Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy


SAVE THE DATE

MAOT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Embracing our Identity in a Changing Climate

October 30, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

Call for Papers

Deadline extended to June 5th

Call for Nominations


COVID-19 Resources for Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Practitioners

March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Practitioners

March 26, 2020

MAOT recognizes that COVID-19 has had a major impact on our daily lives.  We are all trying to adapt to these uncharted waters.  We hope that these resources will be helpful to you.  Please feel free to contact MAOT if you have any questions.

Telehealth

AOTA:  https://www.aota.org/Practice/Manage/telehealth.aspx?utm_campaign=COVID-19%20Updates&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=85133526&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9BcrWDusRnOAkiMkIeWajzpYRQ-difeg-N_QhrLFDDUBwdAtC3ApStIXg4bpMq7oqSHfR5SgchHCmmQS3Cfme-XFD8PA&_hsmi=85133526

WPS Statement on Telehealth and standardized assessments:  https://info.wpspublish.com/wps-tele-assessment-statement?ecid=ACsprvtGke3f1P6spQiIzPUDTCXCZICadQP8i6D6J1glJpt2IKgTKDJ6x6zbKMG_yBEUEfZvcBl5&utm_campaign=COVID-19%20Updates&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=85133526&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9BcrWDusRnOAkiMkIeWajzpYRQ-difeg-N_QhrLFDDUBwdAtC3ApStIXg4bpMq7oqSHfR5SgchHCmmQS3Cfme-XFD8PA&_hsmi=85133526

https://www.aota.org/Advocacy-Policy/Federal-Reg-Affairs/News/2020/Joint-Statement-Medicare-Telehealth-Expansion.aspx


Massachusetts Telehealth:

Order Expanding Access to Telehealth Services and to Protect Health Care Providers:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-15-2020-telehealth-order/download

Commissioner of Insurance Bulletin for Telehealth:  2020-04 http://www.maot.org/resources/guidance%20MA%20DOI%202020-03-16,%20%20Bulletin%202020-04%20Emergency%20Measures%20to%20%20Address%20and%20Stop%20the%20Spread%20of%20%20COVID19,%20(original).pdf

MassHealth and Telehealth:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/all-provider-bulletin-289-masshealth-coverage-and-reimbursement-policy-for-services-related-to/download


Role of OT:

AOTA:  https://www.aota.org/coronavirus?utm_source=Virus%20Update%20031920&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AOTA%20Response%20to%20COVID%2D19

Information on HIPPA and Covid-19:  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/index.html

NBCOT Certification extension and update on operations:  https://www.nbcot.org/en/News#covidupdate2

Massachusetts Licensure extension:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-18-2020-professional-licensure-order/download

Updates on Cancellation of AOTA Boston 2020  https://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/annual-conference/coronavirus-covid19.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2dMndigTLxrrSPyf-9olz_EjnHrJCKWSh-iggllwEiBUFedtNeuJU5axA

Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities for CMS in Massachusetts:  https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/federal-disaster-resources/?entry=54066

AOTA resource on regulatory changes for unemployment and leave support during COVID-19:  https://www.aota.org/Advocacy-Policy/Congressional-Affairs/Legislative-Issues-Update/2020/New-Changes-To-Unemployment-and-leave-support-during-COVID-19

Massachusetts Unemployment:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-unemployment-information

Massachusetts Unemployment with Immediate start-no wait time to collect:  https://www.mass.gov/alerts/important-unemployment-information#/resources/guidance%20MA%20DOI%202020-03-16,%20%20Bulletin%202020-04%20Emergency%20Measures%20to%20%20Address%20and%20Stop%20the%20Spread%20of%20%20COVID19,%20(original).pdf

Massachusetts Small Business Resources and Guidance:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/all-provider-bulletin-289-masshealth-coverage-and-reimbursement-policy-for-services-related-to/download

Extended Enrollment for Massachusetts Health Connector:  https://www.mahealthconnector.org/massachusetts-health-connector-offers-extended-enrollment-for-uninsured-individuals-to-ease-coronavirus-fears

IRS Filing Deadlines-April 15 changed to July 15, 2020:  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed

 Massachusetts Filing Deadlines-April 15 changed to July 15, 2020:  https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-announces-state-income-tax-filing-deadline-being-extended-to-july-15

Massachusetts Housing Court:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/housing-court-standing-order-2-20-temporary-modifications-to-court-operations-arising-from-the/download

Federal Student Loans:  https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

Massachusetts List of Essential Services:   https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services/download

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers:  https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf

 

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Commissioner Update 3/23/20:  https://mailchi.mp/doe.mass.edu/commissioners-weekly-update-3-23-20-covid-19-updates-and-ppe-donations?e=7f4f2d3905

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care COCIS-19 Information and Resources:  https://www.nbcot.org/en/News#covidupdate2

U.S. Department of Education information and Resources:  https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

Free Zoom account for educators and students:  https://zoom.us/docs/ent/school-verification.html?zcid=1231&_ga=2.228851412.995105639.1583699918-735451631.1546545079



Questions about Fieldwork:  https://www.aota.org/coronavirus

Be well….

Karen J. Hefler, OT, OTR

President, MAOT


School Based Medicaid Program

The Massachusetts TrI-Alliance of School Therapists, a working group representing occupational, physical and speech therapists, began meeting in the spring of 2019 in response to the anticipated School-Based Medicaid Program (SBMP) expansion scheduled for July 1, 2019. The goal of this working group was to leverage the collective understanding of SBMP documentation requirements for therapists under this expansion and to bridge communication with key stakeholders, i.e., MA DESE, Medicaid, OT, PT, ST State Associations. 

This working group with the support of MAOT, APTAMA, and MSHA, has created the attached document that highlights the SBMP documentation requirements, links to important resources, and provides action steps for school-based therapists. We encourage therapists to read this document and linked resources carefully and to use this knowledge to facilitate productive discussions with their school administrators in developing or refining district/collaborative processes. 

School-Based Medicaid Guidance.pdf

Massachusetts TrI-Alliance of School Therapists primary contributors to this document include:  

-Jan Hollenbeck, OT, OTD, Coordinator of Related Services, Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, and 504, Medford Public Schools

-Nancy Ahrabi-Nejad, PT, MHA, DPT Director of Consultation Services, Assabet Valley Collaborative

-Suzannah Campbell, MS, CCC-SLP, C.A.G.S. Supervisor of Speech, Language, and Hearing, Medford Public Schools

-Dawn Flaherty, OT, Director of Related Services and Assistive Technology, South Shore Educational Collaborative

-Kristen Skjerli, PT, Coordinator of OT/PT South Shore Educational Collaborative

Kathy Stemm, DSc, PT, PCS, Program Coordinator: PT/OT Services CAPS Collaborative



Join MAOT Today!

Membership in MAOT is an investment in yourself and our profession.  We offer discounted continuing education, networking opportunities, advocacy and a community of practitioners to help support and further your career!

Click here for a membership form

Click here to join MAOT Online





Fieldwork Position Statement from MAOT.

Guidelines for Provision of Occupational Therapy Services in Massachusetts Public Schools 

Click here  to read MAOT Guidelines

Questions please email info@maot.org


Special thanks to our sponsors. Our programs wouldn't be possible without them.

MAOT - Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc.
57 Madison Road, Waltham, MA  02453 - Phone: 781.647.5556 - Email: info@maot.org

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software