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.