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Use of telehealth is rapidly expanding; make sure you know the requirements.

APTA has been a long-time advocate for PTs and PTAs providing services via telehealth — the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to remotely provide health care information and services — but COVID-19 has quickly changed the landscape of telehealth and other communication technology-based services.

Before You Begin Practicing Telehealth in Your State

Examine your state's physical therapy licensure law and corresponding state licensure board regulations/rules. In many states, the state physical therapy practice act is silent on the use of telehealth. If this is the case in your state, you may wish to contact your state licensure board to ensure there are no limitations or restrictions for practicing telehealth. Access FSBPT's state licensing board contact information.

You should also review telecommunications modalities, consider federal and state legislation and regulations that govern your practice, billing and coding issues, and hardware and software requirements.

Also see APTA's position on teleheath.


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As of Jan. 1, 2021, CMS permanently allows PTs in private practice and facility-based settings to render e-visits (CPT codes 98970-98972) under Medicare.

Quick Guide to Using Remote Assessment of Recorded Video and/or Images by PTs

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As of Jan. 1, 2021, CMS permanently allows PTs in private practice and facility-based settings to render a remote assessment of recorded video and/or images (HCPCS code G2250) under Medicare.

Federal Payer Telehealth and E-Visit Coverage

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Summary of the status of federal payers that are covering some form of telehealth, based on information they have released.

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The final rule highlights the need for legislative action to give CMS more latitude in budgets and telehealth.

State Laws Related to Commercial Payer Telehealth Parity

Nov 24, 2020 / Summary

Some states have laws that govern how commercial payers provide coverage and payment for telehealth visits compared with in-person visits.

State Actions Permitting PTs To Provide Telehealth

Nov 24, 2020 / Summary

The physical therapy regulatory board in that state is the ultimate authority on the licensure and compact privilege requirements for providing PT services in the jurisdiction.

State-Level Actions Related to Nonfederal Payer Coverage of Telehealth

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This chart links to state actions related to Medicaid, commercial, and workers’ comp coverage of telehealth as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Final 2021 Home Health Rule Includes Telehealth Expansions, 1.9% Increase

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CMS' final version of the rule doesn't depart much from what it proposed in June.

Two More Insurers Make Telehealth Permanent for PTs

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AmeriHealth Caritas and Independence Blue Cross will implement the new coverage policies on Jan. 1.