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MiOTA - Advocacy Updates


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February 13, 2020

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MiOTA Advocacy: Advocating for You!

Will these changes affect your daily practice?  Read below to find out.

Payer Driven Payment Model Updates:

AOTA has been monitoring changes with practitioners who have been impacted by the shift to Payer Driven Payment Model (PDPM).  They want to hear experiences from AOTA members and non-members alike.  If your practice has been affected by changes related to PDPM, please follow this link to report your concerns: https://www.aota.org/Publications-News/AOTANews/2019/PDPM-Changes-SNF-CMS.aspx 

If you are concerned with fraud, abuse, or non-compliance, you can reference the following website for support and information: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Ethics/Tools-for-Productivity-Requirements/compliance-reporting-fraud-abuse-medicare.aspx

For additional support, AOTA members can use the CommunOT blog to reach out to other practitioners for support and resources.

Patient Driven Payment Model

Medicare, other payers, and health systems are moving to emphasize the value of services provided rather than rewarding the volume of services. This transition provides opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners to highlight their distinct value by understanding and applying quality measures to everyday practice. Practitioners will be financially rewarded for demonstrating value and potentially penalized for not meeting the value criteria. See below for education and resources supporting OT in the move from volume to value. (AOTA, 2019)

For an introduction to this model, please watch the following video provided by AOTA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIXDzqOed0c&feature=youtu.be

For more resources, use the following links from AOTA:


Continuing Education Requirements

There have been changes to the Public Health Code and Administrative Rules that require licensees and individuals seeking licensure to complete human trafficking training. When does this take effect? Administrative Rule R 338.1215 requires an individual licensed or seeking licensure to complete training to identify victims of human trafficking. This is a one-time training that is separate from continuing education (CE). Licensees who renew in 2018 must complete training by renewal in 2020; renewals completed in 2019 must complete training by renewal in 2021, and renewals for 2020 by 2022. Beginning October 19, 2022, completion of training is a requirement for initial licensure.  (Lara, 2017)

The one-time human trafficking training may be done through: a teleconference or a webinar, online presentation, live presentation, or printed or electronic media. Refer to the Administrative Rules for more information. The training must cover all of the following: understanding the types and venues of human trafficking in the United States; identifying victims of human trafficking in health care settings; identifying the warnings signs of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and minors; and identifying resources for reporting the suspected victims of human trafficking. The training may be acquired through any of the following: 1) A nationally recognized or state recognized, health related organization. 2) By or in conjunction with a state or federal agency. 3) An educational program that has been approved by the board for initial licensure, or by a college or university. 4) Reading an article related to the identification of victims of human trafficking as indicated above, and is published in a peer review journal, health care journal, or professional or scientific journal. If audited, licensees shall provide acceptable proof of completion. (Lara, 2017)"

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