March eNews from the State Medical Board of Ohio
Coronovirus Update from Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has asked the Medical Board to share the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidance documents:

In addition, the ODH Public Health Laboratory now has the capability to provide targeted testing of patients who are most severely ill and who pose the greatest risk of transmission to others. ODH has adapted an algorithm to provide adequate surveillance capabilities so that local health partners can identify COVID-19 cases in their counties. Detailed information can be found on ODHs website:

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  • An EMS medical director
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 Reporting Scam Phone Calls  
Medical Board licensees continue to report receiving fraudulent phone calls. The scammer usually states that the licensee is being investigated by the DEA and their license will be revoked if a fine is not immediately paid. Some of the calls use caller ID spoofing technology to make it appear that the call originates from the board's office.


Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office advises anyone receiving an unsolicited call, whether it’s a text, prerecorded message, or live person calling, can report those to his office. Report illegal robocalls by filing a complaint online at or by calling 800-282-0515. The information will be logged where it can be determined if additional investigation or legal action is warranted.

Additional Medical Marijuana Conditions Considered

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 the board’s Medical Marijuana Committee met and voted to reject petitions that did not meet requirements and confirmed petitions that should move forward for expert review and public comment. During the submission period the Medical Board received 27 petitions. 

The board will consider adding the following as qualifying conditions for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 petitions)
  • Cachexia

12 petitions failed to meet the statutory and rule requirements for consideration by the board. These petitions were rejected by the committee. Six petitions failed to meet the statutory and rule requirements for consideration by the board. However, these petitions either explicitly petitioned for a condition already covered or the petition was for a condition closely associated with a condition already covered. These petitions were rejected by the committee. Read more on our website. 

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 seeking qualified subject matter experts to review the materials submitted in support of these petitions.

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. It is anticipated the report will 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 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.

2020 J-1 Waiver Program Application Cycle Open
The Ohio Department of Health announced that the application cycle for the J-1 Visa Waiver Program is open. J-1 Visa Waivers allow foreign medical school graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency or fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas. 


Applications for primary care and behavioral health placements will be accepted until June 30, 2020. All other applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2020. Click here for more information, program changes and application forms.

New Non-pharmacy Terminal Distributor Rules
Effective March 1, new terminal distributor rule chapters from the Pharmacy Board go into effect. 

To assist licensees in complying with the new rule chapters, the Pharmacy Board recently published inspection guides for each license type that include links to the new rule chapters, important definitions, and reminders of when a licensee is required to submit notification or additional information.

The guides are available on the terminal distributor licensing page.

Vaccines for Children
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program offers vaccines at no cost to eligible children through health care providers that are enrolled in the program. Vaccinating on time means healthier children, families, and communities. VFC-eligible patients are children and adolescents through 18 years old who are uninsured, on Medicaid, or are Native Alaskan/American Indian. Contact the Ohio Department of Health Immunization Program at 1-800-282-0546 for more information on how to enroll as a VFC provider or email

DATA 2000 Prescriber Training
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is offering free DEA DATA 2000 Waiver Training for MAT with CMEs. Open to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and physician residents who hold an Ohio license and a current DEA number.
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 summaries of the disciplinary actions initiated, and the disciplinary sanctions imposed by the Medical Board at its monthly meeting. An individual's license information can be found on


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