2021 Q1 ASET Committee Update

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Standards and Practices

The public comment period for national competencies for EEG, IONM, autonomic testing, LTM in Epilepsy, ICU/cEEG, MEG, and neonate ICU/cEEG was held in October of 2020. The S&P are currently reviewing your feedback and recommendations and will submit the updates to the ASET Board of Trustees for final approval during their upcoming meeting in March. Additionally, the S&P continues their work to update the national competencies for EP and NCS, and to develop a new job description for the NCS Specialist.

Chair: Erik Padilla, MBA, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, CLTM
 
Committee Members: Petra Davidson, BS, R. EEG/EP T., CLTM, FASET; Trei King, BA, R. EEG T., CNIM; Rebecca Khozein, MBA, DOM, MS, R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, R.NCS.T.; Pat Lordeon, R. EEG T., FASET; Trista Myers, R. EEG T.
Danielle Pierce, R. EEG T., CLTM; Cheryl Plummer, BS, R. EEG T., CLTM, FASET; Kasie Sargent, R. EEG T., CNIM

Staff Liaison: Anna Bonner, BA, R. EEG T., RPSGT, Director of Publications, ASET

Program Directors Council

The Program Directors Council, in conjunction with the CoA-NDT and ASET, met in late 2020 for a presentation on quality in online education. This was a relevant topic considering the impact COVID-19 has had on education. Every program has felt the effects of COVID-19 and needed to make the transition to some form of online education. The group discussed best practices and shared implementation ideas and resources. The program directors also identified a need for more clinical sites. Qualified Neurodiagnostic technologists are in short supply and one way to help boost the numbers is via increasing graduates from CAAHEP-accredited education programs. The need for hands-on, clinical education is critical to a student’s success. There are numerous benefits to being a clinical preceptor too, including an opportunity to receive free CEUs needed from ABRET for recertification. It’s a win-win!  To learn more about becoming a clinical site for a local or online program, visit www.aset.org or contact Linda Kelly, Director of Education, at linda@aset.org.

Staff Liaison: Linda Kelly, MS, R. EEG/EP T., R.NCS.T., CNCT, FASET, CSSGB, Director of Education, ASET

Membership Committee

COVID-19 continues to define the medical industry in significant ways.  Some of us have seen our hours cut while others have been sustaining heavy workloads for months.  The vaccine is being distributed and new cases seem to be on the decline.  Having a light at the end of the tunnel can be a very uplifting thing but can also put additional personal strains on us as we come to realize just how heavy of a burden we have collectively shouldered these many months. 

As the Chair of the Membership Committee, I implore everyone to find some time to check in on our colleagues and other members.  ASET is a beacon of strength in these difficult times and we have been, and will continue to be, amazing stewards who take good care of each other.  We talk frequently about the value of membership but to me one of the intangible values that we overlook is the benefit of simply knowing that there is somewhere that you belong.  A collection of like-minded professionals willing to be a pillar for each other when we need someone to lean on.  This is the core of what ASET membership is.

As for the update, I’m proud to announce that ASET membership continues to grow and add new members.  ASET can now proudly boast having over 7,000 members!

The December membership ad for The Neurodiagnostic Journal was focused on ASET membership renewal, while the March ad will center on encouraging members to join an ASET Chapter.

The Membership Committee’s preliminary work on the development of an ASET mobile app has come to a close.  The complete work map detailing the features, functionality, and pathway for app development was presented to ASET staff in December 2020.  The work that remains regarding app development will now require collaboration from multiple teams, and I’m looking forward to the Membership Committee having opportunities to work with these teams and other committees as needed.

We continue to find ourselves in trying times.  Reach out to a colleague.  Take good care of yourselves, each other, and stay safe and sane.

Committee Members: Anna Costina, BS, MHA, R. EEG T.; Christopher Moses, R. EEG T.; Christina Newell, R. EEG/EP T; Magdalena Warzecha, R. EEG/EP T, CLTM

Chair: Nicklous Morrisette, R. EEG T., CNIM

Staff Liaison: Brian Sullivan, MS, Director of Membership, ASET

Governmental Affairs Committee

Currently, it is one of the busiest times of the hear for the Governmental Advocacy Committee. Legislative monitors are covering the forty-seven state legislatures and the District of Columbia which have all begun their 2021 sessions. The only states not currently in session are Florida, Louisiana and New York.

While there are hundreds of pieces of legislation to sort through, some early trends are emerging in bills that are being introduced so far:

  • Audiology Compacts – states are joining existing compacts or creating new ones.
  • Respiratory Therapist Compacts – more states are looking at creating and or joining compacts for this profession
  • Licensure Expediency and Reciprocity – states are striving to provide licensure mechanisms for reciprocity from state to state particularly for former military and spouses. Also, many states are looking at expedited licensure processes for the same group.
  • Occupational Licensure Reform – this movement continues on a national scale.

Fortunately, ASET has a robust governmental advocacy and grassroots platform that enables the committee to track legislation, regulations, rulemaking and statutes in all 50 states and the federal government. This platform, called FiscalNote also enables ASET to launch grassroots action alerts and letter writing campaigns on issues of importance to Neurodiagnostic Technologists. This software has made a huge difference in ASET’s abilities to affect positive change in the legislative arena.

Additionally, the GAC continues its support of the licensure efforts of the California Chapter of ASET.

Due to conditions within the state’s legislative process brought about by COVID, the Chapter, on the advice of their lobbyist, has decided to push back introduction of licensure legislation until next year (2022). This year will be used to make additional preparations to the Sunrise Document, in collaboration with the GAC, to ensure it makes as much of a compelling, irrefutable case for licensure as possible.

In the meantime, any state chapters or licensure committees that are interested in scheduling a conference call or virtual roundtable update on licensure or advocacy activities, please contact Jennifer Montgomery, Director of Operations and Government Affairs, at (816) 944-3249 or email jennifer@aset.org.

Chair: Kevin McCarthy, BA, CNIM

Staff Liaison: Jennifer K. Montgomery, BA, Director of Operations and Government Affairs

Committee Members: Scott Blodgett, MBA, R. EEG T., RPSGT, RST; Tina Denison, R. EEG. T.; Gina DiCarlo, CNIM, BS, AS; Roberta Esfandiarfard, R. EEG T.; Jeannette Garcia, R. EEG T.; Kathryn Hansen, BS, R. EEG T., CPC; Marie Hamid, AS, R. EEG T.; Mark Helderman, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM; Karen Hordienko, AS, R. EEG T.; Kevin McCarthy, BA, CNIM ; Keith Morgan, MBA, R. EEG T.; Kristina Port, MPA, R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, CNIM; Tarilla Redick, R. EEG T.; Kristin Roberts, AS, R. EEG/EP T.; Joe Soto, R. EP T. & CNIM; Julia Traiano, CNIM, BA; Lee Traweek, CEO.

Marketing Committee

The Social Marketing Committee has discussed featuring our Covid-19 Heroes — Neurodiagnostic technologists for their contributions — during the 2021 Neurodiagnostic Week in April. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way Neurodiagnostic professionals deliver comprehensive patient care. From working extra hours and dealing with the virus’ neurological symptoms to isolating ourselves at home to keep our families safe, we had our fair share of trials and tribulations. ASET will shed light on those experiences through stories to celebrate Neurodiagnostic professionals and the industry we love. The committee is currently soliciting and crafting these stories.

There is also a focus on publications that address neurological-related symptoms of Covid-19. During the Neurodiagnostic Week, the committee intends to raise awareness about the virus’s potential short- and long-term effects.

Chair: Patty Warf RN, MS, CNIM, FASNM, FASET, LSSGB

Staff Liaison: Aman Ayalew, MA, Marketing Manager, ASET

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