ISPA Establishes the First National Registry of CWcHP Certified Physical Therapists

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National Registry of physical therapists aids nurse case managers to choose workers' compensation therapists for injured workers.

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The International Sports Professionals Association announced today the creation of the first national registry of physical therapists with the CWcHP™ credential. This specialty credential for PT’s who care for workers’ compensation patients was established to certify that physical therapists meet the standards of care to work with workers' compensation patients.This specialty certification is the Certified Workers’ Compensation Healthcare Provider or CWcHP™. Physical therapists who obtain the CWcHP certification can now choose to be listed in this national registry where nurse case managers can go to direct patients for care. The registry is listed on the ISPA web site at: http://www.theISPA.org.

Prior to the establishment of the CWcHP certification, physical therapists who rehabilitate patients under their workers’ compensation were not required to meet specific standards in order to care for these patients.

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

“This is a giant step in the fields of physical therapy, athletic training and workers’ compensation. It has quality of care, legal and third party reimbursement consequences,” comments Dr. John Mayer, a nationally acclaimed therapist and author. “Patients are assured that the therapist has specialized expertise in this area. No doubt this increases referrals to those clinics and therapists with this certification,” he added.

To obtain the CWcHP™, applicants must be in the field of physical therapy 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, Director of Development at ISPA™ and the test’s developer.

Complete information on the new certification and the exam can be found on 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 children’s 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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