SCOTA 2020 Annual Conference
SCOTA Annual Conference • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia • February 28 – 29, 2020
Two-Day Program Eligible for Continuing Education Units
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By now many of you have heard that the 2020 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (MPFS) contains substantial changes to how CMS previously proposed that the OTA modifier would be adopted in its 2019 MPFS proposed and final rules. These changes are concerning because they will affect how the 15% payment reduction is applied starting in 2022, as well as how the modifier must be reported to CMS beginning January 1, 2020, for record-keeping purposes.
Washington, DC — U.S. Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Jason Smith (R-MO), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced the Medicare Home Heath Flexibility Act (H.R.3127) in the House of Representatives, while Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN) simultaneously introduced identical legislation in the Senate (S.1725). These bills would allow occupational therapists to open home health therapy cases under Medicare. Each of the Congressional champions serves on Congressional committees that will determine whether the legislation will be adopted as part of larger legislative packages that will be considered during this Congress.
AOTA worked with state associations to advocate for the bill and to thank each Senator and Representative for championing the legislation. Supporting groups include the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association, Maryland Occupational Therapy Association, Missouri Occupational Therapy Association, New York State Occupational Therapy Association, Texas Occupational Therapy Association, and West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA issued a press release with quotes from each House and Senate champion, as well as releases to local media in each state to highlight Congressional action. Senators Cardin and Young also coordinated media releases to Indiana and Maryland publications in support of S.1725.
SCOTA's legislative efforts include monitoring this issue, and you can make a donation today to support those efforts.
SCOTA board members have been busy creating opportunities for members to network, socialize, and earn CEUs.
The Piedmont District and Midlands District have begun to organize a great calendar of continuing education events. Each session will include the opportunity to earn 1 CEU and network with other occupational therapy practitioners. The cost is typically FREE to SCOTA members and only $10 for non-members.
Be sure to watch our Events page for details and registration information!
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Did You Know?
There are approximately 280,000 occupational therapy practitioners in the United States of America. 56,686 of those practitioners are members of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
There are approximately 3,000 occupational therapy practitioners in the state of South Carolina. More than 250 of those practitioners are members of SCOTA. We need your membership! Please select the Member Benefits tab above to learn how being a member of SCOTA can benefit you as a practitioner in South Carolina, and to the profession as a whole.