Introduction to the Board Chair Paula Jilanis discussed what the MBMTE can and cannot do, as many have been frustrated and have asked for more than is in the board's power.
- Job – protect the public
- Tools – statutes and regulations
- Complaint Driven – will investigate complaints
- The Board's power is limited, while the Governor and Secretary of Health can close and open our businesses
Reduction of Renewal Fee – board will be about $50,000 short this year, it looks like they may not be able to reduce the renewal fees. Exectuive Director Sharon Oliver will update at the next meeting.
Why the funds will be short was not discussed, however there is a complete hold on testing and parts of people's education, so the board is not able to grant any new licenses or registrations.
One Tier System - the board voted to accept the Advisory Committee recommendation that they move to a single tier (LMT) licensing. Absolutely nothing is decided, it is estimated that this will be a multi-year process from today through full implementation. What it means for RMPs, education, and other requirements is completely unknown.
Amelia from AMTA-MD and Christine from AMTA National have been participating in the Stakeholder meetings and will continue to do so. In addition to us and the three member Advisory Board there are representatives from FSMTB, ABMP, a community college and a trade school. The next meeting is June 15th and the board will announce the details if you want to watch/listen in. Only stakeholders may speak during the meeting. We will ask membership more about their thoughts and opinions in a separate email.
Telehealth has been moved to law quickly to help healthcare manage the pandemic. The Advisory Committee will begin to draft massage specific telehealth regulations for LMTs.
With the reduction of required CEs in this renewal period the Licensing Committee has been asked to determine whether additional CEs earned by Licensees and Registrants could
carryover to the 2022 renewal cycle. The committee is seeking some additional information and did not have a recommendation on this today. They will have an update for the June meeting.
The committee clarified a path that
RMPs who wish to elevate to LMT status may use with advanced level CE credits. The committee will accept board approved advanced CEs for the 360 hours needed to become an LMT.
That is a lot of continuing education, and we know many of you have it. Contact the board directly to learn how you can petition for this change and how you need to provide the information.
CPR remains a requirement for licensure, so be sure yours is up to date. There are many very effective online options.
Reopening Rules and Requirements
LMTs returning to work as Health Care Providers
must provide a certification
that they have met the requirements of the Secretary of Health. This certification must be sent to the Secretary and posting in a prominent place in their offices.
Here is a link to the form you must use to certify,
it is also on the Board website.
LMTs in Health Care Settings - Important Reminder Counties and cities can slow the governor's orders on reopening and a number of them have not allowed LMTs to return to work. At this time massage remains closed in Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, and Howard County no matter what your licensure. We are seeking information from Baltimore County and Baltimore City and other jurisdictions, it is the LMT's responsibility to confirm with their locality that they may return to work.