Welcome to the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association's website!

We are happy you are here! New content for both members and non-members will be added frequently as we continue building our page. After joining, please watch for a "Verification Email." You must verify your email before we can send you your membership card (in a pdf attachment) and welcome letter. Arkansas Medicaid updates are viewable by both members and non members by clicking the "Arkansas Medicaid Updates" link. Updates that were once posted under "Announcements" have been moved to that section. If you have ideas or suggestions about what you would like to see on this page, please let us know. We have a lot of exciting plans in the works and we need your support!

Announcements

7-13-17
There will be an informational meeting on the many recent Medicaid changes that will be held on July 25th at 5:30 pm.  The meeting location will be at BOST, 5812 Remington Circle, Ft. Smith, AR.  Representatives from the PT, OT and speech associations will be present as well as from DDS and Rehabnet of Arkansas.

7-13-17
As a follow up to the meeting the PT, OT and Speech associations had with AFMC and DDS, we will be attending another meeting on July 27th to discuss issues that continue to arise with the 90 minute rule and billing through AFMC.  On behalf of the associations we welcome any feedback that can be provided on issues with billing Medicaid since the institution of the 90 minute rule on July 1st.  Based on feedback from members we are hoping to discuss the following issues

Multiple facilities billing for services provided to one beneficiary
The Process for using the PA number including whether to use the number on all units or just those above 90 minutes
Process for denial of claims
Calculating units when using assistants
"Fixes" that will be implemented with the new MMIS
Education for physicians regarding the new changes/rules

If you have additional questions you would like answered, please log in and post them on our internal message board.  

6-30-17

We have had several questions continue to be asked that were not addressed on the Q&A Form from AFMC.

1. Splitting therapist & assistant units on the request: 

6-29-17 Please see Arkansas Medicaid Update section for the Q and A regarding the DMS 640 Validation and EOB/PA process.

6-20-17  OT, PT & ST Manual Changes effective 7-1-17 http://www.arota.org/images/Update_to_Medicaid_Therapy_OT_PT_ST_Effective_7-1-2017.pdf

6-5-17 Please take some time and help our student members with research projects by completing research surveys. See the new link under the "Quick Links" section for Student Surveys/Research.

5-23-17 In order to provide clarity, representatives from AROTA, ArkSHA, and ArPTA met with representatives from Medicaid, DDS and AFMC and had many questions answered. Stakeholder input was provided and we feel that our voices were heard. Not interrupting children's services was discussed and will be addressed. A formal statement outlining the 90 minute rule and PA process will be delivered within 7 business days by Melissa Stone, DDS Director. We have been asked to respect this timeline as the written procedures are being finalized by DDS and AFMC. ** (6-2-17) The official statement from DDS can now be found in the Arkansas Medicaid Update section of this page.

4-13-17 If you are interested in serving on a committee to develop best practice guidelines for school based related service professionals in Arkansas,  please contact info@AROTA.org 

4-6-17 Under Quick Links check out our video link to watch a video of leaders advocating for Occupational Therapy at AOTA! 

2-13-17 Provider Led Managed Care Stakeholder Meetings are held every other Friday. The next meeting is Friday, 2-24-17 at 1:00 at the Easter Seals Training Outreach Center in Little Rock. If you would like to be included on the email thread regarding these meetings, please email David Ivers at divers@mitchellblackstock.com and let him know to add you to the emails regarding these meetings.

12-19-16 Regarding the new OT Evaluation/Re-evaluation CPT codes...Arkansas Medicaid is not ready for us to begin using the new codes. Watch for notifications on the Arkansas Medicaid website in the upcoming months for when to begin using the new codes. For now, continue as you have been until official notice. The new OT CPT codes and descriptors can be found here...http://www.aota.org/Advocacy-Policy/Federal-Reg-Affairs/Coding/evaluation-cpt-codes-descriptors.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Information

In Arkansas, Occupational Therapy is regulated by the Arkansas State Medical Board. For licensure information, please contact:

Arkansas State Medical Board
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 340
Little Rock, AR 72201-2936
(501) 296-1802     
https://www.armedicalboard.org/

For the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Pratice Act, please visit:
https://www.armedicalboard.org/professionals/pdf/MPA.pdf

For the Arkansas OTA change/add supervision form and tracking log, please visit:
http://www.armedicalboard.org/Professionals/pro.aspx?type=4

Depending upon your practice setting, you may need an NPI (National Provider Identifier). It is free and can be obtained online at:
https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/Welcome.do

In order to become a Medicaid Provider in Arkansas, please visit:
https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/provider/logon.aspx

Professional Development Unit (PDU) online calculator (converts contact hours and CEUs into PDUs):
http://www.nbcot.org/pdu-calculator