Angela Moore Sturgeon
P: (614) 466-7961
Q: How do I find out if a physician has had formal disciplinary action?
A: The board maintains a list of all Ohio physicians who have or had formal disciplinary action. The list can be found by clicking here.
Q: If my license is suspended, what activities are permissible?
A: A suspended practitioner may engage in activities unrelated to medical practice during the period of suspension, provided that the practitioner does not represent themselves in any way that would suggest that they are currently licensed.
Further, the practitioner may engage in an activity peripherally related to the medical field, provided that the activity does not involve any of the elements of the practice of medicine as defined by Section 4731.34 of the Revised Code.
Permissible activities would include teaching, research, and administration, provided that such activities are entirely non-clinical in nature and do not otherwise require that the practitioner hold a current license issued by the State Medical Board. Permissibility of chart review activities would, once again, turn upon whether or not those activities are tantamount to the practice of medicine as defined by Section 4731.34 of the Revised Code. For example, if performed for research purposes only, chart review could be performed by a person whose license is suspended, but if that same review would be performed for purposes of rendering a clinical judgment or recommendation, it would be prohibited. In no event may the practitioner hold themself out or use designations that suggest that they hold a current license or in any way consult on or direct patient care.
This policy or position statement is only a guideline and should not be interpreted as being all inclusive or exclusive. The board will review possible violations of the Medical Practices Act and/or rules promulgated hereunder on a case by case basis.
Q: If my license is on probation with the board, is that considered a restricted license?
A: No. The State Medical Board’s position is that probationary status relates only to the monitoring of a licensee. It is not a specific practice restriction, and probationary status does not impact the eligibility of a licensee to fully practice in the State of Ohio. Specific practice restrictions will be explicitly noted on the board’s website. The board maintains a list of all Ohio physicians who have or had formal disciplinary action, including permanent license restrictions. The list can be found by clicking here.
Q: What treatment providers have been approved by the board to provide services to impaired practitioners who are ineligible for the One Bite program?
More information regarding the One Bite program can be found here.
Q: How does a treatment provider apply for board approval?
A: A treatment provider may apply for board approval or renewal of board approval by submission of the following application found here.
The application must be submitted by mail ATTN: Donald Davis. Any questions regarding this application may be directed to Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov.
Q: How long does board approval last?
A: Currently, board approval is for a period of three years. An application for approval needs to be submitted to renew board approval.
Under the Ohio Administrative Code 4731-16-09(D), a treatment provider approved by the State Medical Board of Ohio must notify the board of:
any changes to the transfer of ownership of the program;
change in location or locations of the program; or
change of directorship prior to the changes becoming effective.
A treatment provider may update its information with the board by completing this verification form.
Q: What chemical dependency assessors have been approved by the board to conduct return to work evaluations for impaired practitioners?
A: An impaired licensee who is required to undergo a return to work evaluation can find a list of assessors previously approved by the board here.
Please contact your compliance officer for more information on the process to petition for Board approval for an assessor not included on this list.
Q: Where can I find blank copies of my compliance forms?
Upon signing the Declaration of Compliance, the licensee is attesting to full compliance with the terms of the Board Order or Consent Agreement. If the licensee is not in full compliance with the board action, they must indicate the areas of non-compliance on the lines provided (i.e., relapse, missed or late calls to the drug testing program, failure to attend the required amount of alcohol drug rehabilitation meetings, etc.).
Licensee shall maintain a participation log in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, such as A.A., N.A., C.A., or Caduceus as required by order of the board. Substitution of any other specific program must receive prior board approval.
The Log of Controlled Substances is to be used by all licensees who are required by order of the State Medical Board to maintain and periodically submit to the board records or logs reflecting their utilization of controlled substances. It is essential that you carefully read and comply with the following instructions, since submission of an inaccurate or incomplete log constitutes a violation of probation and may result in revocation of license.
The Physician Assistant Prescribing Log is to be used by all Physician Assistants who are required by order of the State Medical Board to maintain and periodically submit to the board records or logs reflecting their utilization of controlled substances. It is essential that you carefully read and comply with the following instructions, since submission of an inaccurate or incomplete log constitutes a violation of probation and may result in revocation of license.
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