U.S. Rehab's innovative Seating & Mobility Master Program is designed to train professionals in rehabilitative technology theory and practice.
This comprehensive new program will prepare you to confidently take the ATP exam and assist you in successfully earning your certification. The Master Program will also increase your knowledge and skills in your important role as a professional in the provision of seating and wheeled mobility.
The coursework for the U.S. Rehab Masters program will be presented through computer-based courses, clinical resources and scheduled webinars with expert presenters.
View the Master program Course Descriptions.
The U.S. Rehab Master Program provides:
- Advanced instruction to assist candidates in successfully earning their ATP certification to allow your business to qualify for reimbursement from Medicare and other funding sources.
- In-depth training on seating and wheeled mobility.
- Instruction on configuring, evaluation, fitting, adjusting and programming of manual and power mobility devices, as well as seating components, options and accessories.
- The understanding of products and service elements that meet the specific and unique medical, physical and functional needs of individuals with disabilities.
- A thorough understanding of complex rehab and assistive technology prescription and products.
U.S. Rehab is committed to your success. But our commitment goes far beyond your certification. We are dedicated to building strong foundations for America's HME businesses and, in turn, providing higher quality services to individuals with disabilities to enhance the quality of their lives.
The U.S. Rehab Master Program is designed to be completed in approximately 10 months. Once completed, you will be ready to take the ATP exam with confidence. You will have worked with experts in the rehab arena. This program will prepare you to move directly into an active role and promote quality outcomes for your business and patients.
A qualified rehab technology company, with credentialed staff and dedicated resources, is a critical player in providing and maintaining safe, appropriate and cost-effective rehab products and technology.
What is an ATP?
An Assistive Technology Professional is a trained professional who analyzes the needs of individuals with disabilities, assists in the selection of the appropriate equipment and trains the client on how to properly use the prescribed device.
Your business can benefit from trained rehabilitative technology professionals.
An ATP takes a holistic approach to each situation and determines what assistive technology will help individuals live their lives to the fullest, at home, school, work and in the community.
The current disabled population will continue to grow dramatically as our population ages. It is estimated that 102.7 million people living in the United States will be 55 years of age or older in the year 2025. And it is the 55+ age bracket that makes up the largest segment of disabled Americans. Considering these statistics, there should be continued double-digit client growth in the rehab market for the next decade. There is clearly a need for a pool of knowledgeable and skilled rehab technology professionals for equipment evaluation, provision and service.
U.S. Rehab's Seating & Mobility Master Program can help you:
- Improve customer service
- Expand services available to your customers
- Maintain customer loyalty
- Earn employee certification quickly and cost efficiently
- Retain quality employees
Why is the ATP credential important?
The ATP credential is awarded by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) following successful completion of the ATP exam.
The ATP credential has gained recognition throughout the durable medical equipment (DME) industry as a designation of a higher level of knowledge and skills in the area of assistive technology.
A number of funding sources now require the credential in order to provide certain types of assistive technology equipment
Through its DMEPOS Quality Standards, Medicare requires that a supplier of complex rehabilitative wheelchairs and assistive technology must employ at least one individual per location who qualifies as a Rehabilitative Technology Professional (RTP) per location. An RTP must hold the credential of Certified Rehabilitative Technology Supplier (CRTS) or Assistive Technology Professional (ATP).
In addition, Medicare's coverage criteria for power mobility devices stipulates that certain complex rehab power wheelchairs must be "provided by a supplier that employs a RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) who specializes in wheelchairs and who has direct, in-person involvement in the wheelchair selection for the patient."
The types of services provided by the Complex Rehab Technology Company include:
Seating and Mobility Assessments
A detailed physical and functional evaluation is performed by the clinical team (physician, therapists) along with the individual and his/her caregiver(s), to determine seating and mobility limitations and needs. As part of the team approach, the ATP may be present and provide input during this evaluation. A technology assessment is performed by the ATP to match the individual's needs to available technology. Short-term and long-term goals are considered throughout the process. Specific measurements are taken and various equipment options are evaluated.
Purchasing and Assembly
The customized nature of the equipment may require ordering components from one to ten different manufacturers. Upon receipt, the equipment is assembled and adjusted according to manufacturer specifications. It is then inspected and scheduled for delivery.
Equipment Trials and Simulations
As a part of the seating and mobility assessment, demonstration equipment may be provided for trial use and to simulate options under consideration. Sophisticated evaluation equipment, such as seating system simulators and pressure mapping is used to evaluate and assess the individual's needs before determining appropriate recommendations.
Equipment Repair and Maintenance
Post-delivery, equipment is maintained and repaired by trained technicians according to manufacturers' guidelines. Items are repaired at the RTC facility or are serviced on-site at the home or facility. Short and long-term follow-up is conducted to ensure that goals have been met and that the products are appropriate, safe and effective.
All funding options are explored. Related documentation requirements, coverage criteria and dollar coverage are investigated. When appropriate, prior approvals are obtained. Billing is submitted on the individual's behalf.
Delivery, Fitting, and Training
Equipment is delivered directly to the client at the home or facility. The equipment is fitted to the individual to maximize function, comfort and safety, with adjustments made to meet their unique needs. Training and instruction are provided on the proper use and maintenance of the equipment.