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AJOT CE: Coming to Terms With the IMPACT Act of 2014
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2016

Member Price
Non-Member Price: $24.99

Product Overview

Earn CE Credit With AJOT Articles!

Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)




This article notes the implications for occupational therapy both as a practice and a profession as  a result of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. The IMPACT Act will set the course for much of postacute care well into the next decade as it: (1) authorizes a uniform method of patient assessment in postacute care; (2) sets a timetable for developing, implementing, and reporting quality measures; and (3) lays the groundwork for future payment reform in postacute care. This article places the IMPACT Act into the larger arc of health care reform and change. It summarizes the law’s key provisions and presents a contrarian analysis of this much-heralded bipartisan legislation. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 already gives the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the authority to implement what the IMPACT Act requires, which may potentially slow the changes envisioned in the ACA.



Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM is a Senior Fellow for Health Policy & Post-acute Care at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH).  Dr. DeJong serves as Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.


Learning Objectives


Following this course, the learner will be able to:

1.        Describe the Medicare Post-Acute Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014

2.        Explain how the IMPACT Act of 2014 influences healthcare

3.        Discuss implications of the IMPACT Act of 2014 on occupational therapy


Exam questions for this course authored by Marie Morreale, OTR/L, CHT

Learning Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention


CE Find Key Words: ACA, Healthcare Reform, Medicare, Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing Facilities

Reference Information:


DeJong, G. (2016). Health Policy Perspectives—Coming to terms with the IMPACT Act of 2014. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70, 7003090010.