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Recent developments impacting occupational therapy practices in all 50 states
  • Minor Changes Mean Everything

    Today we have a guest blog post from AOTA's policy fieldwork student, Sam Talisman! Sam is working on his OTD at Washington University. Here is a small story with a bigger point. The Maryland Board of OT recently proposed a change to its definition...
  • North Carolina adds OT to the Right to Choose Statute!

    The legislative session of 2017 has been full of states pushing to fix parts of their statute that seemingly forgot to add OT. In North Carolina, the NCOTA did an amazing job at advocating for OT to be added to the "right to choose services of certain...
  • Arizona Medicaid to Expand Services to Occupational Therapy!

    As of May 12, 2017, Arizona adults on Medicaid will now have their outpatient occupational therapy services covered. Before, outpatient occupational therapy services were covered only for children in Arizona. This is a big deal! As states have dealt with...
  • Hawaii OTA licensure to go into effect on January 1, 2017!

    UPDATE 10/25/2017 The forms have been posted! Here are the links to the forms. Information for OTA licensure OTA Licensure Application Please note that no due date is listed, but statute requires that OTAs are licensed by January 1, 2017...
  • Missouri enacts fair co-pay!

    On July 5th, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri signed Senate Bill 635 which had a provision allowing for the parity of co-payments and coinsurances. Now co-payments and coinsurance for occupational therapy cannot be greater than what is charged by physicians...
  • Minnesota publishes telehealth policies

    While technological advancements in medicine have moved forward at rocket speed, telehealth has become more and more prominent. Most states have statutorily allowed the practice of telemedicine as well as hashed out the mechanism for payment. Telemedicine...
  • Historic legislation signed into law

    On Tuesday, May 10, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland signed into law SB 297 – Habilitative Services – Period of Time for Coverage. The title may be a bit boring, but the impact is monumental. SB297 was introduced to strengthen the state law...
  • OTA Licensure and Telehealth Parity Bill Sent to Governor Cuomo

    On November 10, 2015, the New York Assembly sent the OTA license bill, S.1567-A, by Senator LaValle, and the OT/PT Telehealth Parity bill, A.7488 by Assembly member Gottfried were both sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. New York is the last state...
  • State CE Requirements Charts Updated @AOTA State Policy resources

    State Affairs staff has posted updated charts detailing individual state continuing competence/education requirements at http://www.aota.org/Advocacy-Policy/State-Policy/Licensure/StateRegs.aspx . Please visit the site to see these and other updated...
  • Do you know what your state did last summer?

    As we move into the Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end of summer, many of us are returning from vacations (whether actual or just mental) and trying to focus on the year ahead. Many people take comfort in knowing they can take a break in the summer...