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The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community

Reimbursement is changing in Skilled Nursing Facilities on October 1, 2019, and practitioners must start preparing. 

At last year's conference, AOTA's Debbie Amini shared information about this upcoming change and provided many resources to the practitioners in West Virginia. 

Now, the time for the transition is only 1 month away. AOTA has many resources available to help therapists prepare for this transition and preserve the critical role Occupational Therapy serves in the care of our clients. Use the AOTA resources to make sure you are able to take an active role in this significant change. 

Resources can be found here: (You don't have to be an AOTA member to access this page).  

A Free Member Webinars About Preparing for the New Payment Model can be found here:

AOTA has several FREE webinars for members of AOTA.  WVOTA has worked with AOTA to negotiate a reduced price for the webinars for members of WVOTA. 

Details will be sent out this week -- don't miss this opportunity to be prepared!  

West Virginia AOTA members,

Hello from your WV Representative to AOTA.  You most likely received an e-mail from AOTA regarding the upcoming Fall RA meeting.  The meeting will take place November 12 through the 19th online.  The deadline to submit motions for the RA to consider is September 9th.  The Representative Assembly is the AOTA body that sets professional standards. 

In the past the RA has considered entry level education requirements, adoption of updates to the Code of Ethics, adoption of Position papers, and the formation of committees to investigate a variety of issues related to OT practice including caseload issues in schools system practice, etc.

If you feel that there is an issue that AOTA should take action on please reach out to me and we can create a motion.  I am here to support you in participating in the profession. 

I can be reached at or at (304)293-0584. 

I look forward to hearing from you,

Diana Davis

It has come to the attention of WVOTA that West Virginia athletic trainers will now be placed with licensure. As it currently states:
"This rule provides the regulatory framework for licensure, regulation and discipline of athletic trainers who are licensed by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. The rule sets forth: qualifications for licensure as an athletic trainer; requirements for licensure, renewal, reinstatement and reactivation of expired licenses; criminal history record check; temporary permit; scope of practice for athletic trainers; the extent to which athletic training students and/or permittee may practice in the state; and continuing education requirements." 
Also due to the hard work of Mary Hager, Jackie Hurt and Sarah Black were able to notify and communicate with the president of the athletic trainer association of West Virginia to assure that Althletic trainers were not going to practice OT. 


Efforts of AOTA also assisted in helping to acknowledge specific terminology to successfully be assured that Athletic Trainers would practice within there own scope. 

State Hill Day February 12, 2019 was a big success. Students and WVOTA members to be introduced in the Senate Chamber by Senator Boso and later introduced in the House.

Talking points included explaining what occupational therapy is and HB 2697 and SB. 492. Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act, explaining that we are opposed to this bill unless an amendment is brought forward to include occupational therapy as one of the exempted health care professions.  This bill was killed in committee!  

WVOTA is continuing to monitor and report to the membership on the Education Reform Bill also referred to the Omnibus Bill.  Today in the House of Delegates during the introduction of bills Delegate Amy Summers (R-Taylor) proposed a motion for the House to postpone a Senate education bill indefinitely.

Delegate Summers motioned that the motion to postpone the bill be tabled. The House then voted on Summers' motion to table which passed 52-44 with four members absent. The House referred Senate Bill 451 to the Committee on Education and then Finance.


The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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