We Have a Bill Author!

We Have a Bill Author!

Roughly 150 OTs, OTAs and OT Students participated in OT Day at the Capitol. Thank you for your commitment to protecting the OT profession and making it even better!

We're pleased to report that we had exceptional success this year. Senator Joan Ballweg contacted our office, right after her meeting, and offered to author the OT Compact legislation. This is fantastic news! The compact would allow OTs to obtain a "compact license" that makes it easier to practice across state lines. Our thanks to all who participated in OT Day, and to our members who worked hard on this issue.

We also have legislators interested in telehealth parity, requiring insurance companies to pay equally for telehealth appointments. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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Letter to CMS

Letter to CMS

WOTA submitted this letter to CMS today, asking for the proposed reimbursement cuts to be stopped.  Occupational Therapy is proven to reduce future medical expenses, and to improve patient outcomes. Reducing the reimbursement rate (the proposed reduction is 9%) is not good for therapy professionals or patients.

CMS Changes Harm OT

The Occupational Therapy profession is facing payment pressure from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS is attempting to adjust Medicare Part B by reducing fee schedule payment for codes tied to occupational therapy. These reductions, planned for 2021, could result in an estimated 8% - possibly 9+% decrease in payment. These reductions not only impact Medicare payment but are also often the basis for commercial insurers fee schedules.  We are joining AOTA, ASHA, WPTA and APTA, among other therapy groups, to advocate against these changes. We encourage you to write your representatives, and help us ensure a fair payment model. More information is linked here.

COVID-19 Advocacy

Throughout the pandemic, WOTA has been tracking emergency orders, legislation and insurance policies, to insure that Occupational Therapists and OT Assistants can continue to work and be reimbursed for their work. Learn more about our COVID-19 Advocacy here.

Standing Room Only at OT Day at the Capitol

More than 200 OTs, OTAs and OT Students attended the 2019 OT Day the Capitol. 

It was standing room only when WOTA lobbyist Bob Welch briefed the group on current issues. After the briefing, everyone broke into groups to attend meetings with their legislators. 61 different legislators met with our groups, and learned more about the value of OT.

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OT Day 2019

Join us for OT Day at the Capitol 2019!

Our voice is stronger together. Join OTs, OTAs and OT students from around the state to advocate for Occupational Therapy. We will meet at the Wisconsin State Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a group briefing, followed by visits with our legislators. This is an excellent opportunity to develop relationships with our legislators and let them know the importance of Occupational Therapy!

Register here


DSPS License Update

UPDATE On the DSPS Licensing Study

The Department of Safety and Professional Services released their report, after asking all professions to participate in a licensing survey late last year. 
WOTA organized several ways to protect the OT profession.
  • First, we hosted an OT Day at the Capitol, in which we had a record number of OT/OTA professionals and students visit legislators, and explain the importance of our licenses.
  • Next, we used a wide range of communication tools to engage OTs/OTAs statewide to participate in the survey, and insist that our licenses are crucial for practice. Our reasons include, but are not limited to: reimbursement, ongoing training and protection for patients.
 WOTA achieved significant participation in the survey. It is clear that our organized work made a difference. Members have received our review of the final report.
 If you aren't a member, now is an important time to join us! A united voice protects our profession.
 You may view the DSPS report here.