March 2019 Newsletter from the State Medical Board of Ohio
March 2019 Newsletter
Practitioner Diversion Awareness Conference

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting two regional one-day Practitioner Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDAC) on Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19, 2019. The same conference will be held both days and participants can attend either day. Seating is limited at these conferences and it is recommended you register as early as possible. The conferences will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland.

The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New Medical Board Rules Effective February 28

Respiratory Care

Amended and new rules

The amended and new respiratory care rules in Chapter 4761, Ohio Administrative Code, are related to regulatory Board consolidation legislation that went into effect in January 2018. Changes in Ohio law, as well as consistency with the Medical Board’s existing processes for other licensee types, necessitated the rule changes.

Rescinded rules

Many respiratory care rules were rescinded because they duplicate, or are different from, existing Medical Board rules in areas such as the disciplinary administrative hearing process, personal information systems, criminal record checks, rulemaking, and board operations. As the complementary step to rescinding these rules, new rule 4761-15-01 incorporates respiratory care licensees into the Chapter 4731 Medical Board rules in various subject areas.

Reminder - April 1 Renewal Deadline

Physicians, Massage Therapists, and Cosmetic Therapists with a last name beginning with C or D must renew their licenses by April 1, 2019. If your license is not renewed by that date your license expires and you must cease practicing with an expired license. Physicians with an expired license will be unable to log on to OARRS. 

All license renewals are processed online through the portal. Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted for payment. Renewed licenses will be valid until April 1, 2021. 

Renewal instructions and a short “how to” video are available through the “Renew a License” link on the Medical Board’s homepage. 

Send your renewal questions to for help.
New Rules Governing OARRS

On March 15, 2019, new Board of Pharmacy rules will go into efftect. Ohio law will: 
  • specify which entities are required to submit wholesale sales data to OARRS
  • specify that naltrexone must only be reported by dispensing pharmacies
  • authorize peer review committees to access OARRS relating to a prescriber who is subject to the committee's evaluation, supervision, or discipline.

Click here for detailed information about this reporting requirement.

Public Hearing
A public hearing on proposed rules affecting respiratory care professionals and terminiation of physician-patient relationships will be conducted on March 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules.

Click here to view the proposed rules
Cultural Competency Guide

Through collaborative efforts with numerous local, state and federal organizations, the State Medical Board of Ohio has created a brief guide for providers as an introduction to cultural competencies. This document draws on resources from across the country, including review and input from a diverse group of experts. The guide is meant to be a starting-point for developing linguistic and cultural competencies among health care providers. 
ohio medical marijuana control program update

In January, Ohio dispensaries began selling medical marijuana to patients and caregivers. To date, there are nine dispenseries operating. The total sales through March 3 is $1,520,381 and the total volume of product sold is 201 pounds.

As of January 31, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has issued 17,077 recommendations in the Patient and Caregiver Registry. Of those with a recommendation, 12,873 have activated their Registry Card.

Ohio physicians interested in recommending medical marijuana can learn more about the certificate to recommend (CTR) process here.

Cosmetic Therapy Exam - March 25
The next CT exam is scheduled for Monday, March 25. Cosmetic therapists have until March 11 at 5 p.m. to submit applications to the board. Click here to get more info.
New Email Address for Licensure, CME & Renewal Inquiries

The Medical Board has a new email address for all licensure, CME and renewal inquiries. Use to contact the Board for assistance with these issues.
Manage Pain, Prevent Addiction

Take Charge Ohio features resources for providers and patients to  help educate about opioid addiction, its impact in Ohio, and how to take action using these free, ready-to-use resources. >
No More Paper

The medical board is no longer accepting paper applications, renewal applications or license verification requests.
All of these items need to be completed electronically through >

Monthly Formal Action Report

Review summary descriptions of the disciplinary actions initiated and the disciplinary sanctions imposed by the medical board at its monthly meeting. Individual's license information can be found on eLicense.

Monthly Formal Actions >

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