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Through community outreach and engagement, as well as a commitment to promoting the distinct value of OT across variety of practice settings, small victories have been accomplished in changing coding and billing practices at the state level. Catherine will outline a road map for others to follow in facilitating change and advocating for OT services.

When: 2/1/2018
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: Jumpstart Therapy
900 Main Street
Oakville, Connecticut  06779
United States
Contact: Monica Kelly

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Title of the Event: Advocating for the Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy for Children and Families



Date of the Event: Thursday, February 1, 2018


Location/Address/Room Number of the Event:

                                                                          Jumpstart Therapy 900 Main St. Oakville, CT 06779


Number of Contact Hours: 1.5 (90 minutes)



Speaker(s) Name and Credentials: Catherine Risigo Wickline, MS,OTR/L



Bio/Background of the Speaker: Catherine Risigo MS, OTR/L is a licensed, registered Occupational Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition .

Catherine has a strong interest and experience in advocating for pediatric OT services at the legislative level and has been successful in creating opportunities for Occupational Therapy Services by advocating for coding changes and expansion of services for this population.  Through her efforts, she has worked to ensure that government officials, educational leaders, healthcare providers and community members will be better equipped to understand the challenges so many children and their families face.  Her efforts have led to being appointed to the Medical Assistance Oversight Council by her local state Senator.  In this role, she has first-hand access to educate legislators and other agency leaders in the distinct value of Occupational Therapy services and the challenges children and their familiar are having accessing them in Connecticut.

Learning Objectives Attendees Should Achieve:


1. Understand why communicating the distinct value of occupational therapy to government agencies increases awareness and our influence in creating change.


2. Each participant will identify at least one way to contribute to advocacy of OT practice with government

   officials and insurers.


3. Each participant will identify 3 OT service and reimbursement issues that require advocacy and 3 things they can do to maximize opportunities to expand OT serves and reimbursement in the pediatric population.



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