How do I track for multiple licenses?

Track multiple licenses in one account
Tracking CE for multiple licenses doesn’t have to be a burden. CE Broker is now used as a tracking tool for the Florida Department of Health, Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, Georgia Board of Nursing, Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy, Michigan Board of Electricians, Wyoming Board of Psychology, District of Columbia Board of Nursing, North Carolina Board of Respiratory Care and still partnering rapidly to other boards. We’re here to make your continuing education process easier than ever with the option to track for any license associated with those state boards in just ONE CE Broker account.

Here’s how:

1. Create an account. If you haven’t already, sign up with an account of your choice to report CE and confidently track your CE compliance status for all licenses you may hold. Not sure what account you want to have? Read over the accounts below and choose the best option for you:

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The Basic Account includes your course history, which displays all course completions already reported by you or approved educational providers. You can report any additional continuing education and see your compliance status. You’ll need to manually calculate compliance by comparing your completed hours to your Board’s rules and find the gaps (you’ll also need to take into consideration a variety of factors that might change your requirements: license cycle, status, specialties, exemptions, etc.)

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With the Professional Account ($29 per year) we do all the manual guesswork for you. Your CE Compliance Transcript breaks down your requirements and applies your courses in real time so you can see what’s missing. This will prevent you from taking courses unnecessarily, show you if any of your hours do not actually count, and will guarantee compliance with your Board’s rules when your account reads “Complete.” With this account, you can also access your Transcript on our iPhone &Android apps.

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Our Concierge Account ($99 a year) was created for the professional who has a multitude of courses that must be submitted manually.  Your personal account manager reports your CE for you and makes sure you are not short any hours.

2. Log in to your Account.  Adding a license will be different depending on which account type you have. If you have a Basic Account, you can only link two licenses from within the same state. You could not, for example, link a Florida license and a Georgia license. You will also need to call the CE Experts and have them link your other license for you as you will not have the ability to add it yourself. If you have a Professional or Concierge Account, you may follow the directions below. But remember, if you have a Concierge Account, your Personal Concierge Account Manager can link your licenses for you!
Step 1:
Log in to your existing account
Step 2:
Select “+ License/Certification” from the bottom of your Dashboard.
Step 3:
Choose the option to add a license and enter your license number.
Step 4:
Once the CE Experts have verified and linked your licenses, you’ll see each license on your Dashboard. You can view your course history and compliance status for each license by clicking on it.
If you have any questions, contact our awesome team of CE Experts! You can call, email or live chat them anytime Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm.

Nursing Requirements for License Renewal

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Florida Registered Nurses — for all of you who are about to renew your license (with an expiration date of 4/30/2016), we want to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements. You don’t want to have any surprises when you are renewing your license! There is a chart below with your renewal requirements:

Nursing CE Requirements Chart

For more information on the renewal process, you can visit the Florida Board of Nursing website and click on the “Renewal” tab at the top of the screen or you can simply click on the link above. If you want to renew your license through the Florida Department of Health, click on this link to be redirected to their website.

What If This Is My First Renewal?

There are a few things to keep in mind if you are renewing your license for the first time.

If you are initially licensed by examination during the current biennium, you are exempt from the general CEU requirements for the first renewal. You must complete 2 hours of medical errors, 2 hours of laws and rules and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS (all must be taken from a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider).

If you are initially licensed by endorsement during the current biennium and took the exam in another state within the biennium, you are exempt from general CEU hours.  You must complete 2 hours of medical errors, 2 hours laws and rules and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS (all must be taken from a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider).

If you do not qualify for the exemption in your first renewal, you must complete 1 hour per month (not literally just used for calculation purposes) remaining in the biennium from the date the license was issued. These hours must include 2 hours of medical errors, 2 hours laws and rules and 1 hour of HIV/AIDS (all must be taken from a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider)

CE Broker iPhone and Android Apps- Continuing Education Simplified.

Our free CE Broker iPhone or Android app, available in the iTunes Store and in Google Play, is the best way to manage your CE from anywhere, anytime. You can create a FREE Basic Account and even upgrade to a Professional or Concierge account with your iTunes/Google Play account, if you so desire. That means no credit card is required since your account on file is automatically charged. Once you download the app you need, you can see your Course History, Report CE, use the Course Search Tool and even view your CE Compliance Transcript. Visit the iTunes or Google Play store and download your app for free today!

What if I Have Questions?

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We added a special Nurse FAQ just for you in our Support pages which includes all of the most commonly asked questions from other licensees in your profession. Want to learn more about CE Broker? Watch the video below!

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can access your CE Compliance Transcript, receive continuing education and license deadline reminders, report CE to your account and much more to simplify your renewal process.

And remember…. don’t get overwhelmed. We are here to help you! 

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10 easy ways to participate in Earth Day 2016

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“Thinking Green” is one of our values as a company year round, but we are always excited for Earth Day to come. This April 22nd, 2016 is an entire day devoted to igniting passion and motivating people to be more conscious about sustainability. We wanted to put together a list of 10 easy things you can incorporate into your life to join in on the Earth Day celebrations.

1. Plant a tree – For the past three Earth Days, we’ve participated in supporting The Nature Conservancy in their “Plant a Billion” campaign. For every subscription we sell on Earth Day, we will donate one dollar to The Nature Conservancy. For every dollar they receive, they will plant one tree! One subscription= One dollar donated = One tree planted. Make CE management easy for yourself AND help sustain the Earth all in one action. Sign up for your Professional Account today!

2. Stop junk mail – You know what we’re talking about here. The stuff you get in the mail that you promptly toss in the trash… Millions of trees are chopped down a year to make those pamphlets and flyers and they just end up in our trash. Help limit this unsustainable and wasteful practice by pledging to take action and reduce the amount of junk mail you receive in your home.

3. Eat more veggies – The meat industry is responsible for approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Producing one calorie of meat requires nearly twenty times the amount of energy as one plant calorie! We know it’s not realistic for most people to go vegetarian 100% of the time, but maybe you could participate in “Meatless Mondays.” Find some tasty vegetarian meals here.

4. Drink out of a reusable water bottle – Currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. Cut down your plastic water bottle usage by investing in one nice water bottle you can reuse forever!

5. Reusable grocery bags – Have you joined this trend yet? It’s super easy to do and you can find some well-designed bags out there! Just leave them in your car so they are easy to grab when you make a grocery run.

6. Turn off the tap – Turning off the water between wetting your toothbrush and rinsing your mouth is one of the simplest and most effective ways to save water while brushing your teeth. The University of Illinois calculates that shutting off the tap instead of letting it run continuously will save your family up to 10 gallons of water daily. Learn other ways to conserve water here.

7. Eat local – Eating local can be more nutritious and delicious! Not to mention eating locally cuts down on carbon emissions needed to transport items to a grocery store near you. Find a local farmer’s market and show your support.

8. Conserve electricity – There are a few things that you can easily do to conserve electricity. Be sure to turn off lights in rooms when you are not using them. Additionally, you can switch your lightbulbs to CFLs that use a whopping 70% less energy than the standard lightbulb. Plus, they last longer! Learn more about CFLs here.

9. Go thrifting – Buy secondhand when you can! There are tons of online sites out there now that allow you to purchase gently used items: Craigslist and Freecycle to name a few. We are a nation of consumers, but let’s consume in a smarter way!

10.Pay bills online – For most online bills, you can opt to pay online and put an end to receiving paper mail. It’s quicker and easier than having to mail in a check every month to multiple different companies. Plus, you’ll do your part in reducing the amount of paper that is wasted in mailing out bills.

We hope you are able to easily implement some of these tips in to your life! For more information on how all of us here at CE Broker are “Thinking Green,” take a look at our Sustainability page.

 

The Hidden Costs of an Audit

The Hidden Costs of an Audit

Have you ever considered the real cost of verifying continuing professional development (CPD) compliance through an audit? If you have not, you might be surprised to learn about the chain-reaction of expenses associated with audits that can produce quite a large price tag. These hidden costs can result from the various departments and materials that are required to participate in an audit. In response, many regulatory agencies have chosen to leverage technology and innovative solutions to minimize or eliminate the hidden costs of an audit. Some of these innovative solutions can save millions of State dollars within just a few years. Before choosing to implement a solution for CPD/CE audits, it is important to understand where the real cost of an audit comes from.

 

Office Supplies and Expenses:

When you think about the cost of an audit, your first thought might be office supplies such as writing instruments, stationery, printed forms, reproduction, postage, phone/fax and photocopying supplies. office suppliesThis is definitely a good place to start discussing costs since these materials are heavily used during the procedure of an audit and all following actions. These costs can quickly add up to be an astronomical figure when auditing even small quantities of the population since it requires constant physical correspondence and exchanges. In addition, any communication and request for information from other CPD/CE stakeholders can result in even higher material usage. Auditing even 10% the population can result in staggering quantities of costly paper, postage and other supplies during the entire audit workflow. Implementing electronic, automated infrastructure can eliminate costly material expenses while also simplifying workflows to produce more accurate procedures which reduces necessary interaction from stakeholders. Utilizing digital systems for all physical aspects of audits is sustainable, economical and efficient.

 

Staff Time:

In any business endeavor or work environment, there is always a common question. What is the best use of my time? Sometimes more importantly—What is the best use of my staff’s time? Nothing is more important, and expensive, as one’s time. Time is money.

5636798880_1fdfa47f82This is especially true when considering the traditional, archaic process of CE audits which can be frighteningly time-consuming. Most often, the man hours required for audits are what limit regulators to perform uninspiring audit percentages. It is uncommon to see any Boards & Commissions performing higher than 25% audits with most actually falling under 10%. This is with good reason, however, since auditing above those numbers would exponentially increase time requirements for staff and administrative costs due to the chain-reaction of audits.

While each State operates differently, common audit procedures entail the involvement of several personnel and departments. Audit, support and administrative staff are some of the first members to spend time on audits by initiating the project by selecting the percentage, sending letters and collecting CE data. Audit staff then needs to spend great amounts of time to sort and organize initial paperwork while continually corresponding with the individuals to get correct CE information. After this long process staff can usually involve some type of investigator who identifies why certain individuals are failing. After it has been confirmed, attorneys may be required to write up failed individuals which then must be presented to the Board. This much staff time required for audits is a massive factor in why States are limited in their audit rates.      

With this, innovative technology is being developed to alter the parameters of that limit by allowing for efficiency and time-management never before seen in history. Using technology to quickly collect data, organize information, verify compliance and streamline workflows has created a way for States to perform up to 100% audits while even saving money from previous methods.

 

Opportunity Costs:  

Opportunity cost can be defined as the benefits lost when pursuing a particular course of action instead of an alternative course. When discussing the costly time requirements for an audit, it is equally important to discuss what that time could achieve should it not have been consumed by those actions. This hidden cost of the audit is considered the opportunity which is lost since devoted time cannot be reallocated. Regardless which staff members perform audits, their time can be equally valuable spent on other projects, endeavors and deadlines. So, the large amount of time discussed above should be viewed as twice the expense when considering the opportunity that has been lost from inefficient processes.

 

Conclusion:  

Each public regulatory agency has different rules, procedures and thoughts on audits. Beyond that, different leadership has different views on the needs and importance of these audits which can vary greatly depending on the profession. Nonetheless, despite these varying opinions, it is clear that even small percentage audits have large price tags attached to them. For example, the Florida Department of Health has been able to reduce audit-related expenses by over $500,000 annually by switching to a digital CE management platform. The substantial material, time and lost opportunity costs can be seen easily when dealing with such large agencies. Fortunately, the use of emerging technologies has begun to allow State CE audits to be another function completely transformed as technology has already done with industries like banking, insurance and travel.   

For more information on how your organization can save time and cut costs, contact Shane Hall, Strategy/Business Development Manager by phone 1-904-726-4247 or by email shane@cebroker.com.

Chiropractor Requirements for License Renewal

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Florida Chiropractic Physicians, March 31 is fast approaching!  We want to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements so you don’t have any surprises when you are renewing your license. Keep reading below to learn more about your 2016 biennium requirements. And remember that ALL of your CE must be completed in person.  No home study allowed. Remember that all courses must be approved by the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine!

If you are a Chiropractic Physician, then your requirements are:

  • 2 hours Medical Error
  • 27 hours General
  • 2 hours Laws and Rules
  • 1 hour Risk Management
  • 6 hours Record Keeping/Documentation and Coding
  • 2 hours Ethics and Boundaries

If you are one of the Chiropractic Physician who is certified in Acupuncture, then your requirements are a little bit different:

  • 23 hours General
  • 2 hours Medical Errors
  • 2 hours Laws & Rules of the Board
  • 1 hour Risk Management
  • 6 hours Record Keeping/Documentation and Coding
  • 2 hours Ethics and Boundaries
  • 2 hours Acupuncture Safety and Risk Management
  • 2 hours Acupuncture Technique

If you are a Chiropractic Physician and this is your first time renewal, then your requirements are:

  • 6 hours Record Keeping/Documentation and Coding
  •  2 hours Ethics and Boundaries
  • 2 hours Medical Errors
  • 3 hours HIV/AIDS

If you are a Certified Chiropractic Physician Assistant, your required hours are listed below:

  • 22 hours General
  • 2 hours Medical Error

If you are a Certified Chiropractic Physician Assistant renewing for the first time:

  • 2 hours Medical Error
  • 3 hours HIV/AIDS

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special FAQ section just for Chiropractors in our Support pages. To read over those, click here.

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can receive notifications of license deadlines, report CE to your account, access to your CE Compliance Transcript and more to simplify your renewal process.

Osteopathic Physician Requirements for License Renewal

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Florida Osteopathic Physicians, March 31 is fast approaching!  We want to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements so there aren’t any surprises when you are renewing your license.  Keep reading to learn more about your 2016 biennium requirements.

If you are a Osteopathic Physician renewing your license, your requirements are listed below:

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* Licensees must obtain 2 hours of Domestic Violence every third renewal period as part of the 40 hours required.

If you are an Osteopathic Physician renewing your license for the first time and you were licensed in the first year of the renewal cycle, your renewal requirements are:

  • All of the above hours
  • 1 hour HIV/AIDS

If you are an Osteopathic Physician renewing your license for the first time and you were licensed in the second year of the renewal cycle, your renewal requirements are:

  • 1 hour HIV/AIDS
  • 1 hour Florida Laws and Rules (must be live)
  •  1 hour Professional & Medical Ethics (must be live)
  • 1 hour Federal & State Laws related to the Prescribing of Controlled Substances (must be live)
  • 2 hours Medical Errors (must be live)

CE Broker is dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license. We have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special FAQ section just for Osteopathic Physicians in our Support pages. To read over those, click here.

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can receive notifications of license deadlines, report CE to your account, access to your CE Compliance Transcript and more to simplify your renewal process.

Podiatrists Requirements for License Renewal

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If you are a Podiatric Physician in Florida, then you are getting ready to renew your license. March 31st, 2016 is your big day! We want to make sure that you are aware of your specific renewal requirements. Continue reading below to find your biennium requirements for Podiatric Physicians and Podiatric X-Ray Assistants.

If you are a Podiatric Physician, your requirements are:

  • 2 hours Medical Errors
  • 1 hour Laws & Rules of the Board
  • 1 hour Risk Management
  • 36 hours General

If you are a Podiatric Physician renewing for the first time, your requirements are:

  • 2 hours Medical Error
  • 1 hour HIV/AIDS
  • Podiatric Physicians initially licensed in the biennium or within 24 months of initial licensure must attend one full day at a Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine meeting at which disciplinary hearings are conducted.

If you are a Podiatric X-Ray Assistant, your requirements vary a bit. Your requirements are broken down below:

  • 8 hours of Recertification course (Recertification course must be from the Florida Podiatric Medical Association and should include Medical Errors)

If you are a Podiatric X-Ray Assistant renewing for the first time, your requirements are:

  • 8 hours of Recertification course (Recertification course must be from the Florida Podiatric Medical Association and should include Medical Errors)

Each healthcare profession in Florida will vary on what credits count towards your compliance. Below are some “Did You Know” facts specific to Podiatrists.

  • You can only receive credit for 8 hours per biennium of home study courses
  • Courses have to be at least 1 hour in length, otherwise they won’t count

CE Broker is dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license. We have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special FAQ section just for Podiatrists in our Support pages. To read over those, click here

For your ultimate worry-free, personalized solution try our 7-Day Trial for our Professional Account. With your Professional Account you can receive notifications of license deadlines, report CE to your account, access to your CE Compliance Transcript and more to simplify your renewal process.

Meet Our CE Experts: Elizabeth Leighton

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1. Where are you from? Jacksonville FL
2. How long have you been with CE Broker? 3 yrs
3. What’s your specialty/expertise as a CE Expert? Concierge Manager
4. If you had the day off of work, what would your ideal day look like? What would you spend your time doing? Going to the beach or running to the mall WITHOUT my kids .
5. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Read minds
6. What’s on your bucket list? To see the Northern Lights
7. What aspect of your job as Support Center Expert do you enjoy the most? The flexibility and the satisfaction that I can help someone have a better understanding of their requirements.
8. What’s your favorite movie? It is a toss up between Silence of the Lambs ” You fly back to school now, little Starling. FLY , fly, fly, fly fly, fly ” and Goonies- ” Goonies never say die”

Meet our CE Experts: Mitalene Thomas

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1. Where are you from?  Grenada
2. How long have you been with CE Broker? Since December 2015.
3. What’s your specialty/expertise as a CE Expert?  Giving great customer service with accuracy.
4. If you had the day off of work, what would your ideal day look like? What would you spend your time doing?  Shopping, cooking and baking.
5. If you could have any super power, what would it be? To cure the world from poverty.
6. What’s on your bucket list? Traveling to many countries, like Japan, South Korea, France, England and going on cruises.
7. What aspect of your job as Support Center Expert do you enjoy the most? Everyday I learn something new, the wheels of knowledge are always turning.
8. What’s your favorite movie? I have a huge list, I’m a big fan of 90s comedies like Acne Ventura Pet detective, then I’m huge into a lot of Quentin Tarantino films like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.