Committee on Practice Advancement (COPA)


Michael L. Hooper MA, ATC

mhooper3@cox.net


Spring 2015 Report

Fall 2014 Report

May 2014 Report

COPA is focused on practice advancement for the improvement of the profession.  Practice advancement across the board; this committee is a resource to all members.  With the merger of CEPAT and COR, we are trying our best not lose sight of what we have on our plates.  The face to face meeting in January did not allow a lot of time to finalize the details of our merger.  As a committee we are in a “work in progress” mode, however, we continue to push on with our current projects below.

Web group: This group of ATs are developing tool boxes for a website that will serve as repositories of information.  They envision both general and setting-specific materials in each toolbox.
NPI: Continue to push the importance of the NPI number.  Working on a database that is continually updated that would be sent to leadership.
Secondary Schools Value Model: working with two concepts
a.The face that ATs in SS could save lives
b.Value of being on call 24/7
GLATA/COR “Tools for Success” workshop:   The introductory workshop on three topics, Physician Extender, Occupational Health,  and Reimbursement was successful.  A lot of interest.  Discussions regarding taking the workshop to the national level.  There will be a pre-conference workshop  for the Business of Athletic Training at this symposium in June.
Physician Extender:  Pre-conference workshop scheduled for this symposium in June.  Intro/Advanced/Hands on
Occupational Health/Public Safety: Pre-conference workshop scheduled for this symposium in June.  Intro/Advanced OH and Public Safety
Military: Surveying the NATA to see where our Athletic Trainers are within the military setting.  With this information, the plan is to approach the DoD to further develop the profession within the armed forces. 
Performing Arts: Pre-conference workshop scheduled for this symposium in June.   Working with Ohio University for data through a research project about collegiate programs.
Health Care Administrators:  There will be a Health Care Administrators’ Forum at Convention.
Education/COES: Planning for Specialty Session at NATA AM 2014, and looking forward to plan for ATEC 2015
BOAT: Finalized the descriptions and details for programming and registration.


March 2013 Update

The Clinical Rotation Database is live.  This database will allow students to search for clinical sites outside of the traditional settings.  We continue to receive positive responses from clinical sites around the country.  This will give some clinical sites the ability to branch out to find students nation-wide.  Announcements will be made in various ways (NATA News, ROM, Facebook, etc.) for the next six months.

CEPAT will be updating everything we have on their webpage to mirror NATA's new site.  The NATA wants to be consistent with all their pages.  For CEPAT, it means making sure that the NATA has correct titles for our different settings, i.e. military, occupational health, dance, clinic outreach, etc., especially when it comes down to things like Salary Surveys.

As part of the Liason Project, CEPAT is working on publishing articles in professional journals relating to emerging practices.  The most recent appeared in Orthopreneur, "The Growing Role of Athletic Trainers in Orthopaedics."  The article was highlighted in ROM for January 28th.

The Value Model Project, which is part of the Committee on Revenue(COR), is very interesting.  COR is trying to make ATs understand that we work in a business setting by putting a value on the services we provide.  CEPAT is working on a spreadsheet for ATs to use to illustrate the value of their position.  This will provide more ammunition for an AT when negotiating raises or simply keeping their job in a tight economy.

As always, CEPAT will offer different workshops for most of the settings at the annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Business plans are being made for Physician Extenders and Occupational Health. The plans will provide guidance for establishing ATs in these settings. These plans may be modified for other settings as well.
However, data is needed from various settings to substantiate a business model!

With regard to the AT working as a physician extender, there have been concerns from ATs regarding the use of "physician extender."  Why not just use "Athletic Trainer?"  The ATs within our group who work as physician extenders clarified that the term Physician Extender is a title used within the healthcare business that encompasses not only ATs, but MA, PAs, and OTs and is slowly going away.  

An AT directory, “Find an AT”, which gives consumers direct access to ATs through the NATA, was also discussed.  This project was developed by NATA’s Vision Quest to increase traffic to their homepage.  Pros and Cons were discussed by the members of CEPAT.  Other healthcare providers are currently using a similar database called Health Grades.    If you hold a National Provider Identifier, then you may be currently listed at this site.  Currently, the NATA plans to develop a platform to survey consumers and members for this project.

For more information, questions, or concerns, contact Jess Vera Cruz, District III CEPAT Military representative, at Angelito.veracruz@usmc.mil.

 

February 2013 Update

CEPAT had their mid-year meeting in Dallas. CEPAT's numerous projects include:

A Clinical Rotation Database is preparing to go live.  This database will allow students to search for clinical sites outside of the traditional settings.  We received positive responses from the clinical sites.  This will give some clinical sites the ability to branch out to find students nation-wide.  An announcement will be made various ways (NATA News, ROM, Facebook, etc.).

CEPAT will be updating everything we have on their webpage to mirror NATA's new site.  The NATA wants to be consistent throughout all their pages.  For CEPAT, it means making sure that the NATA has correct titles, i.e. military, occupational health, dance, clinic outreach, etc., for our different settings, especially when it comes down to things like Salary Surveys.

As part of the Liason Project, CEPAT is working on publishing articles in professional journals relating to emerging practices.  The most recent appeared in Orthopreneur, "The Growing Role of Athletic Trainers in Orthopaedics."  The article was highlighted in ROM for January 28th.

The Value Model Project, which is part of the Committee on Revenue (COR), is very interesting.  COR is trying to make ATs understand that we work in a business setting by putting a value on services we provide.  CEPAT is working on a spreadsheet for ATs to use to illustrate the value of their position.  This will provide more ammunition for an AT when negotiating raises or simply keeping their job in a tight economy.

As always, CEPAT will offer different workshops for most of the settings at the annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Business plans are being made for Physician Extenders and Occupational Health. The plans will provide guidance for establishing ATs in these settings. These plans maybe modified for other settings as well.

However, data is needed from various settings to substantiate a business model!

With regard to the AT working as a physician extender, there have been concerns from ATs regarding the use of "physician extender."  Why not just use "Athletic Trainer?"  The ATs within our group who work as physician extenders clarified that the term Physician Extender encompass not only ATs but MA, PAs, OTs.  It is a title that is used within the healthcare business and is slowly going away.

An AT directory, to give consumers direct access to ATs through the NATA, was also discussed.  If approved, it will be an opt-in type of database.


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