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becky finniCongratulations to our own OT Becky Finni, who was recently elected President-Elect of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association! Since the beginning of her occupational therapy career, Becky has demonstrated a deep understanding of and passion for geriatric occupational therapy. Becky has been active within OOTA since she was a student in 1998. This new position will be an excellent opportunity to merge her passion for client and professional advocacy with her background in regulatory, reimbursement and payer mechanisms to assist OOTA in moving the profession forward in a rapidly changing healthcare regulatory environment.

Becky has been practicing as an OT in geriatrics for over 15 years. She joined Kindred with PeopleFirst Rehab in 2005 as a program director and received recognition within the Clinical Ladder Program as a clinical mentor for cognition/dementia management, positioning and documentation. Becky moved into a clinical appeals role six years ago and now works on appealing and testifying in hearings in support of therapy claims that have been denied by Medicare and other payers. This role requires continued awareness of federal regulatory changes impacting service delivery and timely education to the field regarding those changes. The appeals team provides education and training on a national level to clinicians, managers and providers, as well as overall guidance related to therapy documentation, coding, billing and reimbursement.

In addition to her professional advancement, Becky has continued her education since she first began studying to be an occupational therapist. Becky graduated from Xavier University with a BS in Biology and completed her MS in Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. She is currently working to complete her Doctor of Health Sciences (DHS) degree in Occupational Therapy with a focus in geriatrics and leadership/advocacy.

Becky is completing her third and final term as a member of the Ohio OT/PT/AT Licensure Board, which has given her meaningful experience with rules promulgation and revision and regulation of the profession at the state level. As a member of the licensure board, she has presented at multiple state conferences about regulatory updates and ethics and represented the licensure board at NBCOT and AOTA conferences. She looks forward to beginning her term with the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association in August 2016. We look forward to watching Becky’s career continue to unfold as she embarks on this new chapter!