Last week, OSMA reported that the State Medical Board of Ohio voted to extend the moratorium on enforcement of in-person patient care requirements until March 31, 2022. The physician community has been advocating for extension (or permanent change) to the rules related to telehealth, which were adjusted near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Separately, the Ohio Legislature continues to consider the issue with House Bill 122. The bill includes provisions that would make many of the telehealth rule changes which were enacted due to the pandemic permanent.
This week, HB 122 had another committee hearing, during which several last-minute amendments to the proposal were discussed. This legislation is still a priority that is expected to pass before the end of the year. OSMA, a longtime telehealth advocate, is monitoring HB 122 as it continues to progress, and will keep members updated.
The State Medical Board of Ohio has a variety of in-person patient care requirements, mostly related to prescribing medication. Since March 2020, enforcement of those in-person requirements has been put on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This moratorium was set to expire on December 31.
On November 10, the medical board voted to extend the moratorium on enforcement of the in-person requirements until March 31, 2022. The physician community has been advocating for this extension (or permanent change) to the rules related to providing care via telemedicine.
OSMA will continue to provide updates on legislation and rules related to telemedicine as they become available. If you have any questions about telemedicine regulation in Ohio contact OSMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.