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Listening is not simply hearing
the words that are spoken.
Listening is understanding why
the words were spoken.
EFFECTIVE JULY, 2015 - Our office no longer accepts 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 gave this notice
and us a "run up" time to that so we can see where any "holes' in our system
might be. It seems to be working very well and we very much APPRECIATE
all the cooperation we've had on this. THANK YOU!
The Auditor is, for us, a lot like Surveyors to you... When they find that we're not
doing something right, we have to try to figure out how to fix it. This particular
issue was a repeat write-up and really needed a long-term solution and this
was really the only way we have to properly address it.
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 leading up to July 1, 2015, we diligently worked
to find those holes by "requesting" everyone TO pay online so we could discover any
problems inherent in the system. We appreciate your understanding and patience
(and compliance) and your help in getting this change implemented smoothly.
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 years since have told a much better story...
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) practitioners 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).
"If a movement is to have an impact
it must belong to those who join it,
not those who lead it."