Did you know that despite the critical role that occupational therapy plays in home health care and in helping consumers to stay in their homes safely, occupational therapy practitioners CANNOT open a home health case?
According to AOTA, “Even when ordered on the plan of care, occupational therapists are not permitted conduct the required initial visit under Medicare. Additionally, they are not allowed to complete the comprehensive assessment unless OT is the qualifying service, such as under Medicaid or when OT is the qualifying service on a “continuing need” basis.
Proposed legislation titled, “The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 3820/S. 977) change this and allow home health companies increased flexibility to use the most clinically appropriate skilled service to conduct the initial assessment visit and to complete the comprehensive assessment
Here is a link to an information sheet you can use to explain the problem:
Go to www.aota.org/takeaction and contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to co-sponsor or support the Home Health Flexibility Act!
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