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.

April is Occupational Therapy Month

Spring is a wonderful season for restarting the cycle of life after the bitter cold of winter.  Excitement abound with activity in nature and this infectious enthusiasm has everybody waking up to a glorious time… including yours truly. Time for new beginnings!

In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month, I will be posting several reading short lists and writing articles on various topics about the profession of occupational therapy. And with no delay, let me start with this article from PsychCentral written by Claire Dorotnik.


For those of you who are interested in the emerging field of equine therapy, finding pertinent resources can sometimes be challenging. While there are many books written on horses and people, and many more written on just horses themselves, they may not entirely explain what equine therapy is, or how it can be used.

In order to address this need, I have compiled an exhaustive reading list. The list is as follows:
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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

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