OT in DC: A Politics & Policy Blog

OT in DC: A Politics & Policy Blog

AOTA’s Division of Public Affairs works in Washington with Congress, agencies, AOTA members, and other organizations on a continuous basis. This blog will provide updates on some of the issues of importance to the OT profession and some of the activities
  • New Congress/New President

    On January 3rd the new 113th Congress was sworn into office and OT was present. Aimee Sidhu, AOTA member from Washington State, was the winner of AOTPAC's contest to attend the Congressional Swearing in. She attended a variety of events, including...
  • Democratic Convention - sounds like a blast

    Hope you are following Ralph Kohl's tweets @AOTARKohl . If you can't follow him on your phone, you can check him out on-line. He got to race around the Charlotte Motor Speedway at 175 miles per hour, which is probably the speed he is actually...
  • Getting Ready for the Democratic Convention Next Week

    Here at the office getting Ralph Kohl's schedule of activities together and finalized for the Democratic Convention. Lots going on there. Ralph arrives Sunday night and is off to a start early Monday at an event for Rep. Mike McIntyre at the Charlottee...
  • Tampa and the RNC 2012: An Insiders Guide

    So there are several aspects to a National Convention: Political, Social, Networking, Social, Fundraising, Social, and Marketing. Many of these interact because of the emphasis on the social which blends many of the underlying purposes but a great...
  • HHS Announces New ICD-10 Deadline– October 1, 2014

    On August 24, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the final rule that delays the ICD-10 compliance date from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014. The summary in the final rule states: “this final rule changes the compliance...
  • Update - CMS Manual Medical Review for Outpatient Therapy

    On August 2, 2012 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the details of its plan to conduct manual medical reviews for outpatient therapy claims over $3,700. The reviews will occur in phases, with the first phase beginning October...
  • Made it safely to convention

    Tim Nanof, Director of Federal Affairs, AOTA, made it safely to Tampa after a slight delay departing Baltimore due to storms. Tampa is just rainy. While the convention sessions have been delayed until Tuesday, a few other events are still being held....
  • OT at the Republican and Democratic Conventions

    AOTPAC is sending AOTA staff to the Conventions to represent OT and you can follow their activities on this blog. You can follow Tim Nanof at the Republican convention via Twitter @Tnanofaota #RNC2012 and Ralph Kohl at the Democratic Convention @aotaRKohl...
  • Health Care To Keep Moving

    Whatever your views on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), today was a landmark day. The Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the ACA: it is constitutional, including the individual mandate. There will be lots of discussion about whether this was...
  • Rehabilitation Research: Providing Evidence for the Future of OT

    One issue AOTA regularly focuses on at the Federal level is the state of rehabilitation research, particularly the state of occupational therapy research. While there are many venues for addressing this critical if not overly sexy topic, a couple of the...
  • CMS issues new transmittal and MLN Matters article regarding the therapy cap and exceptions process; AOTA FAQ's updated

    President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630) on February 22, 2012. The law extends the Medicare Part B Outpatient Therapy Cap Exceptions Process through December 31, 2012, and, among other things, avoids...
  • AOTA signs on to coalition letter in support of competition and access in health care

    Where can you turn for an evaluation of how proposed state legislation will affect patient access to care? At the request of state legislators, the Federal Trade Commission has provided opinions on pending scope of practice legislation and regulations...
  • Where is OT Going? Answers from Indy

    The conference in Indianapolis was a great time! The local conference committee and all the AOTA staff made it run like clockwork! My last post asked what was the future of OT in health care reform. Many conversations and presentations in Indy gave me...
  • Where can OT move as the health care system changes?

    Health care may be perceived as on a negative trajectory these days, what with so much discussion of Medicare changes, threats and cuts to state Medicaid benefits, and the Supreme Court arguments over the Accountable Care Act mandate and other issues...
  • Every Intervention, Every Day

    This week AOTA is writing comments to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on their report on March 8 about outpatient therapy services in Medicare. MedPAC is an advisory body to the US Congress. The Commission is composed of appointees but...
  • How We Say It Matters

    Several issues have come up this week that make me think about how important it is to describe occupational therapy correctly and convincingly. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission had a report at its meeting last week indicating that therapists use...
  • INTRODUCING: OT in DC--A Politics and Policy Blog

    Hello and greetings from the AOTA Division of Public Affairs. Within Public Affairs we have divisions and sections that address and support federal legislation, federal regulatory policy, private insurance policy, state licensure laws and regulations...