4731.281 Continuing education.

(A)

(1) Each person holding a license issued under this chapter to practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, or podiatric medicine and surgery wishing to renew that license shall apply to the board for renewal. Applications shall be submitted to the board in a manner prescribed by the board. Each application shall be accompanied by a biennial renewal fee of three hundred five dollars. Applications shall be submitted according to the following schedule:

(a) Persons whose last name begins with the letters "A" through "B," on or before the first day of July of every odd-numbered year ;

(b) Persons whose last name begins with the letters "C" through "D," on or before the first day of April of every odd-numbered year ;

(c) Persons whose last name begins with the letters "E" through "G," on or before the first day of January of every odd-numbered year ;

(d) Persons whose last name begins with the letters "H" through "K," on or before the first day of October of every even-numbered year ;

(e) Persons whose last name begins with the letters "L" through "M," on or before the first day of July of every even-numbered year ;

(f) Persons whose last name begins with the letters "N" through "R," on or before the first day of April of every even-numbered year ;

(g) Persons whose last name begins with the letter "S," on or before the first day of January of every even-numbered year ;

(h) Persons whose last name begins with the letters "T" through "Z," on or before the first day of October of every odd-numbered year .

The board shall deposit the fee in accordance with section 4731.24 of the Revised Code, except that the board shall deposit twenty dollars of the fee into the state treasury to the credit of the physician loan repayment fund created by section 3702.78 of the Revised Code.

(2) The board shall provide to every person holding a license to practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, or podiatric medicine and surgery, a renewal notice or may provide the notice to the person through the secretary of any recognized medical, osteopathic, or podiatric society

. The notice shall be provided to the person at least one month prior to the date on which the person's license expires.

(3) Failure of any person to receive a notice of renewal from the board shall not excuse the person from the requirements contained in this section.

(4) The board's notice shall inform the applicant of the renewal procedure. The board shall provide the application for renewal in a form determined by the board.

(5) The applicant shall provide in the application the applicant's full name; the applicant's residence address, business address, and electronic mail address; the number of the applicant's license to practice; and any other information required by the board.

(6)

(a) Except as provided in division (A)(6)(b) of this section, in the case of an applicant who prescribes or personally furnishes opioid analgesics or benzodiazepines, as defined in section 3719.01 of the Revised Code, the applicant shall certify to the board whether the applicant has been granted access to the drug database established and maintained by the state board of pharmacy pursuant to section 4729.75 of the Revised Code.

(b) The requirement in division (A)(6)(a) of this section does not apply if any of the following is the case:

(i) The state board of pharmacy notifies the state medical board pursuant to section 4729.861 of the Revised Code that the applicant has been restricted from obtaining further information from the drug database.

(ii) The state board of pharmacy no longer maintains the drug database.

(iii) The applicant does not practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, or podiatric medicine and surgery in this state.

(c) If an applicant certifies to the state medical board that the applicant has been granted access to the drug database and the board finds through an audit or other means that the applicant has not been granted access, the board may take action under section 4731.22 of the Revised Code.

(7) The applicant shall indicate whether the applicant currently collaborates, as that term is defined in section 4723.01 of the Revised Code, with any clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, or certified nurse practitioners .

(8) The applicant shall report any criminal offense to which the applicant has pleaded guilty, of which the applicant has been found guilty, or for which the applicant has been found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction, since last submitting an application for a license to practice or renewal of a license.

(9) The applicant shall execute and deliver the application to the board in a manner prescribed by the board.

(B) The board shall renew a license under this chapter to practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, or podiatric medicine and surgery upon application and qualification therefor in accordance with this section. A renewal shall be valid for a two-year period.

(C) Failure of any license holder to renew and comply with this section shall operate automatically to suspend the holder's license to practice and if applicable, the holder's certificate to recommend issued under section 4731.30 of the Revised Code. Continued practice after the suspension shall be considered as practicing in violation of section 4731.41, 4731.43, or 4731.60 of the Revised Code.

If the license has been suspended pursuant to this division for two years or less, it may be reinstated. The board shall reinstate a license to practice suspended for failure to renew upon an applicant's submission of a renewal application and payment of a reinstatement fee of four hundred five dollars.

If the license has been suspended pursuant to this division for more than two years, it may be restored. Subject to section 4731.222 of the Revised Code, the board may restore a license to practice suspended for failure to renew upon an applicant's submission of a restoration application, payment of a restoration fee of five hundred five dollars, and compliance with sections 4776.01 to 4776.04 of the Revised Code. The board shall not restore to an applicant a license to practice unless the board, in its discretion, decides that the results of the criminal records check do not make the applicant ineligible for a license issued pursuant to section 4731.14 or 4731.56 of the Revised Code. Any reinstatement or restoration of a license to practice under this section shall operate automatically to renew the holder's certificate to recommend.

(D)

The state medical board may obtain information not protected by statutory or common law privilege from courts and other sources concerning malpractice claims against any person holding a license to practice under this chapter or practicing as provided in section 4731.36 of the Revised Code.

(E) Each mailing sent by the board under division (A)(2) of this section to a person holding a license to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery shall inform the applicant of the reporting requirement established by division (H) of section 3701.79 of the Revised Code. At the discretion of the board, the information may be included on the application for renewal or on an accompanying page.

(F) Each person holding a license to practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, or podiatric medicine and surgery shall give notice to the board of a change in the license holder's residence address, business address, or electronic mail address not later than thirty days after the change occurs

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Amended by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 49, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2017.

Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 523, §1, eff. 9/8/2016.

Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 64, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2015.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 276, §1, eff. 3/19/2015.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 394, §1, eff. 3/19/2015.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 341, §1, eff. 1/1/2015.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 1/1/2015.

Effective Date: 04-10-2001; 03-30-2006; 2007 HB104 03-24-2008; 2008 SB279 01-06-2009 .