ISPA and Heartland Rehabilitation Services Form Agreement to Offer the 1st Online Training Course for Workers’ Comp Healthcare Rehab Specialists

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First of its kind training fills a need for therapists rehabilitating workers’ compensation cases

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It was announced today that after a year in development the International Sports Professionals Association™ (ISPA) and Heartland Rehabilitation Services (HRS) have together agreed to present the first online training course in rehabilitation of workers’ compensation cases. The online course will be presented in this coming fall at a date to be announced. The course is an 8-hour training program consisting of 3 modules presented over three consecutive weeks. Attendees will be granted 8 CEU credits for completing the course and completion of the course will also prepare the therapist for the Certified Workers’ Compensation Healthcare Provider™ (CWcHP) Exam.

The number of physical therapists (PT’s) becoming certified with the CWcHP™ credential, now in it’s third year of existence, is increasingly making the CWcHP™ designation a ‘must have’ certification for rehab workers.

Prior to the establishment of this 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.

“Practitioners have been asking about a training course that would complement the CWcHP certification and with the expertise of Heartland Rehabilitation Services a leader in the field of physical therapy our resources together provide a thorough and powerful training in this field.” Stated Justin Mayer, Executive Director of ISPA. “Demand will be high for this first course and we expect it to fill up fast.”

Complete information on this training course and the CWcHP certification can be obtained on the CWcHP web site: http://www.workcompcertification.com On that site interested therapists can also get on the mailing list to be the first to know about the dates of the course and other details.

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

“Another exciting aspect of the CWcHP certification is the inclusion of athletic trainers and occupational therapists into this certification thus embracing them as valued members of the healthcare rehabilitation field.” Commented Dr. John Mayer, president of ISPA.

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.

Heartland Rehabilitation Services is a leading provider of outpatient rehabilitation services throughout Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Heartland's professional treatment teams have well-established reputations for delivering outstanding therapy services and providing coordinated treatment plans, working with physicians, family and care managers to help you meet rehabilitation therapy goals.

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