Telehealth shouldn't be for emergencies only.
The COVID-19 pandemic is making it clear: the use of telehealth by PTs and PTAs is not only appropriate, but effective in delivering effective care and expanding patient access to that care. Telehealth in physical therapy shouldn't be an emergency-only option.
Why It Matters
It's all about patient access. Telehealth provided by PTs and PTAs has been proven to produce good outcomes with little to no patient risk. Members of the physical therapy profession are trained to understand when telehealth is appropriate, and the technologies to support telehealth at both the patient and provider ends are easy to acquire.
APTA strongly supports legislative and regulatory changes that permit PTs and PTAs to provide services via telehealth such as the Expanded Telehealth Access Act. This bipartisan bill permanently lists physical therapist and physical therapy assistants as authorized practitioners of telehealth under the Medicare program. The Public Health Emergency exemplified the need for patient choices when it comes to care. Now is the time to enact telehealth reforms.
Mar 24, 2021 / Open Access
Jun 7, 2020
Use of telehealth is rapidly expanding; make sure you know the requirements.
Nov 17, 2021 / Position Paper
Additional Telehealth Advocacy Content
Dec 1, 2021 / Column
Telehealth in physical therapy shouldn't be an emergency-only option.
Nov 15, 2021 / News
The Senate version of the Expanded Telehealth Access Act is helping to build momentum for change.
Sep 29, 2021 / Podcast
APTA's monthly advocacy and regulatory update to keep you informed on issues that matter most to you in the areas of advocacy, regulatory issues, and payment.
Sep 22, 2021 / Statement
While APTA recognizes telehealth as a component of physical therapist practice, we challenge any reference to physical therapy by technology companies, products, or applications for products that are not directed and delivered by a physical therapist.
Sep 3, 2021 / Podcast
This podcast provides an advocacy update focusing on the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rules. Where we are—and what needs to happen next.
Jun 21, 2021 / Perspective
Sharing our professional experiences makes a difference when it comes to advocacy efforts.
Jun 9, 2021 / Podcast
APTA's monthly advocacy and regulatory update covers multiple topics from the perspective of what's happened, what's hot right now, and what to keep an eye on in the future. In this episode: lawmakers focus on the PTA differential, a big telehealth win, a bill to relieve administrative burden in Medicare Advantage, and more.
Jun 2, 2021 / News
UHC is the first major insurer to keep telehealth for PTs beyond the public health emergency. Here are the codes that will be covered.
May 26, 2021 / News
UHC is the first of the largest insurers to make the move advocated by APTA.
Apr 21, 2021 / Roundup
Lots of payers with multiple plans mean the conversation never stops. Here are a few advocacy efforts that APTA is pursuing.