Exempt In-Person CEUs to Protect TN LMT's Health during COVID-19

Exempt In-Person CEUs to Protect TN LMT's Health during COVID-19

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Wayne Steele started this petition to TN Massage Therapy Board and TN Governor Lee

COVID-19 is a serious respiratory virus that is highly communicable in which we have no accurate, verifiable number of cases because of the lack of testing availability, reliability, sensitivity, and specificity, yet a high probability of asymptomatic carriers.  Testing is not yet 99.9% accurate, and there are no reliable anti-body testing, deduced by the FDA retractions of private companies' test kits.

Even with PPEs and stringent cleaning protocols, LMTs, and all healthcare practitioners for that matter, have no guarantee attending CEU classes in-person for the remainder of this CEU Cycle, 01/01/2019-12/31/2020, will avoid the virus, carry it home to their family, or carry it to work to their clients.

In-person CEUs for a period of May 2020 and December 2020 will not affect clients' care and protection from COVID, and actually has a higher chance of spreading the virus.  In our field of massage therapy, we also work toward causing no harm.  In-person CEUs are not worth our or anyone else's health.

Additionally, most in-person CEU classes have been suspended, and once they are resumed, travel in cars, staying in hotels, and being in small rooms for CEUs, increases risk of exposure.  Very few live webinars are massage therapy focused at this time.  Finding in-person courses will cause undue harm to practitioners.

Possible Resolutions:

-The Massage Board of TN should on May 11th or 12th, 2020, suspend the in-person requirement for CEU classes for this cycle only, and note that depending on the status of COVID-19 in 2021-2022, this issue may need to be reconvened at a future date.

-Alternatively, allowing pre-recorded webinars to count as if they were live, which coincides with the rule that states live webinars meet the requirement as if one is in-person, would lessen the burden on practitioners.

-Additionally, if no such rule is temporarily suspended from above, a new rule for expedited waivers with medical documentation of preexisting health risks connected to COVID-19, should be enacted for future CEU audits of the 2019-2020 CEU Cycle.  This should include waivers skipping the Board's review process.

-Lastly, if no action is taken by the TN Massage Board in May 2020, Governor Bill Lee should issue an Executive Order suspending the requirement for in-person CEUs under all health-related boards licensees for a period he may amend at a later date based upon COVID-19's presence and extended health risk.

Healthcare workers should be solely focusing on public health.  Currently, nursing students and fellows are being hired across the country without licenses, so massage therapy CEUs should be a lower priority.

***If you are an LMT in TN, please sign your name that is associated with your Massage License on file with the State of TN Massage Board.  But if you are not, please at least be a healthcare provider, healthcare student, or healthcare retiree in the state of TN.***

**Those who love receiving professional massages are also welcome to sign to advocate for your own health!**

I will end this petition on 05/10/2020, at 11:59pm CDT, and will send the PDF of signatures to the Board thereafter for emergency consideration, before their meeting on Monday, 05/11/2020.

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