Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act!

Occupational therapists are currently prohibited from conducting the initial assessment in the home health setting. The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act, introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV), fixes this imbalance among therapy services and allows Occupational Therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit for Medicare home health cases where OT is ordered by the physician alongside a qualifying service and is exclusively related to rehabilitation.

Nearly one in five occupational therapists work in home health as their primary or secondary setting, and this bi-partisan legislation puts occupational therapy on more equal footing in the home health setting. It also ensures that Medicare beneficiaries receive timely access to care from the most appropriate rehabilitation professional.

Occupational therapists are well qualified to perform the initial assessment. Their unique training, focused on functional capabilities, identifying home safety issues, and expertise in establishing routines to maximize patient compliance with the plan of care has long made them valued members of the home health care experience.

Your voice is a critical part of elevating the status of occupational therapy in the home health setting and beyond.

Please take time to email your Senators today and ask them to co-sponsor the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act!
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Drake University White Coat Ceremony

The Faculty and staff of Drake University invite you to change the world for a first year occupational therapy doctoral student by becoming a white coat sponsor and mentor. These students begin their
professional journey during our annual White Coat Ceremony, held on Friday, August 26, 2016, at 4 p.m.  

The significance of the ceremony with our students, they shared that one of the most important moments is when they cross the stage to don their white coats for the first time and hear the name of the
professional who sponsored them as they began their journey. They are inspired by the generous donors from the Drake community who make this special event possible.  

We hope that you will celebrate your connection to Drake’s community and these future fellow health care professionals by supporting our White Coat Sponsorship and Professional Travel campaign. For every gift
of $50 made by July 15, 2016, a card with your name will be inserted into the pocket of a white coat to let a student know of your support. In addition, you will be announced as the student’s white coat sponsor
and recognized in the event program. Donations beyond $50 will be used to support students as they continue in their professional journey by attending state, regional, and national professional meetings.   

We appreciate your consideration of this simple, yet profound way to make a difference for students as they begin the journey to become health care professionals. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff
of our University and the communities they serve, thank you.  

The link to donate White coat(s) for entering OTD students at Drake is: 


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Go to the Membership Page to join or renew today (credit cards accepted).



Click on the Education page to see if you are eligible for one of the two scholarship applications awarded annually by IOTA. Deadline is July 15, 2016.