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APTA's First Clinical Practice Guideline: Management of TKA

June 25, 2020 - Our first self-produced clinical practice guideline combines careful review of evidence with expert consensus on best practice to create a CPG on total knee arthroplasty specifically for the physical therapy profession.

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Avoiding a Post-COVID Medicare Disaster

June 25, 2020 - We've joined with 52 other organizations to tell Congress that proposed Medicare cuts are the wrong move at the wrong time.

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Florida Department of Health Issues Additional Public Health Advisory

June 23, 2020 - On June 20, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an additional Public Health Advisory in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus. This advisory is in addition to steps that the DOH has taken to increase mitigation measures, including the purchase of 20 million cloth masks, which are being distributed statewide. Also on June 20, Governor DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to increase inspections to ensure that businesses are adhering to applicable Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidance.

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Can a Pulse Oximeter Save Your Life if You Have COVID-19?

June 9, 2020 - The coronavirus doesn’t always cause obvious breathing problems even when people are heading toward respiratory failure. An inexpensive home device called a pulse oximeter may help detect trouble early, although some experts warn it’s not risk-free.

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Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Services: Complying With Documentation Requirements

June 5, 2020 - This booklet describes common outpatient rehabilitation therapy services Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Program errors, how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calculates improper payment rates, the necessary documentation to support billed Medicare claims, and managing potential overpayments. Outpatient rehabilitation therapy services include physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech-language pathology (SLP) services.

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Outpatient Clinic COVID-19 Guidance

May 28, 2020 - Outpatient Clinic COVID-19 Recommendations created through collaborative effort. APTA, the association's Private Practice Section, and APTA Rhode Island developed guidelines that could help clinics stay safe during the pandemic.

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APTA Report on COVID-19 and the Profession

May 28, 2020 - APTA Report: 44% of PTs, 54% of PTAs Say They Lost Income During Pandemic. Results of a nationwide APTA survey show how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the profession — and sparking changes in care delivery...

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Minimizing Risk in Home Health Physical Therapy

May 11, 2020 - 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.

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APTA to Congress: Now's the Time to Support Providers, Protect Patients, Expand Telehealth, and Make Lasting Changes

May 8, 2020 - 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.

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Physical Therapist Management of Patients With Diagnosed or Suspected COVID-19

May 8, 2020 - 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.

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CARES Act Provider Relief: Sorting Out the Details

May 8, 2020 - HHS continues to shed light on how providers can know if they're receiving money as it eases concerns about who qualifies.

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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.

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APTA Webinar: Advocacy & COVID-19

April 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....

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Florida Medicaid Health Care Alert

April 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)...

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State Licensure Exemptions and Requirements  for PTs and PTAs during COVID-19

April 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.

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State-Related Actions Related to Non-federal Payers

April 24, 2020 - This includes state actions relating to Medicaid (includes Medicaid MCO policy changes) coverage as well as other insurance regulated by state governments.

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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....

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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....

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Take Action Today on the Next COVID Relief Package in Congress

April 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....

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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....

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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

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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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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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