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    Maryland Register
    Issue Date:  April 15, 2016
    Volume 43• Issue 8• Page 502
    Title 10
    10.32.06 Licensure of Polysomnographic Technologists
    Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§14-205 and 14-5C-09, Annotated Code of Maryland
    Notice of Proposed Action
         The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Regulation .04 under COMAR 10.32.06 Licensure of Polysomnographic Technologists. This action was considered at a public meeting on November 18, 2015, notice of which was given by publication on the Board’s Website at http://www.mbp.state.md.us/forms/nov15Bagenda.pdf from October 30, 2015, through November 18, 2015, pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3-302(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.
    Statement of Purpose
         The purpose of this action is to allow a physician who is either board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Osteopathic Association to complete certain documentation for individuals pursuing a certain pathway to licensure as a polysomnographic technologist in Maryland.
    Comparison to Federal Standards
    There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
    Estimate of Economic Impact
    The proposed action has no economic impact.
    Economic Impact on Small Businesses
    The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
    Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
    The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
    Opportunity for Public Comment
         Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to dhmh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through May 16, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
    .04 Application for Initial Licensure as a Polysomnographic Technologist.
       A. An applicant shall:
          (1)—(6) (text unchanged)
          (7) Provide documentation of one of the following:
             (a)—(d) (text unchanged)
             (e) Each of the following:
                  (i) (text unchanged)
                  (ii) Proof of meeting core competencies in the 3 years preceding the application as assessed by a sleep technologist credentialed as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist, a sleep technologist with national certification approved by the Board, or a physician who is either board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, [or] American Board of Medical Specialties, or American Osteopathic Association;
                  (iii) A letter of attestation for completion of clinical hours and competencies from a physician who is either board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, [or] American Board of Medical Specialties, or American Osteopathic Association where the applicant practiced; and
                  (iv) (text unchanged)
          (8) (text unchanged)
       B.—C. (text unchanged)
    Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene