In 2005, the 125th General Assembly passed H.B. 105, establishing a licensing and certification requirement for home medical equipment facilities under Chapter 4752 of the Ohio Revised Code. The Ohio Respiratory Care Board's regulatory authority was changed to include Home Medical Equipment (HME) facility regulation. Chapter 4752 requires licensing or registration for any facility that provides life-sustaining equipment, technologically sophisticated medical equipment, or other equipment identified by the Board in rule.
(1) Life-sustaining HME is defined as equipment that medically sustains, restores, or supplants a vital bodily function, such as breathing. This HME equipment must be prescibed by an authorized healthcare professional. Click HERE for definition of authorized health care professional.
(2) Technologically sophisticated medical HME is defined as equipment that requires individualized adjustment or regular maintenance by an HME service provider to maintain a patient's health care condition or the effectiveness of the equipment. This HME equipment must be prescibed by an authorized healthcare professional.
(3) Other HME equipment is HME defined by the Board in rule.
The Board has amplified in rule the three classification of HME listed above by identifying specific HME equpment types that fall within each classification. OAC rule 4761:1-3-02 should be reviewed prior to completing an application for a license or certificate of registration.
Certificate of Registration Applicants - to qualify for a certificate of registation an applicant must be accredited by an organization approved by the Board. Click HERE to see a full list of recognized organization.
License Applicants - to qualify for a license an HME provider must meet Ohio's standards of practice and operational requirements for an HME provider. To see the full standards of practice and operational requirements click HERE. In addition, a license applicant must hold professional and product liability insurance coverage. Click HERE to see requirements.