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Winston-Salem State Student Awarded National Scholarship

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The staff at Platinum Educational Group understands the struggles and obstacles that are presented to students obtaining higher education in the healthcare industries. In 2015, Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at EMS students. In 2016, the company expanded its product line to include the nursing and allied health fields. It seemed only fitting to expand its scholarships program to include the hardworking and dedicated students in those fields as well.


Resident Classification System, Version 1

Have you heard of CMS’s new case mix rule called RCS1 (Resident Classification System, Version 1)? It is the proposed system which could possibly take the place of Med A RUGs as soon as fiscal year 2019 (which begins on October 1, 2018). There is huge concern from SNF and therapy providers that this system only pays for patient characteristics such as diagnosis and level of functioning, rather than the amount of services that are being provided or the functional improvements that are being made. If RCS1 were to go into effect, it would drastically change how SNFs treat Med A residents, particularly the delivery of therapy. McKnights has published several articles and webinars re: RCS1 implementation. A brief overview can be found at . I have also included a more detailed explanation of RCS1 from the American Occupational Therapy Association, below.


Advocacy Success!

We are thrilled to announce that House Bill 208 Occupational Therapy/Choice of Provider passed the Senate today with a unanimous vote!  It will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.  NCOTA expresses our sincere gratitude to the outstanding House sponsors Rep. Hugh Blackwell, Rep. Gregory Murphy, Rep. Mitchell Setzer and Rep. Pat Hurley.  We also thank the sponsors of the Senate companion bill Sen. Paul Newton and Sen. Joyce Krawiec.   

Ashley Perkinson, NCOTA Lobbyist 

Thank you Ashley!


 A special thanks goes to Representative Hugh Blackwell who presented the bill to the full House and received a strong vote of 115 to 3. Thank you Representative Blackwell! District 86  Burke County





And to Senator Paul Newton who presented the bill to the full Senate and received a vote of 47 to 0.  Thank you Senator Newton!

District 36 Union and Cabarrus Counties






Call for Nominations - 2017-2019 Leadership Positions

The following elected positions are available for nomination: President-Elect, Treasurer, Membership Services Co-Chair (2), Education and Research SIS Co-Chair (2), Legal and Political Chair, and OTA Representative  (see descriptions below)



FAYETTEVILLE – Methodist University’s second doctoral program Occupational Therapy is the first doctorate-level Occupational Therapy program in North Carolina.

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