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  • Fri, May 18, 2012 3:30 PM | Deleted user

    Thanks to everyone who continue to help make the DCOTA Hot Topics a huge success!  These clinically based continuing education opportunities are an excellent way to meet and greet other occupational therapy practioners who live and work in the District. 

    DCOTA will return in the fall with a new Hot Topics schedule with great new, clinical topics.  If you join DCOTA you get the continuing education credits for free at each of the Hot Topics events.  Why not join now to be ahead of the game?

    Stay tuned to the website for updates and informtion on your state association!

  • Thu, May 03, 2012 2:32 PM | Deleted user

    Click here for the full brochure and registration form.

    Friday, June 1, 2012

    8:30 am -- 3:30 pm

    Blackburn Center

    The Gallery Lounge

    Hosted by:

    Howard University

    Department of

    Occupational Therapy

    Sponsored by:

    Community College of Baltimore

    County

    Howard University

    Towson University

  • Mon, March 05, 2012 5:14 PM | Deleted user
    The AOTA Election Results are in!  

    President-Elect: Ginny Stoffel

    Vice President: Amy Lamb

    Board of Directors: Shawn Phipps and Pam Toto

    COE Chair Elect: Andrea Bilics

    EC Chair Elect: Yvette Hachtel

    Congratulations!
  • Wed, February 29, 2012 8:09 PM | Deleted user
    DCOTA is proud to announce the Health Policy Resource page.  We have just added links to the Kaiser Family Foundation's resources for the state's implementation of Health Care Reform.  Health care reform provides opportunities and challenges to the occuptional therapy community!  We invite you to send any resources you find helpful!  Please take a moment to visit our new page by clicking HERE
  • Thu, February 23, 2012 9:44 AM | Deleted user

    Thanks to everyone who came out to Hot Topics last night at the Lab School!  What a great turnout.... And such fantastic information.  The presenters covered executive function in pediatrics and put us through several assessments.  The information was even generalizable to other practice areas.  Thanks so much to the Lab School for hosting DCOTA! 

    Please join today so that we can continue to offer these outstanding opportunities! The next Hot Topics event will be FREE only to members!

    We already have our next Hot Topics event scheduled for May!  But, we have a very special event to be announced this week in April!  You will definitely want to attend.  This event advocacy, education and OT to the core!

  • Fri, February 17, 2012 4:27 PM | Deleted user
    Please visit the OT Jobs section or to see what Genesis Rehab Services may have to offer you!
  • Tue, February 07, 2012 8:03 AM | Deleted user
    Check out the most recent issue of OT Practice Magazine that features information from Konah Kpoto, DCOTA Executive Board Member.  The piece discusses point of service documentation.  Click here to go to OT Practice and make sure to check out the article Record Time on page 9!
  • Sun, February 05, 2012 6:25 PM | Deleted user

    Taken from White House press release here

    New Report: States Moving Forward to Implement Health Reform’s Affordable Insurance Exchanges

    Twenty-eight States are on their way toward establishing a key component of health care reformundefinedAffordable Insurance Exchangesundefinedaccording to a report issued today by the White House.

    “States are taking strong steps to implement health reform,” said White House Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy-Ann DeParle. “The Obama Administration is working in partnership with State leaders across the country.  We will ensure Americans in every State have access to an Exchange and the same kinds of insurance choices as Members of Congress.”

    Affordable Insurance Exchanges are State-based, one-stop marketplaces where consumers can choose a private qualified health insurance plan that fits their health needs.  Beginning in 2014, Exchanges will offer consumers the same kinds of insurance choices that members of Congress will have.

    The report released today highlights how some States are moving forward to build Affordable Insurance Exchanges. The States profiled are not necessarily the States most advanced in establishing an Exchange; instead, they illustrate the diversity of approaches and progress being made.  Some of the actions in the report include:

    • Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R), a physician, issued an Executive Order that created the Alabama Health Insurance Exchange Study Commission on June 2, 2011, which recommended that Alabama establish its own Exchange called the “Alabama Health Insurance Marketplace.” The legislature, which meets in February, is expected to take up legislation to establish an Exchange.
      Colorado passed a bipartisan bill to establish the independent Colorado Health Insurance Exchange, which was signed into law on June 1, 2011. The Colorado Exchange has started public education about health reform and the Exchange at its website,www.getcoveredco.org. Organizations such as the Colorado branch of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry have been active participants in the creating the small business component of the Exchange.
      In Nevada, unanimous, bipartisan legislation authorized the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, which was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval (R) on June 16, 2011. Its board has been appointed, executive director named, and application submitted for its next round of funding for building the Exchange.

    The report outlines some of the steps the Administration has taken to ensure all Americans have access to an exchange beginning in 2014. These include developing the information technology and business systems necessary to facilitate Exchanges in multiple states.

    Developing Exchanges is just one of the ways States are implementing health reform. In the nearly two years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, States have enforced the patient protections like banning lifetime dollar limits on coverage and ensuring coverage of proven prevention services. Forty-three States and the District of Columbia are participating in the new premium rate review system where insurers must justify the rationale for any double-digit insurance premium increase.  All States have received Affordable Care Act grants to improve prevention and public health. And the Affordable Care Act has already made an incredible difference to millions of Americans:

    • 2.5 million more young adults have health insurance.
      As of October 2011, more than 2.65 million seniors got a 50 percent discount on their prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole.
      Insurance companies can no longer drop your coverage when you get sick or put a lifetime cap on the amount of care you can receive.

    To read the report issued today, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/01-18-12_exchange_report.pdf
    For more information on the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov

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