Posted on November 6, 2014 |
This past summer Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for public comment related to the coverage and payment of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). Specifically, the rule defined those health professionals that have “specialized training” needed to provide custom fitting services if providers are not certified orthotists. The proposed rule would have excluded athletic trainers from the ability to perform services that are obviously part of their education, training and clinical experience.
Last week CMS released their final rule, and they decided to not move forward with their proposed changes to the “minimal self-adjustment” definition to specify certain “individuals with specialized training” with regard to the definition of OTS orthotics.
Posted on October 6, 2014 |
The results of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association presidential election are in, and Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC has been voted the next NATA President-elect. Dr. Sailor will assume office in June 2015 during the NATA Annual Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in St. Louis, MO.
Sailor is appreciative of the support of members and is honored for the opportunity to serve the association.
An exclusive interview with President-elect Sailor is scheduled to be released in the next NATA NOW blog. You may also see a full profile of Sailor in your November NATA News! To read more about his campaign platform, see this previous blog post from the NATA.
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Posted on August 24, 2014 |
Three sections of the Missouri Revised Code may help you to provide appropriate emergency care for students at middle and secondary schools. Chapter 167 of the Missouri Revised code addresses Pupil and Special Services. There are statues that address emergency management of asthma, anaphylaxis, and diabetes. The law provides school personnel to have access to medications to such as asthma-related rescue medications, epinephrine, and glucagon and insulin.
You can read the sections of the Missouri Revised Code online. Please search for RSMo 167.62 (Asthma), 167.63 (Anaphylaxis), 167.800 (Diabetes). Athletic trainers are well positioned to work in conjunction with school nurses and other school personnel to manage these medical emergencies in the K-12 system. If you have not done so already, please contact the school nurse at your school to see how you can enhance the medical care of students.
Posted on July 29, 2014 |
Ron “Doc” VanDam, PhD, ATC, a long time athletic trainer and faculty member at the University of Central Missouri passed away on July 26, 2014. Ron’s 30 years of service to UCM benefitted the athletic and academic programs, and he mentored hundreds of athletic trainers and athletic training students during his career. He served as president of the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association and as a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He was inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 1988, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, the District V Mid-American Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 1997, and the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
MoATA offers our deepest sympathies to the VanDam family and friends.
To honor “Doc” VanDam, please consider making a donation in his name to the Dr. Ronald VanDam Student Athletic Training Scholarship (Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO, 64093) or Open Door Baptist Church (4838 East Meadow Lark Ln, Columbia, MO, 65201)
Posted on June 10, 2014 |
Congratulations to the honorees at the 2014 Honors and Awards Banquet L. Tyler Wadsworth, MD, inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. Karla Bruntzel, PhD, ATC, recipient of Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year Pat Forbis, ATC, recipient of Glen L. McElroy, MD Outstanding Service Award None of these individuals set out to receive awards and accolades for their contributions to our profession. They were each just taking care of people, while also filling in on committees and task forces, and being available for consultations and other ear-bending. In the process, they made our association stronger and our profession better. We thank each of them for their service to athletic trainers and athletic training in Missouri.
Posted on July 29, 2014 |
NATA will kick off the “Are You Being Counted?” Contest at our 2014 convention in Indianapolis, and it will run through Aug. 31. The goal is to see which district will boast the highest number of athletic training NPIs or the largest increase in athletic training NPIs during the contest period. All members, including students, are encouraged to participate by simply applying for your NPI number online. If you have an NPI, you are already entered for a chance to win! Five winners from each of the winning districts will be selected at random to win convention registration or NATA membership dues for 2015! The application process is painless and only takes a few moments. Students are included! Visit http://www.nata.org/NPI for all the contest details, frequently asked questions, more facts about NPI and instructions on how to apply.
Please go to https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov and complete your application
Certified Athletic Trainers:
•Follow Directions for Individual Providers to first Create a Login
•Once completed, you can return to the above web page to Apply by logging in with your User ID and password.
•Your Taxonomy Category = Individual
•Type = Provider Code 22 (Respiratory, Developmental, Rehab and Restorative Service Providers)
•Taxonomy Code= 2255A2300X
•Classification = Specialist/Technologist
•Specialization = Athletic Trainer
Students: You can register for an NPI too.
•As a student you will enter 2 Taxonomy Codes to indicate you are a student of athletic training (You add a 2nd code by clicking the ‘Add Taxonomy’):
•390200000X Student in an Organized Health Care Education/Training Program
•2255A2300X – SPECIALIST/TECHNOLOGIST – ATHLETIC TRAINER
Posted on June 10, 2014 |
From the NATA News Blog:
A dramatic protocol change in how Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will transport patients to hospitals is creeping up across the country. To be more specific, in certain cases with suspected cervical spine injury, EMS will no longer immobilize a patient to a spineboard for transport. Instead, patients may be transported with a cervical collar only and placed directly on the stretcher.
It is strongly recommended that you contact your local EMS provider(s) to review their current protocols for immobilization and transfer of a suspected spine-injured athlete. Discuss how their changes impact your protocol for managing a spine-injured patient, including an equipment-intensive patient (i.e., athletes participating in football, ice hockey, etc.).
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