Hill DAY: January 24, 2023

Our team met on the Hill to discuss Occupational Therapy with our legislatures. Here is a recap about the day. 

Thank you all who participated and advocated for our profession in our states capitol.
Contact the Government Affairs Team: [email protected]

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Things to know if you are considering moving to Florida as an OT/OTA:

FOTA & Occupational Therapy News


OT Scope of Practice Update


Florida OTs now have an updated Scope of Practice for the first time in over 20 years to better define ALL we do!! For the purpose of improving patient access to OTs and support our state OT private practitioners (and all OTs/COTAs)!

  • Mental health interventions
  • Health management and Wellness
  • Updated definitions of OT that model our  framework
  • Laws regarding higher education and our doctorate/capstone
  • ADLs!! (Helloooooo?!  )
  • And so much more!!

Thank you so much to the support of our FOTA members, Johnston and Stewart lobbying firm Anita Berry, and all of the OT leaders and students that helped along the way! This was a 6 year project now complete! Much more to do moving forward, but this change lays down the foundation to support our upcoming efforts.  

See our Bill

  •  The Medicare OTA payment differential went into effect on January 1, 2022 and many occupational therapy practitioners still have questions regarding what the policy means for OTAs. Read More
  • Joint effort with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Department of Elder affairs in a home modification program.  Read More
  • Help us - Complete the Compact survey!! OT Compact - Is this good for Florida OTs? Read more and complete survey so that we can advocate properly for you.  More...

COVID-19 Update and Resources

FOTA recognizes the impact of Covid-19 (coronavirus) on individuals, families, the nation, and our world as we all adapt to these uncertain times. OT
Practitioners across the state of Florida have all been challenged to remain healthy and ensure safe practices to prevent further community spread. As many of you have worked in various sectors or continue to be on the front lines, the influx of executive orders at the local, state, and national level can cause confusion as to what steps to take next. Of the utmost importance is to ensure your safety and that of your family, while following orders to reduce and prevent community spread. More 

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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