Occupational Therapy Video by Cheryl Crow

May 17, 2011 · Posted in occupational therapy · Comment 

As a provider of electronic occupational therapy documentation software, we’d like to give a shout out to  this student video that we found.

To promote occupational therapy and membership to the American Occupational Therapy Association, the video was produced by Cheryl Crow, a student of the Samuel Merritt University Masters in OT Program.

Great job, Cheryl.  We appreciate your contribution to the profession.

New AOTA President, Florence Clark

August 18, 2010 · Posted in occupational therapy · Comment 

On July 1, 2010, Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, became the 28th president of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Clark is brimming with great ideas on how to move occupational therapy into the spotlight and to achieve the goals of the Centennial Vision. The AOTA talked to Clark about her priorities for her term and other interesting tidbits in this interview.

Occupational Therapy Profession Supports First Lady’s Campaign

June 8, 2010 · Posted in occupational therapy · Comment 

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants and students nationwide, released the following statement in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which aims to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

Dear Mrs. Obama,

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) supports primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for the management of obesity. AOTA is firmly dedicated to promoting community health, increasing life expectancy, and improving the quality of life for all people. As such, we were thrilled to hear about your ambitious “Let’s Move” campaign.

As you already know, one-third of U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Obesity is the leading modifiable risk factor contributing to early mortality; type 2 diabetes; cardiovascular disease; metabolic syndrome; breast, prostate, and colon cancer; gallbladder disease; sleep apnea; musculoskeletal disorders; and associated limitations in physical activity.

Our current brand, “Living Life To Its Fullest™,” promotes the profession’s comprehensive approach to health, which covers psychosocial, physical, cognitive, and environmental barriers to full participation in life activities.

Within the United States, millions of people struggle and fail to achieve a healthy weight using current methods. However, occupational therapy’s holistic and unique focus on occupation and daily life activities offers structured intervention and support for the management of obesity across the life span regardless of ability. As practitioners, we enable people – of all ages – to live life to its fullest and will stand by you during this campaign to provide education and awareness about solutions to obesity.

Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential.

AOTA Advocates for Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act (HR 1094)

June 12, 2009 · Posted in Industry News · Comment 

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), current law limits the appropriate use of occupational therapy in the home health setting and negatively impacts outcomes for home health care recipients by barring clinically indicated and physician authorized services.

As an important step forward, newly proposed legislation would allow occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment when there is a qualifying service on the physician order. This will allow home health agencies to more efficiently use their occupational therapists to meet patient needs.

Representatives John Lewis (D-GA) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart introduced legislation that would improve utilization of occupational therapy as a home health service under Medicare on February 13, 2009. The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act (H.R.1094) is also actively supported by the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and was previously supported by the American Physical Therapy Association in the last Congress.

AOTA is working to build support for passage during the 111th Congress.