Monday, October 31, 2016

Exemptee Refresher Training Is A Recommended Best Practice

Training for HMDR Exemptees and license applicants

HMDR Exemptee refresher training is a best practice.

This might sound obvious, but stop and think about it.

If you're already recognized by the Department of Health Services as an Exemptee, when was the last time you took a refresher training course?

Rules and regulations can change over time. It's easy to forget things over time. Additionally, it's been heard on the street that some inspectors are asking about evidence of refresher training.

How do you stay current and up-to-date?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

AAHomecare Cost Study - October 2016 - American Association for Homecare

Access the report: American Association for Homecare - AAHomecare Cost Study - October 2016:

"A study from a well-established leader in healthcare economics shows that Medicare reimbursement rates for home medical equipment cover just 88% of overall costs for companies providing this service.

The study, Analysis of the Cost of Providing Durable Medical Equipment to the Medicare Population: Measuring the Impact of Competitive Bidding, raises serious concerns about the future viability of the home medical equipment industry under the current Medicare model."

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

HMDR Exemptee License Questions? Then Contact The CDPH HMDR Program

How To Contact The CDPH HMDR Program

View the full webpage:  Home Medical Device Retail Program:


Telephone Number:
(800) 495-3232

Fax Number:
(916) 650-6650

Overnight Mailing Address:
​​California Dept. of Public Health
Food and Drug Branch
1500 Capitol Avenue, MS 7602
Sacramento, CA 95814

Regular Mailing Address:
California Dept. of Public Health
Food and Drug Branch
PO Box 997435, MS 7602
Sacramento, CA 95899-7435

FDB Email Address:

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Where Can I Download HMDR License Application Forms?

Download HMDR License Application Forms

There is a CDPH HMDR webpage that links to the current application forms for both the firm license application(s) needed by each individual facility location where home medical devices (prescription Rx devices and non prescription devices) will be sold, leased or rented when ordered by a physician or other prescriber.

The application for the HMDR Exemptee is also linked on the webpage for firms who wish to sell prescription Rx devices such as respiratory equipment, medical oxygen and other equipment identified as dangerous or legend devices under California law.

These forms can be filled out online using the Adobe reader but must be printed out, signed and returned to the license desk to complete the license application process.

CDPH Home Medical Device Retailer (HMDR) Certificates and Licenses

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

What Topics Must Be Covered In An Exemptee Certification Class?

Q:  What Topics Must Be Covered In An Exemptee Certification Class?

At a minimum, a California Exemptee certification class must cover the following topics:
  • State and Federal laws relating to the distribution of dangerous drugs and dangerous devices
  • State and Federal laws relating to the distribution of controlled substances
  • Knowledge and understanding of quality control systems
  • The United States Pharmacopoeia standards relating to the safe storage and handling of drugs
  • The safe storage and handling of home medical devices
  • Prescription terminology, abbreviations, and format

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I've Taken The Exemptee Certification Class, Now What?

You've completed an Exemptee certification class. If you are a new Exemptee license applicant, then pay attention to the following:

  • Indicate on the application that you've completed a training class or course that covered the specified topics
  • Submit appropriate proof that you completed training. This means, don't forget to attach a copy of the completed training certificate or transcript with your application.

Application For Home Medical Device Retailer Exemptee License - New And Renewal (PDF)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How Can I Obtain An HMDR Exemptee License?

Q.  "How can I obtain an HMDR exemptee license?"

A.  "An individual may submit an application for an exemptee license on their own behalf or a licensed HMDR operator may submit an exemptee license application for a current employee for the purpose of dispensing prescription medical devices from that particular facility. In either case, the applicant must meet the required knowledge and training mandated by California Health and Safety Code, Division 104, Part 5, Section 111656.4 (a). This law requires one year of work experience in a facility where dangerous drugs and/or dangerous devices are dispensed, evidence of high school graduation or GED equivalent, and evidence that the applicant has completed a training course that addresses areas of HMDR knowledge and training."

Source:   Home Medical Device Retailer (HMDR) Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

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