News and Information

ACOTE® Announcement of OTA Survey

March 8, 2018


The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) continues to explore the role of occupational therapy assistants and the entry-level education requirements. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (3rd ed.; AOTA, 2014) broadened the areas in which occupational therapy professionals practice. In doing so, the role of the OTA is evolving to address the needs of persons, groups, and populations directly and indirectly. The purpose of this survey is to better understand the current and emerging role of the OTA in meeting the occupational needs of society. Please respond to the following survey, which seeks to evaluate the role of the occupational therapy assistant in the profession.


You can access the survey using the following link (or by copying and pasting the link into your web browser). The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete.


ACOTE values your feedback and thanks you for taking the time to respond to this survey. The survey will close on July 15, 2018.






The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) is inviting comment from all communities of interest regarding the third draft of the ACOTE Accreditation Standards for a Doctoral-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, Accreditation Standards for a Master’s-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, Accreditation Standards for a Baccalaureate-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, and the Accreditation Standards for an Associate-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapy Assistant. Feedback on the draft Standards will determine whether the revised Standards are adopted by ACOTE in August 2018. If adopted at the August 2018 meeting, the Standards would become effective July 1, 2020. The Draft 3 Standards are available on the ACOTE Accreditation section of the AOTA website.


To submit comment, please take our web-based survey.


Additional comment is invited at the following face-to-face meeting and hearing in Salt Lake City, Utah:

·         Academic Leadership Council Annual Meeting: Salt Palace Convention Center, April 18, 2018, at 9:00 am

·         Open Hearing: Hilton Salt Lake City—Grand Ballroom C, April 19, 2018, from 11:00 am–noon


Comment may also be provided by e-mail to




Please feel free to distribute this invitation to all interested parties, so input may be gathered from as wide an audience as possible.


Thank you in advance for your valued feedback.



* * * *


Chuck Willmarth, CAE
Associate Chief Officer, Health Policy and State Affairs
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449

240-482-4133 (direct)


AOTA 2018 Elections. 


More information on AOTA's Website. 


Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS, FAOTA, candidate for Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

I will be holding two ‘OT Chat It Out’ sessions; Monday December 18th and Tuesday December 19th to talk about what is going well and what can be improved in OT practice.   

Details below: 

 Occupational Therapy Assistant Chat It Out!—Monday 12.18, 8:00-9:00pm EST 

 Occupational Therapist Chat It Out!—Tuesday 12.19, 8:00-9:00pm EST


Brent Braveman, OTR/L, candidate for AOTA Vice-President.

Hello members of NCOTA! I am posting one time with the permission of the group administrators. I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for Vice-President of AOTA. You can read my position statement, my blog about various current issues and learn more about me as an occupational therapy practitioner at my website I am happy to answer any questions you may have or to hear any feedback or concerns you have about current issues or AOTA. 




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





<< first < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next > last >>

Page 1 of 5