Physical Therapy and COVID-19 in the Media: Seven Worthwhile Reads
May 8, 2020 - The challenges of providing physical therapy during a pandemic haven't escaped the media's attention. Here are six stories on how the profession is responding — and one exploration of what could soon be a huge issue for PTs and PTAs.
APTA Webinar: Advocacy & COVID-19
29, 2020 - APTA has created a recorded webinar on advocacy and COVID-19. The 30 minute webinar (via Adobe Connect) provides an overview of some of the provisions included in the CARES Act enacted by Congress, as well as APTA’s policy recommendations for the next COVID relief package currently being formulated by Congress....
Florida Medicaid Health Care Alert
27, 2020 - The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) is committed to ensuring that Medicaid recipients continue to receive care when needed and without interruption. The purpose of this provider alert is to provide guidance to providers on how the Agency is expanding the type of Early Intervention Services (EIS)...
State Licensure Exemptions and Requirements for PTs and PTAs during COVID-19
24, 2020 - The APTA State Affairs Staff worked with FSBPT staff on identifying language in existing law or in emergency orders that relax licensure requirements during a national emergency, such as the COVID-19 crisis.
State-Related Actions Related to Non-federal Payers
24, 2020 - This includes state actions relating to Medicaid (includes Medicaid MCO policy changes) coverage as well as other insurance regulated by state governments.
APTA Provides COVID-19 Outpatient Practice Resources
April 23, 2020 - Information around physical therapy and COVID-19 continues to evolve. Here's a recap of resources APTA has developed to help outpatient practices. While APTA points PTs, PTAs, and physical therapy students to the latest CDC guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the association continues to track and respond....
Are You Getting CARES Act Provider Relief?
April 23, 2020 - Want to know if you'll be receiving a provider relief payment? Wondering what's expected of you once you do? These resources can help.The $30 billion emergency fund created under the most recent COVID-19 relief package began being distributed to health care providers on April 10....
Take Action Today on the Next COVID Relief Package in Congress
17, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain the U.S. health care system, providers, patients, and small businesses. The American Physical Therapy Association is grateful for the work that Congress has done to assist health care providers, patients, students, and small businesses. As Congress continues to work on a fourth COVID relief package, we are asking legislators to take additional steps to ensure patient and provider protections....
HHS Deposits Money Into Some Providers' Bank Accounts - APTA Additional Information
April 17, 2020 - A $30 billion emergency relief package began rolling out on April 10, making direct deposits into provider and facility accounts based on 2019 Medicare billing.
Many health care providers — including PTs — caring for patients with possible or verified COVID-19 received a welcome surprise when they checked their bank accounts on April 10: an infusion of cash released as part of the most recent CARES Act pandemic relief package. The direct deposits are part....
Florida Blue Adopts Policy Approving PT/OT/SPT for Telehealth Visits
April 8, 2020 - In response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Florida Blue supports the work of providers, and the guidelines set forth by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Additional resources are available to physicians and providers: https://www.floridablue.com
Small Business Administration has opened its Paycheck Protection Program
April 6, 2020 - Please note the Small Business Administration has opened its Paycheck Protection Program Friday, April 3, to assist with small business relief. SBA expects many small businesses to apply, so eligible small businesses should reach out to their banks and begin preparing their applications ASAP...
DEO Resources for Employers and Individuals Impacted by COVID-19
April 6, 2020 - At the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), providing state and federal resources to communities, businesses and Floridians is top priority. In coordination with state and federal partners, resources are available to assist employers and individuals impacted by the state’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Governor DeSantis also has filed emergency legislation...
Licensure Compact Agreements – Out of State Licensure
April 3, 2020 - Please be advised that the FPTA continues to pursue adoption of the Federation of Boards of Physical Therapy Licensure Compact. At this time, the Florida Legislature has determined that the PT Compact is not a feasible model for Florida adoption. There are special Florida regulatory requirements...
Governors Executive Stay at Home Order
April 2, 2020 - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide safer-at-home Executive Order for Florid that goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3rd and is set to end
April 30th. The order mandates that Floridians stay home and requires "all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home" to essential services or activities for the next 30 days...
APTA Guidance on CARES ACT – Related Labor Issues & PT/PTA Employment
1, 2020 - The APTA continues to monitor member concerns with Labor Issues within the CARES ACT that have implications for employed PT and PTAs.
There are resources and guidance prepared by DOL regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
FSBPT Resource on Possible Roles for PTs and PTAs During COVID-19
March 30, 2020 - Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and jurisdictional licensing boards are receiving many questions about what role physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) may play during the response phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following information may be helpful for regulators when addressing these questions...
Executive Summary of CARES Act
Mar 27, 2020 -
ederal legislation passed last week providing relief for several groups impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The following documentation outlines the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in more detail....
CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities
Mar 22, 2020 -
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) announced unprecedented relief for the clinicians,
providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting
programs including the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment
Program and on the front lines of America’s fight against the 2019 Novel
Clarifying the Executive Order
March 18, 2020 - The FPTA interpretation of
Executive Order 20-72
is that only medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgeries are prohibited.
Therapists can continue to see patients for purposes of evaluation and
management. Telemedicine visits can continue unabated....
Message from FPTA President
want to take this opportunity to communicate to you FPTA’s response to
the recent Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. First and foremost, our FPTA
staff and its leaders are in constant communication with each other. To
protect our staff from exposure, our executive staff has secured our
headquarters office, organized our IT and communications systems so that
our staff can work remotely....