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FPTA – Statement to Members – Clarifying Governors Executive Order 20-72

Monday, March 23, 2020   (0 Comments)

 FPTA  Statement to Members
Clarifying Governors Executive Order 20-72 Prohibits Medically Unnecessary, Non-Urgent or
Non-Emergency Procedures or Surgeries

The FPTA interpretation of Executive Order 20-72 is that only medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgeries are prohibited.  

Physical Therapists can continue to see patients for purposes of evaluation and management.  Telemedicine visits can continue unabated.  Physical therapists can continue to see and treat patients with chronic and acute conditions, perform wellness exams such as falls risk for prevention, and provide treatment services, that do not consume personal protective equipment.  Physical therapist specialists can see patients for follow-up care and other non-surgical purposes.

The medical care prohibited under this order is:

  •   elective or non-medically necessary surgical procedures
  •  surgical procedures that can be postponed without putting the patient’s immediate health, safety or well-being at risk
  • medical procedures that would consume personal protective equipment, that can be postponed without putting the patient’s immediate health, safety or well-being at risk

FPTA will continue to monitor any executive orders and provide more information when available. 

Physical Therapists should consult the CMS recommendations https://www.cms.gov/files/document/31820-cms-adult-elective-surgery-and-procedures-recommendations.pdf for additional guidance.

 

 

 


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