June 2020 eNews from the State Medical Board of Ohio
COVID-19 Updates

Governor DeWine announced on June 3, 2020 that health care providers may resume all surgeries and procedures that had previously been delayed if they meet specific safety criteria, including:

  • Maintaining adequate inventories of PPE, supplies, equipment, and medicine
  • Creating a plan for the conservation and monitoring use of PPE, as well as other supplies and equipment that could include decontamination and reuse
  • Maintaining a reliable supply chain to support non-COVID-19 cases and to respond to an unexpected surge in COVID-19 cases, if needed
  • Defining processes for timely COVID-19 testing of patients and staff
  • Continuing the use of telehealth whenever possible.

Please see the updated Health Alert and resources:

Massage Therapy, Acupuncture & Cosmetic Therapy

The Medical Board compiled a list of FAQs for Massage Therapy, Acupuncture & Cosmetic Therapy as the professions begin to practice again. Those Frequently Asked Questions and answers can be viewed here

Specific mandatory and recommended best practices for massage therapists, acupuncturists and cosmetic therapists can be found in the Responsible RestartOhio Sector-Specific Operating Requirements.

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards' Guidelines for Practice are available here. However, these recommendations and guidelines do not replace any directives or guidance provided by federal or state agencies, regulatory boards, or other authorities having jurisdiction.

Trusted Resources

Provider Wellness Resources

Text 4HOPE to 741 741
Or log onto https://www.ophp.org/covid-19-resources

CTR Physician Annual Report

The State Medical Board of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Committee met on June 10. They reviewed and voted to publish the 2020 Certificate to Recommend (CTR) Physician Annual Report. Additional details are on the Medical Board's website.
Duty to Report

Ohio physicians and many other allied health care providers, regulated by the State Medical Board of Ohio, are obligated to report violations of law, rule and code of ethics standards to the Medical Board. The Duty to Report goes beyond suspicion of child abuse, elder abuse and breaking the law. Knowing a colleague is violating those regulations and not reporting to the Medical Board not only puts patients at risk but also puts your license to practice in jeopardy. Failure to report can result in fines of up to $20,000 and disciplinary action.


While standards of care and scope of practice are specific to the type of health care you provide, you should be familiar with three main sets of regulations:

  1. Statutes: Laws are outlined in Ohio Revised Code (ORC). A link for each license type can be found on our website.
  2. Rules: Regulations that were created specifically by the State Medical Board of Ohio for its licensees. These are found in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) and a link for each license type can be found on our website.         
  3. Code of Ethics for your profession

In 2019, the State Medical Board of Ohio took additional steps to ensure licensees know the seriousness of their duty to report knowledge of misconduct. The board added a new section to the application and renewal process to ensure those applying for and renewing their licenses are aware of the duty to report. 

Licensees should not assume that by informing their supervisor their duty to report is fulfilled. Ohio law is clear when a licensee needs to report information directly to the Medical Board. Anyone, including licensees, can file a complaint with the Medical Board 24/7 through the confidential complaint hotline 1-833-333-SMBO (7626) or online at med.ohio.gov.

Board Seeks Subject Matter Experts

The State Medical Board of Ohio contracts with qualified medical experts for quality of care reviews. The board is currently seeking experts in family medicine, internal medicine and pain management. Potential experts should have a clinical practice within Ohio and be board-certified for a minimum of five years. If interested, email your CV to donald.davis@med.ohio.gov.

Health News Ohio

The spring issue of the Medical Board's Health News Ohio magazine is available online
In this issue the focus is on information related to COVID-19, the Medical Board’s response to the pandemic, recognizing May is Mental Health Month, spring allergies, a look at the first year of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and how a local doctor invited his patients to walk and an international organization was born. 
July 8

August 12

September 9
Meetings will be shared via livestream

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