May 2021 eNews from SMBO


May 2021 eNews

Updates & Important Information from the State Medical Board of Ohio

A personal crisis management plan for physicians


Whether it’s stress, feelings of burnout or another challenge, physicians, just like anyone else, should feel comfortable seeking help. As part of its Vital Signs initiative to help prevent physician suicide, the Physicians Foundation created a personal crisis management plan.


The personal crisis management plan helps physicians set up a personalized, step-by-step plan to use in the event of a mental health crisis. This tool was created to help physicians, their colleagues and their loved ones access the coping strategies and resources needed when navigating a moment of crisis.


To learn more, visit

Clarification on new HHS buprenorphine practice guidelines
To get evidenced-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new buprenorphine practice guidelines that among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied to training, which some practitioners have cited as a barrier to treating more people.

Please be advised that this change still requires a prescriber to obtain a DEA-X waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. The Pharmacy Board has posted a one-page fact sheet to assist prescribers and pharmacists in understanding this change. The fact sheet can be accessed here.

Prescribers and pharmacists may also find more information about the changes using the Quick Start Guide and FAQs provided by HHS.

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.

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

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) 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. 


New health order

The Ohio Department of Health amended its remaining health order to conform to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which allows those who have been vaccinated to stop wearing masks. Under the CDC's new guidance, those who have not been vaccinated should still wear a mask and socially distance.


Ohio's order reflects the CDC's recommendation that everyone wear masks in congregate settings, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and in settings with large numbers of unvaccinated individuals, such as schools and daycare centers, when traveling on public transportation (including airplanes) and when at a business or employer that chooses to require masks. 


Youth vaccination FAQs

The Ohio Department of Health has created a new Frequently Asked Questions document to answer common questions from parents, guardians and youth about COVID-19 vaccines.  


The document shares information about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, parental consent, where children can be vaccinated and more. 


Vax-a-Million update

Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing will be an opt-in only program. Ohioans are asked to register for the drawings by visiting or by calling the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. Detailed information is available in this news release from the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Lottery.



Governor DeWine introduced a new public service announcement encouraging Ohioans to get vaccinated, featuring Cleveland Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski. 
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
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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.
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


Office Closure

The Medical Board’s office will be closed on Monday, May 31 and Monday, July 5 in observance of the state holidays.

June 9
July 9
Meetings will be shared via livestream
Office closures:

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