties include: review and evaluate patient records, billing records, and/or other documents or records provided by the board and provide written analysis as to whether the patient records and/or other documents reflect conduct in accordance with acceptable medical practice, state and federal laws, rules, regulations and administrative memoranda. If interested, please provide resume and contact information to Don Davis at Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov.

Agendas posted for July 2021 committee and board meetings

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

July 14, 9:00 a.m. Compliance Committee

July 14, 10:00 a.m. Board Meeting