Group extends seminar series

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

LITTLETON, Colo. - Like most of the industry, NRRTS had its hands full with national competitive bidding in March and April. But knowing the show must go on, the organization also moved forward on several fronts recently.
In March, NRRTS decided to extend its series of five teleseminars after about 95 people registered for the first two teleseminars in February and March, crushing its goal of 40.
"It has become a rolling series," said Executive Director Simon Margolis. "There will always be five offerings available. As soon as we complete one seminar, we'll add another one, so people can always get five seminars at the reduced rate and get the full amount of continuing education units they need to renew their ATS or ATP certification."
The series costs $75 for NRRTS registrants, $100 for friends of NRRTS (FONs) and $150 for all others, Individually, the seminars cost $20 for registrants, $25 for FONs and $35 for all others.
NRRTS's partner in the teleseminars, the University of Pittsburgh, awards 0.2 CEUs for each completed seminar.
The seminars cover topics like pressure mapping, pelvic stabilization and medical justification for tilt.
Holding pattern
NRRTS's plans to develop, with UPitt, a curriculum specifically for individuals who provide complex power wheelchairs are "on a high altitude holding pattern," Margolis said.
"The industry is in such a state of flux right now that it may not make sense to release new products," he said. "We've decided to release products that people are going to buy and those include educational programs like the teleseminars. That's where we're going to continue going."
Policing and patrolling
NRRTS has a new way to deal with complaints about registrants. It now has an ethics committee (it used to have one person) and a "delineated process for dealing with complaints, so it's 30 days to this, 20 days to this and 15 days to this," Margolis said.
"We're beginning to get three, four, five complaints a month, so we've started a new process," he said. "We're beginning to mature into an organization that is willing to stand behind the quality of services provided by its members and one that's willing, when there's an issue, to try and figure out how to resolve some of those issues."
Members of NRRTS must adhere to a code of ethics and standards of practice to maintain their registration.
"A lot of times, complaints are frivolous-they didn't like the color of the tie the guy was wearing that day," Margolis said. "But there are some that are not frivolous, and we need to take action on those." HME