Friday, July 3, 2015

Who wants to go to Chicago in 2016?

The next AOTA conference is in Chicago!
VOTA sponsors one member each year to attend the conference. This scholarship is in memory if Diane Aja, a strong advocate for the professional growth and networking.

If you are interested in attending this conference, do not hesitate to contact us.

Joni LaRow,President

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Do YOU have a 2015 membership number?

This blog is a place where members and non-members can view some of the information that VOTA is sharing.

Active Members of VOTA receive email updates and hard copy newsletters (coming soon!) thru the USPS.

If you do not receive these member benefits, you are not a current member of VOTA.

Print the latest application and send in to join VOTA.

The application link is located above.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


VT Medicaid is reaching out to you today to offer ICD-10 support assistance to your members,who are preparing for ICD-10 and/or have questions about the upcoming ICD-10 conversion.  All HIPPA compliant providers must comply!

On October 1, 2015, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. 

How can VT Medicaid assist:
Opportunity I:
Post our web address on your - member notices, newsletters or website:
VT Medicaid ICD-10 Website has an abundant amount of ICD-10 resource information that can help guide your members towards ICD-10 readiness. Medicaid ICD-10 web-address ->

Opportunity II:
Include VT Medicaid as a presenter at one of your upcoming annual conferences or local meetings:  
VT Medicaid is currently offering to present about a 45 minute (w/15 minute Q&A) ICD-10 slide presentation, that includes:

Ø  Overview of ICD-10.
o   Why so many more codes?

Ø  Demo on VT Medicaid’s free PEZ software (VT Medicaid enrolled providers only) for electronic claims submission. 
o   The benefits of switch from paper claims to electronic!

Ø  VT Medicaid has opened its doors to any electronic VT Medicaid provider who would wishes to claims test. 
o   Why test, a quick walk through on the benefits of ICD-1O claims testing w/VT Medicaid.   
o   It’s easy, tutorial on how-to and who to contact.

Please contact me if you would like us to present. Or, if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

Catherine West
Department of Vermont Health Access
Business Applications Support Manager

Monday, March 16, 2015

Where's the Evidence?

Occupational therapists are constantly hearing about the need to use evidence-based practice when treating clients, but research shows that health professionals, including OTs, often don’t, for a number of reasons. Top barriers are: lack of time (to search and read the literature, to apply research to practice, or to engage in research), difficulty seeing the application to practice, lack of access to journals or research articles, and difficulty reading and understanding the articles. What’s a therapist to do?

Fortunately, there are some helpful resources available to overcome these barriers. AOTA provides a good starting place, and you don’t need to be a member to access some of them. For example, on AOTA’s website,, click the tab for Educators-Researchers. Then, click the link for Evidence-Based Practice & Research. On this page you can download AOTA's Evidence-Based Practice Resources document which describes available resources. Click the link for your practice area and find links to AJOT Articles, OT Practice Articles, SIS Quarterlies Articles, CATs (focused lit reviews) and CAPs (article summaries), and other resources.   AOTA members have access to all the resources, although some articles can be downloaded by non-members. Browse the resources, and see what you can find!

Two helpful online resources are OTSeeker ( and the Evidence Based Occupational Therapy site (  OTSeeker allows you to search for articles based on key words. The OTevidence site has several links describing evidence-based OT, a Search page, and a Databases page which provides links to several OT/Rehab databases. Explore these sites to get a feel for what they offer. Once your search leads you to interesting abstracts, you may want to find the full text.

To get the full text of an article, you may need access to an academic database, or do some additional searching to see if the article can be found online. AOTA members have access to the full text of AJOT, the Canadian OT journal, and the British Journal of Occupational therapy, through AOTA’s web site. Using a search engine can often help locate a wide variety of articles. Try typing “evidence-based practice” “ occupational therapy” and a diagnosis into a search engine and see what comes up. After a little practice, searching for evidence becomes more of a treasure hunt than a chore!

Sue Ordinetz, PhD., OTR/L

Digging Up Archives

I have found some articles that were published in old newsletters that I would like to share again with you all.
So if you read something that you think was already shared with you, it was!! Good eye for attention.

Hope you enjoy them,

Joni LaRow

Sunday, March 15, 2015