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Winston-Salem State Student Awarded National Scholarship

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The staff at Platinum Educational Group understands the struggles and obstacles that are presented to students obtaining higher education in the healthcare industries. In 2015, Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at EMS students. In 2016, the company expanded its product line to include the nursing and allied health fields. It seemed only fitting to expand its scholarships program to include the hardworking and dedicated students in those fields as well.

 

Platinum’s goal is to provide students entering the EMS, Nursing, and Allied Health fields with assistance in funding their education. Former high school teacher, paramedic, and now Platinum CEO Doug Smith states “With the rising costs of tuition and program fees, it’s an honor to assist others in embarking on the dream of providing needed healthcare services to our communities.”

 

The 2017 Allied Health scholarship was awarded to Christy Johnson. Ms. Johnson is enrolled in Winston-Salem State University’s Occupational Therapist program located in North Carolina. Christy’s decision to explore a career in allied health stems from dealing with her own childhood medical diagnosis and the occupational therapist that helped her on the road to recovery. She would like to emulate that kindness to her future patients. “Throughout my years in undergrad, I have worked in a variety of diverse groups. I have realized that I enjoy working with others, find it stimulating that everyone has their own outlook and contributions, and feel that we are all unique and valued.” stated Ms. Johnson.

 

In 2017 Platinum Educational Group offered three $1000 scholarships, but the company plans on expanding its program with the addition of more scholarship offerings in the near future.

 

“After receiving applications throughout the U.S., as well as internationally, we feel there is a definite need for our scholarship offerings” said Platinum’s COO and co-founder Tom Gottschalk. He also stated, “It just feels good to give back.”

 

For full details of Platinum Educational Group’s Scholarships Program contact Director of Marketing, Jeremy M. Johnson, at marketing@platinumed.com.

 

Resident Classification System, Version 1

Have you heard of CMS’s new case mix rule called RCS1 (Resident Classification System, Version 1)? It is the proposed system which could possibly take the place of Med A RUGs as soon as fiscal year 2019 (which begins on October 1, 2018). There is huge concern from SNF and therapy providers that this system only pays for patient characteristics such as diagnosis and level of functioning, rather than the amount of services that are being provided or the functional improvements that are being made. If RCS1 were to go into effect, it would drastically change how SNFs treat Med A residents, particularly the delivery of therapy. McKnights has published several articles and webinars re: RCS1 implementation. A brief overview can be found at http://www.mcknights.com/rehab-realities/rcs-1-cms-case-mix-rule/article/654526/ . I have also included a more detailed explanation of RCS1 from the American Occupational Therapy Association, below.

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Advocacy Success!

We are thrilled to announce that House Bill 208 Occupational Therapy/Choice of Provider passed the Senate today with a unanimous vote!  It will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.  NCOTA expresses our sincere gratitude to the outstanding House sponsors Rep. Hugh Blackwell, Rep. Gregory Murphy, Rep. Mitchell Setzer and Rep. Pat Hurley.  We also thank the sponsors of the Senate companion bill Sen. Paul Newton and Sen. Joyce Krawiec.   

Ashley Perkinson, NCOTA Lobbyist 

Thank you Ashley!

 

 A special thanks goes to Representative Hugh Blackwell who presented the bill to the full House and received a strong vote of 115 to 3. Thank you Representative Blackwell! District 86  Burke County

 

 

 

 

And to Senator Paul Newton who presented the bill to the full Senate and received a vote of 47 to 0.  Thank you Senator Newton!

District 36 Union and Cabarrus Counties

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Nominations - 2017-2019 Leadership Positions

The following elected positions are available for nomination: President-Elect, Treasurer, Membership Services Co-Chair (2), Education and Research SIS Co-Chair (2), Legal and Political Chair, and OTA Representative  (see descriptions below)

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FIRST OF ITS KIND IN NORTH CAROLINA - METHODIST UNIVERSITY DOCTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM 

FAYETTEVILLE – Methodist University’s second doctoral program Occupational Therapy is the first doctorate-level Occupational Therapy program in North Carolina.

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