AMCNO is Pleased that the One-Bite Legislation will Soon Become Law

House Bill 145 (“One-Bite”) has cleared the House and Senate and is expected to be signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in the coming days. The AMCNO provided testimony for this legislation and has been working with the Medical Association Coalition to develop the provisions of this proposal, to make sure physicians’ privacy and anonymity would be protected.

One-bite requires the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) to establish a confidential program for the treatment of impaired physicians. It allows providers to avoid discipline by the SMBO if they seek and complete treatment (and other specific criteria are met) for a drug, alcohol or other substance abuse problem, as long as they have not previously participated in one-bite or been sanctioned by the SMBO for impairment.

The bill also requires the SMBO to contract with one organization to conduct the program and perform monitoring services related to the program; it is likely that the Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP) will be selected. For more than 40 years, the OPHP has been confidentially helping impaired physicians regain their health and well-being to serve their patients.

The AMCNO is pleased with the passage of this legislation. It is the result of numerous discussions on how to best provide Ohio physicians with this valuable one-time opportunity to seek treatment for substance abuse-related impairment. It is important that providers are offered this chance to access treatment without fear of repercussion or negative career implications through reporting to the SMBO. 

To learn more about HB 145, click here.

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