November 2019 Newsletter from the State Medical Board of Ohio
November 2019 Newsletter

New Cultural Competency Video Released 

As Ohio continues to grow in diversity, the State Medical Board of Ohio recognizes the positive impact well-prepared health care professionals can have on their patients. To support best practices, the Medical Board has created a cultural competency educational video. The video provides guidance on how to interact with patients from different ethnicities, genders, disability status and cultures and features our board president, subject matter experts and other health care professionals who encounter unique challenges in the field. Please explore this resource as we seek to increase the incorporation of culturally competent practices by practitioners, ensuring Ohioans continue to have access to outstanding health care across the state.

CME Guidance

On October 17, 2019, Ohio’s continuing medical education (CME) requirements for physicians and physician assistants changed. The following information is offered to assist licensees in preparing to meet the new requirements.

  • Physicians with October 1, 2019 renewal dates renewed under current law and were responsible for having completed 100 hours of CME, at least 40 of which must be category 1.
  • Physicians with January 1, 2020 renewal dates are strongly encouraged to complete at least 50 hours of category 1 CME. However, we understand that circumstances may prevent a physician from doing so, and we will apply the old law requiring 100 hours of CME, at least 40 of which must be category 1.
  • Physicians with renewal dates of April 1, 2020 and beyond are expected to complete 50 hours of Category 1 CME.
  • Category 2 CME is not being “eliminated.” However, completion of category 2 CME will not count towards meeting the CME requirements for renewal.
  • The CME requirements of the various ABMS and AOA Certifying Boards are separate from Ohio’s requirements. The change to Ohio law does not impact any requirements a physician must meet to maintain board certification.
  • Physician assistants are now responsible for completing the CME that is required to maintain NCCPA certification. PAs who hold prescriptive authority must continue to obtain 12 hours of CME in pharmacology every two years. PAs are subject to audit and they should be prepared to provide evidence that the required CME was completed.

New Rules

Effective 11/5/19
Massage Therapy: Scope of Practice

4731-1-05 - to be amended

HHS Releases New Guidance on Opioid Tapering

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided advice for clinicians who may be considering tapering patients' opioid prescriptions. Once a patient is on opioids for a prolonged duration, abrupt changes in their regimen may put them at risk of harm. A thorough, deliberative case review and discussion with the patient are necessary before implementing a change. This guide provides resources for clinicians to best help patients achieve the dual goals of effective pain management and reduction in the risk for addiction. Read the report.

Medical Board Seeks to Contract with Victim Coordinators
The Victim Coordinator position will be a resource for the overall coordination of internal and external communications related to that investigation in partnership with board investigators and enforcement attorneys, law enforcement agencies, the Attorney General Office and other prosecutors' offices. The Victim Coordinator will provide trauma informed, emotionally safe communications to the victim while coordinating the victim’s participation in a board investigation. The Victim Coordinator will work under the direction of the Deputy Director of Investigations, Compliance, Enforcement, and Standards Review (ICES) or their designee to provide continuity and support functions to victims involved with a State Medical Board of Ohio investigation. To read a detailed description about the position, its responsibilities or submit an application, click below. 

ohio medical marijuana control program update

Petition to Add Qualifying Condition

The State Medical Board of Ohio has the authority to approve and designate conditions or diseases as qualifying medical conditions for treatment with medical marijuana. For the 2019 calendar year, the board will accept petitions for consideration between November 1 and December 31. You can submit a petition here:

Before the experts review the petitions, the Medical Board will allow for a time of public comment, similar to the comment period in the rules-making process.

Board Seeks Subject Matter Experts
The State Medical Board of Ohio has been tasked with reviewing the petitions to add qualifying medical conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). The board is currently seeking qualified subject matter experts to review the materials submitted in support of these petitions.

Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05, the petition must detail:
(1) The name and contact information for the person submitting the petition;
(2) The specific disease or condition requested to be added as a qualifying condition;
(3) Information from experts who specialize in the study of the disease or condition;
(4) Relevant medical or scientific evidence pertaining to the disease or condition;
(5) Consideration of whether conventional medical therapies are insufficient to treat or alleviate the disease or condition;
(6) Evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana to treat or alleviate the disease or condition, including journal articles, peer-reviewed studies, and other types of medical or scientific documentation;
(7) Letters of support provided by physicians with knowledge of the disease or condition. This may include a letter provided by the physician treating the petitioner, if applicable.

The subject matter expert shall render a written opinion on the suitability of medical marijuana for the proposed disease or condition within 45 days following receipt of the materials to be reviewed. Board personnel will communicate instructions to the expert as to the format of the report. We anticipate the report from a subject matter expert to be 2-5 pages in length.

If you are interested in becoming a subject matter expert reviewer, please submit a completed questionnaire and a current copy of your curriculum vitae to Following receipt of this information, your name will be added to our list of subject matter experts. When the board receives a petition matching your background, experience, and specialty, board personnel will contact you with further details.
    Health News Ohio
    The Medical Board’s latest issue of  Health News Ohio is available online. The late-summer issue highlights appropriate sexual boundaries for practitioners, the concerning number of older Ohioans suffering from malnutrition or food insecurity, a partnership with the Board of Pharmacy to meet the challenge of opioid misuse, the unique Partners in Professionalism 
    program, how the Bureau of Workers' Compensation is helping patients overcome barriers to recovery, updated social media and digital communication guidelines and a quick view of the numbers from our annual report. 
    Cosmetic Therapy Exam Registration Deadline 11/18
    The date of the next Cosmetic Therapy exam is December 2. Applications must be received by the board before 5 p.m. on November 18. Applicants must have graduated prior to the application deadline. Click here for info.

    The Medical Board's office will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
    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
    November 13
    December 11

    2020 Meetings
    January 8
    February 12
    March 11

    EMS Public Record Exemptions

    If you work as an EMS medical director, an EMS Regional Physician Advisory Board (RPAB) member, a correctional institution employee or a youth services employee, the Medical Board is updating its contact information in accordance with the law. Please complete this short survey.

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    Update Your Address

    Medical Board licensees are required to give notice of a change of address (residence, business or electronic) no later than 30 days after the change occurs. 

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    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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