Thanks to advocacy from AOTA and other representatives of Occupational Therapy and Home Health; CMS has included the permanent provision beginning Jan 1, 2022 for Occupational Therapists performing initial assessments and comprehensive assessments in Medicare Home Health therapy cases. During the early months of the pandemic, Occupational Therapy was given this provision under the CMS COVID Waiver 1135, in order to facilitate access to needed Home Health services for seniors. This permanent move rightly recognizes Occupational Therapists as integral members of the home health team.
The HH PPS proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2021, and comments are due to CMS by August 27, 2021. AOTA staff is analyzing additional provisions of the proposed rule and will submit written comments. Read the CMS Fact Sheet for an overview of the proposed rule.