May 22, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) asked therapy groups to survey members, and come back with recommendations on telehealth. Thanks to all who completed the survey! Here is our response to DHS:

 

May 8, 2020

Webinar: How is COVID-19 Impacting Occupational Therapy?

Webinar: Advancing your Occupational Therapy Career in a Post COVID-19 World.

May 7, 2020

Governor Evers announces rules changes, affecting supervision, mental health and Birth-3.

April 20, 2020

Governor Evers announces "Badger Bounce Back Plan"

WOTA sent this letter to Governor Evers, asking for OTA supervision rules to be adjusted.

April 17, 2020

Governor Evers Signs Senate Bill 605: Expanding Access to Standing Technology for Individuals with Disabilities
(WOTA supported the passage of this bill)

Attention Birth to 3 Practitioners: See this post from ForwardHealth: 
Enhanced Reimbursement for Therapy Provided as part of the Birth to 3 Program Using Telehealth in Response to COVID-19   
Thanks to the ongoing advocacy of our engaged members, we continue to see positive action by DHS and the administration to help OT continue to deliver high-quality care to our patients in this critical time.

From AOTA: FREE WEBINAR TODAY: 3-4 p.m. CST   Register Here
Private Practice OT: Panel Discussion on Telehealth
Presenters: JoAnn Keller, OTD, OTR/L, CHT; Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Jessica K. Lynn Hatfield, MS, OTR/L, CKTP, SIPT; and Dale E. Lynn, OTR/L

A panel of occupational therapy private practice owners from across the country will share how they have adapted their businesses in response to the pandemic. Panelists will describe implementing telehealth services across private practice settings including pediatric home health, schools, outpatient hand therapy, and adult rehabilitation. The webinar will focus on how these practices have been able to navigate payment policy changes while at the same time transition their practices to provide services via telehealth.

April 15, 2020

Navigating Teletherapy During COVID-19
This webinar was offered on Monday, April 13. It is now available in a recorded version.
It discusses integrating teletherapy into practice AND reimbursement procedures.
The webinar is free for WOTA members, or $120 for non-members (Membership is included with purchase).

NIH study validates decontamination methods for re-use of N95 respirators

April 10, 2020

Emergency Volunteer Registry

 April 2, 2020

Wisconsin Encourages Providers and Patients to Use Telehealth

April 1, 2020

Anthem's Statement on Telehealth Coverage

Department of Safety and Professional Services Issues Guidance on Telehealth and Related Rules

March 30, 2020

Big News! ForwardHealth Approves Telehealth

March 24, 2020

Governor's "Safer at Home" order

Explanation of Essential Businesses

March 23, 2020

From AOTA: Information Pertaining to Occupational Therapy in the Era of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 20, 2020

WOTA's joint letter to DHS and OIC

March 19, 2020

View our March Newsletter, with COVID-19 and Advocacy information here.

WOTA's lobbyist, Bob Welch, is working to get tele-health and tele-therapy services approved as quickly as possible.

WOTA is joining with WPTA and WISHA to send a letter to Department of Health Services and Office of Insurance Commissioners requesting swift action to approve guidelines and reimbursement of tele-health and tele-therapy services.  

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delays all elective and non-essential medical procedures:

March 18, 2020

WOTA is working with DHS and related groups to better define Telehealth and Teletherapy.

We expect to have an update on this on March 19, 2020.

AOTA has the following resource related to Telehealth: AOTA Position Paper

March 17, 2020

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the following information on COVID-19:

View their Emergency Declaration

For a list of State Legislation and Action related to COVID-19 see here: COVID State Government Overview

WOTA Sent the following message to our Membership on March 15, 2020:

Dear WOTA members, 

The COVID virus has impacted our state, and created new challenges in our practices.

WOTA is doing the following:

1- Cancelling all in person meetings and group events until further notice
2- Working on an emergency plan with legislative bodies to expand and support teleheath wherever possible
3- Monitoring the response nationally and state by state to determine best practices

There are hundreds of OT and OTA students who have lost their fieldwork opportunities due to this situation. If anyone has the ability to help connect these students to fieldwork opportunities please contact us.

For students who have lost fieldwork placements: Please be patient! Wiscouncil ( the consortium of fieldwork coordinators for all the OT and OTA schools in the State of WI), AOTA, ACOTE, WOTA and your fieldwork coordinators are all working diligently on solutions and plans for the rest of this semester and beyond.

We encourage our members to follow the guidelines placed by the Center for Disease Control.

Stay positive, stay healthy, and we look forward to the end of this trying time.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Your WOTA leadership