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Board Meeting Schedule for 2016:  January 19th (December 2015 meeting postponed); April 12th; September 13th;  December 13th.  All Tuesdays.  New meeting start time:  10:00 a.m.  Go to the QuickLink Board Meeting Dates tab for more information.


 

News & Announcements...
FYR Rules Packages Approved for Further Process

Board Proposes Device Definition Updates, Adding BOC Pedorthist Exam as LPED Qualifier, Preparation for Online Application Acceptance

01.29.2016 -- NOTICE -- BIA FILED WITH OFFICE OF COMMON SENSE INITIATIVE -- NEW PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS FEBRUARY 12, 2016

01.19.2016 -- OPP Board considered stakeholder comments, feedback, approved pending rule packages for further process.

Business Impact Analysis         Rule Set Part 1          Rule Set Part 2

Provide feedback regarding these rules or this process. We want to hear from you. Email the board using this link (will copy to CSI office), or download and send by mail or fax a Stakeholder Response Form.

 

 

Governor Kasich Re-Appoints Daulton to 3-year Term

December 14, 2016 -- Tamara A. Daulton of Batavia (Clermont Co.) has been reappointed to the State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics for a term beginning December 14, 2015 and ending December 6, 2018.

Ms. Daulton, LPED, Licensed and ABC Certified in Pedorthics, was first appointed to the State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics for a term beginning December 2, 2013, by Governor John Kasich. Employed at BioWorks in Southwest Ohio, Ms. Daulton is also active in the leadership of the Pedorthic Footcare Association, and has presented at numerous PFA Symposia.

She earned a BS Degree in Education, emphasis in Athletic Training, from the University of Akron in 1996 and has been employed in the field since 1997. She received her Pre-Certification Eduation at Northwestern University, and has been certified since 2003; licensed since 2004.

“I now feel it is time to expand my professional and leadership responsibilities at the state level, and improve both the recognition and efficacy of pedorthics within my home state,” Ms. Daulton said. “I appreciate the opportunity provided by my appointment.”

Governor Kasich Re-Appoints Weaver to 3-year Term

December 8, 2015 - Brian Weaver, LPO, Licensed and ABC Certified in Prosthetics and Orthotics, was re-appointed to the State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics for a term beginning December 8, 2015, and ending Dec. 6, 2018 by Governor John Kasich. 

     Specializing in lower limb devices, he is a resident of Grove City in Franklin County.  At the September 2015 meeting of the Board, he was re-elected to the post of President.

     Weaver earned a BS Degree in Biology from Oregon State University (not THE OSU, just AN OSU).  He practices at American Orthopedics in Columbus, Ohio. His post-grad work in Prosthetics was gained at Northwestern University and in Orthotics, from the Newington Program in Connecticut. Brian is an active member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, as well as its Ohio Chapter.

     Brian is a frequent lecturer to various healthcare professionals, including Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation resident physicians and Physical Therapy Masters Degree students at The Ohio State University Medical Center, as well as to local physical therapy groups. He also serves as a consultant to the Orthotic and Prosthetic clinic at THE Ohio State University Medical Center.

Creditable Training Available

 



Governor Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force is thrilled to share our updated, revamped online human trafficking training for licensees of boards and commissions. The new 50 minute video features up-to-date information about the signs and indicators of human trafficking and who is impacted in Ohio, interviews with responders and survivors, and how you can help make a difference. Importantly, you can receive 1 CE hour for viewing the updated training and completing a short quiz. To receive credit for your board or commission, all you have to do is:

  1. Visit http://humantrafficking.ohio.gov to access the training
  2. Click the first yellow button on the left that says “Human Trafficking Training- earn 1.0 CE Hour of Training”
  3. Complete Steps 1-3 outlined on the page
September 2015 Actions Update
  • Officers re-elected
  • Rule Review Begins Anew
  • Formal Actions:  Diabetic Therapeutic Shoe Standard of Care; OPPCE Compliance
  • Pending Legislation:  2-year renewals; Alternative Health Care allowances
  • BOC Transcripts OK for OPPCE Compliance Audits

See the News and Notes update for more information

New Fee Schedule Effective September 1, 2015

The newer language of the OPP Fee Rule – Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Agency Rule 4779-12-01 – passed JCARR review , was “final filed” on 7/13/2015 and assigned an effective date of 09/01/2015.  The following fees will be required for the activities and services indicated beginning September 1st.  In addition to a nominal increase in the fee for an initial non-Temporary license application (to $150 from $125) and the increase in annual license renewal (was $300, now $400), the rule also provides for fee assessments for activities/services that were previously fee-free, such as certified license verifications, review-for-approval of OPPCE activities not already ABC or BOC-approved, and fines for found violations of Chapter 4779 law and rules provisions.

Pursuant to the rule language, the Board approved the following fee schedule for FY16 at its June 2015 meeting.  Find current fee rule language here (the page will display “old” and “new” language until the new language becomes effective 09/01/2015).


Initial License Application – All Types – Full          

$150

Initial License Application – All Types – TEMP          

$150

Annual License Renewal – All Types – Full              

$400

One-time License Renewal – All Types – TEMP    

$400

Late Fee – License Renewal                                   

$200

Late Fee – OPPCE                                                             

$200

License Upgrade – TEMP>Full                                  

$100

License Consolidate – LO or LP > LPO                

$100

License Issuance                                            

$100

New OPPCE Activity Review                            

$ 50

Certified license verification OR Replace wall certificate                       

$ 25

Fine, per violation                                              

$250





License Cards Discontinued

Jan. 31, 2015 - In response to continuous demands to provide services more effectively and efficiently, reducing costs and redundant processes, we are discontinuing the issuance of "hard copy" license cards.

Renewal confirmation letters will contain a plain paper version of the license card at the bottom of the letter which can be shared for credentialing purposes, and current license status information can be found via the online License Verification link 24 hours per day.

Initial certificates of licensure will still be provided to new applicants whose license is approved by the Board.

Legislative Update

Diabetic Patients’ Rights to Well-Fitted  Therapeutic Shoes Preserved

Jan. 7, 2015 - House Bill 326 as introduced and as passed by the Ohio House of Representatives sought to fully exempt diabetic therapeutic shoe fitting from the scope of regulated Orthotic and Pedorthic services.  While it set forth certain baseline standards for persons providing the service, it would have removed this Board’s authority to assure minimum standards are observed and would have opened up the service to anyone who has taken a 20-hour manufacturer’s training course.   The Board approved a Position Paper as regards the proposal, tracked the legislation closely in the Senate, and engaged in an interested party negotiation with legislative sponsors and proponents. 

The version of the bill that passed the Ohio Senate adopted an amendment that removed all of the previously proposed new language and simply added Revised Code Chapter 4729, the Pharmacy chapter, to the list of licensed healthcare professionals exempt from Chapter 4779 licensing when “practicing within the individual's scope of practice under statutes and rules regulating the individual's profession.”  The Board testified as an interested party and withdrew its opposition to the bill.   The bill passed the Senate, the House concurred in the changes, and the governor has signed it into law. 

Sept. 2014 - Mar. 2015 Five-Year Rule Review

Sep. 10, 2014 - In accordance with the Periodic Review of Rules requirement, the OPP Board will be processing two chapters and two individual rules of its Administrative Rules series for review.

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Board Proposes Expanded Coverage for Orthopedic Shoes

Jun. 10, 2014 - The Board proposed an amendment to Rule 5160-10-12, Orthopedic Shoes and Foot Orthoses to the Ohio Department of Medicaid for consideration during its rule review process. The expansion would cover orthopedic shoes when not an integral part of a brace for beneficiaries “with documented diagnoses of moderate or severe peripheral neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease.”

To read more about the Board's discussion, click through to the Board Bulletpoints from the June 10, 2014 Board meeting.

Represent!

Mar. 18, 2014 - Another O&P Practitioner seat "times out" near the end of this year, as does the Consumer member's spot. - Bill Neu, LPO and Robert Reed, Consumer Member will have served for two consecutive terms. We are aware of an applicant for the Consumer position, but the process is still open to those who may be willing and interested in serving on the Board.

Terms are for three years and an initial term is subject to re-appointment at the discretion of the Governor.

Active, informed and committed-to-service licensees and consumers are encouraged to consider the leadership opportunity. Contact the Board office for further information, or submit your application directly to the Governor's office.

Board Approves Statement on CMS’ OTS Orthotics Designations

Mar. 11, 2014 - For the past several years, the Board has offered written guidance and a protocol rubric to the OPP licensee and DME provider communities regarding the Ohio standards for determination of Orthotic devices requiring or not requiring licensed dispensation in compliance with Revised Code Chapter 4779.  Recognizing that recent changes in language and policy pushed out by CMS’ DMEPOS regulator is causing some confusion in the provider community regarding the effect of those changes in Ohio, the Board approved a statement of clarification in this regard.

In summary:  “Ohio regulatory language does not align exactly with federal language, and the Ohio Board has determined that devices marketed and reimbursed under many of the HCPCS codes referenced in CMS’ action meet the requirements of custom fit devices and do not meet the Ohio definition of a device requiring ‘minimal fitting.’”

 

 

To read the full statement, click through to the DME Providers tab or use the link above.

Veterans' Civilian Re-Entry - Compliance with Am. Sub. House Bill 98

Rule Review 2014-2015 -- Rescind Hearing rules, No Change Confidential Personal Information rules, Amend OPPCE Requirements and Reporting rules, Rescind/replace Fees rule. 

Fee Rule Public Hearing & Board Meeting 06/09/2015

 The proposed new Fee Rule -- OAC 4779-12-01 (current)  (proposed) is set for Public Hearing before the full Board at its next meeting on June 9, 2015.  See the Notice on the Register of Ohio. Included in the rules package agenda are proposals to make a technical amendment to the OPPCE reporting rule; to carry forward the rules governing Confidential Personal Information; and to eliminate a set of detailed rules meant to guide the Administrative Hearing process.  To register to provide public testimony, or to send a written statement, use this link to send an email: 06/09/2015 Public Hearing

Proposed FY16 Fee Schedule (Agenda item for 06/09/2015 meeting):  click here

Active Military / Veterans / Spouses Accommodations Rule Set Finalized

Jun. 10, 2014 - The rule package that was considered as summarized in the rules hearing notice previously posted to this site was approved and filed with an effective date of June 27, 2014.  The purposes of the rule set are:

  1. To comply with the requirements of Am. Sub. HB 98 of the 130th General Assembly and with Executive Order 2013-05K and directives/recommendations issued thereto.
  2. Promoting opportunities for and inclusion of veterans and their spouses in the planning and execution of occupational licensing functions of administrative and regulatory agencies.
  3. Providing “one-stop guidance” for veterans seeking entrance to or continuation of service in the professions regulated by this Board

The State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
Mark B. Levy, Director
77 S. High St., 18th Floor  •  Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Tel: (614) 466-1157   •  Fax: (614) 387-7347   •  Email Us