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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 providing services via telehealth or using 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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