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New Home Health Bill Recognizes OT
December 23, 2015 4:55 PM by Brian Ferrie
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., has issued a press release revealing that on Dec. 8, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Medicare Home Heath Flexibility Act (S. 2364). This bill would Read More...
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AOTF Announces Research Priorities
November 5, 2015 11:21 AM by Brian Ferrie
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release in late October announcing research priorities to work toward its vision of a vibrant science that builds knowledge to support effective, evidence-based occupational Read More...
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OT Practitioners Are Headed to Capitol Hill
September 18, 2015 5:29 PM by Brian Ferrie
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) just issued a press release this week declaring that hundreds of OT clinicians, educators, and students from across the United States will meet with elected officials Sept. 28 on Capitol Hill. They Read More...
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Breakthrough for OTs to Provide Behavioral Health Services
July 1, 2015 1:12 PM by Brian Ferrie
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., recently issued a press release announcing a major achievement for the profession -- inclusion of occupational therapy in newly established criteria for mental health services. On May Read More...
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DSM-5 Has Arrived
May 24, 2013 5:09 PM by Jill Glomstad
[Guest blogger Stacey Miller is editor of our sister publication, ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists .] The Fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) Read More...
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Schools Must Provide Sports for Students with Disabilities
January 25, 2013 1:16 PM by Jill Glomstad
The U.S. Department of Education today issued a statement declaring public schools at the K-12 level must provide opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in athletic programs. A U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) report in 2010 found Read More...
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ADVANCE’s Election Coverage
October 22, 2012 5:48 PM by Jill Glomstad
The presidential elections are only two weeks away, and as we head into the homestretch, many Americans may be burned out from the seemingly ubiquitous coverage in the media and the increasingly hostile campaign ads that show up during their favorite Read More...
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The Medicaid “Wrinkle”
June 29, 2012 2:18 PM by Jill Glomstad
In yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, seven of the nine Justices agreed that it would be unconstitutional for the federal government to force states to participate in the Affordable Care Act's expansion of the Medicaid program. The expansion had been expected Read More...
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Socialized Medicine Works
July 8, 2011 1:56 PM by Jill Glomstad
A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that giving poor people health insurance works ( New York Times , July 7, 2011). Results come in the form of these people feeling better, being less depressed, and maintaining their financial Read More...
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Digging Deeper: Regional and State Spotlights
July 5, 2011 1:16 PM by Jessica LaGrossa
We recently introduced Regional Spotlights on our site. From California to New York, you can now click on your region to find out what's new in occupational therapy across the US. This is a great way to stay informed about important legislation in your Read More...
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Cap Exceptions Process Extended!
December 10, 2010 12:47 PM by Jill Glomstad
You’d think we’d all be used to it by now. The therapy caps under Medicare have been a thorn in the side of OTs, PTs and speech therapists for years now, and it seems like every December we’re back in this same boat – waiting with baited breath to see Read More...
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Final Fee Schedule Will Significantly Cut OT Payments in 2011
November 5, 2010 3:53 PM by Jill Glomstad
UPDATE: A bill signed into law Nov. 30 changes the MPPR cuts to practice expenses slightly for private practices and other non-institutional providers. Check the full story at http://occupational-therapy.advanceweb.com/News/Daily-News-Watch/Feds-Keep-Therapy-MPPR-Reduce-It-by-25.aspx Read More...
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AOTA Calls MPPR Proposal Illegal
August 30, 2010 6:28 PM by EJ Brown
In a strongly worded comment letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services August 24, the American Occupational Therapy Association accused CMS of literally breaking federal law in parts of its proposed 2011 update of the Physicians' Fee Schedule. Read More...
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Want to Be a 'Disaster Hero' ?
June 23, 2010 9:26 AM by EJ Brown
If you want to catch Americans' attention, I guess the best way to do it is to make a game of things. Especially a video game. That's what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has decided. That's why game developer and publisher Legacy Interactive® Read More...
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RA Passes Re-vamping Measures
April 30, 2010 9:32 AM by EJ Brown
Not long after rejecting a restructuring proposal that would have replaced the RA with a 15- to 21-member regional council yesterday, the Representative Assembly moved ahead to look at the issues that proposal addressed. The assembly voted 35-27 against Read More...
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