November 2020 eNews from SMBO

November 2020 eNews
Updates & Important Information from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Updated Medical Board Regulations - effective 10/31

Opioid Addiction Treatment

Physician Assistant Rules

Physician Rules


Controlled Substance Prescribing

Physician Rules


Consult Agreements

Physician Rules

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License Renewals Impacted by COVID

Providers with a Medical Board license set to expire between March 9, 2020 and November 30, 2020 were granted an extension because of the COVID-19 emergency. Those licenses will now expire December 1, 2020.


Although the state emergency has not been lifted, the December 1 deadline is approaching and will be enforced. By law, you will need to renew your license by December 1 for it to remain active.

There is no penalty for renewing early. However, late fees, fines and discipline can occur for missing the renewal deadline.

To find your renewal date or renew a license, log into Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or need any assistance during the renewal process.

Reminder Regarding Extortion Scam

Licensees should be on alert for a scam that has resurfaced targeting Ohio prescribers. Scammers have been calling and faxing prescribers stating they have been investigated for drug trafficking by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and their license has been suspended effective immediately. 

During one reported incident, the scammers called a physician’s office, faxed a fraudulent document to the physician using the State Medical Board of Ohio's logo and used spoofing technology, so it appeared they were legitimately calling from the board’s office.


Please remember, State Medical Board of Ohio investigators will not ask for fine payment or personal/sensitive information over the phone and will never contact licensees via fax. 


There is additional information posted on our website. Learn how to identify a legitimate investigation, how to verify if the caller is from the Medical Board and how to file a complaint if you are contacted by a scammer.

Petition to Add Qualifying Condition

The State Medical Board of Ohio has the authority to approve and designate conditions or diseases as qualifying medical conditions for treatment with medical marijuana. For the 2020 calendar year, the board will accept petitions for consideration between November 1 and December 31. You can submit a petition here:


Before the experts review the petitions, the Medical Board will allow for a time of public comment, similar to the comment period in the rules-making process.

Rules filed with the Common Sense Initiative Office

Comments due 11/6

Public comment is being sought on proposed actions for the following rules. Click the links below to view the rules and Business Impact Analysis filed with the Common Sense Initiative (CSI).


Comments on the proposed rules must be received no later than November 6. Please provide comments to both of the following:

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
Medical Marijuana

The State Medical Board of Ohio is looking for 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 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.

COVID-19 Updates

If you are provider interested in administering the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) urges you to

enroll now due to accelerated federal timelines. ODH must review and process applications and conduct provider training as quickly as possible to be prepared to mobilize immediately with little notice. It is also essential that they be able to identify and address any vaccine provider gaps across the state.


If you have ultra-cold storage capabilities (below -70 degrees Celsius) and are able to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 500 or more individuals, it is requested that you enroll by Friday, November 6. Please note that not every provider needs to have ultra-cold storage capabilities to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider.

  • To submit an application to become a COVID-19 vaccination provider, please click here
  • Guidance on accessing the OH|ID site can be found here
  • Click here to view a checklist for the Ohio COVID-19 Vaccination Program to assist you with the enrollment process
If you have any questions, please contact the ODH COVID-19 Vaccination Provider Enrollment Team at



The Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Pandemic Response and Recovery Leadership Team invites you to view a webinar on how to participate in the Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Program. This webinar is available on-demand and provides an overview of Ohio’s proposed vaccination strategy, as well as detailed instructions if you choose to become a provider of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Program Provider Enrollment Overview PDF

How to access to the Vaccination Provider Program

Ohio COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment Checklist


Updated Reporting Requirements

The Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes has issued an amended Director’s Journal Entry with updated reporting requirements for COVID-19 to include the electronic reporting of all laboratory results related to SARS-CoV-2:


Ohio licensure during the state of emergency

The Medical Board has received many inquiries regarding temporary licensure during the state emergency. Please be aware, Ohio law does not currently offer emergency or temporary licensure for out-of-state physicians. Unless an exemption applies (Ohio Revised Code 4731.36), physicians must hold an active Ohio license to practice medicine in the state of Ohio.


No-cost COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout Ohio. This map lists a combination of private companies, retail sites, Community Health Centers, and pop-up sites offering testing.

Trusted Resources

Provider Wellness Resources

Text 4HOPE to 741 741
Or log onto

Ohio Statewide Pediatric Low Vision Directory
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is building a directory to feature eyecare providers, including ophthalmologists and optometrists, who provide low vision services to children in Ohio. If you are one of these providers, ODH would be glad to share your practice information.

Please complete one survey per facility location/address by December 31. If this facility has multiple locations/addresses, please complete one survey per location. Multiple survey entries will be combined to represent each facility location. Low Vision Pediatric Vision Providers Directory 2021


Please contact Sheronda Whitner at (614) 644-1039 or via email at if you need assistance with this survey.

November 10 (Tuesday)
December 9
January 13, 2021
Meetings will be shared via livestream

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Columbus, OH 43215


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Renew a license

The board is updating its contact information in accordance with Ohio law. Please take a moment to complete* the short survey if you work as:

  • An EMS medical director
  • An EMS Regional Physician Advisory Board (RPAB) member
  • A correctional institution employee
  • A youth services employee

*If you have already completed the survey, you do not need to complete it again.


Office closure

The Medical Board’s office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day and Thursday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.


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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