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Clarice Grote, MS, OTR/L

Clarice Grote, MS, OTR/L

Everything You Need to Know About Amplify OT

Amplify OT is the go-to place for news about advocacy, policy, and quality for occupational therapy (OT) practitioners and students. We chose the name Amplify OT because our goal is to provide resources that facilitate advocacy and self-efficacy amongst practitioners and students.

Who is Amplify OT?

Amplify OT provides educational resources for occupational therapy practitioners and students on Medicare, advocacy, policy, and value-based care. 

We want you to know how your services are covered and how you can advocate for change in our healthcare system.

We chose Amplify OT because our goal is to provide resources that facilitate advocacy and self-efficacy amongst practitioners and students. Through advocacy, we believe we can amplify the role of occupational therapy in healthcare. Clarice Grote, MS, OTR/L created Amplify OT in 2020 during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Why Amplify OT?

When I was a new practitioner, I had a hard time discovering my role in home health. Agencies often told me when I could see patients and for how many visits. But wasn’t I the practitioner? Was it not my job to tell the agency how often I’d see the patient? Agencies would tell me Medicare didn’t pay for my visits. I knew that wasn’t right, but I didn’t have the information I needed to advocate against their policy.

I tried to search for information online. But, policy articles mostly addressed nurses, physicians, or PTs. I am not a PT, nurse, or physician. My job and my role look different. Therefore, I needed information that spoke to me, and one of the only places I could find it was on Facebook or AOTA.

Since that time, I have repeatedly tried to research how reimbursement impacts my area of practice. However, it often leads to a rabbit hole of complex jargon that is difficult to digest. I started Amplify OT to use my analysis skills to digest policy and legislation to help you cut through the jargon and get to the meat and potatoes of what you need to know.

With Amplify OT, I aim to highlight some of the fantastic resources AOTA has. Also, we provide accurate information for practitioners to utilize in their practice and advocacy efforts. Practitioners should have access to information specific to occupational therapy that they need to fight back against unfair policies that hurt our patients and hurt our profession. Knowledge is power. We know we add value. We need the tools to communicate our value in healthcare.

What is Amplify OT?

Created in 2020, Amplify OT provides articles for practitioners and students to use in their advocacy efforts. To achieve this, we provide well-researched articles for individuals to utilize for their own education. Topics include advocacy, federal legislation, Medicare regulation, and value-based care.

By increasing knowledge and awareness, practitioners will improve their advocacy self-efficacy. Practitioners can best serve their clients and their employers by understanding payment and regulatory structure and rules. All in all, there is a lot of information out there, and much of it is inaccurate. Therefore, Amplify OT provides a place for practitioners to find accurate information to aid their advocacy efforts.

Additionally, Amplify OT focuses mainly on acute and post-acute care. These practice areas are most often left out from other therapy blogs. As a result of recent payment changes, practitioners and students were left confused and desperate for accurate information on what they can do to protect their jobs and their patients. We cannot fight false information if we don’t know what is the right information. Amplify OT is here to help.

To fulfill our education-based mission, all of our resources are free. Because of this, Amplify OT is funded by ad-based revenue and donations. If you want to learn more about a certain topic and don’t see it on our page, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to provide a service to you and can’t help if we don’t know there is an issue.

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