June 2019 Newsletter from the State Medical Board of Ohio

June 2019 Newsletter

New EMS Public Record Exemptions

The State Medical Board of Ohio is asking the following health care professionals to update their contact information so the board can better manage their records in accordance with Ohio law.

If you work as:

  • An EMS medical director
  • An EMS Regional Physician Advisory Board (RPAB) member
  • A correctional institution employee
  • A youth services employee
Please take a moment to complete the short survey below*
*If you have already submitted the survey, you do not need to complete it again. 

New Board Member Appointments

The Medical Board is pleased to welcome two new physician members. Governor Mike Dewine recently appointed Dr. Jonathan B. Feibel of Bexley and Dr. Harish Kakarala of Akron. 

Jonathan B. Feibel, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon. 

Harish Kakarala, MD, is a board-certified pulmonary disease and critical care physician. 

Both of their terms began May 21, 2019, and end on March 18, 2024. 

The board members and staff wish to thank Drs. Schachat and Factora, whose terms recently ended, for their service and leadership while serving on the board.

New Resources Available for Chronic and Subacute Pain Prescribing 
Ohio's chronic and subacute pain prescribing rules became effective in December 2018. We have released a new video and handout highlighting the chronic and subacute opioid prescribing limits. These resources will help you learn more about the rules, best pain management practices and safer pain medication use. 

Click below to watch the brief video.
 Click here to view and download the one-page overview.
2019 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Deadline Approaching for Primary Care and Behavioral Health Placements

Deadline for the Ohio State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program third 2019 application cycle is approaching. Please note that only applications for primary care and behavioral health placements must be postmarked by June 30. For an overview, eligibility and forms, please visit the ODH website:

Accepting Applications 
Consumer Seats on Dietetics Advisory Council and Physician Assistant Policy Committee
The Medical Board is seeking applicants for the consumer seats on the Dietetics Advisory Council and the Physician Assistant Policy Committee. For both, a consumer member is appointed to represent the interests of consumers and must not be affiliated with any health care profession. 

For the Dietetics Advisory Council, the 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.

For the Physician Assistant Policy Committee, the committee makes recommendations to the Medical Board concerning requirements for physician assistant licensure and rules pertaining to the practice of physician assistants. The committee meets telephonically on an as-needed basis.

The applications for both consumer member positions are posted on the board’s website. 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.
The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network released its most recent targeted response initiative (TRI) report: Ohio’s Response to 21st Century Cures Act in Addressing the Opioid Crisis: A Targeted Response Initiative, November 2017 – April 2018. It is available on the OhioMHAS website or by clicking the link below. 
ohio medical marijuana control program update

During the May board meeting, the Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee completed its review of expert reports. It will suggest to the Medical Board that autism spectrum disorder and anxiety should be added as qualifying conditions and that depression, insomnia and opioid use disorder be rejected. 
The full Medical Board will vote to accept or reject the petitions at its meeting on June 12. If approved, these additions to the qualifying conditions will be added to the Ohio Administrative Code and updated on medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov

By the Numbers
Ohio dispensaries began selling medical marijuana to patients and caregivers i
n January. To date, there are 18 dispensaries operating. Total product sales through June 1 is $8.7 million with 1,075 pounds of plant material and 9,064 units of manufactured product.

As of April 30, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program reports:

  • 484 Physicians with Certificates to Recommend (CTR)
  • 34,225 Recommendations
  • 31,075 Registered patients with recommendations15,339 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
    • 2,386 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 1,216 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 171 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 15,339 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 2,109 Registered Caregivers

Ohio physicians interested in recommending medical marijuana can learn more about the certificate to recommend 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. Applicants must be a graduate prior to the application deadline. Click here to apply.

Office Closure

The Medical Board’s office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 5.
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.
2019 Meetings
June 12

July 10
August 14
September 11
October 16
November 13
December 11
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 the eLicense portal.

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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