Chicago, IL (Vocus/PRWEB) April 07, 2011
The number of occupational therapists(OT’s), physical therapists (PT’s) and athletic trainers (ATC’s) becoming certified with this new credential is increasingly making the CWcHP™ designation a ‘must have’ certification for rehab workers. This new credential for PT’s, OT’s and AT’s who care for workers’ compensation patients was established to certify professionals in these fields. This certification is the Certified Workers’ Compensation Healthcare Provider or CWcHP™.
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.
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.
“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 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, 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.