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  • Updated APTA COVID-19 Resources on PT Management of Patients Now Available

    The updated webpage includes new links and more information on outpatient facilities.

    As responses to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve rapidly, especially around the growing role of PTs and PTAs in telehealth, APTA is committed to providing the resources you need to stay up to speed.

    The latest effort: an expanded webpage featuring questions, answers, and links to resources that can help guide PTs and PTAs in exercising their professional judgment on how best — or whether to — provide services to patients while avoiding the spread of infection from anyone suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

    The page covers topics including when a patient should be told to cancel a planned PT visit, preparation of clinical space and operations, and how to make decisions about facility closing, with resources that now include CMS guidance specifically related to outpatient settings. Other areas covered include PPE, suggestions for encouraging patients to stay active while sheltering in place, and potential unemployment benefits.

    In addition to what's offered on the PT management page, APTA offers a regularly updated collection of guidance resources related to specific settings and circumstances, including pediatric physical therapy, acute hospital physical therapy, long-term care facilities, and wound care.

    Comments

    • Hi. I’m not seeing any updates re telehealth approval. Heard it passed through and expanded allowing PT. Can u point me in the right direction

      Posted by Bill Franzen on 4/8/2020 10:32 PM

    • Hello, I was wondering if you have your answers to the questions from today’s webinar posted anywhere? Thank you for your time and wonderful information you are transmitting daily! Caroline

      Posted by Caroline Barichievich on 4/8/2020 11:39 PM

    • @Bill: Although CMS has added some PT, OT, and SLP CPT codes to the list of services covered under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule when furnished via telehealth, CMS has not yet expanded the types of providers eligible to furnish telehealth. APTA is aggressively advocating for CMS to take immediate action to add therapists as telehealth providers during this public health emergency. We also encourage individuals to take action by submitting comments to CMS, urging the agency to use its waiver authority to add therapists as telehealth providers using the template letter provided here. https://www.apta.org/RegulatoryIssues/TakeAction/ Here is where the federal policy stands currently: PTs can furnish under Medicare the following services (referred to as communication technology-based services by CMS): | Remote evaluation of recorded video/images (G2010) | Virtual check-in (G2012) | E-visits (G2061-G2063) | Telephone assessment and management services (98966-98968)

      Posted by APTA staff on 4/9/2020 8:27 AM

    • Is telehealth / e visit options limited to outpatient offices? I work in a hospital based outpatient department and bill through facility charges. Can we perform and bill evisits?

      Posted by Regina Smith -> =GS`=I on 4/9/2020 8:44 AM

    • I would like us all to start having conversations about the Post Covid Rehabilitation both in acute rehab and in outpatient settings. It is not too early to prepare. Thank you.

      Posted by Stephanie Hamilton on 4/9/2020 4:05 PM

    • Pulmonary health at all levels of our care: Pulse Ox numbers; incentive spirometers; Postural breathing exercises w manual techniques to T spine/diaphragm; pursed lip breathing and monitoring cardiac # w THR and ACSM standards are a few ideas. We will need to check central symptoms as smell is sometimes involved so is this a cranial nerve issue? Stress mgmgt related to PTSD. Diabetics both Type I and II will have to work to get sugars back under control....these are a few issues without even naming ICU weakness and deleterious effects of immobilizaiton.

      Posted by Julie Barnett PT, DPT, MTC on 4/10/2020 8:29 AM

    • Some of the HH agencies in Northern California are cutting down clinician pay rate by 50-75% for Telehealth while CMS and private healthplans have agreed to pay same rate as F-F encounter.How ethical is that and what actions will be taken against such companies.

      Posted by N on 4/11/2020 9:45 AM

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