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OTAC's House Bill 22-1068 Medicaid Reimbursement for Therapy Using Equine Movement has passed! OTAC will be part of the signing ceremony with the governor soon!

HB22-1068 would make medical reimbursement available for therapy using equine movement when provided by an occupational therapist, physical therapist, or speech-language pathologist.

Congratulations OTAC members! Your membership dues have directly supported the creation and passage of this bill and all of OTAC's legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of OT practice in Colorado!


UPDATE FROM AOTA: Occupational therapy assistants took a 15% cut to reimbursement under Medicare Part B starting in January 2022.

We need Congress to pass the SMART Act (H.R. 5536) which would PAUSE THIS CUT for the rest of 2022 and take permanent steps towards reducing the impact of this cut to reimbursement. This legislation would enhance patient access to occupational therapy services, especially in rural and underserved areas. The list of Congressional champions supporting this bill continues to grow, but we need your help to ensure the issue receives the attention it deserves by Congress. Write to your Member of Congress to cosponsor the SMART Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5536

03/07/2022  - EXTENSION OF PARS FOR Pediatric Long Term Home Health until MARCH 2024.

Click here for the full notice from HCPF

12/15/21 NEWS ALERT!

News Alert from AOTA: Humana Requiring Prior Authorization for OT, PT, and SLT Beginning January 1, 2022

AOTA has been made aware that beginning January 1, 2022, Humana will begin requiring prior authorization for OT, PT, and SLT via Cohere, a utilization management company. This will impact almost all of Humana’s commercial and Medicare Advantage lines of business, with some exceptions. Practitioners need to be aware that although Cohere markets their program as a musculoskeletal utilization management program, practitioners must submit all diagnoses for prior authorization. 

Please review the following resources for more information: the announcement from Cohere, Cohere’s Provider Knowledge Center, and the Prior Authorization List [CPT©] Codes Under Management Effective January 1, 2022.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Cohere and/or Humana, please email Julie Lenhardt, AOTA’s reimbursement and regulatory policy manager, at jlenhardt@aota.org.


OTAC is the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado. It is a non-profit organization that strives to increase the quality of care and level of professionalism to the practice of OT in Colorado.

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