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the words that are spoken.
Listening is understanding why
the words were spoken.
AU for Spring 2015 is UNUSUALLY LARGE...
We must cap the class at 40 students...at the time of this writing, we have 37 already in the class...
If you want in this class, or know someone who does, it's time to stop procrastinating.
EFFECTIVE JULY, 2015 - Our office will no longer accept cash or checks. All monetary transactions - ALL - will be required to be made online. RENEWALS have been required for several years already...most people are already accustomed to this and most of our fees are already collected online so we don't think this will be a big imposition on anyone.
We're a very small office with only 3 people. Handling cash/checks with proper or acceptable "controls" is, according to the State Auditor, virtually impossible for us to do with only three people. Their suggestion is that since we have the capability of collecting fees online that we "require" it and avoid any/all questions of impropriety. We're taking that advice but giving you and us a "run up" time to that so we can see where any "holes' in our system might be.
For our current licensees and applicants, almost everything should already be able to be paid through our online portal (where you apply and renew annually).
For others - those paying for copies, requesting a mailing list, or formerly licensed people (not in our system), you can access our "Online Payment System" through the Forms and Fees page.
We know there may be "holes" in the system since we've never before required it, but between now and July 1, 2015, we're going to work to find those holes by requesting you TO pay online so we can discover any problems inherent in the system. We appreciate your understanding and patience (and compliance).
VIEW OUR AUDIT REPORT
Our most recent audit covering the period of July 1, 2012 to July 31, 2014 is available for you to view.
And now, a few words about CEUs…
Near and dear to everyone’s heart, they are MUCH more than the perceived pain in the neck they are to most people… These are your ticket to continually improving in your profession as a Long Term Care Administrator. Never lose sight of that FACT...this is your PROFESSION. It is not a job.
For a reminder of what it takes to BECOME and TO REMAIN A MEMBER OF ANY PROFESSION, watch this video...
A few things to keep in mind…
- NHAs are required to do 24 CEUs each calendar year...RC/AL = 18; RC = 16 and Adult Day Care = 12. New licensees will be prorated.
- You are required to maintain records of your own CEUs.
- OSBELTCA randomly audits your accomplishment and we will be asking for copies of your certificates during such an audit.
- Your CEUs need to have been approved by this Board (OSBELTCA) OR have NAB approval with an NCERS number associated.
- When you renew your license, you certify that you accomplished the required CEUs (or that you will by the end of the calendar year).
In 2010, 12.5% (that’s about 1 in 8) of those audited for what they did in 2009 fell short of the requirement…that’s a fairly alarming rate of failure. Is it worth it? Those we audited in 2012 (for 2011 CEUs) has been a much better story...so far, we've had nobody fail to accomplish all of their CEUs but we do have a couple that we're still waiting for a response from...fingers crossed!
The “going rate” (penalty-wise) for failure to accomplish CEUs (which is clearly a punishable offense for this Board to deal with…see OAC 490:10-5-3(13)) for first time offenders has been:
$50.00 fine PER CEU short
An assessment of an additional 2 CEUs per each CEU short
It ends up being reported/recorded in our Registry AND in the national (NPDB) database…and this is now codified in "rule" with the promulgation of new rules. It's no longer just "the going rate" but the rule.
Second offenses would be dealt with more harshly. This “going rate” is what the Board has determined to be a “fair” rate for this offense… The fact that it’s a reportable offense alone should be a deterrent, but consider that only 6 short would cost you $300 and 12 CEUs to be accomplished… to most people, it’s not worth it. It would be a rare day that the Board would see a valid excuse for not getting your CEUs…(primarily because the audits are done after the fact and you can request a waiver in advance if you have a valid reason).
And CEUs are designed to HELP YOU IMPROVE. As a professional, the minimum should never be a question… Too many people probably just go to the locally offered (free and/or inexpensive) CEUs rather than going to other places and getting courses in something that will HELP YOU IMPROVE IN AREAS YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO IMPROVE IN… A “professional” (as we all are) would work on his/her weak areas…such as a baseball player might spend hours each day in the batting cage hitting curve ball after curve ball, to get better at something he may have trouble doing. We are also professionals and need to fill those gaps in our abilities and work to be better…
So, get your CEUs… but PICK your CEUs because it’s something you need or want to learn more about (online or through another organization such as ACHCA – they go to Las Vegas and other nice places…and it IS our professional association like the Bar Association is to a lawyer...become the professional your residents deserve you to be).