April 2019 Newsletter from the State Medical Board of Ohio

April 2019 Newsletter

Proposed Rules - Comments Due April 10

Public comment is being sought on the following proposed Medical Board rules filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office. The Business Impact Analysis and the proposed rules can be found by clicking the links below.

Rule 4731-11-01 Definitions 
Rule 4731-11-14 Prescribing for subacute and chronic pain
Rule 4731-35-01 Pharmacy consult agreements

Rule 4371-35-02 Standards for managing drug therapy

Comments on any of these rules should be submitted no later than April 10, 2019 to both the Medical Board (
Sallie.Debolt@med.ohio.gov) and the Common Sense Initiative Office ( CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov). 

Initial Review of Proposed Rules - Comments Due April 12

The Board is seeking comments during the initial review of the following proposed rules:
  • Military rules for all medical board licensees
  • Respiratory care rule for licensure with military provisions
  • Respiratory care rule for continuing education with military provisions
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 filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office.

At this time, public comment is being sought on the proposed language for these proposed rules, which can be found on the Medical Board’s website by clicking the button below.

Comments on the proposed rules will be accepted through April 12, 2019.
Effective September 2018, the State Medical Board of Ohio no longer requires Physician Assistant Supervision Agreements to be filed with or approved by the board. Now the agreements can be managed in the physician's office with no expiration date. The agreement may be amended at any time to change the scope of practice or PA responsibilities. For your convenience, you may use the forms on our website as your template or create your own document.

To ensure consistency, supervising physicians are responsible for keeping the completed and signed agreement with the physicians records. For more information regarding supervision agreements, see
ORC 4730.19.
2019 Board Meeting Dates

The Medical Board meets each month in the Administrative Hearing Room on the 3rd floor of the Rhodes Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215.

The meeting agendas and minutes are available here on the Board's website.

April 10
May 8
June 12
July 10
August 14
September 11
October 16
November 13
December 11

On Friday April 5, 2019 at 12:00pm EST, you are invited to participate in a one-hour webinar titled “Primary Care Providers and Gestational Diabetes: Identifying the Connection” with Dr. Bethany Panchel from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

This no-cost webinar will provide information on the link between Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). In addition, the webinar, which is geared toward providers, nurses, and diabetes educators, will provide recommendations for primary care providers on managing gestational diabetes over the life course and resources available for both providers and patients.

This presentation is being offered as part of the Ohio Type 2 Diabetes Learning Collaborative, a quality improvement project sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Medicaid and administered by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center.

Learn more about the project and register, visit  http://ohiogdm.com.

ohio medical marijuana control program update

In January, Ohio dispensaries began selling medical marijuana to patients and caregivers. To date, there are 13 dispensaries operating. The total sales through March 31 is $2,884,096 and the total volume of product sold is 382 pounds.

As of February 28, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program reports:

  • 22,276 recommendations
  • 19,395 registered patients with recommendations
  • 5,465 unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
    • 1,621 patients with veteran status
    • 637 patients with indigent status
    • 107 Patients with a terminal diagnosis
  • 5,465 unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 973 total caregivers

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

Cosmetic Therapy Exam - July 9
The next CT exam is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9. Cosmetic therapists have until June 24 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. Please use license@med.ohio.gov 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.

TakeChargeOhio.org >
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 eLicense.ohio.gov.

eLicense.ohio.gov >

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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