Covid-19 Response & News



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Get the most up to date news on the Coronavirus and how it directly affects your profession. The FPTA will continue guiding member's through these uncertain times with updates and newsletters as we learn more. If you are not receiving newsletters and are a member of the FPTA, click here to subscribe.


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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Take Action Today: Ask CMS to Cover Expanded PT Telehealth Services

April 1, 2020 - The CARES Act, signed into law yesterday, March 27, gives broad waiver authority to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to waive the restrictions on the types of providers who may provide and bill for telehealth services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries during the COVID-19 emergency period. But it does not REQUIRE the Secretary to take such action. That's why we're asking YOU to tell CMS to expand the types of providers eligible to furnish telehealth services under Medicare to include physical therapists and physical therapist assistants during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Click the button below to quickly and easily send a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Thank you for your support!

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APTA Guidance on CARES ACT – Related Labor Issues & PT/PTA Employment

April 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).

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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...

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Executive Summary of CARES Act

Mar 27, 2020 - F 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....

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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 Coronavirus (COVID-19)...

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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.  Physical Therapists can continue to see patients for purposes of evaluation and management. Telemedicine visits can continue unabated....

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Message from FPTA President

I 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....

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