Government Relations

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT 5/17

May 2017 OBMT meeting notes

  • 75% of initially licensed therapists in Oregon have their licenses lapse after the first renewal. It’s very costly to the therapist. OBMT sends out notifications, etc., but people still forget. Maybe AMTA could look into using our list to email our new member therapists to remind them about the renewal process? Not sure we have the relevant information to make it worthwhile.
  • Debra Perssinger, the ED for the FSMTB was present to give presentations on the tools that will be available through them by the end of this year’s Q4.
  • Massage Therapy Licensing Directory (MTLD) Pronounced “Matilda.”
    • Creates a database that can be accessed by state licensing boards only.
    • States will decide what to upload to the system.
    • A way to track the “baddies”
    • If you are investigated, sanctioned, etc. in one state, another state will see that even if the licensee doesn’t disclose they were licensed in another state.
    • There is currently nothing in place to prevent sanctioned people from bouncing from state to state to do massage…unless they did something bad enough that gets them fingerprinted.
    • It will have MBLEX test results and application details
    • States could add things like also known as names, current address, whatever they want & is legal
    • AG Rep, Lori will check on Oregon law and what can be legally shared on the database
  • OBMT voted to move forward with getting Oregon into the system as soon as details from Lori are received.
  • The system is based on what is currently used by Chiros and Nurses nationally
  • Jon (the Rolfer) was elected as the new board chair. David still has four or so meetings left on the board.
  • I made a public statement on behalf of AMTA-OR thanking him for his service to the massage community
  • 2018 OBMT meeting dates were determined to be:
    • Jan 22, March 19, May 18 & 19, July 16, Sept. 17, Nov 5th
  • Debra’s 2nd presentation was about the new FSMTB continuing ed registry launching by the end of the year
    • Accessible by state boards to verify continuing ed hours taken by licensee and vetting continuing ed providers and classes
    • Providers will pay a fee to be a part of the program….each class subject they teach will also be registered…must supply class objectives
    • CEs must meet specific criteria relevant to massage therapists
    • FSMTB recommends 12 hours of CEs per 2 year period
    • OBMT discussed (no action taken) moving CE hours back to 12 hours/2year period…also discussed making the ethics requirement non-contact hours
    • Licensing boards want to make sure CEs are helping with public safety and want something to verify that is happening
    • Tennessee did an audit of their process recently (similar renewal to Oregon’s where only a certain number of renewals actually have to prove they took the classes) and found 87% of renewals were non-compliant. Licensees lied about the classes they took.
    • Compare this system with NCBTMB where you can take classes on Fairy energy waves and have it count for your NCB renewal hours. They don’t seem to have consistent standards regarding what is/is not allowed for continuing ed hours
    • Lots of complaints by CE providers because the application process to be approved is onerous and often inconsistent in what is/is not accepted as an approved class
    • Discussion made it sound like boards will likely be moving to accepting FSMTB classes for CE credit (and moving requirements down to 12 hours) and not NCB in the future because the FSMTB approved classes will be relevant to public safety and minimum competency
    • In the CE registry, boards can see online class evals and be able to weed out classes that consistently receive bad reviews
    • Everything will be electronic including class evaluations
    • Several states already doing Beta testing of this program

2013 LEGISLATION

SENATE BILL 387

Massage Facility Permit Summary

Senate Bill 387 was signed by Governor John Kitzhaber on June 13, 2013. Senate Bill 387 will become operative January 1, 2014. In the coming months OBMT will begin posting the Facility Permit rules and application.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Laws – Oregon Revised Statutes
http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/687.html

Rules – Oregon Administrative Rules
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_300/oar_334/334_tofc.html