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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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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. 

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.

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.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC has released multiple resources promoting precautionary measures and proper hygiene.      

The American Occupational Therapy Association

Information pertaining to Occupational Therapy in the Era of Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be continuously updated as resources become available. Information includes OT and Telehealth, CMS guidelines to providers, and Provision of Special Education, Early Intervention, and 504 Services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice   
Read the Board’s position statement on occupational therapists’ use of telehealth to provide occupational therapy services. Our Practice Act and COMAR Regulations may be found on the same page.
 
The staff of the Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy is currently teleworking. You may reach the board via email mdotboard.user@maryland.gov or lauren.murray@maryland.gov
 
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Executive order regarding health care matters

Telehealth: Services Delivery Executive Order

On March 20, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order to authorize the reimbursement of audio-only health care services and to grant further flexibility regarding the use of HIPAA-compliant telehealth technology during the state of emergency. Details may be found online (scroll to Authorizing Telehealth, dated April 1). 

School Based Practice

The U.S. Department of Education through collaboration and coordination with state and local educational agencies have disseminated critical information and resources for guidance in school settings. Resources, webinars, and fact sheets can be found online. 

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has released a series of fact sheets to provide specific guidance for how schools may conduct virtual education to students for an extended period of time.

The Maryland State Department of Education is working collaboratively with the Governor’s Office, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on the health and safety of students and staff in the school setting. Information can be found online here.

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