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  • Coronavirus Update: April 8, 2020

    Expanded APTA resources on patient management, weekly CDC COVID-19 summaries, and an adjusted coronavirus model.

    Practice Guidance

    April 8: APTA Updates COVID-19 Resources on PT Management of Patients
    APTA has expanded a 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 of having 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 a 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.

    From CDC

    April 8: CDC Launches Weekly Summary of COVID-19 Activity
    Titled "COVIDView," the weekly posting tracks testing, outpatient and ED visits, symptom reporting, mortality, and more.

    In the Media

    April 8: Adjusted Coronavirus Model Decreases Prediction of Deaths to 82k by August
    From CNN: “An influential model tracking the coronavirus pandemic in the United States now predicts that fewer people will die and fewer hospital beds will be needed compared to its estimates from last week. As of Monday [April 6], the model predicted the virus will kill 81,766 people in the United States over the next four months, with just under 141,000 hospital beds being needed. That's about 12,000 fewer deaths -- and 121,000 fewer hospital beds -- than the model estimated on Thursday [April 2]."

    Visit APTA's Coronavirus webpage for more information and updates.

    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.

    Support From APTA Strategic Business Partners and Member Value Programs Amid COVID-19

    Free courses and significant discounts are among the offers being provided to support the physical therapy community during the national health crisis.

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our society, many of APTA’s Strategic Business Partners and Member Value Programs are stepping forward with special offers to assist the profession and APTA members.

    MedBridge is augmenting its standard $175 discount for APTA members on a continuing education subscription with a $10 introductory three-month offer for students. APTA members go here to take advantage.

    GEICO is pausing cancellation of coverage due to nonpayment and policy expiration through the end of April.

    HPSO is offering relevant telehealth information, plus newsletters, case studies, and weekly emails to APTA members.

    Laurel Road, part of APTA’s Financial Solutions Center, is providing a free webinar on April 14, Student Loan Repayment During Uncertain Times, and also has a COVID-19 information page.

    DJO/Chattanooga is extending its $225 discount from APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting for the Chattanooga Continuum Bundle Including Foot Switch and Electrodes. Add the bundle to your cart and then select View Cart to enter promo code STIM20 before proceeding to checkout.

    Hocoma is offering APTA members free installation, comprehensive onsite training, and transportation on all new orders placed by June 30. Call 877-944-2200 for the representative in your area and reference “APTA Member Special Offer” when requesting your quote.

    Net Health Revenue Cycle Management is offering a no-risk, limited time revenue recovery program to collect existing accounts receivable for practices experiencing a slowdown in cash flow related to COVID-19.

    Normatec/Hyperice is offering a 20% discount on Hyperice’s most popular percussion and vibration technologies. The discount will be applied automatically in your cart.

    Performance Health is offering a free webinar, Managing During a Crisis, on April 8.

    PhysicalTherapy.com is offering a free CEU course (one course per license number). Use promo code 1FREECOURSE at checkout. You will not need a credit card.

    RockTape is offering its live FMT Virtual Classes at 50% off the normal registration fee for an in-person course. Those who already registered for an in-person course can change to the virtual course and receive a refund for the discount amount.

    TrueLearn is offering all APTA student members a 25% discount on any PT Board Exam SmartBank subscription.