New AOTA Guidelines for Home Health Effective April 1, 2011

This post is a bit late considering it’s already the 10th of April by the time I got around to it. (They didn’t dub me “slacker OT” for nothing, you know… shhh! :P)

Anyway, AOTA has published Updated Guidelines for Functional Assessments and Documentation in Home Health based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) health policy directives and transmittal requests effective April 1, 2011. The aim is to clarify the roles and expectations of occupational therapists and assistants in the evaluation, documentation and progress measurement for Medicare home health. There is increased emphasis on outcome measurement, accountability to make sure that services are reasonable, necessary, safe and effective. I have uploaded a copy via Scribd for all you OTs out there. Click here to read for yourselves.

Occupational Therapy and Prematurity Awareness

Hello everyone!

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. In coordination with this, I am re-opening the survey I did in November of 2009 when I was completing my last course for my Advanced Post-Professional Masters in Occupational Therapy at Boston University. It’s been a year since and I am so glad that Occupational Therapy in the NICU is gaining ground all over the U.S. and hopefully the world.

If you are a parent, family, friend, health professional or a former preemie yourself, please feel free to share this link:

Please write in your geographical location so we can plot and represent you properly on the graphs.

Special thanks to the pioneers in the field, Elsie Vergara, OTR/L, ScD, FAOTA and Rosemarie Bigsby, OTR/L, ScD, FAOTA for such inspiring work. To parents and family members, doctors, nurses, social workers, case managers and therapists who dedicate their time and energy for our little ones so that they may, not only survive, but THRIVE and live a full life.

Occupational Therapy Career Outlook

Occupational Therapists are certainly getting their share of the spotlight these days. These health care professionals are vital members of the rehabilitation team who work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations to facilitate health, well-being and justice through engagement in occupation (Townsend & Polatajko, 2007). Occupational therapists are becoming increasingly involved in addressing the impact of social, political and environmental factors that contribute to exclusion and occupational deprivation (White, 2000).

It has been identified by CNN.Money as one of the Best Jobs in America for 2010 based on Money and Payscale rankings, garnering the 19th slot. It has also been featured by HubPages America as one of the Top 20 Best Career Choices for 2020, ranking at No.3.

The links to the above online articles can be accessed through the links in the references.


CNN.Money. (2010). Best Jobs in America. Retrieved October 24, 2010 from website

Inglish, P. HubPages America. Top 20 Best Career Choices for 2020. Retrieved on October 24, 2010 from website

Occupational Deprivation: Global Challenge in the New Millennium, Whiteford (2000), British Journal of Occupational Therapy Volume 63, Number 5, pp. 200-204(5)

Townsend, Elizabeth A. and Helene J Polatajko. (2007). Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an Occupational Therapy Vision for Health, Well-Being & Justice Through Occupation. Ottawa: CAOT Publications ACE. ISBN 978-1-895437-76-8

WCPT News October 2008


  • Reports of World Physical Therapy Day activities around the world

    The Department of Physical Therapy at the College of Allied Medical Professions, University of the Philippines, celebrated national and World PT Day by organising poster presentations on critically appraised topics.

    This activity was the first of its kind in Philippine physical therapy schools and aimed to promote evidence-based practice in the country. Members of the department mentored students on the scientific process of answering clinical questions from real patient cases.

    The activity also enabled educators to share the department’s experience in teaching evidence- based practice at the undergraduate level.

    The event was open to physical therapists and physical therapy students from various therapy and educational centres. More than 250 individuals attended.

Other Highlights in the Publication:

  • Putting the ICF into practice
  • WCPT’s European Region congress on lifelong learning
  • Member organisation reports

Click here to download WCPT News October 2008.

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