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Friday Focus - Professional Issues

Monday, May 4, 2020  

May 4, 2020

Official guidance and best practices change rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve.for more information.

In a major shift strongly advocated by APTA members, CMS will now include PTs in private practice among the providers able to bill Medicare for services provided through real-time face-to-face technology. But there are requirements to meet.


Your telehealth services are up and running, so what's next? Here are 10 considerations for evaluating your program and planning for the future.


It can't be stressed enough: Individual states are the decision-makers around much of what PTs and PTAs can and can't do in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These regularly updated resources can help you make fact-based practice decisions.


APTA has expanded and reorganized its webpage devoted to PT management of patients with diagnosed or suspected COVID-19. The page includes guidance on outpatient, home health, long-term, acute, and school-based care, as well as information on post-intensive care syndrome.


A new guidance document from the country's leading provider of physical therapy professional liability insurance offers tips when considering home health physical therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In a letter to Congress, the association urges lawmakers to craft a COVID-19 relief package that not only provides emergency relief but improves care after the emergency ends.


The $30 billion in COVID-19 funds being sent directly to health care providers has sparked questions among providers. Fortunately, there are answers out there.


Six stories on how the profession is responding to the pandemic — and one exploration of what could soon be a huge issue for PTs and PTAs.

Insider Intel - May 20



"Ongoing issues such as a lack of access to health care and, subsequently, coronavirus testing, as well as socioeconomic disparities in income and housing, play a large role in health outcomes overall. The current pandemic simply highlights these problems."


"Now is the time to listen to each other, help one another, and support all PTs and PTAs in all settings through empathy, advocacy, and action."


"I faced an ethical dilemma. By asking my staff to continue with outpatient treatments, I risked potentially exposing them and our patients. Was it more harmful to keep the doors open or close them?"


"One day my schedule was full. The next week, I was filing for unemployment — something I never imagined I would ever have to do as a health care provider."


"I'm writing this in early April. It's about why my outpatient physical therapy practice remains open in the midst of a pandemic, and how I've been making that work."


"In this time more than ever life feels like an uphill climb. Due to the COVID-19 virus, these past couple of weeks have been filled with transitions and unknowns. It feels like we've been climbing and climbing and just can't see the top."


From PT in Motion News


COVID-19 Relief Measures


COVID-19 Regulatory and Payment Changes


Resources and Offers


In Other News


Telehealth: what you can and can't do during the national health emergency.

Courses, Conferences, and Events


Live Webinar sponsored by the APTA Private Practice Section

May 4, 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. ET


Virtual conference

May 11 and 21


Recording of May 1 Facebook Live Q&A event


Recording of April 30 Facebook Live event


Recording of April 23 Facebook Live event


Recording of April 16 Facebook Live event


Recording of April 8 Facebook Live event


Recording of April 7 Q&A session






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