June 2021 eNews from SMBO

 

June 2021 eNews

Updates & Important Information from the State Medical Board of Ohio

House Bill 404

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

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Duty to report obligation

As a licensee of the State Medical Board of Ohio, you have a statutory and ethical duty to report misconduct. You are obligated to report violations of law, rule and code of ethics standards to the Medical Board. Examples of misconduct include, but are not limited to, sexual misconduct, impairment, practice below the minimal standards of care, and improper prescribing of controlled substances. If you suspect or have observed inappropriate behavior by a health care professional or colleague, you should contact your local law enforcement immediately and file a complaint with the State Medical Board. Knowing a colleague is violating regulations and not reporting to the Medical Board not only puts patients at risk but also puts your license to practice in jeopardy. 

 

If the board discovers you failed to report a colleague’s misconduct, you may be disciplined by the board, up to and including permanent license revocation, and you may be ordered to pay fines up to $20,000.

 

Effective May 31, 2021, MDs, DOs and DPMs are required to complete one hour of Continuing Medical Education (CME) prior to renewal on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct. The enforcement of this requirement will commence with renewal applications submitted on or after July 1, 2021. The board has created a one-hour course designed to educate physicians (MDs, DOs, DPMs) on the duty to report to the State Medical Board of Ohio. 

 

To file a complaint you can visit med.ohio.gov or call the board’s confidential complaint hotline at 1-833-333-SMBO (7626). Remember, provisions in the Ohio Revised Code make all complaints received by the board confidential.

 

You can read more about your duty to report and the CME requirement on our website.

Request for comment on podiatric scope of practice

The State Medical Board of Ohio is seeking public comments on podiatric scope of practice to assist with its rule-making process. 

 

Under section 121.931,Ohio Revised Code, a party may petition an agency to restate a policy in a rule. In June 2019, the State Medical Board of Ohio considered a request from a podiatrist as to whether five specific procedures were within the scope of practice of a podiatrist. The Board determined that four of the five procedures were within the scope of practice of a podiatrist. After the board issued its determination on this issue, concerns were raised with respect to two of the specific procedures that were determined to be within the podiatric scope of practice: 

 
  1. Is it permissible for a podiatrist in Ohio to perform a supramalleolar osteotomy of the tibia or fibula to correct a deformity?
  2. Is it permissible for a podiatrist in Ohio to harvest bone marrow aspirate from the proximal tibia?
 

In May 2021, the State Medical Board appeared before the Joint Commission on Agency Rule Review (“JCARR”) for consideration as to whether the policy determination should be specified in a rule. Prior to receiving the determination from JCARR, the State Medical Board of Ohio decided to commence the rule-making process on this issue. Given the differences from the affected parties, the board has decided to first solicit comments from interested parties to inform the rule-making process. 

 

These links provide copies of the Medical Board rules related to podiatric scope of practice (4731-20-01 and 4731-20-02) and the June 2019 communication regarding the specific procedures. 

 

Please provide any comments and supporting material that you would like the Medical Board to consider in drafting rules related to the above-listed specific procedures and whether they are within the scope of practice of a podiatrist.

Comments on the proposed rules must be received no later than July 6, 2021. Please provide comments to: Kimberly.Anderson@med.ohio.gov.

Three medical marijuana qualifying conditions approved

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) met virtually on June 9 and discussed the petitions to add six new qualifying conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). After the discussion, the full board voted to accept 4 petitions and add Huntington’s disease, terminal illness (two petitions) and spasticity as qualifying conditions, effective immediately. The board also voted to reject the petitions for autism spectrum disorder, restless leg syndrome, panic disorder with agoraphobia and spasms. This brings the total number of qualifying conditions in the OMMCP to 25.

 

Under Ohio law, the following are qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spasticity, spinal cord disease or injury, terminal illness, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

 

The next submission period is scheduled for Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021.  Anyone may submit a petition requesting a condition be added to the OMMCP. If a condition has been previously rejected by the board, the new petition must contain new scientific information that supports the request. Details on the process can be found here.

COVID-19 Updates
 

Vaccine Providers

With approximately 200,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Ohio set to expire on June 23, Governor Mike DeWine issued an urgent communication to vaccine providers asking them to distribute as many doses as possible to eligible Ohioans, as quickly as possible.

 

Governor DeWine also is appealing to Ohioans who have not been vaccinated yet: “The time to act is now.”

 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has directed all providers to follow a first-in, first-out process for vaccines to ensure doses with the soonest expiration dates are being used first.

 

ODH has been aggressively working with COVID-19 vaccine providers across the state to identify tactics to use as many doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine before they expire. Some of these tactics include forming community partnerships to offer special vaccination clinics, offering more mobile vaccination opportunities in partnering with community groups at community events and for homebound individuals, and offering the vaccine as part of ongoing maintenance programs with congregate setting staff and residents, as well as correctional/detention centers.

 

More information about the vaccine is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.


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. 

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.
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.

 

Office Closure

The Medical Board’s office will be closed on Friday, June 18 and  Monday, July 5 in observance of the state holidays.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS
July 14
August 11
Meetings will be shared via livestream
Office closures:

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