|FPTA President Letter|
Message from FPTA President, Jamie Dyson, regarding Operations & COVID-19
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 from home. They began working remotely Tuesday, March 17th.
Secondly, our leadership and staff have formed a small internal task force that is reviewing all the COVID-19 information that is coming in at light-speed nearly every hour. As we filter APTA, CDC, and the Florida Department of Health advisories we are doing our best to spin the information back out to you as quickly as possible. We want to make sure we provide you with timely information that can assist you in practice and with your patients.
Our Goal: Continued Service Members & Safety for Our Staff
We understand that Coronavirus/COVID-19 is creating challenges for many of our office practices and may be impacting your ability to engage with your patients and maintain financial responsibilities.
Information is moving very quickly on the Federal, State, and Local levels in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. FPTA is working hard to continue to provide timely information and resources that can help guide our decisions. Over the past week, and especially the last few days, you have received numerous directives from Federal, State, and Local officials regarding the closure of business, entertainment parks, restaurants, bars, and clubs. The guidance you receive from these sources remains crucial information on how to interact with your community on a personal level but continues to leave us with unanswered questions regarding professional interactions with our patients. These questions range from just making a decision on keeping a practice open to finding alternatives to in-person face-to-face patient interactions. This is especially true for those functioning independently outside of institutional, educational, or large company settings.
APTA is a fantastic resource for regularly updated information, especially at the national level. Please bookmark and access regularly APTA’s Coronavirus page.
Here is some general guidance from FPTA:
In light of the national emergency it is our duty as health professionals to provide the care that is required by our patients. The immediate future may be challenging with financial hardships on us as business owners, but that must remain as a secondary concern to the healthcare needs of our patients. Whenever possible, provide the care that is needed regardless of how you will be paid. Once this challenge passes we will be a stronger profession as a result of the caring we have shown to others.
Thank you for your membership and support. Our collective voice for our patients and profession is making a difference!
Jamie Dyson, PT, DPT
PT for Pain
PT for Pain is a project of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), dedicated to improving the health, wellness and quality of life of people in Florida by advancing the practice of physical therapy.