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December 11, 2018 (Cleveland)

State Medical Board Pulls Proposed Office-Based Opioid Treatment Rules



Office-Based Opioid-TreatmentA set of state rules regarding office-based opioid treatment will not move forward. Following its Nov. 28 hearing, the State Medical Board of Ohio decided to pull the proposed rules, which had been a cause for concern.

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium submitted written comments at the hearing detailing significant concerns with the rules. In some cases, the rules were counter-productive to efforts to best care for patients with opioid use disorders, while in other cases the rules were vague, which would render it difficult for providers to ensure they are in compliance.

While the Medical Board’s decision not to move forward with the office-based opioid treatment rules at this time is positive, it does not guarantee that there will be no further action on them in the future. The Center will continue to monitor the situation for any additional intervention that may be necessary.

For more information about the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, contact us.