December 2017

New Providers

We would like to welcome the following new providers to the Approved Provider Program:

•AEP Connections, LLC
•BAYADA Home Health Care
•CEUFast, Inc.
•CINAHL Information Systems
•Creative Therapy Consultants
•Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
•Los Angeles Unified School District Related Services
•Performance Health Academy
•Upstate AHEC

Important Dates

December 25–January 1, 2018:

AOTA offices will be closed

April 19–22, 2018:

AOTA Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, UT

APP Staffing Announcements

Mike Lopatka joined us in November as the new APP Project Assistant and is doing a fantastic job. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations and even interned with a Congressman. He has great customer service skills. Feel free to email him at app@aota.org to test them out!

I (Karen Smith) will be retiring from AOTA on January 31, 2018, after 23 years at AOTA, 10 with the Approved Provider Program. It has been a wonderful experience serving my profession and Association as an AOTA staff member in a variety of positions including the APP Program Manager. Once my successor has been identified, that will be communicated to all of you. Thanks for your support over the years!

Provider Spotlight

Best Practices: Learning Outcomes

The Employee Education System (EES) is the agency in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration that is responsible for accredited continuing education in the health professions. As such, it is also an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Recently, EES was invited to share best practices related to learning outcomes that may be of interest to other AOTA Approved Providers.

In any training prescribed as a solution to a performance or knowledge issue, it is important to fully understand what the learners are expected to know or do after the training event. Learning outcomes are the measurable results of a training activity and describe the overall goal or purpose of learner’s participation in the training event. Read more

APP Annual Fees

Annual fee notices (due October 1st) were emailed on August 18th to the primary contact in our database for your organization. If you have not received an invoice, please contact us immediately at app@aota.org.

Important Login Password Changes

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide an improved, more secure experience in the APP system, we introduced a few changes to the account management features in September.

If you have not logged on to www.aota.org/app since September, this is how you are impacted:

•Account passwords must now be at least 8 characters.

o If your current password is less than 8 characters, the system will automatically ask you to change your password the first time you log in after September 13th

•Introducing “Forgot Password” feature:

o If you have forgotten your password, you can now reset it yourself!

o You will need your provider ID number and your primary contact email address. Note: Please make sure your information is up to date with us. Contact us if you need assistance updating this information.

o You will be emailed a temporary password that can be used one time. You will be immediately prompted to reset your password at that point.

Awarding Credit

Approved Providers award AOTA CEUs for courses that are relevant to OT. One (1) AOTA CEU = 10 contact hours of continuing education. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) allows .25% additional credit for courses that have an evaluation component (post-test). So a 1-hour course would be awarded 1.25 PDUs (professional development units) toward NBCOT certification renewal. This does not increase the number of AOTA CEUs. Certificates of Completion for online courses or other courses that include a post-test/evaluation component should indicate that and include the PDUs awarded, in addition to the AOTA CEUs/contact hours, so OT learners can accurately reflect this credit when submitting their certificates to NBCOT.

Annual Conference 2018—Salt Lake City, UT

It’s hard to beat the fantastic Conference and Exposition that we had this year in Philly at our Centennial Celebration, but Salt Lake City is shaping up to be a great one as well! Connect with occupational therapy professionals—researchers, clinicians, educators, administrators, and students as an exhibitor. Learn more about advertising, sponsorship, and exhibiting opportunities on our website.

Quarterly Drawing

APP learners who participate in our online program evaluation survey are eligible to win a quarterly prize of a $100 voucher for AOTA CE and products. The December 2017 winner is Laura Amundson, who participated in an visABILITIES Rehab Services, Inc, CE activity. As part of our program evaluation methods we encourage providers to email learners the survey message and link on your provider login page after CE events.

APP Contact Information

Karen Smith, OT/L
APP Program Manager
301-652-6611, ext. 2054


Michael Lopatka
APP Project Assistant
301-652-6611, ext. 2834

The next AOTA Approved Provider Program Provider Update will be emailed in March 2018. Go to www.aota.org/app and provide your provider number and password to access a variety of resources on your provider login page.

Feel free to share the Provider Update with others in your organization.

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