Michigan Occupational Therapy Association


MiOTA - Advocacy Updates


COVID-19 Information and Links

MiOTA is working with state and national authorities to bring us the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19 specific to our state.  Please be aware that information is subject to change quickly during this challenging time. 

For general information on national issues,

If you are an occupational therapy practitioner with questions, please visit: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19/practitioners-faq.aspx

If you are an occupational therapy student, please visit: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19/educators-students-faq.aspx

For client recommendations and suggestions, please visit: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19/clients-faq.aspx

Not only is hand washing the best way to prevent the spread of germs, but it is also one of the most important activities of daily living during this outbreak! 



Important Update Regarding NBCOT Renewal Extension:

If you were due to renew your NBCOT certification or registration at the end of March please be aware that considering COVID-19 and its’ impact on the nation, NBCOT has extended the renewal time frame 2020.

NBCOT will extend the renewal deadline for 2020 until May 31.

  • All certificants due to renew in 2020 will retain their active OTR® or COTA® certification until May 31, 2020.
  • This gives you two additional months to obtain the units required for certification renewal.
  • If you do not renew by May 31, 2020, your certification status will change to Expired on June 1.
  • If you renew your certification after May 31, 2020, you will be charged the late fee.

Lansing Lobby Day:

On February 13, 2020, MiOTA held our annual Lansing Lobby Day on Michigan’s Capitol Hill. While the weather wasn’t kind that morning (a snowstorm hit during the morning rush hour), we had a strong showing of over 90 members who braved the cold and snowy morning to support their profession.

Held at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, Lobby Day participants met with their local House Representative, Senators, and legislative staff members throughout the day. They lobbied on behalf of MiOTA on the following topics:

  • Autism and Occupational Therapy
  • House Bill 4108: Mandatory Reporters
  • Auto No-Fault Insurance

MiOTA holds Lansing Lobby Day yearly to maintain and increase our visibility with our legislators throughout the state and share our concerns. This year, our main lobbying topic (Autism) was a member-generated concern shared through our fall survey. It was timely and important due to recent budget cuts and reinstatements of Autism program funding at the state-level. While these cuts did directly impact occupational therapists, they offered an opportunity for MiOTA to share occupational therapy’s long and ongoing contribution to ASD treatment throughout the state of Michigan.

The Advocacy Committee would like to share a huge thanks to our participants for coming out on that blustery February morning! In addition, a huge thanks to Dr. Steven Eberth, Alyssa Baker, Joanna Coddington, Bret Marr, Lisa Johnson, and Kirsten Matthews for their support in developing this event.

Be on the lookout for further communications from MiOTA’s Advocacy Committee on other state and nation-wide issues affecting therapists locally and throughout the country.

Jeannie Kunz, MOT, OTR/L, BCP

AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics

MiOTA Advocacy Director

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)"

Updated 3/24/20

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