Workers’ Compensation Rehabilitation Certification-CWcHP™ Aids Attorneys and Paralegals

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CWcHP passes second year of recognition and acceptance as necessary credential to provide rehab in workers’ compensation cases.

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The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) announced today that the Certified Workers Compensation Healthcare Provider accreditation (CWcHP™) is nearing its second year in existence and has grown steadily in being recognized as a needed credential to provide rehabilitation services to worker’s compensation cases. The CWcHP certification is gaining attention from professionals in the legal field as a mark that a therapist is qualified at the highest level to assist the client to return to work safely and efficiently.

Prior to the establishment of this certification, physical therapists and athletic trainers who rehabilitate patients under their workers’ compensation were not required to meet specific standards in order to care for these patients. Now this examination has a guided training video to help professionals attain this certification.

A certified healthcare worker providing services bolsters the confidence that a patient is getting quality care in their rehabilitation and has implications in employer’s decisions on disability, benefits and cases involved in litigation.

"What we have found, through our own feedback and outreach, is that attorneys and legal aids are now looking at this certification as a card in hand, so to speak, something that can measure a rehab professional's competency, having certified therapists is a step a rehab facility can take to ensure all therapists are up to the task," says Andrew Teunis, Director of Development at ISPA and one of the developers of the CWcHP certification.

This certification and examination arose out of the need for therapists and trainers to show competency in the delivery of services to workers’ compensation patients.

To obtain the CWcHP™, applicants must be in the fields of physical therapy or athletic training and they must pass the certification exam. The exam covers three areas of competency: clinical issues, legal issues and employer based knowledge. The test took two years to develop and utilizes the knowledge of leading physical therapy providers as well as state-of-the-art research in this field.

After passing the examination a professional can use the initials, CWcHP™ after his/her name and on promotional materials.

“This certification holds healthcare providers to a higher standard as well as advances their careers as distinguished providers of excellence,” explains Andrew Teunis, also the certification test developer.
Complete information on the new certification and the exam can be found at: http://www.workcompcertification.com or the certifying association’s web site: http://www.theISPA.org.

The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA™) is the world’s largest credentialing service for professionals in sports. The ISPA sets standards for its membership by providing professional services to the sports world spanning from childrens’ sports to professional athletes. The ISPA includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers, and more. ISPA designates that member professionals adhere to a strict code of ethics and have met the highest standards in their fields to provide professional services to athletes and to sports.

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Andrew Teunis-Director of Development
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