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and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.01(3)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Is appropriate for use in the home.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.01(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Durable medical equipment supplier" or "DME supplier" means a person or entity that provides durable medical equipment to a consumer and submits a claim for reimbursement by a third party, either directly or through a contractual arrangement.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.01(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "GDNA Agent" or "GDNA Agents" shall mean the director, a deputy director or a special agent of the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics agency.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.02" name="480-7B-.02" title="480-7B-.02">Rule 480-7B-.02 DME Supplier Licensing Requirements</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Licensing requirement.</B> A person or entity located in the State of Georgia that provides durable medical equipment to a consumer and submits a claim for reimbursement by a third party, either directly or through a contractual arrangement, and any Medicare enrolled out-of-state DME manufacture or wholesale distributor that provides durable medical equipment to consumers in this state and who holds a valid license from another state must hold a license issued by the Board. Licensure as a DME supplier will be considered on the basis of the completion of a Board approved application filed with the Board, payment of a fee, a report from GDNA certifying that the applicant possesses the necessary qualifications for licensure including meeting all safety standards and requirements established by the Board, satisfactory licensure status in other states, and if located in the State of Georgia, maintenance of an office or place of business in the State of Georgia. When reviewing an application, the Board may determine that a person or entity accredited by an organization recognized by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has met all or some of the requirements for licensure.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Applications Licensure as a DME supplier.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board requires the following information from each DME supplier as part of the initial licensing procedure: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name, full business address, and telephone number of the applicant;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All trade of business names used by the applicant;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Address, telephone number(s), and the name(s) of the proposed designated representative(s) for the facility and evidence showing the qualifications of the proposed designated representative(s) to serve;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The type of ownership or operations (i.e. partnership, corporation, or sole proprietorship);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name(s) of the owner and/or operator of the applicant, including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)5.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a person, the name of the person;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)5.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a partnership, the name of each partner and the name of the partnership;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)5.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a corporation, the name and title of each corporate officer and director, the corporate names, the name of the incorporation, and the name of the parent company, if any;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)5.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a sole proprietorship, the full name of the sole proprietorship and the name of the business entity;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If located out of state, proof of a valid, unexpired license to operate as a DME supplier in the compliance with the laws and rules of the other state; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information necessary to demonstrate compliance with O.C.G.A. Title 50, Chapter 36.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Application fees and renewal fees shall be set by the Board in a fee schedule and shall not be refundable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Applications are only valid for one year.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Denial of Applications for Licensure.</B><P>Applications for licensure may be denied for failure to meet the minimum qualifications for a license, failure to comply with the laws or regulations of this State, the United States or any other state having to do with DME suppliers, making false representations on an application, failure to meet the safety standards established by the Board, or for any other grounds set forth in O.C.G.A. §§ <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=26-4-60&amp;title=26#" target="_newtab">26-4-60</a> and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-1-19&amp;title=43#" target="_newtab">43-1-19</a>. The denial of an application for licensure shall not be considered a contested case under the provisions of O.C.G.A. T. 50, Ch. 13, but the applicant shall be entitled to an appearance before the Board.</P> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Term of license.</B><P>Licenses are issued for thirty-six months, expire on June 30<SUP>th</SUP> of every third year, and may be renewed for three years upon the payment of the required fee for each place of business and the filing of a completed application for renewal. If the application for renewal is not made and the fee not paid before September 1st of the third year, the license shall lapse and shall not be renewed, and an application for reinstatement shall be required. Reinstatement is at the sole discretion of the Board.</P> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Licenses are Location Specific and Non-Transferable</B>. Where operations are conducted at more than one licensed place of business by a DME supplier, each place of business shall be licensed by the Board, and each place of business requires a separate application for licensure. If a licensed business moves locations, the license does not transfer to the new location and a new application is required.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Exemption from Licensure Requirement</B>. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following persons and entities are not required to obtain a DME supplier license from the Board, unless such person or entity has a separate company, corporation, or division that is in the business of supplying durable medical equipment to consumers and submits a claim for reimbursement by a third party: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pharmacies and pharmacists.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Hospitals.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ambulatory surgical centers.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Health care facilities owned or operated by the state or federal government.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Skilled nursing facilities.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assisted living facilities.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Health care practitioners who: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)7.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provide durable medical equipment within the scope of practice of the health care practitioner's profession; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)7.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Are licensed in the State of Georgia to practice the health care practitioner's profession.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Suppliers of insulin pumps and related supplies or services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Manufacturers or wholesale distributors that do not sell or rent durable medical equipment directly to consumers;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Renal dialysis providers licensed under O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=31-44-4&amp;title=31#" target="_newtab">31-44-4</a> and persons or entities that distribute devices necessary to perform home renal dialysis to patients with chronic kidney disease; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(a)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Suppliers of osteogenesis stimulators, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators, pneumatic compression devices, and related supplies or services.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.02(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Facilities that meet the criteria established in O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=26-4-6&amp;title=26#" target="_newtab">26-4-6</a> are not required to be licensed as DME Suppliers.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.03" name="480-7B-.03" title="480-7B-.03">Rule 480-7B-.03 Reserved</a></h2> <h2><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.04" name="480-7B-.04" title="480-7B-.04">Rule 480-7B-.04 Compliance with investigations</a></h2> <P>A DME supplier licensee shall cooperate with the Board in any investigation involving durable medical equipment distributed by such DME supplier licensee from, into, or within this State. The licensee shall respond within ten (10) business days to all communications from the Board or its designee. Failure to respond or cooperate with the Board shall be grounds for the immediate suspension of the DME supplier license, pending a hearing on further disciplinary action by the Board. Failure to cooperate with the Board is grounds for disciplinary action by the Board.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.05" name="480-7B-.05" title="480-7B-.05">Rule 480-7B-.05 Required Reporting to the Board</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>State or Federal Actions.</B> A DME supplier licensee must notify the Board within ten (10) business days of the receipt of any final order or decision by any other licensing board or federal agency of the imposition of disciplinary action or restriction by such other licensing board or federal agency in which a license or privilege was suspended or revoked. A final order or decision includes a consent order or agreement and is any decision, regardless whether there still exists an appellate right to the state or federal courts. Any revocation or suspension of a state or federal license or permit may result in the immediate suspension of the DME license by the Board, pending a final decision by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Felony convictions</B>. A DME supplier licensee, its owner, or designated representative who is convicted under the laws of this state, the United States, or any other state, territory, or country of a felony shall be required to notify the Board of the conviction within ten (10) days of the conviction. The failure to notify the Board of a conviction shall be considered grounds for revocation of the DME supplier license.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.06" name="480-7B-.06" title="480-7B-.06">Rule 480-7B-.06 Retention of Records, Safety Standards, Security, and Operations</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Consumer counseling.</B> All personnel engaged in delivery or in-home maintenance and repair of durable medical equipment shall instruct the patient or patient's caregiver on how to use the durable medical equipment provided.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Continuing education.</B> Written annual education plan procedures for each classification of personnel must be made available to the Board upon request that includes the following information: description of training content, training method, frequency, and issuance of individual certificates of competence.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.06(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Background Checks.</B> DME suppliers shall conduct background checks on any person who will have direct contact with patients. Such background check will include at a minimum criminal history. The background check shall be maintained on such persons as long as the person is still performing services for the DME supplier.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.06(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Receipt of complaints from consumers.</B> DME suppliers shall maintain a telephone number operational during the licensee's regular hours of operation in order to provide support for consumers. Such number shall be capable of receiving inbound calls from consumers to the licensee, and such number shall be on file with Board, and shall be included with any material sent to the consumer with the durable medical equipment.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.06(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Delivery by mail</B>. A DME supplier that uses delivery by mail is accountable to the Board to arrange for the appropriate mailing/shipping process. The DME supplier shall provide a method by which a patient or patient's caregiver can notify the DME supplier as to any irregularity in the delivery of their DME to include but not be limited to: timeliness of delivery; condition of the DME upon delivery; and failure to receive the DME ordered. A DME supplier using delivery by mail shall document the instances when DME have been compromised during shipment and delivery by mail or when the DME does not arrive in a timely manner, and shall maintain such documentation for two (2) years. In addition, the DME supplier shall maintain reports of patient complaints and internal/external audits about timeliness of deliveries, condition of the DME when received by patient including situations when it was compromised in delivery, the wrong equipment was provided, and the patient failed to receive the DME. Such records shall be provided to the Board, upon request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.06(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Records.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.06(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A DME supplier shall maintain records for all devices shipped, mailed or delivered to patients in the State of Georgia for a period of at least two (2) years. DME suppliers shall notify the Board of each location where the required records are being maintained, and such records must be readily retrievable and produced to the Board or a GDNA Agent upon request. If the DME supplier is out located out of state, the records must be received by the Board or GDNA within fifteen (15) days of the written request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="480-7B-.06(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A DME supplier shall maintain records of all education plan procedures and certificates of competence, for each employee, for a period of at least two (2) years. A DME supplier shall maintain background checks for each person having in-home contact with a customer for the period that such person remains affiliated with the DME supplier. DME suppliers shall notify the Board of each location where the required records are being maintained, and such records must be readily retrievable and produced to the Board or GDNA Agent upon request. If the DME supplier is out located out of state, the records must be received by the Board or GDNA within fifteen (15) days of the written request.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.07" name="480-7B-.07" title="480-7B-.07">Rule 480-7B-.07 Inspections</a></h2> <P>GDNA Agents, on behalf of the Board, may initially and/or periodically inspect a DME Supplier applicant's or licensee's office or place of business within this state. During such inspection, the GDNA Agents shall have the authority to inspect the facility and all inventories, and shall have the authority to examine, copy, or remove all records, including but not limited to purchase and sales records, repair records, employee records, background checks, and training records. At the conclusion of an inspection, the GDNA Agent(s) conducting the inspection shall have the responsibility of providing to such applicant or licensee a copy of a written inspection report on which any deficiencies or violations are made along with any recommendations. If a follow-up inspection is required due to deficiencies, the Board may charge the applicant or licensee a fee for the re-inspection as provided in its fee schedule established pursuant to paragraph (37) of subsection (a) of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=26-4-28&amp;title=26#" target="_newtab">26-4-28</a> to cover the cost of such inspection.</P> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.01" name="480-7B-.01" title="480-7B-.01">Rule 480-7B-.01 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.02" name="480-7B-.02" title="480-7B-.02">Rule 480-7B-.02 DME Supplier Licensing Requirements</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.03" name="480-7B-.03" title="480-7B-.03">Rule 480-7B-.03 Reserved</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.04" name="480-7B-.04" title="480-7B-.04">Rule 480-7B-.04 Compliance with investigations</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.05" name="480-7B-.05" title="480-7B-.05">Rule 480-7B-.05 Required Reporting to the Board</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.06" name="480-7B-.06" title="480-7B-.06">Rule 480-7B-.06 Retention of Records, Safety Standards, Security, and Operations</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/480-7B-.07" name="480-7B-.07" title="480-7B-.07">Rule 480-7B-.07 Inspections</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2018 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>