Medical Marijuana Control Program Update

On September 8, 2016, Ohio House Bill 523 legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. The Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow patients, with certain medical conditions and upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician, to purchase and use medical marijuana. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program takes effect on September 8, 2018. Physicians may recommend, but … Continue reading Medical Marijuana Control Program Update

Failing to request a hearing can be a very costly mistake.

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.

Rich Doc/Poor Doc

In my practice of representing physicians who are under investigation by the State Medical Board of Ohio, DEA, local law enforcement, and/or their employer, I have seen many professionals struggle with multiple issues.  Recently, I have noticed  that far too many physicians are in disastrous shape financially.  Many physicians have poor money management and/or business management skills that have led … Continue reading Rich Doc/Poor Doc

Physicians’ Legal Obligation to Report to the State Medical Board of Ohio

Last week, the State Medical Board of Ohio issued a landmark decision in which the Medical Board permanently revoked the license of a physician for failing to report to the Medical Board allegations of sexual misconduct concerning the physician’s colleague. Pursuant to ORC 4732.224(B), an individual licensed by the Medical Board who has reason to believe … Continue reading Physicians’ Legal Obligation to Report to the State Medical Board of Ohio

Sanctions Against Physicians on Probation Increase in Severity

In 2012, I wrote a blog post about how the State Medical Board of Ohio was cracking down on physicians who were on probation. See "On Probation with the Medical Board? Beware, There is a New Sheriff in Town." When writing that post two years ago, I could not have anticipated the changes that would take place and how these changes … Continue reading Sanctions Against Physicians on Probation Increase in Severity

Ohio Medical Board approach to physicians with mental health issues may have a chilling effect on physicians seeking treatment

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

How are decisions made by the State Medical Board of Ohio

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