Governor Haslam Proposes Medicaid Expansion

On January 8, 2015, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issued a Proclamation calling the legislature into an Extraordinary Session which will focus solely on his proposal to expand the Medicaid program to cover an estimated 200,000 Tennesseans who do not have health insurance. This special session will begin on February 3 and continue until the legislature makes a decision to accept or reject the Governor’s plan. TNOTA Lobbyist John Williams has more about the potential impact of this decision here.

Existing Roles of OTs in Transition Planning in the Middle and High School Levels for Students Diagnosed with ASD

Are you an OT or OTA that currently works in the school system? Please click on this link to complete a survey investigating the current involvement of occupational therapy practitioners in transition planning for students with ASD!

Role of OT in ASD Treatment – Research Survey

Are you an OT or OTA who works with children who have an autism spectrum disorder or within the autism practice community? Please visit the following link:

What’s up with Obamacare?

TNOTA Lobbyist John Williams has written a follow up article to last year’s series on the Affordable Care Act. This latest article details the new developments to the ACA as they relate to Occupational Therapists. Read it here.

Masters Student Survey Request

Masters Studen Kierstin Hamlin is conducting a survey about current attitudes and beliefs held by occupational therapy practitioners regarding sexual education and sexual rehabilitation. You can take it here.

Scholarship Opportunity for West District

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association (WESTTNHBA) through the generosity of the Plough Foundation is offering scholarships to Occupational Therapists and other health care related professionals in order to assist them with obtaining Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation. Click here for more information.

East District Meeting

Our next meeting will be November 20, 2014 at 6:30 at  East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Rehab Center. The address is 1025 Childrens Way, Knoxville TN 37922. This office is located off of Westland Drive, Pellissippi Parkway. The speaker will be Cheryl Williams, OTR/L. She will be discussing the role of the Occupational Therapist in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) for babies and young children. OTs both work in the NICU with positioning, and in the rehab center. NAS is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who has been exposed to addictive drugs while in utero. It is a very serious issue today, and has been reported that an increase of newborns are currently being affected by this in East Tennessee. Please join us to discuss and become more educated on this important topic.

Survey for Ithaca College

Dr. Diane Long and OT graduate students from Ithaca College are completing a study about the development of the clinical reasoning skills in accredited OT programs. We are seeking occupational therapists who have been practicing for five years or less to take our research survey, “Academic Experiences Occupational Therapy Clinicians Perceive as Valuable to Development of Clinical Reasoning.” Our survey can be found at:

If you would like more information about the study, please contact Dr. Diane Long at

Legislative Wrap Up for 2014

Tnota’s lobbyist, John Williams, has put together a report detailing the legislation passed in 2014 that affects OT’s. Click here to read it.

Obamacare: The Employer’s Responsibilities

John Williams’ latest article about the Affordable Care Act discusses the insurance responsibilities that will be required of small employers as well as large employers. Click here to read it.

TNOTA Lobbyist John Williams featured in Advance magazine!

Click here to see the full article.

Gov. Haslam declares April Occupation Therapy Month

Read the proclamation here!

Settlement Eases Rules for Some Medicare Patients

Tens of thousands of people with chronic conditions and disabilities may find it easier to qualify for Medicare coverage of potentially costly home health care, skilled nursing home stays and outpatient therapy under policy changes planned by the Obama administration. Read the entire New York Times article.

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2013 Legislative Day on the Hill

TNOTA Day on the Hill