CE Broker for Boards — increase compliance at no cost

Implement a CE Compliance system that benefits your board, your licensed professionals and your continuing education providers — all at no cost!

CE Broker is the official continuing education tracking system for the Florida Department of Health, Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Wyoming Board of Psychology, DC Board of Nursing and many other regulating boards across the United States. The Florida Department of Health requires all licensees to show proof of compliance at the time of renewal, reducing auditing costs and increasing compliance rates.

Our expertise and innovation in the compliance sector gives state and national boards and other regulating bodies confidence that our system helps with all CE related processes that may come up. Every board is different and has unique needs so no matter what you require, we can work with you to come up with the best solution.

How does CE Broker simplify compliance?

Helping your staff: Manual audits are time-consuming, costly and have a large margin for error. Our electronic system transforms audits from cluttered, paperwork-ridden investigations into accurate, automated verifications. You’ll have records of every practitioner’s license status and progress when continuing education is reported into CE Broker’s system.

Helping your providers: You can now manage educational provider activity and authorize applications in one convenient location. Approved providers are also featured in our Course Search — which practitioners can use for free.

Helping your practitioners: With our compliance tools, managing CE requirements is no longer going to be a challenge. Let your licensees see exactly what they need to be compliant! They can choose one of three account types to best meet their needs so they can be well-prepared for audits.

We also have CE Experts available for LiveChat, phone or email Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m-8:00 p.m. This is a huge benefit for reducing your board’s call volume and managing audit calls. Our “CE Experts” are more like consultants for your licensees as they not only answer questions but go above and beyond to provide solutions for CE courses, management and fears.

We are not just a software tech company — we are a fully-hosted, online CE platform solution that creates public-private partnerships to optimize compliance/audit workflows with the best apps on the web. We are there with your board step-by-step from implementation through the entire contract term.

With over 80 professions and 35 boards all using CE Broker, we can accommodate any regulatory requirements and track compliance for your licensees. Find out how you can cut costs and increase compliance — contact us for a free demo!

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Pharmacists – CE Broker and CPE Monitor

Pharmacist renewal ends September 30th!

Many Florida licensees have asked us about the difference between CE Broker and CPE Monitor, and why the two aren’t connected. CPE Monitor is the NABP’s CE tracking service. It simply tells you what courses you’ve taken from a certain date range. CE Broker is the official compliance tracking system for the Florida Department of Health, which means that we actually calculate your progress towards completing your CE requirements. CE Broker Professional Account subscribers can see a compliance transcript that clearly breaks down the Department of Health’s CE rules for renewal, while showing exactly what CE is still outstanding for your individual license.  Additional benefits include access to a full suite of compliance tools, such as paperless cloud storage of documents and CE notifications.

While the NABP unfortunately does not share data with us, we have developed a way for pharmacists to report all of the courses on an NABP Activity Transcript in a simple process rather than having to submit each entry individually. Here’s how:

1. Log into your CE Broker account and hover your cursor over “My Records.” Select “Report Continuing Education” from the dropdown options. You’ll want to select the first option on the list – “Report Multiple Courses (except Medication Errors or HIV/AIDS) Using NABP Activity Transcript.”

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2. You’ll be taken to a Course Detail screen. You’ll need to make separate submissions for each Course Type selection, so you might have to complete this process more than once. In the example below, 24 hours are reported for Anytime, Computer-Based Training. The date you enter here is the date of the last course you took on this Activity Transcript. Note: Be sure that you are submitting based off of a transcript that only includes CE taken in the current biennium.

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3. Next, we have to ask you a couple of questions. Once you’ve answered those, you’ll be instructed to either attach a document (most popular option) or fax it. After you attach a document or select to fax a document, you’ll be taken to an attestation page. If your submission isn’t fraudulent, hit “Submit Now,” and…you’re finished!

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You can view this submission by hovering your cursor over “My Records” and selecting “Course History.”

Do you have any questions about this process? We want to hear your feedback! Please contact us at helpdesk@cebroker.com.

Recent Board Rule Changes

Are you up-to-date with the news in the compliance world? The Florida Board of Nursing and the Florida Board of Respiratory Care have recently changed their rules to require hours on the topic of laws and rules that govern the practices of those professions. We’ve included links to their websites for your convenience:

Florida Board of Respiratory Care

Florida Board of Nursing

What else could change between now and 2015? You may feel that you were on top of things for the most recent license renewal, but are you able to fit the tracking of regulatory changes into your already busy schedule?

You don’t have to! Professional subscribers to CE Broker will enjoy the benefits of a consistently updated transcript that displays how close you are to fulfilling each requirement. We’ll let you know of any changes as soon as your board implements them!

For more information, visit:

https://www.cebroker.com/public/pb_healthcare_professionals.aspx?state=1

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CE Broker & The Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

CE Broker, the official continuing education (CE) tracking system for the FL Department of Health, has added an additional State Board to its growing list of partners.

The Ohio Board of Speech-Language [SL] Pathology and Audiology has chosen CE Broker as its official continuing education tracking system. Launched on February 1st, 2013, CE Broker now tracks all continuing education activities for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Ohio. The Board will then review licensee records in CE Broker to confirm compliance with its continuing education rules.

Ohio S.L. Pathologists and Audiologists can also use CE Broker to monitor their continuing education requirements and demonstrate CE compliance prior to renewing their professional licenses. CE Broker already serves 1,000,000 licensed healthcare professionals in Florida, nurses in the District of Columbia, psychologists in Wyoming, and now S.L. Pathologists and Audiologists in Ohio.  The company provides its services at no-cost to State regulating agencies and funds itself with optional subscription services to the individual licensees and to healthcare employers.

“We believe compliance should be easy.  This means simplifying the impact of regulation with innovative web-based technologies” says CEO, Brian Solano of CE Broker, “Our model has been successful in Florida and I am confident that it will work for Ohio as well.”  CE Broker is currently looking for more state regulating agencies and national Boards who are interested in electronic tracking of continuing education activities.  Visit CEBroker.com to learn more.

How the Florida Department of Health is using IT to simplify continuing education.

The Florida Department of Health licenses over one million healthcare professionals and issues continuing education requirements for each individual.  In 2003, pressure was mounting on the Department to reduce costs while at the same time maintaining high professional standards.  They wanted to increase compliance enforcement efforts without discouraging new entrants into the industry.

Furthermore, the State Legislature passed Florida Statute 456.025(7) mandating the DOH to implement a paperless, electronic tracking system for continuing education.  So the Department put out a RFP and launched a major IT project.  Its solution – CE Broker, developed by ISF – became the Official Continuing Education Tracking System on January 1st, 2004.

 

The CE Broker Solution

CE Broker is a fully hosted 3rd party system that ties together the Department of Health with its individual Boards, licensed healthcare professionals, and approved educational providers. The Department of Health seamlessly integrates licensee data into CE Broker where continuing education requirements have been programmed for official and public use.

CE Broker tracks all required continuing education activities and makes licensee records available to regulating Boards.  All healthcare practitioners are held accountable for their continuing education but they are not without assistance.

The practitioners have access 24/7 to the following features: Official Transcripts, a detailed course history, the Official CE Course Search, automatic email reminders of important dates and events, and the ability to report course completion credits.

The Official Transcripts break down Board requirements by subject area, hours, delivery method, and other conditions, and are updated in real-time as courses are posted.  Think of the Transcripts as dynamic checklists – requirements are fulfilled as licensees complete courses.  CE Broker also released a free iPhone app for licensees in August of 2011 and staffs a professional Help Desk of continuing education experts who are available via phone, email, and chat.

Educational providers apply electronically through CE Broker for Board approval to offer courses. The CE Broker system digitally forwards applications and application fees to the appropriate Boards. If approved, providers register courses on CEBroker.com, post their courses to the Official Course Search, and will automatically report course completion credits for licensees directly to CE Broker, saving licensees time and allowing them to focus on learning.

 

Results

The Department of Health has streamlined continuing education operations, reduced costs, and simplified professional development requirements. The CE Broker system has cut down on and simplified work flows for Department of Health staff.  All licensees are held accountable for their continuing education requirements, while at the same time finding clarity on exact expectations.  CE Broker continues to develop new features, and many healthcare professionals enthusiastically appreciate the Department of Health’s choice to implement this system:

“My workday is very hectic so having CE Broker track my required continued learning gives me peace of mind, knowing that my records will be accurate and protected. CE Broker gives me confidence that my license renewal will go smoothly.”  – Cathy, Registered Nurse.

“I am licensed in two other states and it is so much easier in Florida. I am very happy with this service. It reduces stress. Thank you for your great staff and service.  – Victor, Medical Doctor

 

Looking Forward

The Department of Health continues to work closely with the staff at CE Broker to improve features for licensees and simplify continuing education operations. The two entities have become seamlessly integrated and serve as a prime example of innovation and private-public partnerships.

 

For more information, contact:

Evan Kell, Brand Manager

ekell@cebroker.com, cebroker.com