Minutes from the RE-PSG Meeting
July 1, 2002
Greg McGrew, Chair of the RE-PSG, welcomed all and reported
that the RET exam is now available and that 3 individuals had taken and passed
the exam. Eleven more were registered to take the exam after the RESNA
conference. The RET exam is based on an extensive cataloging of skills and
knowledge put together as an initial step in developing the exam. The exam
represents the only existing certification for our discipline. We will also be
assisting the PSB with marketing and educational efforts to leverage inroads to
service opportunities and will be looking for volunteers to help with this
Greg also noted that with the certification exam in place we
have the opportunity to focus on a long list of issues critical to the
survival, health, and growth of rehabilitation engineering service delivery.
Greg reported briefly on an ongoing issue with the Texas
Rehabilitation Commission regarding a policy on service provider
qualifications. It is an opportunity for RESNA as an organization to promote RE
and AT services. Details can be found on through the listserve. The issue has
been brought to the attention of the RESNA board and the board will coordinate
a response with our input.
Dr. Frances Harris spoke briefly about outcomes research and
its increasing importance to the field of Assistive Technology. She also
introduced and distributed a survey designed to better circumscribe the unique
features of rehabilitation engineering within the field. It is hoped that this
information will contribute to the development of more consistent measurement
standards and effective research instruments for future AT outcomes studies.
Glenn Hedman spoke briefly about the recent activity
surrounding CPT service codes submittal to AMA. He and Jeanie Minkel will be
presenting a draft of two service delivery codes that should be able to be used
by rehab engineers to bill for AT and RE services.
Kevin Caves, the incoming PSG chair, spoke about future plans
for the PSG and discussed four proposed areas for the PSG to focus on. They
- Information and Communications
- Goal: develop mechanisms to help us get to the word out about RE and
facilitate communication within the PSG.
- Training and Education
- Goal: ensure that there is education and training content at the annual
conference for RE-PSG members.
- Definition of RE/Documenting the Field
- Goal: develop and refine materials that can be used to help us define who
we are, what we do and what we do not do.
- Promotion of the Profession
- Goal: develop, establish and implement a program of promoting
Rehabilitation Engineering as a critical part of effective rehabilitation
services and research.
A more complete description will follow the meeting. If you have interest in
working in one or more areas, please contact Kevin at
Glenn Hedman asked for recognition for the great job Greg McGrew has done as
chair of the RE-PSG over the past 2 years.
Adjourned about 8:45 am
Submitted by Kevin Caves, July 17, 2002
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