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Ep 45: An Interview with AOTA’s Vice-President Candidates Natalie Chang Wright and Christina Reyes Smith [Election Series Part 3]AOTA’s elections are upon us! That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, through a 3-part episode series, I am sitting down with the candidates running for President and Vice-President in the 2024 AOTA election. Through these conversations, it is my hope that we can all learn more about the people running for important leadership positions so we can make an informed choice.   View all interview videos at https://amplifyot.com/electionsAs a reminder, voting opens February 2, 2024 and close Feb 23, 2024 at 11:59 AM ET. Please remember that you must be an AOTA member as of January 2, 2024 in order to participate in voting and you must be a current member on the date that you vote.🗳️ Vote here: AOTA.org/electionsSample Ballot (members only)Disclaimer: I, myself, and Amplify OT as an entity are not endorsing any specific candidate. I am using my platform as a resource for these candidates to speak on. ⏩ Looking to skip ahead? Natalie Chang Wright’s interview begins at 04:04Christina Reyes Smith’s interview begins after the ad break at 31:26In each interview, the candidates are asked the following questions:Why are you running for Vice-President of AOTA and why now? What would be your "day one" priorities, if elected? In your opinion what is the primary role or mission of AOTA in our profession? Do you believe membership is important? Why or why not?The last AOTA workforce study showed that 25% of practitioners are considering leaving the field, and AOTA had a 7% drop in membership this year. Do you think these issues are related? And in your opinion, what would be the best way to address these issues?What advice would you give to someone who may be interested in volunteering or taking a leadership role?Why should someone vote for you? For more information and candidate bios, head over to https://amplifyot.com/electionsAmplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteWork With MeFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedIn
An Interview with AOTA’s Presidential Candidates Michael Pizzi and Vikram Pagpatan [Election Series Part 2]AOTA’s elections are upon us! That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, through a 3-part episode series, I am sitting down with the candidates running for President and Vice-President in the 2024 AOTA election. Through these conversations, it is my hope that we can all learn more about the people running for important leadership positions so we can make an informed choice.   Listen/watch all interviews at https://amplifyot.com.com/electionsAs a reminder, voting opens February 2, 2024 and close Feb 23, 2024 at 11:59 AM ET. Please remember that you must be an AOTA member as of January 2, 2024 in order to participate in voting and you must be a current member on the date that you vote.🗳️ Vote here: AOTA.org/electionsSample Ballot (members only)Disclaimer: I, myself, and Amplify OT as an entity are not endorsing any specific candidate. I am using my platform as a resource for these candidates to speak on. ⏩ Looking to skip ahead? Michael A. Pizzi’s interview begins at 04:04Vikram Pagpatan’s interview begins after the ad break at 32:12In each interview, the candidates are asked the following questions:Why are you running for President of AOTA and why now? What would be your "day one" priorities, if elected? In your opinion what is the primary role or mission of AOTA in our profession? Do you believe membership is important? Why or why not?The last AOTA workforce study showed that 25% of practitioners are considering leaving the field, and AOTA had a 7% drop in membership this year. Do you think these issues are related? And in your opinion, what would be the best way to address these issues?What advice would you give to someone who may be interested in volunteering or taking a leadership role?Why should someone vote for you? For more information and candidate bios, head over to https://amplifyot.com/elections Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedIn
An Interview with AOTA’s Presidential Candidates Karen Sames & Arameh Avarizade [Election Series Part 1]AOTA’s elections are upon us! That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, through a 3-part episode series, I am sitting down with the candidates running for President and Vice-President in the 2024 AOTA election. Through these conversations, it is my hope that we can all learn more about the people running for important leadership positions so we can make an informed choice.   Listen/watch all interviews at https://amplifyot.com.com/elections and read their bios.As a reminder, voting opens February 2, 2024 and close Feb 23, 2024 at 11:59 AM ET. Please remember that you must be an AOTA member as of January 2, 2024 in order to participate in voting and you must be a current member on the date that you vote.🗳️ Vote here: AOTA.org/electionsSample Ballot (members only)Disclaimer: I, myself, and Amplify OT as an entity are not endorsing any specific candidate. I am using my platform as a resource for these candidates to speak on. ⏩ Looking to skip ahead? Karen M. Sames interview begins at 04:04Dr. Arameh Anvarizadeh’s interview begins after the ad break at 29:55In each interview, the candidates are asked the following questions:Why are you running for President of AOTA and why now? What would be your "day one" priorities, if elected? In your opinion what is the primary role or mission of AOTA in our profession? Do you believe membership is important? Why or why not?The last AOTA workforce study showed that 25% of practitioners are considering leaving the field, and AOTA had a 7% drop in membership this year. Do you think these issues are related? And in your opinion, what would be the best way to address these issues?What advice would you give to someone who may be interested in volunteering or taking a leadership role?Why should someone vote for you? For more information and candidate bios, head over to https://amplifyot.com/electionsAmplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedIn
The Value of Membership in Shaping the OT Profession with Vikram PagpatanAOTA’s elections are upon us and historically, less than 4% of members participate in annual voting. This is such a small percentage of practitioners influencing the future of our profession.  Today I am joined by AOTA’s presidential candidate and current Board Member, Vik Pagpatan as he brings us his insight from the inside, discussing the full scope of AOTA, the profession as a whole, and the power of community. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about the value of membership in shaping the OT profession. Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, Vikram and I cover:What motivated Vik to get further involved in AOTA, becoming a member of the Board of Directors and now running for President of the association. Addressing the misconceptions of power and influence in associations like AOTA. Why representation is so critical to enact change of any kind. Challenges OT professionals are facing across the country. The power and value of community in all forms. A brief overview of Vik’s panel addressing men in OT, encouraging further discussions on underrepresented topics. As a reminder, AOTA elections open up on February 2, 2024, and close on February 23, 2024, at 11:59 AM ET. You must be an AOTA member to vote. Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH VIKRAM:WebsiteInstagramCONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTok AOTA Elections Page & Sample Ballot: https://www.aota.org/community/get-involved/elected-and-appointed-positions/electionsVoting Window: February 2, 2024 at 12 pm Noon ET – February 23, 2024 at 11:59 am (before Noon) ETMust be an AOTA Member to voteYou can view each profile for the candidates at
Cuts to OT for 2024 + Good NewsAs we enter into a new year, it’s time to take another deep dive into the important updates that shape our profession and why it is so important to keep advocating year after year. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about cuts to OT in 2024, plus some good news we can look forward to!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:What is the Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the professions it impacts. Updates to the conversion factor (spoiler alert: there has been a payment reduction).CMS extended the Telehealth waivers required by Congress. The general supervision requirement for OTAs and PTAs in private practice has been extended. For the first time as therapy practitioners, we are going to be reimbursed for a service that the patient is not physically present for under the new caregiver codes. Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokHelpful LinksAOTA Presentation: Stopping the 2024 Medicare Payment Cut Take Action: AOTA.org/takeaction AOTA MPFS 2024 Article (members only)©Amplify OTMentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
Take Action Today! Advocate Against 2024 Medicare CutsOver the past couple of years we have routinely seen reductions in reimbursement underneath the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and this year is no different. While AOTA is working diligently to advocate for our profession, your voice matters! Writing letters to Congress plays an important role in the legislative process of passing policy in the United States. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about why you need to take action today and advocate against Medicare cuts!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:The 3.4% reduction we’re looking at in 2024 under the MPFS if no action is taken. How AOTA makes it quick and simple to write a letter to your legislators and be an OT Amplifier. Encouraging you to edit your letters and share personal stories of impact.The different pieces of legislation being brought to Congress and the solutions they are proposing.❗ Tune into the next episode of the Amplify OT Podcast to get deeper into the weeds of why we continue to see cuts year after year.Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokHelpful LinksAOTA Presentation: Stopping the 2024 Medicare Payment Cut URGENT: Contact Congress and ask them to Prevent Medicare Cuts to OTAOTA: Legislative Action Center©Amplify OTMentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
Fall 2023 Amplify OT and Healthcare Policy Updates {Bonus Episode}This bonus episode is outside of our regularly scheduled content but I wanted to pop in and give you some updates and let you know about policy changes going into effect. Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.The updates I cover in this episode include:Amplify OT updates: membership enrollment open, programs available for students, OT Amplifier series, prompted journals.  Kevin McCarthy was removed from his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives creating a temporary pause in the passing of legislation before being replaced by Mike Johnson.Open enrollment is approaching for both Medicare and commercial insurance plans and CMS has implemented policies to review all Medicare Advantage promotional materials for misleading information before they air.We have had the largest healthcare worker strike in US history and looking at the implications and results of this is interesting to sink into.Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokHelpful LinksThe Daily- NYTNPR - Breaking News, Analysis, Music, Arts & Podcasts : NPRThe Weeds - VoxKFF Health News: What the Health?Pulse Check podcast - POLITICOAmplify OT Products on AmazonAOTA Education Summit 2023How to Teach OT and OTA students Medicare and Health Systems • Amplify OTPOLITICO: CMS Rejects More Than 300 Medicare Advantage AdsKFF Research Shows...
Medicare and Medicaid Policy Updates: RUGS, PDPM, MDSIs Medicare No Longer Paying for OT in SNF?I’ve seen a lot of concern on social media and in my DMs about potential significant changes to PDPM in Skilled Nursing Facilities, specifically around Medicare no longer paying for OT in SNF. You can rest assured that there have NOT been any major changes to Medicare Part A for therapy but other changes have been made. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about updates to PDPM in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and when these changes are set to take place.Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.The updates I cover in this episode include:CMS finalized that it will no longer support the utilization of RUG payments for Medicaid programs. There have not been any cuts to Medicare Part A SNF funding but rather a 4% increase. Removal of Section G (former ADL section), integrating some items into Section GG (function and self-care).The changing of quality measure scores. Changes and modifications around COVID-19 policies. ICD 10 Code mapping changes for Parkinson's and COVID-19. Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokHelpful LinksMedicare.gov Care CompareAOTA: Major Changes to the Minimum Data Set in Skilled Nursing Facilities Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Final Rule - CMS-1779-F | CMSOccupational Therapy in Skilled Nursing FacilitiesAmplify OT: SNF Resources Ep 5: Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) in Skilled Nursing FacilitiesEp....
When OT Can Stand Alone in Home HealthHow many visits does another qualified practitioner have to complete before occupational therapy can stand alone for a Medicare home health patient? This is a question I got asked more than once and wanted to take the time to get to the bottom of this question and address some of the myths around the order of service. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am breaking down the criteria for OT to stand alone in home health.Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:Reviewing the definition of a qualifying service in Medicare Part A.What it means to be able to “stand alone” in home health.Breaking down the policy and answering the question: ow many visits does another qualified practitioner have to complete before occupational therapy can stand alone for a Medicare home health patient?Whether or not it matters what order the therapies go in in order to qualify for home health. Instances where agencies may be hesitant to allow OTs to initiate the start of care.Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokHelpful LinksHome Health Playlist • Amplify OTUltimate OT Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Home Health Guide • Amplify OTAmplify OT • Is OT a Qualifying Service in Home Health?Amplify OT: Can Occupational Therapists Perform the SOC OASIS?Amplify OT • What is PDGM in Home Health?©Amplify OTMentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
Diving into Deductibles: Untangling the Complexity of Health Insurance PricingDeductibles are an important, yet often misunderstood factor in the American health insurance system. I recently got asked a question from someone wondering if we truly have our health insurance if it doesn't kick in until our deductible is paid. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am breaking down the reasons deductibles are incorporated into our health insurance plans!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:The difference between a premium and a deductible. The moral hazard and financial hazard arguments as to why we must pay a deductible on our health insurance.The current and ongoing debate over deductibles happening in Congress.Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTok ©Amplify OTMentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
Billing for Point of Service (POS) DocumentationQuestions around billing are ones I get asked quite often and like any other type of billing, billing  for point of service documentation can be tricky to navigate. The main reason I find that people want to include their documentation or chart review time in their billable time is not that they are purposely trying to defraud someone or do something illegal, but it's typically because they just want their job to recognize the work they did. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about billing for point of service (or POS) documentation!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:How to advocate for yourself if your employer is pressuring you to report minutes in the billing section that are spent documenting or chart reviewing and not with a patient.Instances where you can and cannot bill for documentation time.The main question you need to ask yourself to determine whether or not you can bill for your POS documentation. Examples of instances where billing for point of service documentation is necessary and when it may be inappropriate. Why you cannot bill for documentation or chart review time when you are not with the patient. Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17.1_October 2019 - reference Page 507 Therapy Minutes11 Part B Billing Scenarios for PTs and OTs | CMS Links to IG Reels on Billinghttps://www.instagram.com/reel/Cw8AAgXuQRJ/https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cw8QWX3xkFU/
Doing Your Due Diligence as a Licensed OT Practitioner with Raphie WagnerYou hear me preach on the podcast all the time about doing your due diligence in order to protect your license. We’re going to drive this point home in today’s episode as our guest, Raphie Wagner learned firsthand the consequences of not doing her due diligence as an OT. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about doing your due diligence as a licensed OT practitioner. Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, Raphie and I cover:How Raphie’s lengthy career as an OT in many settings has shaped her perspective of the profession as a whole.Doing your own due diligence on policies and license requirements, NOT just trusting your employer in doing theirs.   The mistake that cost Raphie $20,000, countless hours, and a disciplinary action that is connected to her license still to this day. A word of caution for any new grads considering entering into the travel space.Having your own liability insurance to fall back on to protect yourself. The huge importance of getting involved in your state association. Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokCONNECT WITH RAPHIE WAGNER:Instagram @otraphie  ©Amplify OTMentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
How Management Shapes Our Perspective: Transitioning Into Director of Rehab with Lauren BurnsStepping into a leadership role comes with its own unique mindset challenges of imposter syndrome, finding balance, and just the adjustment to new responsibilities and perspectives. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I’m joined by Lauren Burns to talk about how management shapes our perspective!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, Lauren and I cover:Navigating the transition into a managerial role as a relatively newer grad. Finding the physical and mindset balance of becoming a manager while maintaining OT roles and responsibilities. The value of mentorship in navigating a new role. The benefits of transitioning back into group and concurrent therapy. Advice for anyone looking to step into a more managerial role.Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTok ©Amplify OTMentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
Decoding Medicare's Alphabet Soup: Medicare PlansIt is no wonder so many people get confused about the difference between Medicare plans as they are only distinguished by a different letter of the alphabet. As an OT practitioner, it is always helpful to know the difference between plans so that you can not only help yourself but so that you can help your patients better understand the plan they have. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about Medicare plans!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:Defining the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.Covering Medicare Part A, B, C, and D - who is eligible for them, what each of them covers, and anything else you need to know up front.Why Medicare Part C (also known as Medicare Advantage Plans) can be tricky to navigate. Touching on supplemental plans- what they are, who is eligible for them and how they work.  Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTok ©Amplify OTMentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
Direct Access in OT: Do I Need a Physician's Prescription?Another question I often get asked is whether or not occupational therapists need a physician’s referral in order to see a patient. This question primarily comes up in private practice or outpatient settings where the patient can ask for occupational therapy services. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about direct access in occupational therapy!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:The two questions we must consider when discussing whether or not you need a physician's prescription in order to see a patient Where you can find information on your State Practice Act and why, even if you find information for your state you may still be confused. Walking you through some scenarios to help you better understand and navigate direct access. What you need to know when it comes to direct access for Medicare patients. Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTok ©Amplify OTMentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
2023 Mid-Year OT Advocacy Updates You Can Take Action On TODAYWe are officially mid-way through the year and some exciting things are finally being introduced to Congress. This means we have the opportunity to step up and be an advocate for change within the Occupational Therapy profession. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about the advocacy updates you can take action on today!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:AOTA will soon introduce Home Health Accessibility Act which if passed would make OT a qualifying discipline in home health.  The Occupational Therapy Mental Health Parity Act has officially been re-introduced into Congress. The Expanded Telehealth Access Act has been re-introduced to Congress listing OT practitioners as being eligible to provide Telehealth under Medicare Part B. The SHARE Act creates a technical fix allowing information to be shared between states and the FBI which is important for the licensure compact. Updates on the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Program asking for funding. HR 1114 (The Long-Covid RECOVERY NOW Act) providing funding to support treatments for patients experiencing the effects of long covid. Breaking down AOTA, APTA, and ASHA’s letter calling out problems on several principals and providing potential solutions moving forward for Medicare Part B! It’s a spicy one!Amplify OT ResourcesWant to keep learning about how insurance and reimbursement impact you? Then head to AmplifyOT.com/Services to see what resources we have available!Sign up for the Mastering OT Policy and Medicare LIVE intensive - amplifyot.com/certificationCLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteServicesFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:AOTA joins with APTA, ASHA and APTA private practice to release policy principles for outpatient therapy reformApplying the OTA and PTA Modifier (CO/CQ) for Medicare Part BAOTA Take Action Page:
Inspiring Innovation: OT in Tech, DME and Entrepreneurship with Dr. Brandy ArchieAs a practicing OT, you know the importance and value that obtaining the necessary DME and adaptable equipment has on reaching your patient's goals. Unfortunately, it can be a challenge to find and obtain the right equipment especially when dealing with insurance claims. Today’s guest Dr. Brandy Archie recognized this problem and created Ask Samie to help patients get the right adaptable equipment in an easy and stress-free way. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, my guest Dr. Brandy and I are talking about inspiring innovation: OT in tech, DME, and entrepreneurship. Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, Dr. Brandy and I cover:Why occupational therapists make for great entrepreneurs. How Ask Samie helps patients, family members, and clinicians easily find the right adaptable equipment without the guesswork. Resources to walk you through the steps and provide prompts to get equipment covered by your insurance. Leveraging your documentation as a way to show your skilled and professional knowledge and to better help patients get the equipment they need.Understanding the laws so you can provide more options to your patients. How the Licensure Compact could open up a useful opportunity for businesses. Free OT Reimbursement Podcast PlaylistWhat to keep learning about insurance and reimbursement without wasting time? Head HERE to get your free OT Reimbursement Playlist and Guide!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! Looking for more policy info? Check out our articles at www.amplifyot.com/articles CONNECT WITH DR. BRANDY ARCHIE:Ask SamieLinkedInCONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTok © Amplify OT and Clarice Grote Mentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. a...
How to be Successful in Inpatient Rehab as an OT Practitioner with Courtney the OTThe Amplify OT Podcast website I’ve talked before on the podcast about the importance of continually learning and being well-versed in your knowledge of the profession within your setting and across other settings to best support yourself as the practitioner and ensure your patients are getting the best quality of care. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast I am sitting down with Courtney to talk all things inpatient rehab and understanding insurance to best support your patients' needs. Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, Courtney and I cover:The biggest differences between SNF and inpatient rehab. Understanding insurance to best set patient expectations and support them during the time you have with them.The difference between insurance covering and approving DME (durable medical equipment) and treatment. The importance of continuing your education across all settings and staying up to date on any relevant policies and laws that might affect you as a practicing clinician. Recognizing and taking responsibility for the power your words and recommendations have on your patients.Free OT Reimbursement Podcast PlaylistWhat to keep learning about insurance and reimbursement without wasting time? Head HERE to get your free OT Reimbursement Playlist and Guide!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! Looking for more policy info? Check out our articles at www.amplifyot.com/articles CONNECT WITH COURTNEY:InstagramCONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokHelpful LinksAmplify OT: Making Discharge Plans with Confidence © Amplify OT and Clarice Grote Mentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. Join the Membership Today
The Role of Occupational Therapy in Acute Care and the Challenges of Discharge PlanningClarice Grote, MS, OTR/L The Amplify OT Podcast website In acute care settings when it comes to getting your patients home safely, it truly is a team effort between the occupational therapists and case management team to make decisions and placements in the best interest of the patient. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, Alyssa and I are talking about the role of occupational therapy in acute care and the challenges of discharge planning!Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, Alyssa and I cover:Finding the right workplace setting for you in occupational therapy.The unique value of occupational therapy in acute care settings and how to communicate your role to the patients in your care.Some of our favorite interventions and evaluation questions to ask during assessments. How Alyssa got into case management and the biggest takeaways she took from her experience thus far. The importance of documenting to influence the patient’s care down the line.Advice for other clinicians interested in learning more about discharge planning and building a relationship with their case management team. Free OT Reimbursement Podcast PlaylistWhat to keep learning about insurance and reimbursement without wasting time? Head HERE to get your free OT Reimbursement Playlist and Guide!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! Looking for more policy info? Check out our articles at www.amplifyot.com/articles CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokCONNECT WITH ALYSSA:IG: @genuinely.otHelpful Links[Study] Higher Hospital Spending on Occupational Therapy is Associated with Lower Readmission Rates© Amplify OT and Clarice Grote Mentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy. a...
Can Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Co-Treat in Acute Care?Clarice Grote, MS, OTR/L The Amplify OT Podcast website A question I see a lot on social media and in my DMs is about if PT and OT can co-treat in acute care and if so, how can they make sure it is being billed correctly. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I’m breaking down how PT and OT can correctly bill for cotreatments in acute care settings.Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs an exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on Medicare and advocacy.In this episode, I cover:What does co-treating mean and why it may be difficult to find clear answers on the topic.The differences in billing between Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B and why you may see providers billing under the Medicare Part B guidelines to avoid false claims.Walking you through examples to help you understand what billing looks like in different scenarios.The importance of knowing how your services are being paid for to better understand the policies around billing.Free OT Reimbursement Podcast PlaylistWhat to keep learning about insurance and reimbursement without wasting time? Head HERE to get your free OT Reimbursement Playlist and Guide!CLICK HERE to save 40% off Medbridge Today! Looking for more policy info? Check out our articles at www.amplifyot.com/articles CONNECT WITH AMPLIFY OT:WebsiteFree NewsletterInstagramLinkedInFacebookTikTokHelpful LinksEp. 16: False Claims Act - It's More Than Billing for Services That Weren't Provided - The Amplify OT PodcastAOTA: Joint Guidelines for Therapy Co-Treatment Under MedicareAcute Inpatient PPS | CMS (DRG information)11 Part B Billing Scenarios for PTs and OTs (Individual vs. Group Treatment) | CMS© Amplify OT and Clarice Grote Mentioned in this episode:Join the Amplify OT MembershipAs a exclusive bonus for podcast listeners, you can join the Amplify OT Membership at any time! Join today to take control of your career! It’s time to become your own best resource on...
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