Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ICD-10 Conversion

As of April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the legislation to change the compliance date to, at the earliest -> October 1, 2015, specific to converting the ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis codes sets (both CM and PCS).  The VT Insurer Collaboration, which consists of the Department of Vermont Health Access (VT Medicaid), along with representative from BCBSVT, MVP, VT Medicaid and VT Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, wishes to express its recognition of this changed and its commitment to continued compliance.  Currently, the ICD-9 diagnosis code sets will remain active till such time as a new compliance date is determined.  Please note, with any change there are negative and positives that need to be considered!  One aspect of consideration, does this extension of time now allow you more opportunity to prepare your organization for the ICD-10 conversion.  Please let us know if you have any questions. 

DVHA website (VT Medicaid):  http://dvha.vermont.gov/for-providers/icd-10/
Cigna website:   www.CignaforHCP.com > Resources > Medical Resources > Communications > HIPAA 5010/ICD-10 Updates
                MVP website:  http://www.mvphealthcare.com/provider/ICD-10_updates_and_faqs.html

Office of Rural Health and Primary Care efforts:
Information on training at discounted rates, contact John.Olson@state.vt.us

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Catherine West
Department of Vermont Health Access
Business Applications Support Manager

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Vision Conference March 2014!! REGISTER NOW!!


VisABILITIES Visual Processing Impairment I Workshop
Evaluation & Intervention for Adult Acquired Brain Injury

Venue: Fletcher Allen Health Care, McClure Lobby Conference Room
Date:  Saturday & Sunday, March 8 & 9, 2014

Course Description
This intensive workshop provides therapists with the skills to effectively evaluate and treat visual perceptual dysfunction in adult patients following stroke and head trauma. The course addresses: visual neglect and inattention, oculomotor dysfunction, visual field deficits, reduced visual acuity, and disorders of complex visual processing. Participants are taught how to identify deficiencies in functional performance which are caused by visual perceptual impairment and design practical interventions which increase independence in daily occupations. The course emphasizes a functional and practical approach to evaluation, treatment and documentation of visual perceptual dysfunction.

Who Should Attend
Although the course is specifically designed for therapists who work with adults with acute brain injury, the evaluation and treatment principles are applicable to pediatric and cerebral palsy populations. The course is taught from the OT perspective but the information provided is applicable to PT and speech language pathology.  

Register Online

Contact Information
Kim Doubleday
Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 847-7579

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 and VOTA

Welcome to 2014 OT's in Vermont!!

We will be using this blog as an ongoing "newsletter style" format to keep you informed on whats happening in VT as it relates to OT and healthcare.

VOTA is seeking new members for its board.  We would love to know if there is interest out there in VT.

A May conference is being planned and we will be needing assistance with preparations. If you have an hour here and there, all volunteer work will be accepted and appreciated. 

Also this spring, VOTA and FAHC have teamed up to bring Mary Warren to VT for a fantastic workshop on LOW VISION.
Keep your eyes open for the formal announcement and registration information.

Our Facebook page is thriving!  Visit us there as well for fun facts and discussions among fellow OTs in VT and the region. 
YOu do not have to be  Facebook user to see our page- it is open to the public for view.

Wishing you a wonderful 2014!
Joni LaRow, President
Vermont Occupational Therapy Association

Monday, September 30, 2013

Participate in Virtual Hill Day on Sept. 30th - Double the Impact of your Colleagues on the Hill

Can't make it to Washington this year? You can still let your voice be heard by joing us in a Virtual Hill Day. On September 30th, double the impact of your colleagues in DC by choosing this day to write your elected officials.
Writing is easy. You can send a letter on any of the topics discussed below by simply clicking on the link and entering your zip code at the bottom of the next page. You can also find these messages by clicking on the "Issues and Legislation" Tab and choosing "Legislative Issues and Alerts".
Show your elected officials that these issues matter!
Medicare therapy cap. Efforts to reform the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) are underway in Congress and gaining momentum. Help build support for the inclusion of therapy cap reform by asking your elected officials to cosponsor The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2013 (S.367/H.R.713) and insisting that any legislation reforming the MPSF also address the therapy cap. More than ever, we must work to gather strong Congressional support for repealing the Medicare therapy cap. (click here to send a letter on the therapy cap)
Mental health legislation. AOTA Federal Affairs is focused on expanding opportunities for occupational therapy in mental health. Our current bill, H.R. 1037, the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Act, would allow certain practitioners who go into mental health to qualify for student loan forgiveness. Between health care reform expanding access to mental health services for millions of people, and a new Congressional focus on providing behavioral health services in the schools, now is the time to help lawmakers understand occupational therapy’s role in helping people with mental and behavioral health disorders participate in ever day life, and to gain support for H.R. 1037. (click here to send a letter on Occupational Therapy in Mental Health)
Special education funding. In April, as a result of mandatory funding cuts known as sequestration, federal spending on special education and general education was cut by 5%. As schools gear up for the new year and the effects of these cuts become more apparent, take this opportunity to describe the effects of these cuts on the services your students receive.(click here to send a letter on education funding)
Support for Rehabilitation research at NIH. In April, Senators Kirk and Johnson introduced a bill to improve, coordinate, and enhance rehabilitation research at the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at NIH. We are urging Senators to show their support for important rehabilitiation research by cosponsoring S 1027. (Click here to send a letter on rehabilitation research)
Cuts to Medicare reimbursement. As of April 1, 2013, occupational therapy practitioners reimbursed under Medicare were subject to a 2% cut as a result of sequestration and an estimated 7% gross reduction in outpatient therapy services as a result of the outpatient Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction. Additionally CMS issued a draft rule in late June that proposes to reduce Medicare payments for home healthcare services by an extraordinary 14 percent (3.5 percent per year in 2014-2017). Continued cuts to Medicare reimbursement will put senior’s access to care at risk in all states, including rural, minority and underserved communities. (click here to send a letter on Medicare reimbursement for occupational therapy)