AOTA/NBCOT Draft Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact Available for Comment

For the next 10 weeks, the Council of State Governments (CSG) will solicit comments on the draft Occupational Therapy Compact. Information regarding CSG's invitation can be found here. We encourage you to review the materials and provide comments or questions about the compact to OTCompact@csg.org. CSG is vetting the compact with state licensing boards, state legislators, state legislative staff, state membership organizations, and OT practitioners. The goal is to have a legislative proposal ready for consideration by state legislatures by 2021.


Urge CMS to Continue Medicare Telehealth for OT Beyond the Public Health Emergency. We urge practitioners to submit comments to CMS supporting the CMS policy to allow telehealth to be provided by OTs and OTAs as a permanent solution. Comments are due on July 7 and can be submitted at Regulations.gov. AOTA also strongly encourages practitioners to use the Legislative Action Center to send a letter to your member of Congress advocating for OT services via telehealth on a permanent basis.

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We want to celebrate the accomplishments of our fellow occupational therapy practitioners! Send your good news to us at adminscota@gmail.com 

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Are you a South Carolina practitioner providing OT services through telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency?

Do you want to contribute to OT research?

SCOTA, in collaboration with ArizOTA, is enlisting the participation of OTs and OTAs from across the state and in ALL practice areas to gather and share their experiences with providing telehealth during the state emergency. ArizOTA plans to publish its findings to further support current literature on telehealth provision by OT. 

How to Participate:

1. GATHER DATA: Using the data tracker and recipient feedback survey templates provided below, record key information for the clients/patients/students you treat through telehealth during the COVID-19 emergency. You can adjust the template to your specific needs; the most important thing is to keep track of how you are using telehealth and your experiences with it.

2. COMPLETE SURVEY: After gaining IRB approval, ArizOTA will email SCOTA a series of short surveys to gather information regarding practitioners’ experiences with telehealth. SCOTA will forward these surveys to the membership when they become available. The details you record on the data tracker and recipient feedback surveys will help you in completing the surveys.

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Legislative News


The healthcare environment has changed dramatically and will continue to change. SCOTA's lobbyist actively monitors issues of concern for the Occupational Therapy profession. Can you donate $20, $30, $40 or any amount to continue to protect our shared profession? Together we can ensure SCOTA's continued voice in Columbia. Thank you!    

Visit the Legislation section to read the latest legislative updates from SCOTA and lobbyist Jamey Goldin. 

Donation goal

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The healthcare environment has changed dramatically and will continue to change. SCOTA's lobbyist actively monitors issues of concern for the Occupational Therapy profession. Can you donate $20, $30, $40 or any amount to continue to protect our shared profession? Together we can ensure SCOTA's continued voice in Columbia. Thank you!


AOTA Resources:

Virtual Advocacy During COVID-19 and Beyond: Best Practices


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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update to Temporary Telehealth coverage (4/16/20)

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CMS Temporarily Allows OTs to open Medicare Home Health Cases (4/10/2020)

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Medicaid Bulletin (3/27/2020)

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SCLLR OT Board Coronavirus information 

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Occupational Therapists as Essential Personnel (3/19/2020)

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AOTA COVID-19 Resources

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