April 2021 eNews from SMBO


April 2021 eNews

Updates & Important Information from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Rules hearing for delegation of laser hair removal to cosmetic therapists

House Bill 442, signed into law on January 7, 2021, removes the authority of the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) to regulate cosmetic therapy as a limited branch of medicine.


Effective April 12, 2021 the State Medical Board of Ohio no longer licenses Cosmetic Therapists. 

Permanent light-based medical device delegation rules have been filed with The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) and are available on our website and at the Register of Ohio. The rules will be considered at a public rules hearing on May 17, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
This rule will not change the license status of Cosmetic Therapists due to House Bill 442. Effective April 12, Cosmetic Therapists are no longer licensed by SMBO.


The Medical Board has created an FAQ document to address questions you may have due to these changes. Please email contact@med.ohio.gov if you have additional questions.
Continuing education audits resume
In March 2020, the board suspended enforcement of continuing education (CE) requirements for licenses that were due to expire before March 1, 2021.  
While enforcement was suspended, the legal requirement to complete the CE still existed. The board-ordered suspension of enforcement has now expired and licensees are now subject to audit for compliance with continuing education requirements.
Dietetics Advisory Council seeking members - deadline extended to April 30

The Medical Board is seeking applicants for seats on 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. The council has upcoming openings for four registered dietitians.

The application can be found here. 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 the online application.

House Bill 404

HB 404 extended the deadline for renewal of licenses that were due to expire between March 9, 2020 – April 1, 2021. Click here for further details.


Diagnosis and surveillance for tickborne diseases

Lyme disease and other tickborne illnesses are increasing and causing significant morbidity in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) continues to enhance surveillance and build public awareness through education in an effort to prevent tickborne disease cases. ODH is requesting assistance from health care providers to improve the detection of human cases by considering Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases in the differential diagnosis for patients that present with appropriate symptoms.


This memo from the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases provides additional information and resources.


Ohio Administrative and Revised Codes now published by the Legislative Service Commission

Effective April 1, 2021, the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) has assumed publication of the Ohio Administrative Code and Ohio Revised Code, which were previously published by Lawriter, LLC. The information on LSCs website is the same, however the format and style are different.

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COVID-19 Updates
How to Help - Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Registry

The Ohio Department of Health is seeking licensed health care professionals to enroll in the Medical Reserve Corps and help administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio communities. Click here to learn how you can enroll today.


Pandemic Vaccine News & Updates 

Click here to view the Ohio Department of Health's most recent vaccine preparedness office weekly update, a guidance document that shares current vaccine information and important resources with Ohio providers. 


Vaccinations and Virus Spread

As of April 21, 38 percent of Ohioans have received at least one coronavirus vaccination shot. Although cases have plateaued, virus variants are more contagious among those who have not been vaccinated. Dr. Vanderhoff also warned that Ohioans should not count on herd immunity until more people are vaccinated. 


The vaccine is now more widely available and there is no shortage. Ohioans can visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to look for open appointments or call 833-4-ASK-ODH to book an appointment over the phone. Ohio's mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland is also now booking appointments for next week. First doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered. Appointments for the mass vaccination clinic can be booked via the aforementioned methods.


New PSAs

Governor DeWine introduced three new public service announcements that encourage Ohioans to get vaccinated. 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is leading Ohio’s pandemic response. If you have questions or concerns about their programs, please use the links below. SMBO will continue to share information from ODH as it is received. 
Trusted Resources
ICD-10 Code Reminder
Ohio prescribers are required to include the diagnosis code on all controlled substance prescriptions per 4729:5-5-15 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Provider Wellness Resources

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

Licensee obligation to complete death certificates
When an individual dies under natural causes the attending physician is to sign the death certificate within forty-eight hours after the death. Read the Medical Board's policy statement and FAQs here.
Prescriber compounding rules, effective March 31

Effective 3/31/21, new rules for prescriber compounding went into effect. To assist licensees in complying with the new rule, the Board of Pharmacy published a prescriber compounding inspection guide.


The inspection guide aligns with internal guidance used by Pharmacy Board inspectors and allows licensees to conduct self-inspections to ensure compliance. The guide also includes links to the new rules, important definitions and reminders of when a licensee is required to submit notification or additional information to the Pharmacy Board.

Board Seeks Subject Matter Experts
Family medicine, internal medicine and pain management
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.
May 12
June 9
Meetings will be shared via livestream

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