January 21, 2014
Happy Activity Professional’s Week! I hope you take time to recognize and honor your valuable work that you do with the elders you serve!!
January 1, 2014
Happy New Year to everyone! I wish you all many Blessings in the coming year as we strive to enhance the Quality of Life for our elders.
December 15, 2013
Happy Holidays to all and remember to take time for yourself and your family at this very busy time of year!
November 25, 2013
Wishing everyone a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving!
April 27, 2013
As more states moves towards the QIS process, I recommend developing an audit/short form questionnaire to be pro-active in improving the survey outcome for Activities. You can interview your residents throughout the year to get information on how your activity program is meeting their preferences and needs. It gives you time to revise and adjust programming accordingly thus less opportunity for deficiencies and and greater opportunity to better serve the residents!
October 1, 2012
If you have not gotten somewhere to enjoy the Fall leaves and all of the beautiful color yet this year, I hope you get the chance!! If you also have not become familiar with the new CMS Quality Indicators and CASPER, I would highly recommend this. You can find the Quality Indictors on the CMS website or your Quality Director will have them as well!
January 13, 2012
I have started a Blog for all MEPAP 2nd Edition (Part 1 and/or Part 2) students taking my course. When you register for my course, I will set you up with an username and password that will allow you to network with other students taking MEPAP! Great resource and way to meet activity professionals across the United States!
October 30, 2011
Just to update everyone on the national exam. NCCAP is on target with the testing/validation of the exam content and is on target with implementation beginning January 1, 2012. Remember, anyone who is already certified on any level by 1/01/12 will be exempt from taking the exam.
July 31, 2011
The implementation of the NCCAP final exam is on target for January 1, 2012. If you are certified on any level by January 1, 2012, you will not be required to take the final exam to make a level change to ADC.
Thank you to all of the students who are participating in the pilot program to provide valuable data to NCCAP regarding the validity of the exam!
April 4, 2011
I always respond to my messages. If you have not heard from me in 24 hours (usually sooner), it’s because your email comes back to me or I am unable to understand your phone number on a voice mail. I am rarely out of communcation for more than a week, once a year maybe when we go to Canada fishing. I do however, return all messages when I get back to the states. If you are able, please leave a second means of contacting you. Thanks.
March 13, 2011
The trialing of NCCAP’s national exam is underway. There are a number of MEPAP 2nd Edition Instructors who have volunteered to have their students trial the national exam for the year of 2011. This will assist NCCAP in finalizing the exam with the plan to implement it January 1, 2012.
December 19, 2010
I wish everyone a Joyous Holiday Season! I hope the New Year offers opportunities for Activity Professionals to meet the needs of the residents, enhance teamwork, and find answers to the many challenges we face working in this wonderful profession.
September 17, 2010
Please be sure you are getting your updates for the RAI Manual 3.0 as CMS as made numerous changes since the Manual has come out. You can refer to the CMS website: www.cms.gov to download these updates.
July 31, 2010
As of July 15, 2010, CMS has released all updated sections of the RAI User’s Manual for the MDS 3.0 except for Appendix F. You can access the revised sections as well as MDS 3.0 training slides and instructor guides under the downloads section of CMS’ website.
July 24, 2010
NCCAP to implement a National exam for all initial ADC and ACC applicants effective 1/1/2012
The NCCAP Education committee met at the NCCAP symposium in June 2010, and has revised the time line for implementation of the mandatory national exam as follows;
In keeping with the NCCAP strategic plan and in completing the final step of the eight year MEPAP reengineering project, NCCAP will be implementing an exam that all NEW applicants must complete in order to apply for national certification at the ADC or ACC level(s) effective January 1, 2012. All other national credentialing bodies require individuals to complete an exam to ensure the competency levels all meet the established standard of the association; this will also apply to NCCAP certification, and will show CMS that all individuals that apply for NCCAP certification have the same core knowledge as with all other disciplines. Be watching the NCCAP announcement page and future electronic newsletters for more details as the implementation dates draws closer.
PLEASE NOTE***THIS WILL NOT effect those individuals already nationally certified at any level with NCCAP before December 31, 2011.
June 27, 2010
NCCAP is postponing the implementation date for the national exam to 1/1/2012. The national exam will be piloted with select MEPAP instructors classes starting 1/1/2011. Check back here for more details and updates!
June 6, 2010
CMS has announced that the newly revised MDS 3.0 will definitely be implemented October 1, 2010. Be prepared for this exciting step forward for the industry!
In keeping with the NCCAP strategic plan and in completing the final step of the eight year MEPAP reengineering project, NCCAP will be implementing an exam that all NEW applicants must complete in order to apply for national certification at the ADC or ACC level(s) effective January 1, 2011. All other national credentialing bodies require individuals to complete an exam to ensure the competency levels all meet the established standard of the association; this will also apply to NCCAP certification, and will show CMS that all individuals that apply for NCCAP certification have the same core knowledge as with all other disciplines.
PLEASE NOTE***THIS WILL NOT effect those individuals already nationally certified at any level with NCCAP before December 31, 2010.
I get many questions regarding the difference between a “certified” Activity Director and a “qualified” Activity Director. NCCAP is the only certifying body for activity professionals, therefore an activity professional is only certified once they have completed all of the required components, see www.nccap.org Levels of Certification. The activity professional must submit the completed application to NCCAP for review and approval. If the application is complete and all of the components are met, NCCAP issues a certificate giving the activity professional the credential of either AAC, AAPC, ADC, ADPC, or ACC. Activity professionals are now certified.
*Taking the MEPAP 2nd Edition course (Part 1 or Part 2), does not certify you; this is only one of the required components to be completed.
To meet F-Tag #249, activity professionals must be qualifed to direct the activity programs in skilled nursing facilities.
(i) Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activities professional who~~~
(A) Is licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing; and
(B) Is eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body on or after October 1, 1990; or
(ii) Has 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or
(iii) Is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or
(iv) Has completed a training course approved by the State
Some states have activity training courses consisting of 36 – 90 hours. These courses will not certify the activity professional but, once an activity profesional completes a state activity training course, she/he will then be qualified to meet F-Tag #249.