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  • New rules regarding HB 2305 go into effect Jan. 1, 2016

    The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board adopted permanent administrative rules on October 16, 2015, regarding the passage HB 2305 during the 2015 Legislative Session. HB 2305 allows applicants to obtain a polysomnographic technologist license if the applicant meets a combination of education or training as of March 1, 2013, and holds an active credential as a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).

    Administrative rules are scheduled to become permanent and effective on January 1, 2016.

  • HLO Legislative update

    At 6:04 p.m. on July 6, Oregon's 2015 Legislative Session officially adjourned. The Health Licensing Office (HLO) did not put forth any bills itself this session, but there were several sponsored by other parties that affect the boards under HLO's jurisdiction. These include:

    • House Bill 2296, which changes the name of the Board of Body Art Practitioners to the Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners.
    • House Bill 2305, which permits people who complete polysomnographic program that combines education and training program to apply for polysomnographic technologist license.
    • House Bill 2642, which establishes the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians within HLO.
    • House Bill 2796, which directs HLO to issue a license to practice music therapy to qualified applicants.
    • Senate Bill 696, which increases membership of the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board.
    • Senate Bill 699, which broadens the exemption to provisions regulating cosmetology disciplines for people who prepare a person's hair solely for professional photography or theatrical performance.

    Read more details about the new bills in this memo. You can also sign up to be on our interested parties mailing list using this form.

  • Upcoming HLO closures for state holidays

    Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

    • Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents' Day
    • Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day
    • Monday, July 4 for Independence Day
    • Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day
    • Friday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day
    • Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving
    • Monday, Dec. 26 for Christmas

    Examinations will not be offered, and licenses will not be issued on these days.

    Our regular office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Feel free to call 503-378-8667; calls will be returned the next business day. You can also email hlo.info@state.or.us.

  • Respiratory Therapists Treat Cardiopulmonary Abnormalities

    Respiratory therapists, or respiratory care practitioners,provide treatment to patients with abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system—or breathing disorders—under the direction of a licensed physician and as part of a health care team.

    Respiratory therapists work at hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, in private care facilities and commercial businesses that specialize in the treatment, management, diagnostic testing, control and care of patients with breathing disorders that range from chronic lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema to heart attack and accident victims.

    More information

  • Licensing Requirements for Scoring Sleep Studies

    At the March 1, 2013 Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board meeting, members reviewed questions related to licensing requirements for scoring sleep studies.

    Board's response

  • Licensing Requirements for Implementing and Monitoring of Durable Medical Equipment for Sleep Disorders

    ​The Oregon Health Licensing Agency and the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Board have received multiple inquiries regarding whether or not an individual must be a licensed polysomnographic technologist to select, fit and educate patients on sleep masks and other sleep related equipment as wells as setting of pressures and flows on sleep apnea machines.

    More information

  • Administration of Sleep Medication and Performance of Positive Airway Pressure Titrations that Involve Setting Respiratory Tidal Volumes or Back-up Rates

    At the June 28, 2013 Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board meeting, members reviewed questions related to administration of sleep medication by a respiratory therapist or polysomnographic technologist and performance of positive airway pressure titrations that involve setting respiratory tidal volumes or back-up rates by a respiratory therapist or polysomnographic technologist.

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Protect yourself, your family and your co-workers by getting vaccinated and staying informed. The fewer of us who get sick from either seasonal influenza or pandemic H1N1 influenza, the more we can reduce the impact in our schools and workplaces. Visit the state's flu website or call the state hotline at 1-800-978-3040.