Bill paves way for oxygen providers
MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that allows HME providers to provide home oxygen therapy without a pharmacist on staff. The bill, which takes effect May 1, paves the way for providers to dispense oxygen through a licensure program administered by the Pharmacy Examining Board. “This is a big step for the home medical equipment industry and ensures that all providers in the state are compliant,” stated Jim Spellman, president of the Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services and director of operations at Home Care Medical, in a press release from WAMES. Under previous law, oxygen intended for medical use was considered a drug and could only be dispensed by a pharmacist licensed by the board or by a physician or other authorized practitioner.