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Healthy Roster provides patient engagement, care coordination, telemedicine and outreach tools for Sports Medicine, Orthopedics and other medical specialties. We enable patients to communicate with providers, reducing communication gaps, phone tag, and readmissions. Use with Home Health & SNF’s to manage CJR and Cardiac bundled payments.

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Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act 101

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Becoming the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act was signed into law on October 5 after being introduced in January of 2017.  It was summarized on the Congress website as “This bill extends the liability insurance coverage of a state-licensed medical professional to another state when the professional provides medical services to an athlete, athletic team, or team staff member pursuant to a written agreement. Prior to providing such services, the medical professional must disclose to the insurer the nature and extent of the services.”

So what does that mean in plain English?

Health insurance for an individual is typically confined to one state.  Most healthcare professionals are therefore licensed in the state they live in, and no others.  Treating someone out of state is practicing without a license. Besides potential fines and loss of license, healthcare professionals had no liability insurance in case something went wrong.  For most healthcare professionals, particularly doctors, this is rarely an issue, but for athletic trainers, team physicians and other medical professionals who travel with sports teams, this could be a big problem, especially when treating a patient might lead to a loss of your job and financial consequences?

This bill protects that. It says that if a sports medicine provider is working across state lines, they will be protected by the law, and all of the practice will be treated as if it was in their home state.  So a doctor can treat an athlete on a team they travel with without fear they will be prosecuted for practicing without a license or that they will be financially accountable without the coverage of liability insurance. Much of the advocacy behind the bill came from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, who supported the bill through its passing through Congress and into the White House.

“At Healthy Roster, we're all about giving athletic trainers the best tools on the market to not only keep athletes active and healthy, but to also help validate the role they play in our communities,” Dan Fronczak, President of Healthy Roster said. “This Act allows our healthcare providers to do what they do best - treat patients - wherever their role takes them, and since Healthy Roster is web and app-based, our platform can go with them."

As a result of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, athletes can be cared for by the same healthcare professional as always, and that provider will be covered risk-wise for whatever they get treated for. That’s a win regardless of who you’re rooting for.

New Healthy Roster Features!

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 Celebrating new Healthy Roster features (and a Cleveland Browns win)

Celebrating new Healthy Roster features (and a Cleveland Browns win)

Fall sports are in full swing, and our amazing team of developers have been busy adding new features to Healthy Roster to make our platform even more useful for sports medicine providers.

Almost all of our new features come from customer recommendations, so if there is a feature you are hoping to see in Healthy Roster, let us know!

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  • Want to turn off injury email notifications? Simply click on your email address at the top right of your Dashboard page on the website and visit the NOTIFICATION SETTINGS area.

  • Athletes are now displayed alphabetically by LAST name on the website by default.

  • New TEAM INJURY REPORT - Perfect for those coaches who are not using Healthy Roster. Simply download the report and share with coaches as needed so they are fully aware of athlete injury status. Just go to your Reports section of the website and scroll to the bottom of the list to see it!

  • When viewing Treatments, Healthy Roster now displays which treatments were entered as MISSED without having to click on each one. 

    We are so thankful to have such passionate, engaged and talented customers, and are excited to continue adding features to make documentation and communication easier. Stay tuned for new app-specific features, along with more web features!

15 Must-Read Articles for Sports Medicine Professionals and Athletes

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Track and Field Sports Medicine

While online articles can be a great asset for learning about almost any subject, the sheer number of them can deter even the most dedicated researcher.  (A search for “sports medicine” on Google yields a whopping 216 million results!) So where is the best place to start? There’s no one answer to that, but we’ve taken the time to go through a bunch of them and show you some content to get you started.  Here are fifteen posts that you should be reading if you’re in sports medicine, either as a patient or a provider.

  1. 10 Things to do While Recovering from Sports Injuries

    When recovering from a sports injury, a lot of people are confused by competing instructions of what to do.  Mueller Sports Med lays out ten simple things to do while recovering.

  2. The Best Fuel for Your Athletic Performance

    This post from our friends at University Hospitals talks about the best foods for the athlete.

  3. Getting to the Heart of the Problem: What is the Cost of Saving a Life?

    Sudden cardiac death is a real, if uncommon, problem in athletes. Many of them wonder if there’s something that can screen out those who are at risk. The Sports Medicine Research blog sums up all the research on the subject and what screening methods are likely to make a difference.

  4. Choose Your Shoes

    Choosing the right shoe takes a lot more thought than meets the eye and our friends at Methodist Sports Medicine talk about how to choose shoes for physical activity.

  5. Learning to Slow Down: Bella’s Concussion Recovery Story

    Most of the coverage of concussions and related injuries in athletes in the news are about male athletes. However, female athletes are actually fifty percent more likely to sustain a concussion than a male athlete. Read this post about one athlete’s recovery from her concussion from SPARCC.

  6. Preventing ACL Injuries in Girls

    Speaking of injuries common in female athletes, our friends at Dayton Children’s Hospital talk about preventing ACL injuries in girls in this article.

  7. What Parents Need to Know About Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

    This blog post from Intermountain Healthcare shows several signs of heat-related illness in children and ways to deal with heat exhaustion and its deadlier cousin, heatstroke.

  8. A Day in the Life of an Athletic Trainer for the Orlando Ballet

    We believe ballet is a sport and while it’s rarely considered to be a part of sports medicine, it is definitely in that category. This blog post shows a day in the life at the Orlando Ballet of an athletic trainer from our friends at Orlando Health.

  9. How Sleep Impacts Injuries

    Getting a good night’s sleep is important to everyone. But a lack of sleep isn’t just a mental thing – it can make you more vulnerable to injuries. Mike Ryan’s sports medicine blog breaks down why.

  10. Five Common Core Exercise Mistakes and Fixes

    Core strength exercises are a staple of practically every athlete’s routine. Mike Reinold breaks down five common mistakes in those exercises and how to fix them.

  11. Mom on a Mission: Finding Your Perfect Workout

    Not sure what to do for exercise? This blog post from our friends at OhioHealth breaks down how to choose.

  12. What is Astym Treatment?

    Top Tier Sports Medicine talks about Astym treatment: what it is, how it can help you heal after a soft tissue injury, and how it works.

  13. Sports Medicine Bill Huge Victory for Orthopedists

    Sports medicine isn’t only about the patients. The Rothman Orthopedic Institute writes about the passing of a new bill that allows traveling medical staff to treat their own players in another state.

  14. Can We Predict Injuries in Soccer?

    Soccer is arguably the most popular sport worldwide. Both the players and the fans would jump for joy at a way to predict injuries before they happen.  The Football Medicine blog goes over some of the predictive measures in place and how accurate they are.

  15. A Day in the Life of a Top Sports Medicine Doctor

    Most athletes aren’t professionals.  If you ever wanted to see what a sports doctor does for those that do play in the pros, Castle Connolly walks you through a typical day in the life of a team sports medicine doctor.

Interview with Dr. Laurence Gordon

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  Laurence R Gordon DO, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics for Aspirus

Laurence R Gordon DO, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics for Aspirus

Recently, our co-founder and president Dan Fronczak had the opportunity to talk with Laurence R. Gordon, DO, who specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with Aspirus and serves as Team Physician for DC Everest High School in Wisconsin. We were excited to hear about Dr. Gordon’s use of Healthy Roster and love seeing how our platform is fostering better communication between physicians, coaches, parents and athletic trainers.

Keep reading to learn more about how Dr. Gordon is serving his community, how and why he uses Healthy Roster and the value he sees in the platform:

Tell us a little bit about the work you do in your community:

I have been in the Wausau, Wisconsin area for about 14 years. I was at Wausau East High School for about 8 years, and then I moved over to DC Everest High School where I serve as their team physician. My time is all donated. I cover varsity football games home and away. I also cover both girls and boys basketball home games at both the varsity and JV levels. I spend about 200 hours a year at the school. I’ll cover other selected events as needed. The athletic trainer and I cover football together. I do it because I love it. In the beginning, it certainly helped me build my practice and got me some visibility, but I just like taking care of the kids.

How do you utilize Healthy Roster?

Healthy Roster is a great tool! I’m probably actively using the app about seven times a day. As a physician, there are a few features that really stand out. Number one, I can enter things in the system myself. You give a kid a note about “limited activity”, but there’s no way of knowing or seeing if they’re really bringing that note to the school. So I tell them I know you’re in the Healthy Roster system so I’m putting this info in. The kids are surprised, and I tell them the reason I do so is to make sure we’re all on the same page to get you the best care possible. This is not about limiting playing time, this is about getting them better faster, so they can play sooner and play more. Second, I think we’re finally at a day and age where coaches do not want to jeopardize the kid’s health. Coaches today understand that what the doctor and athletic trainer advise is the best option for their athlete, and Healthy Roster has certainly helped in this regard.

You use the app quite a bit. Why do you think a mobile EMR (Electronic Medical Record) is important?

Because I’m the overall physician, I get notifications for every athlete in Healthy Roster, so there are days where in the matter of a half an hour I may get 10 Healthy Roster alerts. If I feel it’s urgent, I’ll use Healthy Roster to send a message back about what is needed to get done for the athlete.

We’ve needed something like this for a long time because everyone is mobile now - parents, coaches, athletic trainers and doctors. We used to carry the forms on the sidelines, but you can now actually fill those forms out easier on your app, and they’re more secure.

 DC Everest High School Football Team

DC Everest High School Football Team

Are there any other benefits of Healthy Roster that you think are important for providers to be aware of?

I think overall now, because of Healthy Roster, providers are doing a better job of documenting what’s going on and making people more aware. Healthy Roster also helps the providers receive the credit for the work they do. Everyone is different, but what I found valuable as a physician is I can choose whether to get all of the alerts or just have access to the information without receiving notifications. I prefer getting the alerts because I can manage it, but I can also see why some physicians would just want to be affiliated with the group for gathering information. As an example, in the winter I saw all these alerts that said ‘rash, rash, rash,’ and I was like is this the wrestling team? I asked myself, do we have a mat problem? So sometimes I can spot trends that others cannot and I credit that to the services Healthy Roster provides.

We want to thank Dr. Gordon for speaking with us and for all the work he does (for no cost!) for DC Everest High School.

All Star Athletic Trainer: Alex Salinas

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Alex Salinas, MS, AT, ATC, CSAS - The Center for Physical Rehabilitation (CPR) / Forest Hills Northern High School

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Alex Salinas still can’t figure out why he became an athletic trainer, but he knows exactly why he has stayed in the profession: the relationships he’s fostered and the continual challenge of his role. Alex provides athletic training services to Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapid, Michigan in association with The Center for Physical Rehabilitation. Along with earning his B.S. in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University in 2012, Alex also received an M.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware in 2014.

During his career, Alex has been honored with multiple recognitions and awards, including being recognized as the CPR Shining Star in 2017 and the GVSU 2017-2018 Preceptor of the Year. Forest Hills Northern High School has been designated as a NATA Safe Sports School and is part of the 1st Team (2017-2020) during Alex’s tenure.

Healthy Roster Marketing & Engagement Specialist Sarah Emery has been impressed with Alex’s use of the Healthy Roster platform, especially the Reports features:

“I’ve loved seeing how Alex has used Healthy Roster to further his success as an athletic trainer. He has been able to validate the costs of the treatments services he provides to Forest Hills Northern High School and have a deeper understanding of the injuries that have occurred over the past year. He’s been able to take Healthy Roster’s already robust data and reporting features and tailor the information to help keep his athletes safer and healthier while also demonstrating the value athletic trainers bring to our world.”

To hear from Alex himself about his experiences in the athletic training field, check out his responses below:

Why did you become an Athletic Trainer?

You know, this question is posed to me a few times each year and I still can't figure out why I became an AT. I was originally pre-physical therapy, but after my first clinical rotation in the GVSU AT program (at Calvin College, also in Grand Rapids), I knew that I wanted AT as my primary focus. I'm competitive by nature and being around athletes seems to supplement that well. I may not know why I became an AT, but I know why I have stayed an AT: the relationships with peers, mentors, parents, coaches, and the student-athletes. Plus, I enjoy challenges and athletic training has plenty of those ranging from rehabilitation to difficult conversations.

Without sharing any PHI of course, what is your most memorable moment as an Athletic Trainer?

I could pretty much list any soccer playoff game as well as a handful of basketball and football games, but the wins/losses are the easy memories to dredge up. Genuine "thank-you's" help keep the motor running. There is a particular sporting event that comes to mind, but it's difficult to explain in so few words. I will put it like this:  it was such a stellar performance on the track that I knew it ensured the student-athlete would be able to take their talents to the collegiate level, both athletically and academically.

What advice would you give others, either in the profession or considering becoming an Athletic Trainer?

For people in the profession: keep showing up and maintaining a high standard of care. Thank you for what you do. Take time for yourself each day and have a support system inside or outside of the profession. Keep work at work and do not bring it home.

For those considering entering the profession: there is no better time to become an athletic trainer.  Our predecessors have laid a foundation for success. We continue to gain support from local/state legislature and current ATs are setting examples in their communities. High school students, speak with your AT about what they perceive as the pros and cons as well as possible observation hours. College students, speak to your advisors!

What do you feel people outside of your profession should know about Athletic Trainers?

We are your sports medicine resource. While all of us can tape ankles (probably blindfolded, too), we do so much more than that. Being on the sideline is the tip of the iceberg and the fun part of the job. We can help you or your child(ren) maintain or get back to optimum health. Seeing people return to a sport they enjoy is a reward in itself.

What is the key to being successful in Athletic Training?  

You have to "show up" every day. Yes, there are less glamorous parts of the job and yes, you're busy--but it's part of the job! Communicate, communicate, communicate.  Document and hold yourself and patients accountable. Understand that mistakes are inevitable--no one is perfect--learn from those mistakes. Do not take yourself too seriously and keep the ego in check.  Winning is great, patient health is greater. Oh, and dry clothes and socks go a long way, so acquire rain gear and water resistant shoes before it is too late. Like many things, it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.