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Monday, November 1, 2021
The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologists Licensing Board under the Health Licensing Office (HLO) has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The proposed rule language will be published in the November 2021, Oregon Bulletin and proposes increased fees for the Boards applicants and authorization holders to cover the cost of regulating the professionals and protecting the public.
Health Licensing Office History: Prior to 2013, the HLO operated as an independent state agency previously known as the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA). During the 2013 Legislative Session the OHLA was moved under the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), creating the Health Licensing Office (HLO). This changed the indirect costs from funding an independent small agency to being part of the OHA. HLO now contributes to OHA's and the Public Health Divisions operations, which distributes shared costs among divisions. The move under the OHA increased expenses to all Boards overseen by the HLO, but without an increase in fees to offset the additional costs. Each board pays these shared costs based on the number of authorizations provided by the HLO and the services provided to authorization holders.
Boards History: The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board (Board) renews approximately 2,000 licenses annually. Fees have not increased since March of 2010, and the current fees are no longer adequate to cover costs. In fact, in January 2012, the HLO began offering a discount for respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologist licensees renewing online as it takes less staff time to process online renewals but stopped offering the discount in December 2019 to address revenue shortfall. Unfortunately, the board's license volume is not showing enough growth to boost revenue to cover expenditures.
The Board's budget went into a deficit in 2020 and will continue in 2021-23. Without an increase in fees, the HLO will not be able to:
Important Information for Authorization Holders: If an authorization holder renews an authorization prior to January 1, 2022, they will pay the lower renewal fee. If they renew on or after January 1, 2022, they will pay the higher renewal fee.
For Example: If a practitioner renews by mail on December 3, 2021, they will pay $50. If a practitioner renews by mail on January 3, 2022, they will pay $100.
Public Comment: You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from November 1 through November 29, 2021, at 12 p.m. (noon). Written comments can be submitted by way of postal mail to:
Attn: Samie Patnode Health Licensing Office 1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180 Salem, OR 97301-2192
To submit your comments by way of email, submit to Samie Patnode at: email@example.com.
There will also be a telephonic public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. To limit exposure and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to adhere to the Governor's physical distancing requirements, the hearing is being held via telephone conference call only. The call-in number is (503) 934-3605, participant code: 237145.
Comments will not be accepted, nor considered, if received after 12 p.m. (noon) on November 29, 2021. For more information or to request alternative formats, please email Samie Patnode at samie.patnode@ dhsoha.state.or.us.
Permanent administrative rules are scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2022.
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