A new credential for Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers and Occupational Therapists who care for workersâ€™ compensation patients is established in the US to certify professionals in these fields. This certification is the Certified Workersâ€™ Compensation Healthcare Provider or CWcHP.
Prior to the establishment of this certification, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers and Occupational Therapists who rehabilitate patients under their workersâ€™ 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 workersâ€™ compensation patients. â€œThis is a giant step in the fields of physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy and workersâ€™ compensation. It has quality of care, legal and third party reimbursement consequences.â€ Comments Dr. John Mayer, a nationally acclaimed therapist and author. To become a CWcHP, applicants must be in the fields of physical therapy, athletic training or occupational therapy and they must pass the certification examination, entitled The National Certification Examination for Workersâ€™ Compensation Healthcare Providers: An Evidence-Based Approach. The examination 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, CWcHPâ„¢ after his/her name and on promotional materials. â€œThis certification holds healthcare providers to a higher standard as well as advances their careers as distinguished providers of excellence,â€ explains Andrew Teunis, Director of Development at ISPAâ„¢ and the testâ€™s chief developer. Complete information on the new certification and the exam can be found on the certifying associationâ€™s web site: www.theISPA.org.
The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPAâ„¢) is the worldâ€™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 ISPAâ„¢ includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers and more. ISPAâ„¢ 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.