ArizOTA Legislative Action

Following extensive AOTA advocacy with Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), CMS’s proposed home health prospective payment system rule includes permanent flexibility for occupational therapists to open Medicare Part A home health therapy cases starting January 1, 2022. Read more about this advocacy success.  
 
Provide Input on Standards for Continuing Competence Document
 
The Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development is seeking comments on the draft 2021 Standards for Continuing Competence document. This official document is considered a core resource for members and external audiences describing the standards to assess, maintain, and document continuing competence in all responsibilities that occupational therapy practitioners assume. This is an opportunity for members and other stakeholders to provide input before final adoption as an action item by the Representative Assembly. Comments and survey about the document should be completed by July 26.

 

ArizOTA 2020 Fall Conference Legislative Updates Session

Presented on October 24, 2020

*If you registered for Fall Conference but haven’t yet received your certificate of attendance for this session, you can view the recording and then return to the Aspire OT course page and click “Continue Learning.” From there, you can navigate to “4. Exam,” complete the attendance confirmation, and obtain your certificate. Email info@aspireot.us for assistance.

What is Lobbying?

Lobbying provides education and an opportunity to build relationships with local branches of power in the house, senate, and governors office. 

Purpose of Legislative Efforts

As a member of ArizOTA your best interests are being advocated for at the Legislature. Our legislative committee, in collaboration with our lobbyist (Triadvocates), is monitoring each and every bill introduced and, when necessary, engages with decisionmakers to ensure that OTs have a voice at the Capitol.

Legislative Successes

HB2569acception of out-of-state occupational licenses

– ARS 36-2907:  coverage for outpatient occupational therapy services regardless of the age of the patient, thus including adult coverage for the first timeRecognition of Occupational Therapy to provide Outpatient services for adults over 21.

-Annual OT Hill Day

Legislative Updates

To find out the latest legislative updates affecting OT’s in the state of Arizona click below. Member content only.

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ArizOTA hires a lobbying group to assist with legislative affairs. Tri-advocates is the lobbying group that is used. For more information on Tri-Advocates, please visit their website at http://triadvocates.com