Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4779 – the Ohio Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Practice Act – regulates the provision of these specialized medical devices when they are delivered as part of a healthcare treatment plan based on a patient-specific prescription. Items that are provided on a strictly retail, off-the-shelf, point-of-sale basis without a prescription are not within the scope of the intent or the letter of the Practice Act.
NO LICENSE REQUIRED EXAMPLE:
A consumer goes into a local retail pharmacy or other retail establishment, purchases an elastic knee brace or a simple wrist splint, pays for it, takes it home and uses according to package directions: that’s personal care, not health care within the meaning of this law. The retail clerk does not need a license from this Board to dispense (sell) the item.
LICENSE REQUIRED EXAMPLE:
A consumer's treating doctor makes a diagnosis of a condition that requires a certain type of device and writes a prescription that needs to get filled; chances are that condition requires assistance in fitting, modification or customization of the device by a trained professional educated appropriately and oriented toward providing rehabilitative care as part of a treatment team. That’s where the added value of a licensed orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist providing the device, fitting the device, adjusting or modifying the device or customizing it to fit a consumer's particular condition, rehabilitation goals and body part or shape comes into the picture. A licensed provider documents medical need, takes care in measuring for and fitting the device, may confer with the consumer's doctor or rehab therapist, and follows up after the fitting to assure the device works as intended.
IS THERE AN ISSUE WITH WHICH YOU NEED ASSISTANCE?
A complaint requires an identified complainant. The Board does not process complaints made only by telephone or sent anonymously. Use our standard complaint form to make a written complaint. Have a question, but not necessarily a complaint? Send an email, or give us a call. Please be advised that if you do want to make a complaint, your concerns must be submitted to the Board in a signed writing; any documentation providing evidence of the situation should be submitted and is helpful to the process.