New credential recognizes excellence in risk management and culture of safety.
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, November 9, 2010—ECRI Institute and the Center for Aging Services Risk Management (CASRM) announce that 32 participants from aging services organizations around the nation have been designated as Certified Professionals in Aging Services Risk Management (CPASRM) by the Center for Aging Services Risk Management.
The Certified Professional in Aging Services Risk Management (CPASRM) is a new professional designation that recognizes an individual as outstanding in the discipline of risk management and in the methodologies inherent in the culture of safety, which are the mainstays of a high-reliability organization in senior care and aging services. This designation is conferred upon those who complete prescribed education and other requirements set forth by CASRM.
To earn recognition as a CPASRM, participants must complete seven education modules pertaining to risk management and culture of safety in aging services. They must pass the exams associated with each module to assess their knowledge and understanding of the material. The seven topics covered in this extensive series, developed by ECRI Institute in conjunction with Caring Communities and the Peace Church Risk Retention Group, are:
• Basics of Insurance and Underwriting
• Critical Event Management
• Culture of Safety
• Enterprise Risk Management in Aging Services
• Essentials of Claims Management
• Essentials of Risk Management
• Systems Safety Analysis
The Center for Aging Services Risk Management, an independent not-for-profit education and research foundation, was conceived in 2008 by leadership from Caring Communities, the Peace Church Risk Retention Group, and ECRI Institute.
“Caring Communities and the Peace Church Risk Retention Group were established to provide benefit and value to their members. An integral part of that value has been the education programs they have developed,” said Don Gilmore, former CEO and President of Otterbein Homes, Lebanon, OH. “As leaders in the aging services industry, these organizations had an obligation to ‘raise all the ships in the harbor,’” Gilmore added.
This was the first group of individuals to earn the CPASRM credential and they were honored in a ceremony held in Chicago, IL, on October 20, 2010.
For information about the Certified Professional in Aging Services Risk Management program, contact Linda Wallace, ECRI Institute, Director of Aging Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 825-6000, ext. 5132, or write to ECRI Institute, 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.
About The Center for Aging Services Risk Management
Incorporated in 2010, The Center for Aging Services Risk Management is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation established to promote and develop risk management, quality, and culture of safety disciplines in aging services provider organizations. CASRM has created and implemented risk management education programs and will, in the future, compile and disseminate the findings of their research and knowledge.
Caring Communities Shared Services, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caring Communities, a Reciprocal Risk Retention Group (“CCrRRG”). CCrRRG is a member-owned District of Columbia insurance company that provides general and professional liability insurance to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, primarily faith based, aging services providers which are its member-owners. CCrRRG’s Members are some of the largest not-for-profit aging services providers in the United States. CCrRRG’s owners operate facilities in 38 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Peace Church Risk Retention Group is a member-owned Vermont insurance company that, like CCrRRG, provides general and professional liability insurance to certain 501(c)(3) not-for-profit aging services providers that are affiliated with faith communities of the Mennonite, Brethren and Quaker denominations.
About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org), a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which procedures, devices, drugs, and processes are best to enable improved care and services across the healthcare and aging-services continuum. As pioneers in this science for more than 40 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated as a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO, listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to achieve the highest levels of safety and quality in healthcare by collecting and analyzing patient safety information and sharing lessons learned and best practices. ECRI Institute provides risk management consultation and education to the Members of Caring Communities and Peace Church Risk Retention Group.