Committee Chair Opening
If you have a passion for legislative efforts, working to educate legislators and helping to effect change for our profession in the state of Washington, this is a position to consider. Being involved in leadership is a tremendous way to give back to your colleagues to help move our profession, practice and state association forward.
If you are interested in applying, attached HERE is the official call for Governmental Affairs Committee Chair. All applications should be submitted to email@example.com by Wednesday July 1, 2020 at 5:00pm.
A Message from the WSATA President
The past 2 months have been unprecedented times with a global pandemic due to COVD-19. We have seen the change in our work status, sports, meetings and travel.
The WSATA Board of Directors and Continuing Education Committee, have been very closely monitoring what has been happening in our state. We have been following Governor Jay Inslee's stay at home, stay safe orders, including limits on gatherings. There continues to be much that is unknown even with now having a plan to re-open the state in phases.
Given that it is not clear exactly when public gatherings more than 50 people will be allowed by the state or Yakima Public Health, the financial impact these times have taken on our membership and that many institutions are not allowing travel, we began the discussion of forgoing an in person state meeting this year. The Board of Directors has made the decision to move to a virtual meeting for the WSATA Clinical Symposium this year. The meeting will be held on July 18 and we will provide more details soon. We will be offering the same high quality educational presentations that you have grown to expect.
I am currently working with the NWATA state presidents, to provide our membership a considerable number of CEUs, including EBP, at a reasonable price. By doing this it will allow for you to learn from our fantastic line up of presenters, but also from the strong speakers in Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska.
In the coming weeks you will see registration information, cost, agenda, times. Our Continuing Education Committee is working hard to deliver the program you have come to expect from WSATA.
We look forward to seeing our AT Family in person again when it is safe to gather. For now we will continue to gather virtually.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
Stay well, stay safe,
Washington State Department of Health Athletic Trainer Update
On March 26, Governor Jay Inslee issued proclamation 20-25 on healthcare worker licensing. The proclamation waived certain statutes and rules with the intent to increase the health care system’s capacity to respond to COVID-19. The proclamation is in effect until midnight on April 25, 2020, unless extended by legislative approval.
The Governor’s powers to issue proclamations that waive law during emergencies ( RCW 43.7.06.220(4)) states that no orders concerning waiver or suspension may continue longer than thirty days unless extended by the legislature.
Waiver of continuing education requirements for returning from expired to active status
The Governor has waived continuing education and training requirements to return from expired to active licensing status by waiving WAC 246-12-040(3)(a)(v), (b)(viii), (c)(vi), (ix), (xi) through April 25,2020.
Extension of health profession license expiration dates
As a reminder, to allow health professionals to focus on patient care during the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the economic burden on providers not able to work during this emergency, the Secretary of Health has extended health profession license expiration dates to September 30, 2020. Governor’s Proclamation 20-32 provides authority for this action without agency rulemaking.
Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Announces Early Exit From Mutual Recognition Agreement
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, the Board of Certification (BOC) received written confirmation from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) declaring an early exit to the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the Board of Certification (BOC) and Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI). The MRA was developed between CATA and BOC in 2005, with ARTI joining the agreement in 2014. This agreement allows CATA Certified Athletic Therapists, BOC Certified Athletic Trainers and ARTI Certified Athletic Therapists the opportunity to take each other’s certification exams, thereby removing barriers for certified professionals to possibly obtain employment in another jurisdiction. READ MORE HERE
Governor Inslee Signs ESSB 5688 Into Law
On May 9, 2019, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed ESSB 5688 into law marking the second time in five years that athletic trainers in the state have modified the athletic training practice act. This latest legislative effort was aimed at improving title protection for licensed athletic trainers as well as adding language to allow ATs to administer and store OTC medications and allowing ATs the ability to administer epinephrine to someone suffering from anaphylaxis who does not have a prescription. ESSB 5688 also added language requiring licensed ATs to obtain suicide prevention training consistent with other health care professionals in Washington State.
Pictured below, Gov. Inslee signs Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5688, May 9, 2019. Relating to athletic trainers. Primary Sponsor: Annette Cleveland
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Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium
July 18, 2020
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