The State Medical Board of Ohio (“Board”) has proposed rules for a new confidential monitoring program, which, if approved, is anticipated to be implemented later this year and the rules for which would be contained in OAC 4731-28, Mental or Physical Impairment. The proposed program would be non-disciplinary and voluntary. The licensee’s participation in the … Continue reading Ohio Medical Board Proposes Confidential Monitoring Program for Licensees With Mental or Physical Illness Other Than a Substance Use Disorder
Today, I attended the monthly meeting of the State Medical Board of Ohio. I was surprised to see that in all six cases handled by the Board, the licensees had failed to request a hearing. Despite the fact that the Board may impose any sanction, ranging from dismissal to permanent revocation of a license, in … Continue reading Failing to request a hearing can be a very costly mistake.
The Hippocratic Oath (“Oath”) is arguably the most widely known ancient Greek medical text. The Oath governs ancient Greek physicians’ professional and ethical behavior. Although written approximately 2,500 years ago, certain standards in the Oath are reflected in current legal requirements concerning Ohio physicians’ medical practice and behavior. This is a literal translation of the … Continue reading The Hippocratic Oath: A Blueprint For Certain Legal Requirements Applicable to Ohio Physicians
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 4731.22(B)(19), the Medical Board in Ohio can suspend the license of a physician if it is determined that a physician has an "...inability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standard of care by reason of mental illness . . .". This suggests that the Board must link a physician's … Continue reading Ohio Medical Board approach to physicians with mental health issues may have a chilling effect on physicians seeking treatment
I am often asked by clients, "Who makes the final determination as to the sanction that will be imposed against a physician at the State Medical Board of Ohio?" In theory, this is a simple answer. The Board Members review all the evidence in the case and a vote of six members will result in … Continue reading How are decisions made by the State Medical Board of Ohio
The practice of medicine in Ohio is outlined by one statute section, Ohio Revised Code 4731, and one set of rules drafted by the Medical Board, Ohio Administrative Code 4731. This Code section and these rule outline the requirements to be licensed as a physician, podiatrist, massage therapist or physician's assistant in Ohio and also … Continue reading Physicians .. have you read the rules?
I have written about work/life balance in the past (see "Do You Have Balance in your Life," April 18, 2012) however, as the holiday season approaches, I think it is important to consider whether this is a good time to suggest taking a break from the hectic pace of your practice. In the news again today, … Continue reading Physicians .. do you need a vacation?