Research Article  |   September 2013
Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Occupational Therapy Practitioners Providing Services to Medicare Recipients
Author Affiliations
  • Gail Fisher, MPA, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1919 West Taylor Street, MC 811, Chicago, IL 60612, and Chairperson, American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD; gfisher@uic.edu
  • Jennifer Friesema, MS, OTR/L, is Student, Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Article Information
Advocacy / Health and Wellness / Professional Issues / Health Policy Perspectives
Research Article   |   September 2013
Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Occupational Therapy Practitioners Providing Services to Medicare Recipients
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2013, Vol. 67, 502-506. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.675002
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2013, Vol. 67, 502-506. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.675002
Abstract

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010  (ACA; Pub. L. 111–148) represents the largest expansion in government funding of health care since Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 (Curfman, Abel, & Landers, 2012). Although the health insurance mandate and Medicaid expansion have received the most attention as a result of legal challenges and the July 2012 Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the ACA (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012), other ACA initiatives may have even greater implications for occupational therapy. The ACA includes sections on improving quality and health systems performance for Medicare recipients, with some sections also applying to Medicaid recipients. Insurance companies commonly follow Medicare rules; therefore, the Medicare reforms are likely to spread across all payers, health care settings, and care recipients.