FOTA Leaders Meet with FLASHA, FPTA, and Alliance of Pediatric Therapies.

Taskforce on Medicaid Advocacy -- June 6th, 2019, Orlando, FL.

 FOTA President-Elect Douglene Jackson, President Brent Cheyne, and FOTA Lobbyist Anita Berry met with Alliance of Pediatric Therapies,  FLASHA (Speech Therapy Association) and FPTA (Physical Therapy Association) to discuss our path forward collaborating as state rehab profession associations addressing Medicaid challenges to practice, reimbursement and accessibility. Our collective plan to advocate will include connecting with AHCA, Medicaid Officials, and the Association of Insurance Providers to address therapist's concerns.
Presidents of FOTA (Brent Cheyne & Douglene Jackson) FPTA ( Jamie Dyson ), Alliance of Pediatric Therapies ( Jan Wooten), FLASHA (Lyndsey Zurawski) .


Our New Dual-Campus Web-Linked Format: Leadership Event Cohort 3

Whether they attended our event in Jacksonville, or in Tampa, June 8th,  our 3rd Cohort of the Leadership Development Program came together to share perspectives on Leadership --specifically, leading the way in Occupational Therapy (OT). As a committee, we have to admit that we were excited to be engaging in this new format whereby both event locations were be linked through internet technology so that we could have the convenience of travel to nearby location, and we could reach out to leadership from across our state. Please know that this was our first attempt at linking up our events, and we are hopeful that it was effective. Taking the risk to try this new approach to our courses speaks to philosophy of our program: Learn, Innovate, & Grow -- all through Actionread more...





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Governor's Executive Order Extends Licensure Renewal Date to June 30th, 2019

In the interest of supporting our FOTA membership and prospective members, this message is to provide information about the Licensure Renewal Extension made by Governor Scott in the fall of 2018. His executive order was made in response to the disaster in the wake of Hurricane Michael and in consideration for all of those professionals whose licenses would renew in the coming months after this storm.

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Hill Day 2019
FOTA Hill Day was in Tallahassee, FL,  January 22 at the Capitol Building, 2nd Floor Rotunda at 8am. We were joined by our lobbying firm, Corcoran & Johnston (C&J), to establish a presence with legislators in the rotunda, promote an awareness OT on the hill, as well as engage in sit-down meetings individually with specifically selected legislators at their offices as arranged C&J. Our objective was to raise awareness of the distinct value of OT in serving Floridians, and addressing specific issues of access to care, protection and promotion of OT practice across our state. We hope many OTs join us for Hill Day. Thanks to Governmental Affairs Co-Chairs Sharon Rosenberg and Kelly Uanino  (at [email protected] More on Hill Day


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The Benefits of Membership

Membership fees support the FOTA Government Affairs Committee, which is active in advocating for occupational therapy practitioners and the clients we serve through:

  • Working with our state legislators and our lobbyist to promote and protect occupational therapy services

  • Protecting the OT scope of practice to ensure that practitioners have the right to practice true occupational therapy in Florida

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Government Affairs News

We are closely watching for ways OT will both be impacted and for opportunities for OT to be included, perhaps in ways we have not been included in the past. While the ACA is a Federal program, FOTA is working closely with AOTA to follow the trends and keep you informed.

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