Telehealth + COVID-19

Updates & Resources

A LIBRARY OF RESOURCES INCLUDING ARTICLES, TIPS SHEETS, WEBINARS

Last updated at 3:01pm EST, April 3, 2020

Telehealth is the use of electronic communication to remotely provide health care information and services. Due to the recent COVID-19 impact on our communities and professions, telehealth is at the center of attention in the physical therapy industry. Providers want to continue providing care while taking appropriate health safety measures and patients are seeking continued and effective care. Telehealth can be effective and cost-efficient, however PTs and PTAs need to consider federal and state legislation and regulations that govern their practice, risk management implications, billing and coding issues, and hardware/software requirements. Regardless of the payer or policy, PTs and PTAs must ensure that when providing telehealth services or billing for them, they are practicing legally and ethically, and are adhering to state and federal practice guidelines and payer contract agreements.  Each state has its own guidelines that PTs/PTAs should follow.

Source: American Physical Therapy Association

ACRM Pandemic Webinar Series

ACRM (American Congress for rehabilitative medicine) is hosting a series of live webinars with experts from the Tele-Medicine industry to provide clear and up-to-date information regarding telemedicine and remote monitoring in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation during the COVID-19 crisis. The goal is to provide information from the source and allow you to ask questions and try to get some straight answers for clear decision making. The webinars will be at 1:00 PM EDT every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning Tuesday 24 March 2020 through Thursday 9 April 2020. The webinars are ‘absolutely’ FREE. However, if you want CE’s, then there will be a fee of $29 per credit hour and you will be required to complete a survey for each webinar. Details to follow each webinar.

  • 3.24 Tuesday | Watch Webinar Recording | Connected Health Initiative — Leading telemedicine industry group working directly with the White House on telemedicine changes during the pandemic.
  • 3.26 Thursday | Nixon Law Group — Experts on telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring reimbursement and requirement policies and laws.
  • 3.27 Friday | ASHA — Neela Swanson, Director of Health Care Policy, Coding and Reimbursement
  • 3.31 Tuesday | APTA — Alice Bell, Senior Payment Specialist
  • 4.2 Thursday | AOTA — Deborah Lieberman & Jana Cason
  • 4.3 Friday | SETRC — Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center is one of 12 Federally funded Telehealth promotion centers. Experts on telehealth policy and laws state-by-state.
  • 4.7 Tuesday | NIH — National Institutes of Health addressing changes and concerns of administering grants during the pandemic changes.
  • 4.9 Thursday | White House*: Representatives from The Trump administration communicating changes that have been approved, what changes are being considered and addressing questions from the audience. *Speakers haven’t been confirmed yet.

Continuing Education Credits

These sessions are being evaluated for 1.0 hour/.1 CE for the following:

  • Physical Therapy Board of California,
  • AOTA,
  • ASHA
  • APA

If you are interested in obtaining CEUs, you will need to complete a survey following the webinar and pay a fee of $29.00. Payment link will accompany the survey. Please make sure to log into the webinar so we can email you the option to provide your payment details and complete the survey.

Center for Connected Health Policy / The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center

Resources

Private Practice Section (PPS)

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Department of Labor

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

In the Media

American Physical Therapy Association | State Chapters

Regardless of the payer or policy, PTs and PTAs must ensure that when providing telehealth services or billing for them, they are practicing legally and ethically, and are adhering to state and federal practice guidelines and payer contract agreements.  Each state has its own guidelines that PTs/PTAs should follow. Below are links to respective APTA State Chapters where you can find additional information and resources pertaining to your specific state.

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