AADL is transitioning authorizations and claims to Alberta Blue Cross. Consequently, AADL is suspending training so training materials can be updated to reflect changes in the process for authorizing AADL benefits. AADL expects to resume authorizer training in September 2021.
Note: AADL will still accept applications for AADL authorizer training on a first-come, first-served basis.
While waiting for training, registered nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists can act as AADL assessors as long as an AADL authorizer who can authorize for the benefit signs the authorization.
Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) authorizers are health care professionals who are trained and approved to authorize AADL benefits.
The authorizer is typically a registered nurse, physical therapist or occupational therapist and usually works in a community health care facility, hospital, continuing care centre or home care program.
Become an authorizer
Health care professionals who want to become an AADL Authorizer must:
- be a resident of Alberta
- be a health professional and presently registered in, and in good standing with one of these professional associations:
- Registered Nurse – College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
- Occupational Therapist – Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapist – Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association (Physiotherapy Alberta)
- Speech Language Pathologist – Alberta College of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
- have a minimum of 1,700 hours (approximately one year full-time equivalent) professional clinical experience. Exceptions may be allowed with the prior approval of AADL
- be employed as a health care professional for a minimum of 3 days per week (0.6 full-time equivalent)
- not be in a position to directly or indirectly engage in the sale and supply of a program benefit – health care professionals must disclose any potential conflict of interest to AADL for evaluation
- meet the entrance criteria of the specific AADL benefit they wish to authorize, when applicable, and possess the specialized training required to authorize specific AADL benefits as noted in the benefit sections of the AADL program manual
- complete the Online Course and attend the AADL authorizer training session
Note: AADL has the right to refuse to grant AADL Authorizer status.
Authorization of benefits
Once approved, health care professionals will be able to authorize AADL benefits in their primary product range. For more information, read:
To register for available courses, print, complete and return the authorizer application form. Seating is limited.
Incomplete forms and/or those without required documentation will be returned and the applicant will lose their place in line.
Applications will be accepted at any time. Once your application is processed, you will be notified that you are accepted to be on a waiting list. Once the authorizer training course is scheduled you will be contacted and at that time you must confirm that you can attend the session.
Prior to attending the workshop, you must complete online Module 1, review the AADL program manual and workshop materials, and print off relevant sections of the program manual
Prior to attending the workshop(s), you must complete online Module 1, review the AADL program manual and workshop materials, and print off relevant sections of the program manual as indicated below.
Module 1 – AADL general overview, policies and procedures
The Module 1 videos will help you better understand and participate in the AADL Program. They give an overview of the AADL program, the roles of the authorizer, vendor, specialty supplier and client, the cost-share component, and quantity and frequency process.
The training videos are on YouTube:
- Module 1.1 – Introduction to AADL
- Module 1.2 – Authorizers and Authorizing for Benefits
- Module 1.3 – Vendors and Provision of Benefits
- Module 1.4 – Specialty Supplier Roles
- Module 1.5 – Cost Sharing
- Module 1.6 – Complaint Registry
- Module 1.7 – Quantity and Frequency Review
- Module 1.1 – Introduction to AADL (PDF, 760 KB)
- Module 1.2 – Authorizers and Authorizing for Benefits (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Module 1.3 – Vendors and Provision of Benefits (PDF, 714 KB)
- Module 1.4 – Specialty Supplier Roles (PDF, 714 KB)
- Module 1.5 – Cost Sharing (PDF, 780 KB)
- Module 1.6 – Complaint Registry (PDF, 680 KB)
- Module 1.7 – Quantity and Frequency Review (PDF, 805 KB)
- Authorizer Interactive Voice Response Guide (PDF, 83 KB)
Primary product ranges (in-person training session)
Print and bring with you the specific sections of the Program Manual and Product Lists, and presentations for the module(s) you are attending.
Primary Product Range presentation handouts:
- Module A – Medical Surgical Benefits (PDF, 1 MB)
- Module B, Part 1 – AADL General Policies and Procedures (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Module B, Part 2 – Small Bathing and Toileting Equipment, Mattress Overlays (E), Transfer Aids, and Musculosketal (Soft) Supports (PDF, 792 KB)
- Module B, Part 3 – Patient Lifters and Slings, Pressure Redistribution Overlays, and Homecare Beds and Accessories (PDF, 1 MB)
- Module C, Part 1 – Large Bathing and Toileting Equipment (PDF, 783 KB)
- Module C, Part 2 – Pediatric Equipment (PDF, 932 KB)
Module 2 – Secondary product range
Secondary product range training will be assigned when the authorizer:
- attains full authorizer status for the primary product range associated with their professional designation
- meets additional eligibility criteria including training related to the secondary product range
- completes the online training prior to submitting the application for the addition of a secondary product range
The training videos are on YouTube:
- Module 2.1 – Burn Garments
- Module 2.3 – Compression Garments
- Module 2.4 – Incontinence Supplies
- Module 2.5 – Seating Benefits
- Module 2.6 – Speech Generating Communication Devices
- Module 2.7 – Manual Wheelchair Benefits
- Module 2.8 – Power Wheelchair Benefits
Authorizer application forms
- Burn Garments Authorizer Application (PDF, 92 KB)
- Compression Garments Authorizer Application (PDF, 93 KB)
- Incontinence Supplies Authorizer Application (PDF, 90 KB)
- Manual Wheelchair and Seating (Level A) Authorizer Application (PDF, 33 KB)
- Seating Authorizer Application – Level B & C (PDF, 80 KB)
- Speech Generating Communication Devices Service Centre Application (PDF, 466 KB)
- Speech Generating Communication Devices Authorizer Application (PDF, 142 KB)
- Power Wheelchair Authorizer Application (PDF, 145 KB)
- Module 2.1 – Burn Garments (PDF, 950 KB)
- Module 2.3 – Compression Garments (PDF, 800 KB)
- Module 2.4 – Incontinence Supplies (PDF, 2.1 MB)
- Module 2.5 – Seating Benefits (PDF, 1.2 MB)
- Module 2.6 – Speech Generating Communication Devices (PDF, 810 KB)
- Module 2.7 – Manual Wheelchairs (PDF, 1 MB)
- Module 2.8 – Power Wheelchairs (PDF, 880 KB)
The AADL dressing benefit, Module 2.2, has been discontinued.
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