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  • Charts from APTA Track Payer, Government PT Telehealth Policies

    The new resources from APTA are intended to be used as quick-reference guides to help you stay on top of changes in whether and how telehealth can be used in physical therapy — PTs should still check with payers and state governments.

    Keeping up with the rapidly changing telehealth environment during the COVID-19 pandemic can be dizzying. APTA can help steady things.

    Now available from APTA: a regularly updated set of resources that track payment and regulatory policies related to the provision of telehealth by PTs The resources exist in five separate files:

    The pages are intended as quick reference only; PTs should still carefully review individual payer policies and state laws and regulations before making a decision on providing telehealth to any patient.

    APTA will update the content of the summaries weekly to keep up with changes.

    Visit APTA's Coronavirus webpage for more information on the pandemic as it relates to the profession.

    Comments

    • Any guidance for homecare providers ?

      Posted by Tom on 3/28/2020 12:30 PM

    • Georgia governor signed an executive order this week mandating all insurance companies in georgia to pay for telehealth visits same as face to face.

      Posted by Dana Peterman on 3/28/2020 3:43 PM

    • So Happy to see that insurance companies doing business in Georgia will pay for telehealth visits same as face to face. Hope to see this nationwide soon. Remember, we cannot abandon our patients. Patients are still receiving assessment and treatment from therapists - just pro bono at this point in time. I will be contacting Washington State legislature. Let's make this happen!

      Posted by Erin Rodriguez on 3/29/2020 8:13 PM

    • Thanks for the updates. Is anyone seeing that Hospital based facilities that bill on UB04 are not being allowed to bill therapy telehealth as compared to private practice that bills on 1500 forms?

      Posted by David on 3/30/2020 2:27 PM

    • Truly Where is my Champion ? Truly Who will fight for me? Truly When will Tele - THERAPY be covered by Medicare? Truly When will Physical Therapist be recognized as the Provider of Choice for Musculoskeletal Conditions? .... or are we just playing reindeer games? If not now, if this pandemic can't boost our cause into legitimacy and broad-based acceptance, if this pandemic won't grant us credibility, then truly, TRULY, ....how magnificent will some subsequent catastrophe have to be in order to do so? Truly.... Who can give hope for improvement? Truly Who can demonstrate effective leadership results? Truly How will the profession prevent premature apoptosis? Truly

      Posted by Rick Kamakea on 3/30/2020 10:48 PM

    • It is our understanding that Medicare is NOT paying for e-visits when billed by a physical therapist (versus a hospital or POP). Their wording is: "However, we note that the statutory definition of distant site practitioners under section 1834 (m) of the Act does not include physical therapists, occupational therapists, or speech-language therapists, meaning that it does not provide for payment for these services as Medicare telehealth services when furnished by physical therapists, occupational therapists, or speech-language pathologists." Any clarification? Thank you!

      Posted by Denise Smith on 3/31/2020 12:55 AM

    • How do we know what reimbursement are acceptable?

      Posted by Lenora Assing on 3/31/2020 7:34 AM

    • APTA - thanks for all your work making these tables for us. BUT....many are so outdated. With your connections and influence can't we get these updated to within a few days vs 10 days ago. In NY we've got lots of changes already that have happened. And the NY state link provided here goes nowhere - aren't these cross checked before publishing?

      Posted by Mike Napierala on 4/2/2020 7:12 AM

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