History and Mission:
OPIRA was formed from a need for a support Association specific to OPT/ST [ORFs] and comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility ["CORFs"] rehabilitation providers, to assist in monitoring and reporting State and Federal legislative changes that may affect our provider type, and seek business opportunities that may assist us in managing effective and efficient therapy services. OPIRA encourages all members to also stay active in membership with professional trade associations such as physical therapy ("PT"), occupational therapy ("OT") and speech-language pathology ("SLP") because they focus on changes that may affect therapy board rules and legislative changes relative to their specific discipline of service.
The Association was formed to take a proactive approach to the ever changing rehabilitation landscape with regard to compliance, government and commercial payer demands and customer needs for our provider type. As discussed above, the Association was formed to provide a web-based association for communication with member providers to share our thoughts and concerns for representation when speaking with Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payers, purchasing opportunities for goods and services and sharing of general business strategies.
In addition, this professional organization will enable OPT/ST and CORF providers to bring much needed legitimacy and notoriety to the rehabilitation services community. With both government entities as well corporate/commercial payers working towards cost saving initiatives it is imperative that such an organization exists to provide a united voice for the industries concerns and desires.