CE Article: The Role of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework in Home Health Care
Donna Flowers, OTR, Carol Siebert, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Missi Zahoransky, MSHS, OTR/L
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Occupational therapy practice in home health can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging, as the complexity of this practice area is difficult for stakeholders besides practitioners to understand. Home health practice, indeed home health care, is shaped largely by Medicare regulations that govern agencies serving home health care, and Medicare coverage policies govern payment. As a result, occupational therapy practitioners in this area must understand both the Medicare requirements for occupational therapy services and Medicare’s expectations for documentation. To be successful in home health, practitioners need to understand and know how to apply the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2nd Edition (Framework-II; American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2008) to their practice. The Framework-II—an official AOTA document intended for use by occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and external audiences—discusses the interrelated constructs that define the practice of occupational therapy and serves as a guide for providing occupational therapy services.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
- Identify areas of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2nd Edition (Framework-II) and how they apply to the evaluation, intervention, and monitoring of outcomes in home health care.
- Apply the Framework-II to a case study specific to home health care practice.
- Identify the benefits of incorporating the Framework-II into your home health care practice.
Learning Level: Entry
Target audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
Content: Category 3: Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends
Flowers, D., Siebert, C., & Zahoransky, M., (2011). The Role of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework in Home Health Care. OT Practice, 16(07), CE-1–CE-8.
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