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.