Georgia passes licensure requirement

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ATLANTA – Georgia’s House of Representatives and Senate have passed a bill that establishes a licensure requirement for DME suppliers. Under the requirement, a supplier must submit the appropriate forms as prescribed by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy, submit the requisite license fee, and maintain an office or place of business within Georgia. The supplier must also meet safety standards, including ensuring all personnel engaged in delivery, maintenance and repair of DME receive annual continuing education; provide instruction to the patient or patient’s caregiver on how to use DME; receive and respond to complaints from patients; maintain patient records for all patients receiving DME; and properly manage, maintain and service DME. The bill also establishes a definition for DME that specifies it is equipment requiring a prescription, including repair and replacement parts. To be considered DME, equipment must be able to withstand repeated use; have an expected life of at least three years; be primarily and customarily used to serve a medical purpose; be generally not useful in the absence of illness or injury; and should be appropriate for use in the home. The bill now sits before Gov. Nathan Deal, who has 30 days to sign or veto it.