Archive for May, 2011

Athletic Training: Career or Stepping Stone?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

 As Athletic Trainers (ATs), it is our responsibility to promote and involve more people to our profession. Are athletic training students and/or professionals using athletic training as a stepping stone to another profession?

There are many students and professionals leaving athletic training to continue their lives in the healthcare field, but in areas other than athletic training. Is the future of athletic training strong or are we building blocks for other healthcare professions? We, as ATs, need to continue to build and strengthen our own profession. We need more ATs to be involved and help promote and define our profession as an elite healthcare profession and educate the public domain on this.

Written by: Daniel Ruedeman
thunderdanatc@gmail.com

BOC Call for Candidates

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

call-for-BOC-at-directorEvery non-profit organization like the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) must have a board of directors. But, beyond this legal requirement, a well-informed and well-trained board is absolutely essential. To provide accountability and ensure protection of the public, a nine member volunteer board of directors governs the BOC and includes six Athletic Trainer Directors, one Physician Director, one Public Director and one Corporate/Educational Director. 

The benefits of serving on a board are endless. The distinguishing benefit of serving on a non-profit board is the satisfaction felt in contributing to the common good and making an impact on the athletic training profession and the public. The role provides professional development along with an expanded network of contacts.  Being elected or appointed to sit on the board can raise prestige by having name recognition in the field. 

The Nominating Committee of the BOC is now accepting applications from BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) interested in serving as an Athletic Trainer Director on the BOC Board of Directors. 

The board encourages ATs who have either or both of the following backgrounds to consider applying:

  • Entrepreneurial and/or business experiences
  • Northwest region of the United States

If you are interested in submitting your name as a potential candidate, please visit the Board of Directors section of the BOC website for the application, bylaws and a detailed job description outlining the qualifications, responsibilities and time commitment.

All application materials are due by June 30, 2011. If there are any questions about this process, please contact Valerie Herzog, EdD, LAT, ATC, Chair of the BOC Nominating Committee at valerieherzog@weber.edu  or Shannon Leftwich at ShannonL@bocatc.org.

Webinars: Live Event or Home Study

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Because information continually changes, it is important for professionals to learn the latest about athletic training through continuing education (CE). Last spring, the BOC Standards Committee conducted a survey about recertification recommendations which was completed by more than 12,000 ATs. These recommendations went out for public comment to ATs, providers and healthcare organizations. This resulted in the current CE requirements that were set to expire at the end of this year being extended through 2013.  Any future changes in CE requirements will be announced in 2012.

Through the use of technology, the method of delivering CE content is also changing.  Webinars are becoming increasingly popular and are more convenient without the added cost of travel and time. ATs, you can find affordable Category A CE through BOC Approved Providers.

CE providers wonder how to get courses approved so quality CE can be issued to ATs. Providers should use the criteria below to determine how a course is categorized.

• Who is logged on to your site?
• What that person is viewing?
• How long they viewed the presentation?
• Completion of the presentation?

If you can answer “Yes” to all of the above criteria, you can treat the event as a LIVE EVENT and issue a certificate of attendance to the participant.

If you answer “No” to any of the above criteria, you need to treat the event as a HOME STUDY COURSE.

For more information about issuing CE, BOC Approved Providers can refer to the BOC Approved Provider Guidebook. Learn more about becoming a BOC Approved Provider.

BOC Random Audit Protects the Patient and Practice

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The BOC Random Audit will wrap up by May 31, 2011, after initial notices were sent in January.  This audit system is aimed at assuring adherence to the BOC credential for compliance and reduced liability. According to the 2006-2011 Recertification Requirements, a percentage of individuals submitting the CE Reporting Sheet will be chosen for audit. The BOC reserves the right to audit any individual at any time.

During an audit, ATs are given a 45 day notice to submit their documentation.  Required documentation includes the most recent reporting form, CE event certificates for each event entered on the reporting form and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) cards for each year of the reporting period.  Materials for this audit were due March 7, 2011.  ATs with non-compliant audits were suspended April 19, 2011.  Less than 15 ATs were suspended.

BOC staff works diligently to maintain open lines of communication with ATs who are subject to an audit.  Phone calls, emails, and letters are exchanged during the process.  At the present time, 99% of those who were audited have submitted documentation and 97% were compliant.  ATs face a penalty when they are not able to provide documentation. Common errors include: throwing away expired ECC cards and not submitting the required documentation listed in the Recertification Requirements.

Tips for submitting your CE Reporting Form:

  • Know your expiration date
  • Keep your contact information current with the BOC
  • Read the Recertification Requirements
  • Retain all CE documentation, including expired CPR cards for four years
  • Be Certain.™ you’re entering your CE event correctly
  • Don’t forget to read the attestment statements and click the submit button