The Home Medical Services Advisory Council of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy met on May 17, its inaugural meeting of the new entity, which formed as a result of the move of the HME licensure administrative functions from the Ohio Respiratory Care Board (which was permanently disband) to the Board of Pharmacy.
Ali Simon, the Board of Pharmacy’s Public and Policy Affairs Liaison, led the meeting which was attended by the five members of the Council along with other staff members of the Board and Curtis Passafume, Jr.RPh. Board member liaison to the Council. Kam Yuricich, OAMES executive director attended the public meeting as a guest.
The Council held a productive afternoon-long discussion reviewing the history of the HME law and rules and discussed proposed changes ranging from basic verbiage revisions needed as a result of the Board change, to more substantive changes such as possible policy reconsiderations and terminology definitions to align with the Board of Pharmacy practices where possible for streamlining purposes. OAMES will continue to be involved in these discussions and share any proposed rules changes and developments with members going forward.
The Board of Pharmacy emailed HME providers at the end of April informing companies to renew their licensure or registration so you should have received notification. Some reminders about HME licensure vs registration requirements: