6/3/2021 AMCNO Updates



Tell Legislators to Stop Dangerous All-Encompassing Anti-Vaccine Legislation

A gravely concerning bill pertaining to vaccinations is currently making its way through the Ohio Legislature. HB 248-11 is being framed as a bill to stop the COVID-19 vaccines from becoming mandatory, but it would actually apply to ALL immunizations, including childhood vaccines, according to the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA).

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SMBO Announces Requirement on the Duty to Report Misconduct

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) has announced a new continuing medical education (CME) requirement on the duty to report. Effective May 31, 2021, prior to renewal, MDs and DOs will be required to complete 1 hour of CME on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code. The enforcement of this requirement will commence with renewal applications submitted on or after July 1, 2021.

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Cuyahoga County Diversion Center is Open

The Cuyahoga County Diversion Center, a first-of-its-kind facility, opened its doors on May 3. Overseen by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, and working in conjunction with law enforcement, this unique center allows individuals involved in a low-level offense who are exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental illness and or/addiction to receive the help they need in a treatment environment, instead of being sent to the county jail.

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Local Community Health Centers Create COVID-19 Website

Cuyahoga County’s six community health centers have joined together to ensure everyone has access to the COVID-19 services they need. They created a website, www.clevelandcovidservices.com, which provides easy-to-find information on COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations.

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AMA Releases Strategic Plan on Dismantling Structural Racism in Medicine

In May, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a plan designed to dismantle structural racism inside its own ranks and within the United States medical establishment.

The plan has been in the works for more than a year, but the group’s leaders said health inequities highlighted by the pandemic, ongoing police brutality and recent race-based crimes have given the effort a sense of urgency.

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Cleveland.com Article on Vaccine Hesitancy Features One of Our Members

AMCNO member Dr. Sumita Khatri, who is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Asthma Center and vice chairwoman of the Respiratory Institute, was featured in a Cleveland.com article on overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

The article highlights the need for educating the public on why it’s important they get immunized.

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