CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
ESRD Facilities: CMS Flexibilities to Fight Covid-19 (3/28/20)
Dialysis Patient Care Technician Certification: CMS is modifying the requirement at 494.140(e)(4) for patient care dialysis technicians which requires certification under a State certification program or a national commercially available certification program within 18 months of being hired as a dialysis patient care for newly employed dialysis patient care technicians. We are aware of the challenges that technicians are facing with the limited availability and closures of testing sites during the time of this crisis. CMS will allow patient care technicians to continue working even if they have not achieved certification within 18 months of hire or have not met on time renewals. Click for the full report.
How can I recertify?
- Obtain 40 CEUs with a minimum of 30 CEUs that quality for Group A.
- Take the BONENT exam and obtain a passing score.
- Use the One-time Waiver.
Which CEUs are accepted?
Where can I find CEUs?
How can I use the One-time Waiver?
Is there a fee to use the One-time Waiver?
How should I categorize my contact hours?
- Group A - Continuing education that focuses on nephrology
- Group B - Continuing education that focuses on general health, customer service, CPR, health-related college courses.
Can I pay extra to expedite the process?
It has been 4-6 weeks since I submitted my recertification application and I have not heard from BONENT.
It has been less than 12 months since my certification expiration date, how can I reinstate my certification?
- Pay the $100 Lapsed Certification Fee
- Pay any outstanding Annual Certification Fees and
- Submit 40 contact hours, or use the one-time Waiver, which allows you to automatically recertify without submitting contact hours.
It has been more than 12 months since my certification expiration date, how can I reinstate my certification?
- Submit 40 contact hours you obtained before your certification expired and
- Pay the $200 Expired Certification Fee
- You do not qualify to use the One-time Waiver.
If my certification has expired more than 12 months, do I qualify to use the one-time waiver?