Welcome to the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association's Website!

We are SO happy you are here !  PLEASE take a 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)  Like anything, it takes a  bit to get to know how to navigate but, we are sure you will find it easy to use. Thank you for your support. We hope this upgraded site will assist with communication in all areas of the great state of Arkansas!!

Announcements

 

 We will 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.

  

 Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled “block grant guidance” in a letter to State Medicaid Directors, inviting states to apply to cap a portion of their Medicaid program. Here are ten things to know about this initiative and five in-depth resources if you want to learn more.

1)    It is voluntary and most states will not choose to participate; but

2)    It is a priority for the Administration, which has attempted to implement per capita caps and block grants nationwide during the “repeal and replace” fight in 2017 and requested them in the President’s yearly budget proposals.

3)    The program is designed to curb Medicaid growth. Participating states should expect to receive less money than they would under the existing financing system because the cap will be allowed to grow at a rate below the expected growth in Medicaid spending. States will be responsible for any spending above the cap.

4)    At this time, caps can only be applied to the ACA Medicaid expansion population and some other adult eligibility groups, not to children, the elderly, or people eligible based on a disability. (Tennessee, which applied for a block grant before this guidance was released, wants to block grant almost all their Medicaid enrollees; it’s not clear if Tennessee’s proposal will be approved.)

5)    There are two options for states: a per capita cap model or aggregate cap (full block grant) model.

6)    States that elect the stricter aggregate cap can get “shared savings” of up to 50% of unused federal funds if they spend under the cap. This money can be reinvested in certain health-related programs, and states will be allowed to use some of it to finance things that are now entirely state-funded, giving them a stronger financial incentive to make cuts.

7)    States will have a “menu” of flexibilities, many of which have already been approved in state waivers that don’t involve funding caps, like increasing premiums & cost sharing, imposing work requirements and lockouts, and eliminating retroactive coverage. The biggest new flexibilities are options to establish a closed formulary (limit the number of prescription drugs covered), cut hospital presumptive eligibility, and spend on social determinants of health.

8)    It removes a layer of oversight from Medicaid managed care and makes it easier for states to make spending and administrative changes, like changes to provider payments, without having to go back to the federal government for approval.

9)    The benefit package will have to at least cover the essential health benefits (EHBs) required of ACA Marketplace plans, but states could cut currently required benefits such as non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) and EPSDT for 19-20 year olds.

10)    It is open to both expansion states (where it would replace the traditional Medicaid expansion and probably decrease coverage) and non-expansion states (where it might increase coverage, but probably not as much as a traditional expansion – and with less generous benefits).

If you’re interested in reading more about the block grant guidance, here are some additional resources:

•    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 

 

Jennifer Gentry COTA

 

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