Official guidance and best practices change rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. APTA is curating critical advice from trusted sources such as the CDC and CMS in addition to developing resources to support you during the pandemic. Check back frequently for updates.
APTA Statement on Patient Care and Practice Management During COVID-19 Outbreak
As actions are taken across the country to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a virus that spreads easily from close contact, APTA encourages physical therapists to use their professional judgment to determine when, where, and how to provide care, with the understanding this is not the optimal environment for care, for anyone involved. (March 17, 2020)
Letter From President Dunn on COVID-19 Impact
This is a challenging time to be in health care. We need each other. (March 20, 2020)
CDC Information and Resources for Health Care Professionals
Includes guidance related to patient care and protection of patients and workers.
COVID-19 and Practice Guidance
While APTA continues to point to the latest CDC guidance, the association and other groups are creating more refined guidance, including guidance for management of patients with diagnosed or suspected COVID-19, plus setting-specific guidance for acute hospitals, long-term care facilities, pediatrics, wound care, and more.
Telehealth and E-visits
APTA guidance for providing telehealth services and e-visits amid COVID-19.
New CMS Nursing Home Recommendations Stress Collaboration, Consistent Staffing Assignment
The new recommendations underscore existing CDC and CMS guidance and call for extensive use of masks and other PPE. (April 3, 2020)
PTs, PTAs Could Be 'Exempted' From Receiving Additional COVID-19 Leave
A final rule from the Department of Labor includes PTs and PTAs among the health care providers whose employers — depending on the setting — could opt to deny expanded sick and FMLA leave. (April 3, 2020)
Latest Relief Package: Unemployment Provisions
The CARES Act signed into law on March 27 is aimed at providing relief in a wide range of areas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what the package offers related to unemployment benefits. (April 2, 2020)
Responding to Patient Concerns About Workers' Comp During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Some patients may be understandably concerned about losing WC benefits if they choose to reduce travel during the national health emergency. (March 31, 2020)
APTA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
APTA has provided multiple updates chronicling the rapid evolution of COVID-19 guidance and related regulations.
COVID-19: Adapting Your Practice
Facebook Live Event - April 8, 2020 (2:00 p.m., ET)
APTA Learning Center Offers Free Online Courses
The opportunities include both live and recorded telehealth webinars, as well as self-paced courses on a range of topics — all free to APTA members, including some free courses for nonmembers.
APTA Member Discount to MedBridge
In addition to the standard $175 savings on a MedBridge continuing education subscription, students can now get a three-month introductory subscription for $10.
Volunteer: Physical Therapy Support During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
APTA is working with other members and organizations to match facilities who need physical therapy services with volunteers who are willing to serve.
APTA Wants To Hear From You About Your COVID-19 Experiences
Are you on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic? APTA would like to hear from PTs, PTAs, and students about their experiences.
APTA Wants Your Physical Activity Videos
APTA is seeking physical therapists willing to record video of themselves leading exercises specific to their area of practice or clinical expertise that can be safely and easily done at home.
The Heart of the Storm: I'm a PT in Manhattan. Here's What it's Been Like
One day my schedule was full and our clinic was bustling, and the next the cancellations came sweeping in. I wrapped up one work week knowing I was receiving a salary, and came in the next to be told my company could no longer pay me my salary, but would give me a set stipend per patient visit I completed. The next week, I was filing for unemployment — something I never imagined I would ever have to do as a health care provider. (April 2, 2020)
Letter to Students Regarding COVID-19
In times like this, it's more important than ever to remember why we chose the profession of physical therapy, and to look for any opportunity to be a positive force in the health of society. (March 23, 2020)
Novel Coronavirus: A Wake-up Call for Best Practices in Preventing Pathogen Transmission
In addition to taking precautions to avoid aerosolization (the production of airborne particles containing an infectious virus or bacteria), we must disinfect surfaces touched by infected people. Thus, in physical therapy clinics, in anticipation of future patients being infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we must think holistically in terms of clinic disinfection and protection. (March 10, 2020)
Visit the websites of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, and the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education for information related information on COVID-19.
APTA Events and Operations
APTA is suspending in-person meetings and APTA business travel by staff or members through July 1, 2020. This includes moving our House of Delegates to a virtual format and canceling the NEXT Conference & Exposition that was to occur in Phoenix. A smaller virtual NEXT is currently in development to occur over the original June 3-6 dates.
This decision by APTA national does not dictate the status of activities hosted by APTA chapters and sections.
We will continue to monitor the developments around the spread of coronavirus. As with all public health situations, we primarily rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General for the best information and preventive strategies.
If you are registered for an APTA event beyond July 1, 2020, and don't want to attend due to coronavirus, contact APTA member services and you will be given a refund. (For quickest service, email email@example.com with the name of the event and the reason for your cancellation. If you have any other questions, please contact us.)
We will continue to update this page if there are further changes to APTA's events and operations.