Ohio's New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain Expand Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse
The Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team has developed - in conjunction with clinical professional associations, healthcare providers, licensing boards and state agencies - new prescribing guidelines for the treatment of acute pain. Click on the links below to learn more about these guidelines, and how you can help prevent opioid addiction.
Click Here for Acute Opioid Prescribing News Release
Click Here for Acute Opioid Prescribing Web Infographic
Click Here for Prescription Pain Medication Overdose Info Sheet
ALERT: NEW END DATE FOR NURSE LICENSE RENEWAL
STARTING IN 2016
The Board successfully sought a statutory amendment to change the ending date of licensure renewal for nurses in order to obtain the new Ohio eLicense system that the state is implementing for various professional licensing boards in 2016. HB 188 was passed and signed by the Governor, changing the ending date of renewals from August 31 to October 31.
By moving this end date, the Board will be able to accommodate the state’s implementation timeline for the new system and provide LPNs an extended time period of four months to renew their license (July 1 to October 31). The Board avoided another year on the outdated system by upgrading to the new state eLicense system as soon as possible.
The following begins this year and continues for all nurse license renewals for future years. In 2016, only LPNs are renewing. (For 2017 these changes impact RN, COA, and CTP renewals.)
- To avoid the late processing fee, the online renewal application is due no later than September 15 of your renewal year.
To avoid a lapsed license or certificate, the online application for renewal is due no later than October 31 of your renewal year. Nursing licenses and certificates will lapse November 1 of your renewal year, if you do not renew or request to place the license or certificate on inactive status.
For LPNs, the expiration date of August 31, 2016 will be changed to October 31, 2016 on the Ohio eLicense Center. A similar change will be made next year for RNs, COAs, and CTPs. LPNs will continue to renew in even numbered years and RNs, COAs and CTPs in odd numbered years.
There are no changes to the continuing education (CE) requirements. As applicable, you need to complete the CE requirements no later than October 31 of your renewal year.
The Board has received assurances that the new system, eLicense 3.0, will accommodate the large volume of renewals and avoid the disruptions and challenges previously encountered by nurses and Board staff. In 2015 the Nursing Board renewed over 190,000 licenses and certificates during a four-month period. That is in addition to the work performed by licensure staff, who in the same time period processed approximately 15,000 applications for new graduates seeking initial licensure. We are by far the highest volume professional licensing board in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation.
The Board continues to be committed to providing the best customer service possible for licensees and the public, and will distribute information and details about these changes in Momentum, on the Board website, and through social media. On the Board website - click on “Subscribe to eNews, Facebook, and Twitter” to sign up to receive Board updates.
NCSBN Offers Helpful Resources During Social Media Month
NCSBN has designated February as Social Media Month. Nurses need to be aware of the potential ramifications of disclosing patient-related information. You are invited to use and share these resources:
Take A Quiz - Nursing and Social Media Quiz
Watch A Video - Social Media Guidelines for Nurses
Order Free Printed NCSBN Resources - A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media, Social Media in Nursing: Understand the Benefits and the Risks, Common Myths and Misunderstandings of Social Media
February 1, 2016: New Administrative Rule Language
Following a November 19, 2015 public rules hearing and JCARR hearing, the Board final filed administrative rule amendments. The new rule language is expected to be effective February 1, 2016, related to Ohio Administrative Code Chapters 4723-8, Advanced Practice Nurse Certification and Practice; 4723-9, Prescriptive Authority; and 4723-23, Dialysis Technicians, as part of the Board of Nursing’s five-year rule review. The Board also revised or promulgated rule language due to legislation, to correct errors or to update form reference effective dates. A summary of these revisions will be published in the Winter 2016 edition of Momentum, due to be published in February. Momentum editions are available under the Publications link on this webpage.
For a complete copy of all the rules filed by the Board of Nursing, go to http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us.
Board of Pharmacy Announces New Website for Prescription Monitoring Program
Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System Website Gets an Updated Look and New Features
October 14, 2015 - Columbus, Ohio – The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the launch of its redesigned website for the state’s prescription monitoring program, known as the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). A fresh design, new features and improved navigation offers visitors to oarrs.pharmacy.ohio.gov a better user experience.
The website is more user-friendly, with content that helps OARRS account holders maximize the information contained in the system. This includes an updated frequently asked questions section, guidance documents and three new training videos that take users through the process of registering for an account, running a patient report and reviewing the information contained within an OARRS report. Additionally, the site contains a new statistics feature that allows anyone to create custom county reports and view maps based on aggregate data collected in OARRS.
"OARRS has become an essential tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse and we felt a new website was needed to improve functionality and the overall user experience," said Steven W. Schierholt, Esq., Executive Director. "The improved website reflects the Board’s commitment to making OARRS one of the best prescription monitoring programs in the country."
Established in 2006, OARRS is the only statewide database that collects information on all prescriptions for controlled substances that are dispensed by pharmacies and personally furnished by licensed prescribers in Ohio. OARRS data is available to prescribers when they treat patients, pharmacists when presented with prescriptions from patients and law enforcement officers only during active investigations. For more information on OARRS, please visit: oarrs.pharmacy.ohio.gov
SB 110: Prescribe-Delegate Authority
SB 110: Prescribe-Delegate Authority SB 110, passed by the 131st General Assembly, authorizes CTP holders to delegate non-controlled drug administration under specified circumstances to unlicensed persons. Please click on the links below to access the statute and the Legislative Services Commission (LSC) Analysis for further details.
Effective October 15, 2015, APRNs holding prescriptive authority are authorized to delegate medication administration as specified in Sections 4723.48(C) and 4723.489, Ohio Revised Code (ORC). In doing so, APRNs must comply with standards of safe practice, including delegation, set forth in the law and rules, including Chapter 4723-13, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Please be aware that the new authorization in ORC Section 4723.48(C) supersedes rule language currently found in Chapter 4723-13, OAC, with respect to APRN prescribers, which previously limited the types of medication that could be delegated to an unlicensed person.
SB 110 authorizes the Board to adopt rules establishing standards and procedures for APRN delegation. The Board will convene a Board Committee on Practice meeting on January 20, 2016 at noon at the Board office to gather public input regarding the need for administrative rules.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To access the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code, CLICK HERE.
Click Here for SB-110 - Summary
Click Here for SB-110 - Documents