QMA Training Mandates
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Posted by: LeadingAge Indiana
During a meeting with ISDH last week, providers were informed of a large number of QMAs who have been contacted and requested by ISDH to send proof of their annual inservice training.
The QMA is responsible to maintain record of at least six hours per year of inservice training (e.g., medication, medication administration, QMA Scope of Practice).
In the past, ISDH has required the QMA send this form for QMA renewal; however, ISDH's recent change in practice required that at least one QMA employee file would be pulled during annual survey to confirm proof of training and otherwise a random sampling of QMAs would be requested (via mail) to send to ISDH proof of annual training, only upon their request, for random sampling/verification.
ISDH has reported that QMAs have been requested, yet are not responding to their request to provide proof of training. This is a dilemma in regard to whether to initiate revocation, which is not the intent of ISDH.
ISDH has indicated some leniency with the current renewal, advising QMAs to obtain the required training and send the form, when requested.
However, in the future, be advised, it is required the QMA acquire and have documentation of six hours of inservice training annually to continue as a QMA.
This is taught to each student in the QMA course and must be reinforced.
If your facility is utilizing QMAs, you must confirm each QMA understands the mandate of six hours of training per year (January through December), and the maintaining of record of said training.