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ATG Rehab launches national clinical education program
Online modules, webinars, in-person and in-facility training
offer convenience and continuing education credits
[Rocky Hill, Conn., February 21, 2010] – Helping complex rehabilitation clients select, fit and learn to use advanced mobility and seating equipment just became easier for therapists, clinical managers and other complex rehab experts. So has navigating the maze of documentation required to ensure funding for services and equipment.
ATG Rehab, a leading supplier of sophisticated mobility equipment and assistive technologies in the U.S., has partnered with the University of Pittsburg, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), manufacturers and clinical experts around the country to offer a comprehensive clinical education program that includes online training, webinars, in-person seminars and facility-based programs.
“We’ve combined ATG Rehab’s experience with the knowledge base of our academic, equipment and field service partners to provide a first-of-its-kind suite of education opportunities,” said ATG Rehab CEO Paul Bergantino. “Our goal is to help therapists and clinicians easily access the latest information to help clients while enhancing their professional skills through CEU credits.”
“This program represents the wave of future clinical instruction,” said Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP at the University of Pittsburgh. “No one in the industry has put together such a comprehensive educational program that is accessible through one web site location. ATG Rehab’s educational series offers today’s time-stressed professionals a way to keep up with innovations and best practices without compromising their schedules,” he added.
The online education program, offered by ATG in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, offers both free online presentations and fee-based CEU programs on wheelchair transportation safety, wheelchair selection and fitting, best practices, clinical documentation and other aspects of complex rehab. The online presentation videos are free of charge; online CEU courses are also available.
The webinar series, which begins with online sessions on March 11, April 16 and May 19, will offer clinicians detailed presentations that can help them evaluate, select, and tailor setup for seating and mobility equipment to ensure the best combination of comfort and function. The webinars provide between 1.5 and 2 hours of CEU instruction.
The in-person seminars, which begin March 22, will initially be offered in Philadelphia, Concord, Ca., Los Angeles, Denver, Rocky Hill, Conn., San Diego, Boston, Fresno, Ca., Atlanta, Dayton, Ohio and Portland, Ore. The in-person seminars provide hands-on opportunities for therapists to learn about clinical considerations for individuals with progressive neurological disorders, advanced seating principles and manual wheelchair selection, design features available for rehab power wheelchairs, and how to develop good documentation for proper equipment funding.
One of the in-person seminars, “This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Wheelchair” will be offered March 24 in Denver and April 7 in Fresno, Ca. Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP will present the cutting edge design features available on today’s rehab power wheelchairs. “There’s so much more one can do with today’s rehab level chairs,” said Lange. “You have different options for driving the chair, as well as controlling your TV and computer mouse, all through infrared signals from the chair. These cool, advanced features offer wheelchair users a whole new level of independence and control.”
ATG Rehab also offers on-site courses for continuing education credit for hospitals and rehab facilities located near their Rocky Hill, Conn. and Denver offices. During these on-site courses, clinicians and experienced personnel will discuss topics that affect the fitting and comfort of wheelchairs and seating devices. Contact Bob Hamilton at 831.224.0982 or BHamilton@ATGRehab.com to schedule a presentation at your facility or suggest additional course topics.
About ATG Rehab
ATG Rehab is one of North America’s leading rehab equipment providers of wheelchairs and mobility equipment with U.S. locations coast to coast. Established in 1999, the ATG Rehab family of companies is privately held with over 20 full service locations across 15 states and is ACHC accredited. ATG Rehab is known for customized customer care with a trained, knowledgeable staff that delivers localized focus and outstanding service.
The company’s mobility and seating solutions include power wheelchairs, manual and lightweight wheelchairs, adaptive seating, standing and positioning frames, specialty ambulatory and toileting aids, specialty bathing aides, rental equipment for complex rehab and portable ramps.
ATG Rehab has contracts with over 100 local and national health insurance companies including the largest managed care providers. The company is also a principal participant in a nationwide provider network to ensure access to payers. ATG Rehab and its national network go the extra mile to provide case management, continuing education on seating and mobility, a custom fabrication shop, certified repair technicians, a dedicated network of healthcare providers and reimbursement support and expertise.
For more information contact:
Jerry Knight, President, Western Regional Operations, 916.973.4004; firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Hamilton, Vice President, Strategic Networking, 831.224.0982; BHamilton@ATGRehab.com
Jenny Smith, Pita Communications, 860.293.0157 ext. 15; email@example.com
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