The Medical Tourism Association has long been an advocate for setting industry standards and establishing protocols and best practices. With these principals in mind the MTA recently launched two certification courses during The 5th World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress event.
The courses were presented by MTA Training Instructor and industry leader Mr. Bill Cook This was the first time these workshops were offered globally and we were pleased with the turnout of 64 participants, said Bill. It was great to see so many people with the desire to bring real credibility to the industry through education and training.
The first, Certified Medical Tourism Specialist was aimed at insurance and HR professionals and Certified Medical Travel Specialist was the designation for travel agents and medical tourism facilitators. Moving forward these courses will be combined under the CMTS certification with classified designations offered to the various industries.
The topics included:
- Medical Travel Facilitation
- Dissecting the Medical Travel Process
- Quality Issues and Liability
- Selecting Healthcare Facilities & Providers
- Planning a Site Visit
- Contracting with Providers
- Risk Assessment and Management
After December 1st, 2012 the certification courses will be available online for anyone in the world to participate. For more information or to sign up for certification you can go to www.MedicalTourismCongress.com. The cost of the program is $1,500 for two years and it includes two years of MTA individual membership.
In order to become fully certified individuals must:
- Finish 8 hours of training/classes (this can be done either in person or online)
- Meet educational and professional experience requirements
- Pass a comprehensive 100+ question exam
The MTA also offers training and certification programs for international and US healthcare providers to improve protocols and set best practices for providing quality care to traveling patients. The goal is to differentiate certified hospitals and ultimately increase the number of patients through maximizing the patient experience and delivery great outcomes. To learn more about these programs check out the following link: http://www.medicaltourismassociation.com/en/certification.html