October 2021 eNews from SMBO


October 2021 eNews

Updates & important information from the State Medical Board of Ohio

New Rules

The following rules were adopted by the board at its meeting on September 8, 2021. They were effective on September 30, 2021. The rule title is a link to the rule.

Public rules hearing

A public hearing on rule amendments that add physician assistants to the practitioners who may enter into consult agreements with pharmacists will be held on October 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules. Click here to view the notice.

Petition period approaching to add new medical marijuana qualifying conditions

The next submission period is scheduled for November 1 – December 31. Anyone may submit a petition requesting a condition be added to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. If a condition has been previously rejected by the board, the new petition must contain new scientific information that supports the request. No submissions will be accepted before November 1. Details on the process can be found here

ODH released guidance on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has issued guidance to the more than 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine providers statewide to ensure they have access to the latest information on administering booster doses of the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, Ohioans can get information about the booster doses from the following recently released resources:

COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant people to prevent serious illness, death, and adverse pregnancy outcomes from COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends urgent action to increase vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant, who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. Click here to read the full CDC health advisory.

Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to find a collection site in your area. You may search by zip code or city/state.


Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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 file a complaint with the State Medical Board. If you believe a crime has been committed, you should also contact your local law enforcement.  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.

Ohio prescribers are required to include the diagnosis code on all controlled substance prescriptions per 4729:5-5-15 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
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COVID-19 resources
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. 
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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 in 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 closures

The Medical Board’s office will be closed on November 11 and 25 in observance of the state holidays.
November 10
December 8
Meetings are in-person. They are shared as a courtesy via livestream on our YouTube channel.
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Columbus, OH 43215

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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