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Telehealth shouldn't be for emergencies only.

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 made 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.

Our Position

APTA strongly supports legislative and regulatory changes that improve the ability of PTs and PTAs to provide services via telehealth.

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Our take on a proposed pilot project from the FCC to increase the delivery of telehealth to rural and low-income Americans.

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CMS Wants Medicare Advantage to Increase Telehealth Coverage

Oct 29, 2018 / News

In a proposed rule, CMS gives the green light to expand coverage for telehealth in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. But when—and if—those changes would affect PTs remains an open question.

APTA-Supported VA Change Will Expand Use of Telehealth for PT Services

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The VA is following through on a proposal to dramatically expand the use of telehealth services across state lines for VA beneficiaries.

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How is technology altering physical therapist practice? APTA's new FiRST Council provides some insight.