Occupational Therapy Licensing Board

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Last Updated 2/26/21

Links to the next phases for vaccines recipients:

OHA 3527C Vaccine Sequencing secondary.02.25.2021.UPDATE.v13.pdf

OHA 3527A Vaccine Sequencing Infographic.02.25.2021.UPDATE.v12.pdf

Helping Adults Get COVID-19 Vaccinations:  OHA_Partner_Toolkit_2.4.21.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability for Phase 1a​

OHA Website on COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon:

COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon​

As of 1/5/2021, OHA has said they are shifting their approach from one where Phase 1a vaccine sequencing was required, to allow anyone included in Phase 1a, Groups 1-4 to be considered eligible for the vaccine at this time.  OHA is working with hospitals, health departments, pharmacies and other partners to finalize the distribution plans across the state, including how individuals at smaller outpatient clinics will be able to register for the vaccine. 

Oregon Sequencing Plan

Covid-19 vaccine provider enrollment email address: vaccine.providerenroll@dhsoha.state.or.us

 

Executive Orders 
MOST RECENT: Governor Brown has issued Executive Order 20-66, effective December 3, 2020, found here: eo_20-66.pdf (oregon.gov). Please continue to review and abide by all guidance and restrictions from Governor Brown and OHA, website: OHA 3461 Sector Risk Categories (state.or.us)


Executive Order on the Temporary Freeze to Stop the Rapid Spread of COVID

Executive Order 20-65 addresses the following in detail:

  • Limiting at-home and social gatherings, as well as faith institutions
  • Limiting the maximum capacity for grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores
  • Restricting food and drink establishments to take-out only
  • Requiring workplaces to mandate work-from-home as much as possible
  • Closing certain businesses, including gyms, museums, zoos, and indoor recreation facilities 

The full text of Executive Order 20-65 is available here.


Telehealth Listening Sessions:

Recording from the OHA and the Department of Consumer and Business Services Nov. 17 Telehealth Listening Session for Health Care Providers. Learn about the current telehealth landscape and the concerns shared by Oregon providers.​


Statewide Mask, Face Covering, Face Shield Guidance for Health Care Offices

AOTA:  Back to School Resources During COVID-19​

At the August 7, 2020 board meeting the board voted to file temporary rule:  Unprofessional Conduct in a Declared Emergency:   

(6) Unprofessional Conduct in a Declared Emergency:

(a) Unprofessional conduct during a declared emergency includes failing to comply with any applicable requirement of a Governor’s Executive Orders, including but not limited to:

(A) Providing occupational therapy services when permitted, but without wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when PPE is required;

(B) Providing occupational therapy services at a business required to be closed;

(b) Unprofessional conduct during a declared emergency includes failing to comply with applicable Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance implementing a Governor’s Executive Orders, including but not limited to failing to follow guidance on providing occupational therapy services in person.

(c) No disciplinary action or penalty action shall be taken under this section if the Executive Order provision or OHA guidance alleged to have been violated is not in effect at the time of the alleged violation.

Temporary rule - Unprofessional conduct for violating executive orders 8.14.20.pdf


OHA Clinical Care, and Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for COVID-19 -7.22.20.pdf

OHA Mask guidance FAQs_20-07-09.pdf
OHA Mask guidance_20-06-30.pdf

Video Presentation Explaining Phased Reopening Process​ - 5/11/2020

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April 2, 2020 Special Board meeting - OTs / OTA's can work as assistants to respiratory therapists with proper training.

Online course for ICU and Vent Patients:
This course will help to arm them with the information they need to treat and care for critically ill patients.  Effective immediately, ERI is offering the online course Lines, Tubes, Ventilators, and Diagnostic Screening for Stability v. Instability at no cost to therapists. Use promocode ERISTANDS at checkout to receive this course. It will be available through June 1, 2020.  Please pass this along to your staff or colleagues who could benefit from this material.

Below is the link to our other online courses in the event you have staff who need their CEUs for renewal. 

Link to Education Resources online courses
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Elective and Non-Urgent Procedures

Governor's Executive Order 20-22

Framework for Restarting

Executive Order 20-12 and 201-10:

The Governor has issued Executive Order 20-12 on 3/23/20 expanding social distancing requirements designed to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.  While a clinic​​, as a heath care facility, is an allowable destination under the order, as a provider or patient of occupational therapy, it is critical that we all follow social distancing measures to the greatest extent possible to limit the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable populations.  Executive Order 20-10 pertaining to elective and non-urgent procedures and the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) also applies to all Occupationall therapy practitioners. The Oregon Health Authority has issued guidelines for complying with EO 20-10.

Overall, be sure to stay current on all requirements and recommendations for social distancing, cleaning and screening practices, and make adjustments to patient care, including the application of telehealth and rescheduling of all non-urgent care.

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Important Links:

The Oregon Health Authority, under direction of the Governor's office, is coordinating the State response and guidance including guidance for health professionals.  The primary landing page for information is here, where you can also sign up for updates.  

OHA also includes links to CDC guidance, or you can go here directly. CDC recently published guidance and communication tools for clinics here

The Governor has issued several Executive Orders relating to COVID-19, and additional direction for health care professionals is expected later today.  All Executive Orders are published here.

Increasingly, city governments are also publishing mandates that may apply to you.  We recommend taking a moment to reference their websites and signing up for notifications.

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Oregon Coronavirus Information & Resources:

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information and Resources

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OHA - Guidance related to delaying elective procedures:

 https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2284.pdf

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AOTA FREE CE

**To help all OT practitioners, educators, and students navigate through this uncertain time, AOTA has lifted member-only access to all COVID-19 & OT webinars.
 

Medicare Telehealth Success During COVID-19: What You Need to Know About Providing Telehealth to Medicare Clients
Tuesday, May 12: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET
FREE

 

To register and see all available programs, visit AOTA's COVID-19 & OT Online CE series page. Earn up to 1.5 contact hours per session. Webinars will be live-tweeted using #COVID19andOT and available on the AOTA Store within 24 hours of the live event.

 

Here are a few of the recently recorded COVID-19 & OT courses:

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TELEHEALTH:

For Board rules and FAQ's on telehealth:

https://www.oregon.gov/otlb/Pages/Telehealth.aspx

Oregon Health Plan coverage of Telephone/Telemedicine/Telehealth Services:

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/OHP/Announcements/Oregon%20Health%20Plan%20coverage%20of%20telemedicine%20services.pdf 

OHA - COVID-19 Expanded Telehealth/Telemedicine Provider Webinar:

-- For a video recording of the webinar, please visit https://youtu.be/h3A7IeTidso.​

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Nationally, there have been several actions to ease the utilization of telehealth; if you are new to telehealth or are considering expanding your use of telehealth temporarily, we recommend regularly reviewing information published at HHS.gov and CMS.gov.  Here are two relevant links published earlier this week relating to billing and HIPAA compliance:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Telemedicine Fact Sheet

 

US Dept. of Health and Human Services Emergency Response Information


From the AOTA website (www.aota.org):

Q: Telehealth is an emerging practice area that I need to learn more about. What resources are available to get me started?

AOTA's Telehealth Resources page contains a variety of articles, webinars, charts, and practice documents to help OT practitioners to navigate this emerging area, including professional guidance on ethics.

 

Q: Am I eligible to provide occupational therapy services via telehealth?

While additional flexibilities for telehealth have been incorporated into both federal programs and private insurance, these flexibilities don't always expand the definition of who can provide telehealth services. Read: OT and Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19.

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Other Resources

Business Oregon has put together a resource for businesses impacted by COVID-19 here

Oregon Health Authority's Health Security, Preparedness and Response Division has several resources for guidance and preparation, including information on volunteering with the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers -- SERV-OR.

OHA Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program

SERV-OR:​  https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/SERV-OR/Pages/index.aspx

 

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