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State Medical Board of Ohio’s Changes to Standards and Procedures for the Operation of a Pain Management Clinic

The proposal amends Ohio Administrative Code Section 4731-29-01 effectively narrows the definition of a pain management clinic. The significant changes are:

  • The definition of “pain management clinic” will be limited to those facilities in which the majority of patients are treated for “chronic pain” that includes the use of controlled substances. The current rule includes the treatment of any “pain.”
  • The definition of “pain” as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage” will be deleted.
  • The definition of “chronic pain” will remain in the rule. It is defined as:

…pain that has persisted after reasonable medical efforts have been made to relieve the pain or cure its cause and that has continued, either continuously, or episodically, for longer than three continuous months. “Chronic pain” does not include pain associated with a terminal condition or with a progressive disease that, in the normal course of progression, may reasonably be expected to result in a terminal condition.

  • The proposed rule will exclude nursing homes and facilities conducting IRB- approved clinical research from the definition of pain management clinic.
  • The proposed rule streamlines the authority of the Board of Medicine to inspect pain management clinics, but does not necessarily broaden it.
  • The required physician certification changes from pain “management” to pain “medicine.”

The State Medical Board of Ohio will hold a public hearing on May 3, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad St., 1st Floor, Columbus, OH concerning the following proposed changes to the Standards and Procedures for the Operation of a Pain Management Clinic.

Read the proposed rule.

UPDATES TO THE RULES OF THE STATE MEDICAL BOARD OF OHIO, AS WELL AS PROPOSED CHANGES WILL BE POSTED ON THE CHAPMAN LAW GROUP WEBSITE.

Please contact Attorney Laura Perkovic at the Chapman Law Group Columbus, Ohio Office to discuss matters related to rules concerning the practice of medicine in Ohio, at (614) 360-3848.