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.

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