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GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH APPROVES MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES VIA TELEHEALTH: see below for details 

GOTA's Telehealth Task Force Recruits OTs to

Distribute Survey to OT Clients

5/26/2020

Did you know that telehealth occupational therapy services are only covered temporarily
due to COVID-19?

 

Due to the advocacy efforts of the Georgia Occupational Therapy
Association (GOTA), occupational therapy services via telehealth are being covered
temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Occupational Therapy codes via telehealth
were not originally reimbursable under the Children’s Intervention Services (CIS) or other
programs. Speech therapy has been covered and very recently physical therapy as well.
After the COVID public health emergency is over, the Department of Community Health
(DCH) may discontinue coverage for telehealth OT.

 

Therefore, GOTA has set up Telehealth Task Force and with the help of GOTA members,
has developed a Telehealth Questionnaire in order to collect data which will be used to
inform various stakeholders (Department of Community Health, Department of Public
Health, Babies Can’t Wait, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities,
Georgia legislators, insurance companies, insurance commissioner, Governor’s office, OT
Licensure Board, and others) of the importance of continuing to reimburse for occupational
therapy telehealth services after the COVID-19 public health emergency has ended.

 

At this time, we need your help in getting OT Telehealth feedback from clients receiving
OT services. Please share the Telehealth Task Force Survey with your clients. 
Ask them to complete this Telehealth questionnaire by Monday, JUNE 1.

 

To access the Telehealth Questionnaire:

 

The Task force will compile the responses and the Georgia Occupational Therapy
Association will share results with the Department of Community Health
and on the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association webpage.

 

Thank you so much for your participation!

 

Georgia Occupational Therapy Association
Telehealth Task Force

 

Georgia Occupational Therapy Association

COVID-19 Response

5/26/2020

The American Occupational Therapy Association recently updated their COVID-19 resource page.
This included reorganizing the way content was presented for ease of use.
GOTA releases, the AOTA has made this content public to assist in response to the pandemic. 
impacted by the pandemic. Stay tuned to watch the upcoming mini-series
 Field Report: OTs & COVID-19. If you are interested in being interviewed or if you would
like to connect us with a clincian, please email [email protected] with contact information.
Clinicians featured in the Field Report: OTs & COVID-19 are
from around the United States. 


2020 Annual Conference Update

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5/7/2020
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, GOTA will be offering a virtual conference series in lieu of our traditional in
person meeting for 2020.
We are saddened we will not be able to gather together this year, but believe we will be able to provide an educational
and informative series for all to enjoy.
 
The GOTA Conference Planning Committee is hard at work compiling amazing presenters and content for our
2020 Virtual Conference Series: Visioning the Future. If you submitted a presentation or poster, please complete
the planning email sent to you via the Conference Planning Committee. 
 
Please stay tuned for additional details on the various session offerings. 
We will move forward together!
 
-GOTA Conference Planning Committee

OTAs Added as Authorized TRICARE Providers

4/16/2020 
On March 16, the U.S. Department of Defense released the long awaited final rule that added occupational therapy
assistants (OTAs), as well as physical therapist assistants, as authorized providers of care in TRICARE, the health
care program for uniformed service members, retirees, and their family members. The final rule affirms OTAs' position
is April 16, 2020, meaning that services provided by licensed and qualified OTAs under the supervision of an
occupational therapist after that date are eligible for reimbursement by TRICARE. 

Keep Your Community Safe

GOTA encourages virtual engagement for members at this time 

With the onset of COVID-19 the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association encourages members to
closely follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines. Until further notice, the GOTA
encourages members to engage in meetings and with fellow members virtually.


In line with the CDC, the GOTA recognizes that “for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being
exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in
most communities in the United States.” 


The GOTA is doing its part to lessen the spread and impact of the virus by encouraging regional leaders,
members, and the community to follow the CDC’s guidelines to:

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Be careful with meetings and travel
  • Handle food carefully
  • Stay home if you are sick or someone in the home is sick
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage for the most up-to-date
information and to share educational materials with your workplace and community. 

We look forward to engaging with members virtually via internet conferencing, our webpage,
and via the GOTA YouTube channel.
 
The Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Board

 GA tele health news

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH APPROVES

MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

SERVICES VIA TELEHEALTH

 
The current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted an issue that GOTA was 
already addressing.  Specifically, GOTA has  received clarification from the Georgia Department
of Community Health (DCH) that that occupational therapists will be able to bill for telehealth
services provided under the Medicaid Children’s Intervention Services (CIS) program. 


In line with GOTA’s advocacy efforts, GOTA applauds the DCH's decision to waive certain policies
related to the use of telehealth in diagnosis and treatment. This is in response to the viral
pandemic and to provide continuity of services and treatment with reduced risk of exposure
to Medicaid/PeachCare for Kids members and providers. Please see attached document.
 
DCH is currently in the process of making adjustments, including the codes to be allowed,
in the Georgia Medicaid Management Information system (GAMMIS ) at this time so that the
therapy providers can submit claims for services. DCH has especially emphasized that
providers MUST comply with the billing rules for Telehealth. and must include the
appropriate Place of Service code and/or the appropriate modifiers (e.g., GT). 
 
DCH is reviewing all categories of service codes to identify additional codes that
can be included in telehealth reimbursement.  MMIS will be modified to include new codes
following DCH review.  We will post additional information as needed. If you have questions
related to telehealth/telemedicine, please contact the DXC Technology Provider Contact
Center at 1-800-766-4456 and/or your assigned Provider DXC Representative.
 
Providers may locate the Telehealth Guidance manual by accessing the following
link:  www.mmis.georgia.gov.  Select the “Provider Information” tab, then select
“Provider Manuals.”  Scroll down to locate the Telehealth/Telemedicine manual.
 
GOTA also reminds OTs that the Georgia Telehealth Act has recently gone into effect, and
occupational therapy provided via telehealth is included as a covered service.   
 
In addition, GOTA is creating a resource center to equip you with information and
guidance related to occupational therapy and Telehealth. We will be updating this
information on GOTA webpage www.gaota.com  as information becomes available.
Provider Messages-Telemedicine.pdf

Aileen Deogracias, OTR/L
Georgia Occupational Therapy Association
Regulatory & Reimbursement Committee Chair
[email protected]

 


 

Thank you to the 110 occupational therapists who

participated in Legislative Action Day 2020!

OTs stand inside the capital on steps, below the image the words read: Occupational Therapy Association Legislative Action Day 2020
 The goal for the 2020 Legislative Day was to thank our legislators who supported HB 253 & encourage
continued support on current legislation important to occupational therapy practitioners. 
HB253: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/2...
 
Thank you to Aileen Deogracias, OTR/L Chair of the Regulatory and Reimbursement Committee.

 

Click here to see what Legislative Action Day is all about.


 

GOTA Launches YouTube Channel

Click the preview below to watch the first video & here for submission details.

Screenshot of the GOTA YouTube Channel featuring Kelsey Reeves of the Membership Committee.  


  

New to the profession or to GOTA? If you are a first time GOTA member join NOW to receive your first year of
membership for only $45. Please follow the link below to join.

GOTA Membership Application

*Please note this special is only for 2019*

 

 

 

GOTA Website Crash Course

2019 GOTA Website Crash Course.pdf

First page of the Crash Course PDF with the summary in front of text

Volunteer Opportunities

Feel like you need to make a bigger impact in your profession? Want to help advance Occupational Therapy in the state of Georgia? GOTA is the perfect organization to get started! We are actively looking for members to fill different executive board and committee positions. If you would like to get more involved, please click on the link below to learn more.

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