Advocacy Updates and Information

 

March 21, 2022
NCOTA is pleased to announce that DHHS is postponing the sunset of Medicaid coverage for occupational therapy telehealth services from March 30, 2022, to June 30, 2022, through the new Medicaid Bulletin #237 released today. NCOTA will continue to advocate that this coverage be made permanent, but this extension is good news. Here is a link to the new bulletin :https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/media/11048/download?attachment. Here is the link to the announcement: https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/blog/2022/03/21/special-bulletin-covid-19-237-extension-nc-state-emergency-temporary-flexibilities

 

Please continue to share your testimonials and data on how you have used telehealth services for Medicaid beneficiaries with NCOTA so that we can continue to provide this feedback to DHHS

 


 

CALL TO ACTION-March 1, 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services recently published Special Bulletin COVID-19 #226. This bulletin provides that Medicaid coverage for occupational therapy offered through telehealth will sunset March 31 for outpatient specialized therapies. NCOTA was disappointed to read this bulletin and is advocating that Medicaid telehealth for OT be made permanent. 
We were informed that the decision to sunset OT telehealth option was in part related to DHHS' data that telehealth services were underutilized for OT and PT during the COVID pandemic. We strongly oppose this decision and want to stress to decision-makers that maintaining options for health care access and rehabilitation services is vital! It is. not all about utilization; rather focusing on access to care and effectiveness of care options may be more useful factors to consider. 
We are asking for all of our members to contact DHHS about this proposed sunset and encourage them to reconsider. Please use the attached form per their request. You can email the form to [email protected] Please include testimonials and examples on how telehealth has benefitted the individuals you serve. And if you do not have specific cases, please consider still submitting your thoughts and opinions about how sunsetting telehealth OT services will impact access and client care. 

Thank you all for your continued advocacy for OT and our clients!

 

CALL TO ACTION-February 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services recently published Special Bulletin COVID-19 #226.  This bulletin provides that Medicaid coverage for occupational therapy offered through telehealth will sunset March 31 for outpatient specialized therapies.  NCOTA was disappointed to read this bulletin and is advocating that Medicaid telehealth for OT be made permanent.  Please take the opportunity to reach out to DHHS to let them know how important telehealth is to the individuals you serve and your practice.  The CPT codes impacted by this bulletin are as follows: CPT codes 97165, 97166, 97167, 97168, 97750, 92065, 92526,97110, 97112, 97116, 97530, 97533, 97535, 97542, and 97763.  You can email DHHS at [email protected]  NCOTA is also collecting testimonials from members on how telehealth has benefited the individuals you serve.  Please send testimonials to [email protected]  We plan to share these testimonials with DHHS.