January 2022 eNews from SMBO

January 2022 eNews

Updates & important information from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Seeking comments on proposed rules

The State Medical Board of Ohio has filed proposed actions with the Common Sense Initiative Office. At this time, public comment is being sought on the following rules: 4731-38-01 Licenses Issued or Renewed under the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The deadline for submitting comments is January 31.

Nine medical marijuana petitions received 

The State Medical Board of Ohio received nine petitions for potential qualifying conditions during the 2021 petition window.


The petitions are expected to be presented to the Medical Board's Medical Marijuana Committee during their February 9 meeting. At that time, the committee will determine which petitions meet the requirements outlined in program regulation. These selected petitions will be open to a public comment period, then reviewed by experts and considered for possible addition to the OMMCP. A final board decision on additional conditions is expected this summer. 

Subject matter expert wanted to review medical marijuana petitions 

The State Medical Board of Ohio is seeking qualified medical experts to review petitions. These petitions will request the addition of qualifying medical conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. If you are interested in becoming a subject matter expert reviewer, please submit a completed questionnaire and a copy of your CV to donald.davis@med.ohio.gov. Following receipt of this information, your name will be added to our list of subject matter experts. When the board receives a petition matching your background, experience, and specialty, board personnel will contact you with further details.



Interstate Medical Licensure Compact update

The Medical Board recently emailed a reminder to Ohio's licensed MDs and DOs about the survey to gauge interest in participating in the Compact. Please take a moment to review the email and answer the one-question survey if you have not yet done so. 


What does the Compact do?

The Compact creates a voluntary, expedited pathway to state licensure for physicians who want to practice medicine in multiple states. Eligible physicians can qualify to practice medicine in multiple states by completing just one application within the Compact, receiving separate licenses from each state in which they intend to practice.


These licenses are still issued by the individual states – just as they would be using the standard licensing process – but because the application for licensure in these states is routed through the Compact, the overall process of gaining a license is streamlined. Physicians are expected to receive their licenses much faster and with fewer burdens. Please note, physicians do not receive a “Compact license” or a nationally recognized medical license through their participation in the Compact.


The Compact sets the qualifications for licensure and outlines the process for physicians to apply and receive licenses outside of their state of principal license. The Compact also establishes and defines the role of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission – the governing body that administers the Compact – and sets limits on what the Commission can do.


Who is eligible to participate in the Compact?

Any physician (MD or DO) from a Compact state who meets the qualifications of the Compact is eligible for licensure in any other Compact state and responsible for obeying all statutory laws and administrative rules of the state. Click here to view the full Compact eligibility requirements.


When can I apply to participate in Ohio?

Senate Bill 6 gives the SMBO until September 29, 2022 to implement the system to begin processing and issuing licenses through this path. We will keep you and your associations aware of our implementation plans as they develop over the next year. Those plans will include a ‘go live’ date for Ohio, as well as instructions on how to participate.


Additional information on the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact can be found here. If you have questions, please email contact@med.ohio.gov.

Physician Reviewers Wanted

The Medical Board is seeking physicians to serve as reviewers for our Quality Intervention Program (QIP). The goal of QIP is to proactively identify clinical deficiencies that, if not corrected, could lead to violations of the Medical Practices Act and help licensees correct them through peer-to-peer feedback and, when indicated, non-disciplinary remedial education courses. The QIP process is confidential by law and reviewers are not required to provide formal testimony. QIP reviewers should be board-certified and hold an active Ohio medical license in good standing. Reviewers are needed in all areas of practice and are compensated for participation. If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Marshall, Chief of Quality Assurance, at Rebecca.Marshall@med.ohio.gov to receive more information.

Duty to report obligation

MDs, DOs and DPMs are required to complete one hour of Continuing Medical Education (CME) on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct. 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. 


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.


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.

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.
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. 
Other Trusted Resources

Provider Wellness Resources

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

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 closure

The Medical Board’s office will be closed on February 21 in observance of the state holiday.

February 4 Physician Assistant Policy Committee

February 7 – Massage Therapy Advisory Council

February 9 – Board Meeting

March 7 – Dietetics Advisory Council                

March 8 – Respiratory Care Advisory Council

March 9 Board Meeting

Meetings are in-person. They are shared as a courtesy via livestream on our YouTube channel.
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