Certification & Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities in Complex Rehab Technology


Date: 2/6/2020
.1 CEU
Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS and Mike Seidel, ATP, CRTS
Ethics, Business Practice, ATP Prep Content, Intermediate



In the team approach to the provision of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) RESNA certification of the supplier as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) is mandatory for many third-party payors. This includes the requirement to follow a Standard of Practice (SOP) and Code of Ethics (COE). While the roles and responsibilities of each team member may differ, the mandate to “do no harm” is paramount in the discharge of your professional obligation. This course will examine the unique roles of the Certified Complex Rehabilitation Technology Specialist, CRTS® and Registered Complex Rehabilitation Technology Specialist, RRTS®, review the RESNA and NRRTS SOP and COE documents, illustrate what may be considered a violation and provide participants with tools to protect the integrity of the certification process, resulting credentials and the individuals with disabilities we serve.

Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to identify 3 goals of Certification.
The participant will be able to explain the process for filing a complaint.
The participant will be able to list 5 Standards of Practice and how they may be violated.
Julie Piriano has worked in the seating and wheeled mobility industry for the past 35 years. She is VP of Clinical Education, Rehab Industry Affairs and serves as Pride’s Compliance Officer. She presents nationally and internationally on seating and wheeled mobility with a focus on evaluation, documentation and clinical applications of available technologies.

Julie served on the RESNA Board of Directors, currently serves as the Chair of the Professional Standards Board and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG. She is a Friend of NRRTS, member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, the APTA and the Clinician Task Force. She serves on the NCART Medicaid Committee, the DMEMAC Advisory Councils, the board of several State Associations and the Mobility Management Editorial Board. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry.
Mike has provided Complex Rehabilitation Technology Equipment (CRT) and assisted clinicians and case manager in achieving great outcomes for their clients for 30 years. Mike was among the first group of mobility professionals to sit for the RESNA ATP credentialing exam in 1997 earning his ATP credential. Mike has served as President of The National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS) and remains active within the organization as current Review Chair for Region C. Mike has served on the RESNA Professional Standards Board as Chair and also served on the complaints resolution committee.