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Ohio Medical Board Votes In New Supervising Member.

Published: Mar 09, 2023

At its March 2023 meeting, the State Medical Board of Ohio voted to elect veteran Member, Robert “Bob” Giacalone, as its new Supervising Member.  He will replace Bruce Saferin, DPM, in that role.  Originally appointed to the Ohio Medical Board by former Ohio Governor John…


Court Strips Ohio Agencies’ Interpretative Authority

Published: Mar 01, 2023

In middle school or high school civics class, many of you will have learned that the three branches of government serve separate purposes. The legislative branch writes the law. The judicial branch interprets the law. And the executive branch enforces the law. However, as bureaucracy…


Ohio Implements Nurse Licensure Compact

Published: Feb 02, 2023

In January 2023, Ohio implemented the Nurse Licensure Compact. Now, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing students who are residents of Ohio[1] may apply for a multistate license (MSL). A nurse holding a MSL may practice in their state of primary residence, as well…


Immunity for Comfort Care Narrowed

Published: Feb 02, 2023

Late last year, the Tenth District Court of Appeals narrowed the application of the “comfort care” statute. Following this ruling, it remains imperative that healthcare professionals exercise independent medical judgment in end-of-life scenarios. Following a physician order is insufficient to grant a nurse or other…


Ohio OTPTAT Board Proposes “Safe Haven” Program for Licensees

Published: Jul 05, 2022

The Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board is in the early stages of establishing a “safe haven” program for licensees and applicants and recently sent out a request for comment on draft administrative Rules. The proposed “safe haven” program would allow certain…


Medical License Inactive for 30 Years Permanently Revoked

Published: Jul 01, 2022

In October 2021, the State Medical Board of Ohio permanently revoked a physician’s license to practice medicine in this state and imposed a $6,000 fine. They did so even though his license was last active on December 31, 1990. The facts of this case may…


LPN Renewal Begins July 1, 2022

Published: Jun 30, 2022

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) will need to renew their Ohio license between July 1 and October 31, 2022. Ohio nurses are required to renew their licenses biennially. For LPNs, the biennial renewal period is open during even-numbered years (2020, 2022, etc.). The LPN Renewal Application…


Ohio Medical Board Incorporates Few Changes to Proposed New Telemedicine Rules                                                                                                                                       

Published: May 20, 2022

As a follow up to a prior article, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio State Legislature passed a law allowing the delivery of healthcare services information and communication technology, commonly referred to as “Telemedicine.” While Ohio did have some rules permitting a…