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HME CE Requirements

(A)  Licensed HME facilities must provide ten contact hours of  continuing education per renewal cycle for staff rendering HME services to the public in the state of Ohio, unless a waiver of one-half of the contact hours is granted under paragraph (E) of this rule.

(B) Of the number of continuing education contact hours required, one contact hour must include subject content on infection control, equipment cleaning standards and cleaning agents, rotation of inventory, or equipment separation requirements. The remaining contact hours must be relevant to the HME services rendered. The following are acceptable sources of continuing education.

          (1) Inservice education developed and taught by the HME facility, or

          (2) Inservice education developed and taught by an HME manufacturer, or

          (3) Continuing education approved by any organization recognized by the board under paragraph (5) of rule 4761-9-05 of the Administrative Code that offers continuing education relevant to HME services rendered, or by an HME trade association.

(C) Continuing education credits shall be documented for employed staff involved in HME service delivery to the public. Records of attendance and completion shall include:

          (1) Sign in logs; and

          (2) Agendas and training manuals for facility based in-services;

          (3) Documentation of completed continuing education courses taken by each staff member must be maintained in that employees personnel file and must be available for review by a board investigator upon demand.

(D) Any HME trade association that provides HME continuing education may apply to the board to be recognized as an authorized continuing education provider. Request for recognition must be made in writing to the board and the HME trade organization must provide the board with an overview of their association and an outline of the continuing education courses provided by that association, including course content.

(E) A licensed HME provider may apply to the board for waiver of one-half of the continuing education contact hours required, if the licensed provider receives total payments of not more than ten thousand dollars per year from selling or renting HME.

 

Approved Sources of Continuing Education for Licensed Home Medical Equipment Facilities

Pursuant to rule 4761:1-13-01 (D) of the Ohio Administrative Code, an agency that provides continuing education may apply to the Board to be recognized as an approved peer review organization for the purpose of offering continuing education courses meeting the Ohio Respiratory Care Board's for continuing education completion under paragraph (B) of rule 4761:1-13-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

The following organizations have applied and have been approved to offer home medical equipment continuing education:

dmetrain - website:  www.dmetrain.com

Click here for a list of dmetrain courses reviewed and approved by the Board

VGM Education - website: www.vgmu.com

Click here for a list of VGM Education courses reviewed and approved by the Board

The Ohio Association of Medical Equipment Services (OAMES) - website: www.oames.org

The MED Group/MED University- website: www.meduniversity.net

Click here for a list of MED University courses reviewed and approved by the Board

Disclaimer: The Ohio Respiratory Care Board has listed links to recognized agencies as an informational service to its licensees for the purpose of continuing education access.  The Ohio Respiratory Care Board is not a paid sponsor or supporter of any listed organization and has no business or other relationship with these organizations.

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