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New HHS Guideline to Allow Most Doctors to Prescribe Suboxone

Published: Jan 16, 2021

A recent final days announcement of the Trump administration signaled a major shift in addiction medicine policy by allowing most doctors to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder without taking the current training or receiving a DEA DATA2000 Waiver (“X-number”). Previously, doctors had to…


Hearing Examiners can be removed from Administrative Hearings

Published: Jan 15, 2021

Hearing examiners should not hear cases if they have shown bias towards attorneys involved in the case.  The same standards to determine bias for a judge, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Administrative Law Handbook, arguably should be applicable to a hearing examiner.  If a…


Professional License Expiration Dates Extended

Published: Dec 07, 2020

Under an emergency law effective November 22, 2020, Ohio licenses set to expire between March 9, 2020 and April 1, 2021 are now valid until July 1, 2021. This extension applies to any “license, permit, certificate, commission, charter, registration, card, or other similar authority that…


Expanded Ability to Expunge Prior Convictions

Published: Nov 18, 2020

On November 5, 2020, the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, issued a decision that expanded access to sealing records of convictions to a new category of offender. Generally speaking, records of convictions may be sealed if the offender has been convicted of…


Law enforcement records held by a public university are public records

Published: Nov 17, 2020

In January 2020, a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter sought investigation materials and University of Cincinnati law enforcement records after the university gave a graduation award to a student with a sex offender conviction.  UC denied the public records request, stating that law enforcement records in the…


More Than 13,000 Licenses Set to Expire

Published: Nov 04, 2020

The Ohio Pharmacy Board’s ability to license close to 30,000 Pharmacy Technicians (including Certified, Registered and Trainees) serves as one of its greatest successes over the past two years. Unfortunately, much of the Board’s labors and efforts stand precariously close to ruin by an enemy…


Telemedicine in the Time of COVID-19 – Part 3 of 3

Published: Nov 03, 2020

By: Todd Lacksonen & Brandon Smith In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the general impact of the currently-ongoing pandemic on telemedicine. In Part 2 of this series, we addressed the changes already implemented by the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the State Medical Board…