4731-16-12 Out-of-state impairment cases.

(A) If the board orders a certificate holder who neither resides nor physically practices in Ohio to submit to an evaluation under division (B)(26) of section 4731.22 of the Revised Code, division (F)(2) of section 4730.25 of the Revised Code, division (F)(2) of section 4760.13 of the Revised Code or division (F)(2) of section 4762.13 of the Revised Code, or commences disciplinary proceedings against such a certificate holder based on an alleged violation of any of those divisions, the board may waive any or all applicable provisions of this chapter of the Administrative Code, if it finds that alternative means exist to protect the public. Factors the board may consider in determining whether the public will be adequately protected include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Whether the certificate holder is being monitored by the proper licensing authority in the jurisdiction where the certificate holder resides;

(2) Whether the certificate holder has received or is receiving evaluation and treatment from a treatment provider acceptable to the proper licensing authority in the jurisdictions where the certificate holder resides, and whether the treatment provider has agreed to report to the board on the certificate holder's diagnosis and progress in treatment, and to provide the board copies of all reports required to be submitted to the licensing authority in the jurisdiction where the certificate holder resides, if requested by the board;

(3) Whether the certificate holder is being monitored by a monitoring or advocacy group acceptable to the proper licensing authority in the jurisdiction where the certificate holder resides;

(4) Whether the certificate holder's employer or professional associates are aware of the certificate holder's impairment or alleged impairment.

(B) Grant of a waiver or waivers pursuant to this rule shall be conditioned on the certificate holder agreeing by a signed notarized statement to notify the board in writing of any intent to practice medicine or reside in Ohio, to submit to an evaluation by an approved treatment provider at the certificate holder's expense at that time if requested by the board, and to refrain from commencing practice in Ohio without prior board approval.

(C) A certificate holder who neither resides nor practices in Ohio who is diagnosed or treated for chemical abuse or chemical dependency outside Ohio must report that diagnosis or treatment in renewing his or her certificate. A certificate holder who neither resides nor practices in Ohio who relapses must report that relapse immediately, as required by rule 4731-15-01 of the Administrative Code.

(D) If a certificate holder self-reports diagnosis or treatment as required by paragraph (C) of this rule, the board may forgo disciplinary action if it determines that the certificate holder:

(1) Has not been subject to discipline in any other jurisdiction;

(2) Is receiving or has completed treatment with a treatment provider acceptable to the medical licensing authority of the jurisdiction in which he or she resides;

(3) Has not relapsed;

(4) Is participating in or has successfully completed participation in a monitoring program or diversion program acceptable to the medical licensing authority of the jurisdiction in which he or she resides.

(E) A certificate holder who neither resides nor practices in Ohio who relocates to Ohio after being diagnosed or treated for chemical abuse or chemical dependency must submit to an evaluation by a treatment provider approved under section 4731.25 of the Revised Code and this chapter of the Administrative Code.

(1) If the certificate holder has less than one year documented sobriety at the time of relocation to Ohio, he or she must submit to an evaluation that meets all the requirements of rule 4731-16-05 of the Administrative Code, and must complete two years of aftercare and the applicable treatment as required by paragraph (B)(3) of rule 4731-16-02 of the Administrative Code.

(2) If the certificate holder has more than one year but less than five years documented sobriety at the time of relocation to Ohio, he or she must submit to an evaluation that the treatment provider determines to be clinically appropriate, and must obtain the treatment recommended by the treatment provider.

Effective: 01/31/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/30/2011
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4730.07 , 4731.05 , 4760.19 , 4762.19
Rule Amplifies: 4730.25 , 4730.32 , 4731.22 , 4731.224 , 4731.25 , 4760.13 , 4762.13
Prior Effective Dates: 12/1/91, 9/1/99, 11/30/02, 6/30/07