OOTA is excited to announce our legislative advocacy day at the Ohio Statehouse (previously scheduled on October 4, 2023) is now back on the schedule for April 10, 2024.

This will be an opportunity for everyone - members and non-members - OT and OTA students and practitioners - to meet and speak with legislators at the statehouse and share personal stories about the importance of occupational therapy for Ohio clients and practitioners. 

This will be an IN-PERSON event in Columbus but preparation for the event will take place virtually prior to April 10th. 

Please complete your registration by March 8th to ensure ample time for scheduling with legislators.

Use the link HERE or the QR code.

 



Calling all Occupational Therapy Practitioners!!

Join us for the OOTA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, as we embark on a transformative journey at the intersection of occupational therapy and community building!

Embrace the power of collaboration, community engagement, and interdisciplinary connections in occupational therapy practice. Let's shape the future together by bridging gaps and forging connections for the betterment of communities.

Call for Papers Coming Soon!

Accepting Proposals for:

  • Panel Discussions (60 minutes)
  • Small Group Discussions (15-minute presentation + 15-minute discussion)
  • Traditional One-Hour Short Courses
  • Pre-conference Workshops (3 hours)
  • Virtual Posters

Get ready to share your insights, experiences, and innovations. Your voice matters, and together, we can create positive change in the world of occupational therapy. Stay tuned for more details on how to submit your proposals! 

Save the dates, mark your calendars, and be part of the occupational therapy community's journey towards meaningful connections and positive impact. See you there! 

#OOTAConference #OccupationalTherapy #ConnectingForChange #CommunityBuilding #OOTA2024




A Message from AOTA: 
Make your voice heard...

BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION for MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has a committee tasked with examining the barriers to participation for behavioral health providers under Medicare, Medicaid and the insurance marketplace. The committee is to examine these challenges specifically faced by each provider type.  The final report will include long-term and short-term policy recommendations.  This is a great opportunity to have OT practitioners respond to the survey so OT will be included as a provider type in the final report. 

OT practitioners are encouraged to provide input, more information and the link to the survey: Legislative Action Center

AOTA Members can also provide feedback on CommunOT: https://communot.aota.org/discussion/opportunity-to-provide-feedback-to-national-panel-seeking-to-improve-access-to-behavioral-healthcare-services



 2024 AOTA ELECTIONS

Voting is now open for the 2024 AOTA Elections.  

AOTA members: There is so much potential for positive change, and your active participation in the 2024 AOTA Elections can make a difference! Cast your vote by February 23 at 11:59 am ET (just before noon). Ohio needs a new candidate for our Representative to the RA after June 2024. Please contact Rhonda Davis-Cheshire for details if you have an interest in this position and would like to know more.

Use this LINK to vote today.

Note: You must be logged in as an AOTA member to view information and vote.



THANK YOU FOR MAKING 2024 OOTA STUDENT CONCLAVE A SUCCESS!

The OOTA Student Conclave is a FREE event hosted by Ohio's Occupational Therapy Association to support current OT/OTA students in Ohio. The 2024 conclave was held on Monday, January 8th AND Tuesday, January 9th, 2024.

REGISTER FOR ON DEMAND ACCESS HERE

Each evening featured distinct topics and offered a combined four hours of valuable professional development, advice, and guidance provided by OT practitioners across the state of Ohio. 

Congratulations to our Student Conclave raffle winners!! 

1 year OOTA Membership

  • Night 1 ~ Megan Kirlin, OT Student, Ohio State University
  • Night 2 ~ Casey Peter, OT Student, Xavier University

NBCOT StudyPack®️, donated by NBCOT

  • Justin Truitt, OTA Student, Sinclair Community College


 Legislative Updates

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Ohio Medicaid Rates increased effective January 1, 2024

Please check HERE for a file of current CPT codes and the Medicaid reimbursement rate effective January 1, 2024, as well as the comparison from last year. 

Some sources are hyperlinked in the column headings. Additional information can be found at the Medicaid website: https://medicaid.ohio.gov/about-us/budget.

A few notes to remember:

  • The current column are rates that took effect on 1/1/24; previous column were rates in existence prior to that date
  • Instances where the previous column has ‘NC’ mean that the service was previously a non-covered service
  • Codes that are bundled or not covered by Medicaid are not included on this list.

If you have questions about the rate increase process or the resources included/linked here, please send an email to Danny Hurley.



Click HERE for a copy of our Legislative Priorities for 2023-2024 and the 135th General Assembly.

OOTA Members can access Legislative Updates from every OOTA Board Meeting HERE.