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Occupational Therapy in Primary Care

presented by Tina M. Sauber, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

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Financial: Tina M. Sauber receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Nonfinancial: Tina M. Sauber has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 72 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

This introductory course delves into the pivotal role of occupational therapists (OTs) within interprofessional primary care teams. Participants will discover how OTs, with their unique training in physical and mental health, are ideally positioned to address a diverse array of patient needs in this setting. Through a blend of evidence-based practices and real-world case studies, participants will explore how the inclusion of OTs leads to improved patient outcomes and fosters recognition from physicians regarding the value of OT on the team. While a gap persists in the literature regarding the exclusive impact of occupational therapy outcomes in primary care, evidence supports the profound influence of behavioral choices and behavioral health on overall health. OTs, focusing on habits, roles, and routines, can effectively address these issues. This course will also provide insights into the effective documentation and billing for occupational therapy services, ensuring participants can navigate the complexities of reimbursement by third-party payers. Join us to discover how occupational therapists can provide client-centered care as generalists, focusing on physical and behavioral aspects of chronic condition management and well-being through interventions that address habits, roles, and routines.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the role of an OT on an interprofessional team in the primary care setting
  • Outline appropriate assessments focusing on the physical and behavioral aspects of chronic condition management and well-being
  • Differentiate between effective and ineffective documentation and billing for occupational therapy services in the primary care setting
  • Identify appropriate interventions focusing on the physical and behavioral aspects of chronic condition management and well-being

Meet Your Instructor

Tina M. Sauber, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

Dr. Tina M. Sauber received her BS and MS in occupational therapy at the University of North Dakota and her doctoral degree in occupational therapy with specialty track in practice administration from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Sauber is an assistant professor and the associate director of the Bridge for the Doctoral Program…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Defining the Role of Occupational Therapy on the Interprofessional Team in Primary Care

This chapter delves into the intricate dynamics of interprofessional collaboration within primary care settings, focusing on occupational therapy’s unique contributions and value within the team. Through a lecture, a primary care physician (PCP) interview, and a video demonstration of a warm handoff, learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of team collaboration processes, common conditions encountered, and the pivotal role of occupational therapy.

2. Assessment and Intervention in the Primary Care Visit

This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of occupational therapy’s assessment and intervention strategies tailored for primary care settings, focusing on addressing both physical and behavioral impairments. Through lecture and insights from an OT working in primary care, learners will gain practical knowledge on objectively measuring function, implementing interventions for chronic condition management, and enhancing patient outcomes.

3. Tools, Resources, and Documenting and Billing Services

This chapter offers insights into essential tools, resources, documentation practices, and billing strategies crucial for OTs practicing in primary care settings. Through lecture combined with evidence-based literature and recommendations, learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to address functional components for clients, document services, and navigate reimbursement processes effectively.

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