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We are SO happy you are here !  PLEASE take  some time to get to know your new website.   Content for members is available in several different formats. We will have social input so link in to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. (Arkansas OTA) . Thank you for your support. We hope this upgraded site will assist with communication in all areas of the great state of Arkansas!!

 

New to AROTA? Check out this video to learn all our website has to offer!

 

Announcements

  

 

NEWS CONCERNING TELEHEALTH & BILLING

Covid19-PhysiciansAndPractitioners-508cFinal116.pdf

 

BELOW ARE THE UPDATED COMPLEXITY CODES FOR EVALUATION OF OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY

To access complexity codes, Click Here

 

THIS IS THE LIST OF CPT CODES. 97000 SERIES FOR OT/PT WERE ADDED BUT THEY ARE LIMITED AS TO WHICH CODES.

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-General-Information/Telehealth/Telehealth-Codes

(March 23,2020 @ 11:50 am)

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Arkansas and consistent with CMS’s coverage and payment for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, DMS is suspending the prohibition on use of telemedicine technology for limited occupational, physical or speech therapy services provided to established patients during the COVID-19 outbreak and the declaration of public health emergency.
The telemedicine services described below will be available and billable on April 3, 2020 and will be retroactive to dates of service, March 20, 2020. The services will be available to established patients only, as described for dates of service thirty (30) days from today, with the possibility of extending for additional thirty-day periods.
Parental Consultation
Parental consultation is a service that allows a therapist to instruct a parent or caregiver on how to use therapeutic equipment or techniques with their child to continue working on therapy goals and objectives.
To bill for this service, the therapist must document that the parent or caregiver was present with a beneficiary. The service must be provided using the appropriate real-time technology that includes both a video and audio component. The originating service requirement is relaxed so that the parent can receive this service from their home.
The service may be provided in 15-minute sessions with a maximum of 8 sessions per month. All services must be prior authorized by eQHealth Solutions.
Individual Therapy Services provided by a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech Therapist
To allow for continued therapy services for established patients during this time of social distancing, DMS is lifting the requirement that the beneficiary be located at a healthcare facility (originating site) to receive telemedicine services for the following services only: • Individual Physical Therapy provided by a Physical Therapist

• Individual Occupational Therapy provided by an Occupational Therapist • Individual Speech Therapy provided by a Speech-Language Pathologist
Parental or caregiver involvement is required during the session. Additionally, the technology used must be real-time and include a video and audio component. The sessions are limited to thirty minutes a piece, with a maximum of three (3) sessions per week.
The following services cannot be completed via telemedicine:
1. Evaluations and re-evaluations. However, if an annual evaluation is due during this time, the deadline may be extended until the patient is able to come into the office. 2. Services provided by Assistants. 3. Group Services.
To ensure quality and consistency of care to Medicaid beneficiaries, DMS will coordinate with the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) to conduct retrospective reviews and audits of these services during this time. Please keep all records of services as required by Medicaid physician billing and telemedicine rules.

 

 

 

 WELCOME OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

FOR 

AROTA

Becky A. Crenshaw, MRC, CRC, received her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science at Arkansas Tech University in 1985 and continued her education at Arkansas State University where she received a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1987.  She began her career as a substance abuse counselor and then became a worker’s comp case manager in Little Rock in late 1989.  She became a certified rehabilitation counselor in early 1990. In 1998 she switched from referring patients to physical and occupational therapists to manage Rehabilitation Network of Arkansas which is an association of private practice therapy clinics encompassing physical, occupational and speech therapists.  She later took on managing the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association which made a natural fit.

 

Becky has successfully increased membership in both organizations by continually adding value to the organizations.  She understands the importance of occupational therapy in the habilitation and rehabilitation of patients.  Becky is eager to work closely with the membership to make this organization what Arkansas occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants need and want to participate in. Please welcome Becky to our AROTA team!!  You are welcome to reach out to her via phone: 501-548-6003 or [email protected]

 

Her main agenda will be getting AROTA back on track for a successful organization and build membership.

 

 

 

AOTA Cancels Annual Conference & Expo in Boston

March 10, 2020

AOTA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference & Expo and all pre-Conference events, scheduled for March 25-29 in Boston, due to the continued rapid spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

As AOTA’s Board of Directors and staff have been meticulously reviewing updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and multiple authorities in Boston, in the end, one need remained at the forefront of our hearts and minds: the obligation to protect the health and safety of occupational therapy practitioners and their clients across the lifespan, many of whom are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

In recent days, a number of significant changes have made cancelation of our Conference unavoidable. Today, the Governor of Massachusetts declared a State of Emergency and provided guidance to limit or eliminate large events where possible. This decision came after an increasing number of COVID-19 diagnoses in connection with another recent meeting in Boston, the cancelation of another mass gathering in Boston by the mayor, a major university in Boston directing students to vacate by March 15, international travel bans, and new travel restrictions imposed by universities and employers around the country that prevent a growing portion of our registrants from participating in our Conference as presenters and attendees.

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 NEW AROTA BOARD MEMBER

We still need volunteers from Northeast, Southwest and Southeast to  start the process of forming a PAC committee to work with Taylor.  I need those who are interested in serving in this capacity to reach out to me:  [email protected]    You will need to be a full/active member of AROTA with 1 year of experience in your chosen field of practice.  We plan to gather who are interested and put together a diverse group of practitioners to represent AROTA. 

The Executive Board is excited to announce our new lobbyist.  His name is Taylor Riddle. Taylor Riddle is an independent lobbyist who works on a broad range of Arkansas issues. Riddle found his interest in politics serving as a Page for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007. Riddle later went on to work on federal, state, and local campaigns before becoming the Executive Director of the Arkansas House of Representatives Democratic Caucus in 2013. He served as Executive Director under five caucus Leaders during the 89th, 90th, and 91st General Assemblies.  Let's Welcome Him to the world of Occupational Therapy!   Contacts will be given out soon.

  



•    Healthy Adult Opportunity State Medicaid Director Letter and fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

•    CMS Guidance Authorizes Medicaid Demonstration Applications That Cap Federal Funding: Implications for States from the State Health & Value Strategies project, affiliated with Princeton University.

•    Overview of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ New Block Grant Guidance blog post from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP).

•    Medicaid Per Capita Caps and Block Grants: Devastating for People with Disabilities 2017 statement from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).

12/1/2019  AOTA RA Report/ Fall 2019                                                                                                                                                                             The motion regarding adopting a single point of entry into the occupational therapy profession, for occupational therapists, at the level of: entry-level doctorate – was defeated. If you are interested in submitting a motion for the Spring Face-to-Face meeting, please go to the following link for more information: https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA.aspx. Motions are due by January 29, 2020.                                                              Thank you,                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cindy Meyer                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arkansas Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly.

 

 

District Chairs:
In an effort to feel more connected, we need input and representation from all areas of Arkansas. . A district chair will be the person in that designated area to help answer questions and report concerns.  This individual would attend quarterly board meetings to report back as to the dynamics and information shared within their respective district.   They would  assist with district meetings for his/her area. 
If you are interested in serving as a District Chair in your area or helping with events in your area, send us an email to [email protected] with "District Chair" and what section in the subject line.

South Arkansas

William "Billy" Hatridge OTR/L 

Northwest Arkansas

Melissa Foster, MS, OTR/L

Eastern Arkansas

Amber Billingsley OTR/L

Northeast Arkansas-

Dr. Amanda Mohler, OTD R/L

 

     For those who have already joined us on the new AROTA  web-page- again, welcome.  To those visiting for the first time, we want to extend our warmest welcome as you experience the newly designed, fully integrated web-page for the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association.  Our new web-page includes numerous features, including: Easy scheduling for calendar events; Conference sign up; Simple online membership payment processing; Detailed directory search; Group messaging boards; and much more.  

 AROTA has embarked on a mission.  We intend to be an integral part of Arkansas’ occupational therapy community and a valuable resource not only for the exceptional practitioners present, but also for the outstanding students on track to joining the workforce.

  As we continue to develop various components of the website, our plans include continuing education opportunities, resources for practitioners such as reference guides or standardized norm tables, and even a long term goal of offering an AROTA-sponsored OT conference within the state.  We are striving to better serve the OT community, as well as providing meaningful incentives to encourage your continued support for the state association and our mission.

  In an effort to continue the progress of our mission, AROTA board members have voted to increase the dues for all membership types beginning January 1st.  This will not affect any renewing members or new members in the 2018 calendar year; however, new prices will be in effect for individual renewal in 2019.  Increasing dues will provide financial stability and a means to impart change in accordance with our growing vision and mission. In an effort to impose a fair increase, numerous factors were considered. The board carefully researched surrounding states and the applicable fees for state association’s members, while taking into consideration the unique dynamics of Arkansas and its residents.  After consideration, the following membership prices will be instituted January 1st, 2019:

 OT Student:        $20

 OT Assistant:      $55

 OT Therapist:     $75

 While an increase in dues is never desired at an individual level, it is in fact a necessity to insure success for future organizational endeavors as well as to better secure the longevity of this association. Thank you for supporting your professional organization.

Again, thank you for your continued support.  If there is any way we can continue to improve the AROTA experience, please contact us directly.  We are currently seeking additional board members and committee heads to expand our mission.  Help us continue to cultivate AROTA.

 

 

 

.2019 RETRO therapy review claims with AFMC:  As you know, the vendor who reviews Therapy claims changed on January 1, 2019.  Our previous vendor's, AFMC, contract with us to review any claims, whether for prior authorization or retrospective review, ended on December 31, 2018.  Because the new vendor is reviewing several different claim types, we decided to prioritize the work in three phases.  We here at DDS prioritized prior authorizations of therapy for more than 90  minutes per week, because it was felt by us that it was important for children to continue to receive the level of therapy they need during this transition.  
Our new vendor, eQHealth Solutions, will begin retrospective reviews, or audits, of therapy claims for less than 90 minute per week on March 1, 2019.  From now until March 1, 2019, you will not receive any requests for records on retrospective reviews.  I will work with eQHealth to send out more messaging on how they will conduct those reviews in the next few weeks.
Thank you,
S. Elizabeth Pitman | Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Services/Director's Office Assistant Director for Tier 1 Services and Policy Lead P.O. Box 1437-Slot N501 |Little Rock, AR 72201-1437
Phone: (501) 682-4936
Fax: (501) 682-8380
[email protected]

 

 

 

General Information

Here is the latest from CMS conerning The IRF PPS Addenda along with other supporting documents and tables referenced in this final rule are available on theCMS website at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​InpatientRehabFacPPS/​.

 New ACOTE Accreditation Standards Adopted..After an extensive 2 ½-year process, multiple surveys to the communities of interest, and several open hearings, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has adopted new accreditation standards for doctoral-degree-level occupational therapy programs, master’s-degree-level occupational therapy programs, baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant programs, and associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant programs. The new Standards are available on the ACOTE accreditation section of the AOTA Web site . CLick Here for Direct link to ACOTE website. Programs will be required to comply with the new 2018 Standards by July 31, 2020.In addition, ACOTE voted to allow early implementation of two doctoral-level Standards as programs would like to develop their curricula to reflect the new Standards to better address the needs of their faculty and students and for strategic planning purposes. Specifically,

  1. Allow programs to waive the requirement in 2011 Standard A.3.2 for program applicants to hold a baccalaureate degree or higher prior to admission to the program.
  2. Allow OTD programs to have a 14-week Capstone Experience (2018 Standard D.1.3) versus a 16-week Capstone Experience (2011 Standard C.2.3).

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

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