AOTA Alerts

Updated April 22, 2016

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The May/June issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) is a special issue on TBI. Read it here.

Work in a nursing home? Medicare contractors will be investigating claims from SNFs providing therapy within 10 minutes of the minimum threshold for high and ultra-high Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs). Here's what you need to know.

OT Month: It's OT Month in April! Check out our products that will help you celebrate occupational therapy.

Evidence Byte: The Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder is an update of a previously published guideline, and it includes an Executive Summary for ease in translation to practice. It is now available for purchase.

ACOTE: AOTA's Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) is beginning the review process of its educational standards. Read more (pdf

Health Reform Update: AOTA commented on a new version of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), a document provided to millions of Americans with group and individual health insurance.

Medicare Payment: Last month, HHS announced that 30% of Medicare payments are now tied to alternative payment models, a major milestone in the effort to improve quality.

Emerging Leader: New practitioners with fewer than 5 years’ experience and OT students in their last year of professional preparation can apply to AOTA’s Emerging Leaders Development Program starting April 25. Start prepping your application now.

Medicare Advantage: Are you considering contracting with Medicare Advantage as a network provider? Check out these resources first.

Children's Mental Health: The National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is on May 5. Learn more on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) website

AOTA Elections: Congratulations to the 2016 AOTA election winners whose terms of office will begin July 1, 2016.

Scholarship: Students—apply for the E.K. Wise Scholarship. Deadline May 13.

Regulatory Advocacy: AOTA advocated for clearer definitions and for recognition and inclusion of OT, in an elective joint replacement white paper.

Digital Badging: Show off your learning accomplishments with AOTA's new digital badge program. Learn more and start earning badges today.

Share Your Stories: As 2017 approaches, we'd like to hear stories about clients you'll never forget or a miracle story you just have to share. Send your stories to or read more.