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COVID-19 Update and Resources

MOTA recognizes the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic on occupational therapy practitioners, educators and students as we adapt to these uncertain times. Occupational Therapy practitioners across the state of Maryland have all been challenged to remain healthy and ensure safe practices to prevent further community spread. 

Please know guidelines and recommendations are fluid and changing almost daily, therefore it is recommended that you revisit the respective resources frequently for updates. All resources below are current as of April 13, 2020.


We are pleased to share this helpful resource from MOTA’s lobbyists. To help navigate the information stream coming from all levels of government and the private sector in response to COVID-19, Public Policy Partners has collected and shared information and resources that may benefit practitioners and Marylanders. Please see these comprehensive resources and the occupational therapy specific information on our blog. 

CMS Decision Allows Occupational Therapists to Open Medicare Home Health Cases

Via AOTA: A decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow occupational therapists the ability to conduct initial and comprehensive assessments for Medicare home health cases is being celebrated by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).


Continuing Education Opportunities

AOTA is hosting a series of free virtual CE programs to equip occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students to navigate through the evolving coronavirus pandemic. This series is free for AOTA members and non-members. Earn from 1 to 1.5 contact hours per session.

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) is hosting live webinars with experts from the Tele-Medicine industry to provide clear and up-to-date information regarding telemedicine and remote monitoring in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are pleased that CMS has recognized occupational therapy’s vital role in home health and AOTA’s advocacy efforts on this topic,” said Sherry Keramidas, PhD, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director of AOTA. “Access to occupational therapy services is more important than ever as occupational therapy practitioners are helping clients to navigate COVID-19 related challenges of occupational deprivation, participation in daily living, using occupation to support mental wellness, and re-engaging in occupations while recovering from COVID-19.”

The CMS decision has a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020, through the end of the emergency declaration.


In the past weeks, various executive orders that impact professional practice, including related guidance and resources, have been disseminated at the federal, state, and local level. MOTA would like to provide you with a means to access those resources in efforts to help you stay safe, as well as continue providing services, if applicable. Below are resources that have been complied to help you find professional guidance to stay safe and remain abreast of developments during this time.

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New Student Representative Needed Beginning 2021

My name is Marley Merrick, and I am the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) student representative. I finished by bachelor’s degree in occupation and well-being in May 2020, and have since been working on my master’s degree in occupational therapy. I have been the student rep for MOTA since 2018, and have loved being part of this board and organization. Unfortunately, my term as student rep will come to an end in December. Although I am sad about my term ending, I am excited about starting my level two fieldworks, starting my career, and getting married all in 2021! 

I decided to become the student rep in 2018 because I wanted to learn more about OT and the profession outside of the classroom. Within my two years of being on the board, I have learned so much that has only added to my academic education. I have been able to work alongside my professors and other great OTs, advocate for the profession in Annapolis, MD, listen and learn from AOTA board members, help plan and run out annual conference, and listen to great seminars and presentations from OTs around Maryland. I believe that everything I have learned in these two years, in addition to my academic education, has only benefitted me for my upcoming career as an OT. 

The MOTA board is looking for another OT or OTA student to take over my position, starting in January 2021. Have faith when I say that joining the MOTA board and organization will only better you, your education, and future career as an OT/OTA. If anyone would like any more information about joining the MOTA board, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at mmerri5@students.towson.edu. Otherwise, please send us an email at all4mota@gmail.com for more information about how you can apply. 


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