Introduction to Medicare for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

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Medicare is one of the largest and most influential payor sources in the United States. Despite this, occupational therapy practitioners can feel overwhelmed and confused by its parts, coverage, documentation standards, and best billing practices. This introductory course will help OTPs to feel more confident about understanding Medicare as whole and learn how to document and bill their patients with lowered risk for audits and fraudulent claims.


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Target Audience

  • Occupational therapy students and occupational therapy assistant students.
  • Healthcare providers who are interested in learning more about Medicare.

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge about the history of Medicare and its importance and role it plays in healthcare for occupational therapy.
  2. Identify each of its parts and their coverage or what’s not covered for Parts A, B, C, & D.
  3. Learn about supplemental insurance options for beneficiary enrollment.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of important terminology and concepts for practice as an OT practitioner.
  5. Compare and become aware of the difference between proper and defensive documentation versus improper, unethical, and fraudulent billing practices.
  6. Explain and put into practice Medicare coverage of therapy services in specific OT practice settings.
  7. Gain a broad understanding of how Medicare works from the beneficiary’s perspective and as a clinician to provide high-quality covered services to these beneficiaries.

Supporting Evidence-Based Research

Oberlander, J. (2019). Lessons From the Long and Winding Road to Medicare for All. American Journal of Public Health, 109(11), 1497-1500.

Contact Hours

1 Hour — This course is not AOTA approved, but may be eligible for other CEUs (NBCOT, State License).

Instructional Methods

This is an independent self-study distance course delivered via pre-recorded video with included lecture slides to follow along and/or download locally.


Course registration is completed by one-click enrollment for OT Dude Club Members.

Special Needs Requests

If you need any accommodations for this course, please contact me and we will help to address your needs.

Cancellation Policy

If a course is canceled after enrollment, the user may be eligible for a full refund if they did complete it and earn any CEUs during their subscription.

Course Completion Requirements

Course enrolled must complete the course in its entirety, including watching the entire video and reviewing the lecture slides (if provided). Enrollees are also required to pass the quizzes with 80% or higher. Upon course completion, a certificate will be provided and available for download.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

Jeffrey Kou sells occupational therapy courses on the website, as well as creates healthcare-related content in the form of articles, videos, podcasts, and books that are self-published for ad revenue or through customer sales on various social media platforms, e-commerce websites, and my personal blog. I have no other disclosures to disclose at this time.

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