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WATA Governmental Affairs Update: March 2017

2016-hearing

Michael Moll, Kenny Wilka and Mark Gibson speak in opposition of SB568 last spring.

This message is an urgent request for your involvement in the regulation of YOUR athletic training profession. Our Athletic Trainer’s Affiliated Credentialing board is under threat of elimination. The ATACB is your regulatory board that grants licenses, presides over disciplinary actions and, most importantly, promulgates rules that affect our scope of practice and the patients we treat. Governor Walker’s current budget proposal would dismantle our credentialing board and instead create a Medical Therapy Examining Board composed of various health care professions.

The WATA and others remain steadfastly opposed to this legislation for the following reasons.  Please take this issue seriously and contact your legislator today expressing your opposition to this proposed change to the athletic training credentialing board. The bullet points below may be pasted into your email to your legislators.

  • The current system works very well and allows for independent oversight by those who know the nuances of each profession best. Combining professions into a single entity would promote confusion, strained communication and inefficient regulation.
  • While there are areas of professional overlap, athletic training encompasses a wide array of unique and distinct skills that are utilized in a variety of professional settings. ATs provide patient care in schools, colleges and professional sport settings, youth and club sport settings, motor sports, industrial and workplace environments, fire, police and military settings and in the performing arts. Athletic trainers best understand the knowledge, competencies and skills that are required to deliver efficient and effective care which ultimately provide the best in public protection and safety.
  • Other professions residing on the newly proposed board are primarily clinical in nature. They simply do not have the experience or exposure to understand the scope of services and the breadth of the patient population that athletic trainers reach. This would significantly affect the ability of this committee to fairly and efficiently preside over other professions who are represented on the board.
  • The inevitable inefficiencies and interprofessional misunderstandings within the proposed board would perpetuate due to the fact that half of the members of the medical therapy examining board would be replaced every two years.
  • The members of the current ATACB are volunteer members. The proposed cost savings are minimal as currently there is very little cost in holding a credentialing board meeting.  The combined makeup of the board could in fact increase time and resources needed to fully research and educate the various professions on matters and interests at hand.  This could easily offset any proposed savings intended by the proposed changes.
  • Any matter currently being considered, debated and discussed among our ATACB would be transferred to the new combined board. This means that an issue that is likely best understood by the members of our profession would now be ruled/decided upon by PT,OT and MT interests.

You can find your legislator here: Legislator Link. Click on the map OR enter your address into the box in the upper right.

You can read the Legislative Fiscal Bureau commentary on the proposed changes here.

Log into your membership section to view a sample letter to send to your legislator.

If you have any questions please contact WATA  GAC Chair Mike Van Veghel: watainc.sga@gmail.com

Thank you for your time and efforts. Please notify your coworkers and colleagues who may not receive this message.