Click the image below to view the April 2nd Town Hall.

Resources available in the video description. Follow the hyperlinks for resources referenced during 
the meeting. 
Submit additional questions by commenting in below the YouTube video. 

 


Keep Your Community Safe

GOTA encourages virtual engagement for members at this time 

With the onset of COVID-19 the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association encourages members to
closely follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines. Until further notice, the GOTA
encourages members to engage in meetings and with fellow members virtually.


In line with the CDC, the GOTA recognizes that “for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being
exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in
most communities in the United States.” 


The GOTA is doing its part to lessen the spread and impact of the virus by encouraging regional leaders,
members, and the community to follow the CDC’s guidelines to:

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Be careful with meetings and travel
  • Handle food carefully
  • Stay home if you are sick or someone in the home is sick
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage for the most up-to-date
information and to share educational materials with your workplace and community. 

We look forward to engaging with members virtually via internet conferencing, our webpage,
and via the GOTA YouTube channel.
 
The Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Board

 GA tele health news

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH APPROVES

MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

SERVICES VIA TELEHEALTH

 
The current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted an issue that GOTA was 
already addressing.  Specifically, GOTA has  received clarification from the Georgia Department
of Community Health (DCH) that that occupational therapists will be able to bill for telehealth
services provided under the Medicaid Children’s Intervention Services (CIS) program. 


In line with GOTA’s advocacy efforts, GOTA applauds the DCH's decision to waive certain policies
related to the use of telehealth in diagnosis and treatment. This is in response to the viral
pandemic and to provide continuity of services and treatment with reduced risk of exposure
to Medicaid/PeachCare for Kids members and providers. Please see attached document.
 
DCH is currently in the process of making adjustments, including the codes to be allowed,
in the Georgia Medicaid Management Information system (GAMMIS ) at this time so that the
therapy providers can submit claims for services. DCH has especially emphasized that
providers MUST comply with the billing rules for Telehealth. and must include the
appropriate Place of Service code and/or the appropriate modifiers (e.g., GT). 
 
DCH is reviewing all categories of service codes to identify additional codes that
can be included in telehealth reimbursement.  MMIS will be modified to include new codes
following DCH review.  We will post additional information as needed. If you have questions
related to telehealth/telemedicine, please contact the DXC Technology Provider Contact
Center at 1-800-766-4456 and/or your assigned Provider DXC Representative.
 
Providers may locate the Telehealth Guidance manual by accessing the following
link:  www.mmis.georgia.gov.  Select the “Provider Information” tab, then select
“Provider Manuals.”  Scroll down to locate the Telehealth/Telemedicine manual.
 
GOTA also reminds OTs that the Georgia Telehealth Act has recently gone into effect, and
occupational therapy provided via telehealth is included as a covered service.   
 
In addition, GOTA is creating a resource center to equip you with information and
guidance related to occupational therapy and Telehealth. We will be updating this
information on GOTA webpage www.gaota.com  as information becomes available.
Provider Messages-Telemedicine.pdf

Aileen Deogracias, OTR/L
Georgia Occupational Therapy Association
Regulatory & Reimbursement Committee Chair
[email protected]

 GOTA Annual Conference 

A topical beach view of the sand and water with the words: visioning the future: GOTA 2020 annual conference October 16-18 St. Simons Island

In keeping with the conference theme “Visioning the Future” we are seeking to develop a conference schedule that
includes a balance of sessions in a range of practice areas. We need YOU to submit a presentation proposal and to
encourage your colleagues as well.  We are seeking proposals that relate to any areas of interest to occupational
therapy practitioners. These may relate to practice, education and/or research.  Presentations that provide the
audience with knowledge that can be used for improved service delivery are highly encouraged.
Successful proposals will:
  • Clearly articulate learning outcomes
  • Appropriately identify teaching strategies that match proposed learning outcomes
  • Provide current and relevant information and evidence to support proposal

Procedure

Those interested in submitting proposals are asked to complete the conference proposal form by clicking here. 

Due Date Friday April 6th, 2020

If you are interested in sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, click here for more information.

Direct any questions to Conference Chairpersons: Irma Alvarado ([email protected]) &
Amy Todd ([email protected]).
You may also contact our office manager: Tiffany Wilson [email protected] 

 


 

Thank you to the 110 occupational therapists who

participated in Legislative Action Day 2020!

OTs stand inside the capital on steps, below the image the words read: Occupational Therapy Association Legislative Action Day 2020
 The goal for the 2020 Legislative Day was to thank our legislators who supported HB 253 & encourage
continued support on current legislation important to occupational therapy practitioners. 
HB253: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/2...
 
Thank you to Aileen Deogracias, OTR/L Chair of the Regulatory and Reimbursement Committee.

 

Click here to see what Legislative Action Day is all about.


 

GOTA Launches YouTube Channel

Click the preview below to watch the first video & here for submission details.

Screenshot of the GOTA YouTube Channel featuring Kelsey Reeves of the Membership Committee.  


  

New to the profession or to GOTA? If you are a first time GOTA member join NOW to receive your first year of
membership for only $45. Please follow the link below to join.

GOTA Membership Application

*Please note this special is only for 2019*

 

 

 

GOTA Website Crash Course

2019 GOTA Website Crash Course.pdf

First page of the Crash Course PDF with the summary in front of text

Volunteer Opportunities

Feel like you need to make a bigger impact in your profession? Want to help advance Occupational Therapy in the state of Georgia? GOTA is the perfect organization to get started! We are actively looking for members to fill different executive board and committee positions. If you would like to get more involved, please click on the link below to learn more.

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