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May 28, 2020

The regulations state that no one course can be more than 10 contact hours.  There are no limits as to how many of the total number of CEs (40 for PTs and 20 for PTAs) can be taken online.  
 
During this time the KPTA/ Professional Competency Committee are accepting any "live" course that has been transferred to virtual to be accepted for the same amount of time or credit.  
 
Below are the Rules and Regulation Guidances/Requirements:
 
100-29-9. License and certificate renewal; continuing education.
(a)(1)(A) As a condition of renewal for each odd-numbered year, each licensed physical
therapist or certified physical therapist assistant shall submit, in addition to the annual
application for renewal of licensure or certification, evidence of satisfactory completion within
the preceding two-year period of at least 40 contact hours of continuing education for a licensed
physical therapist and at least 20 contact hours of continuing education for a certified physical
therapist assistant. As a component of the required contact hours, each licensed physical therapist
shall be required to successfully complete the physical therapy jurisprudence assessment module
specified in paragraph (f)(15) during each continuing education cycle.
(B) Evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education shall not be
required to be submitted with the application for renewal of licensure or certification in even-
numbered years.
 
(2) A contact hour shall consist of 60 minutes of activity pertaining to the practice of physical
therapy.
(3) Meals and breaks shall not be included in the contact hour calculation.
(b) Any applicant for renewal who cannot meet the requirements of paragraph (a)(1)(A) may
request an extension from the board to submit evidence of continuing education. The request
shall include a plan for completion of the continuing education requirements within the requested
extension period. An extension of up to six months may be granted by the board for a
substantiated medical condition, natural disaster, death of a spouse or an immediate family
member, or any other compelling reason that in the judgment of the board renders the licensee
incapable of meeting the requirements of paragraph (a)(1)(A).
(c) A physical therapist initially licensed or physical therapist assistant initially certified
within one year of a renewal date in an odd-numbered year shall not be required to submit
evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education required by paragraph
(a)(1)(A) for that first renewal period. Each physical therapist or physical therapist assistant
initially licensed or certified or whose license or certificate has been reinstated for more than one
year but less than two years from a renewal date in an odd-numbered year shall be required to
submit evidence of satisfactory completion of at least half of the contact hours of continuing
education required by paragraph (a)(1)(A).
(d) All continuing education activities shall be related to the practice of physical therapy.
(e) All continuing education activities shall pertain to any of the following:
(1) Clinical skills;
(2) administration and management techniques;
(3) educational principles when providing service to patients, families, health professionals,
health professional students, or the community;
(4) research projects with peer-reviewed, published results;
(5) legislative issues involving the profession;
(6) health care and the health care delivery system;
(7) documentation, reimbursement, cost-effectiveness, and regulatory compliance; or
(8) problem solving, critical thinking, and ethics.
(f) The following shall qualify as continuing education activities:
(l) Lecture. “Lecture” shall mean a live discourse for the purpose of instruction given before
an audience. One contact hour shall be awarded for each hour of instruction.
(2) Panel. “Panel” shall mean the presentation of multiple views by several professional
individuals on a given subject, with none of the views considered a final solution.
(3) Workshop. “Workshop” shall mean a series of meetings designed for intensive study,
work, or discussion in a specific field of interest.
(4) Seminar. “Seminar” shall mean directed advanced study or discussion in a specific field
of interest.
(5) Symposium. “Symposium” shall mean a conference of more than a single session
organized for the purpose of discussing a specific subject from various viewpoints and by
various speakers.
(6) In-service training. “In-service training” shall mean an educational presentation given to
employees during the course of employment that pertains solely to the enhancement of physical
therapy skills in the evaluation, assessment, or treatment of patients.
(7) College or university courses. “College or university course” shall mean a course at the
college or university level directly related to the practice of physical therapy. Ten contact hours
shall be given for each semester credit hour for which the student received a grade of at least C
or its equivalent or a “pass” in a pass/fail course that is documented in an official transcript.
(8) Administrative training. “Administrative training” shall mean a presentation that
enhances the knowledge of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant on the topic of
quality assurance, risk management, reimbursement, hospital and statutory requirements, or
claim procedures.
(9) Self-instruction. “Self-instruction” shall mean the following:
(A) Reading professional literature directly related to the practice of physical therapy. A
maximum of two contact hours shall be awarded for reading professional literature;
(B) completion of a correspondence, audio, video, or internet course for which a printed
verification of successful completion is provided by the person or organization offering the
course. A maximum of 10 contact hours shall be awarded for each course; and
(C) passage of a specialty certification examination approved by the board. Forty contact
hours shall be awarded for passage of a specialty certification examination.
(10) Professional publications. Contact hours for writing a professional publication shall be
allotted as follows:
(A) Original paper single author .....................................................................20
senior author ....................................................................................................15
coauthor .............................................................................................................8
(B) Review paper or case report
single author ....................................................................................................15
coauthor .............................................................................................................8
(C) Abstract or book review .............................................................................8
(D) Publication of a book ................................................................................20
(11) Physical therapy residency or fellowship program. “Physical therapy residency or
fellowship program” shall mean a post-professional program that is directly related to the
practice of physical therapy and requires at least 1,000 combined hours of instruction and clinical
practice for completion. Forty contact hours shall be awarded for successful completion of a
physical therapy residency or fellowship program.
 
 

March 26, 2020

Please check out and use APTA’s payer advocacy templates to advocate for telehealth coverage, all of which are available via APTA’s telehealth webpage:

Tell CMS, states, and payers to waive restrictions on the use of telehealth

APTA has developed several template letters you can use to advocate for coverage of telehealth services furnished by PTs and PTAs to ensure that patients continued to have access to the rehabilitative care they need amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructions are included at the top of each letter.

Please share with your peers and colleagues.

Added 3/27/20: Cigna to Cover Telehealth PT, OT and SLP on Limited Codes through 5.31.20

Added 3/27/20:  Update from UnitedHealthcare's Chief Medical Officer on COVID-19 PT, OT and SLP Telehealth

Added 4/2/20:  Aetna to cover Telehealth for PT

Added 4/6/2020:  BCBS of Kansas expanding Telehealth services for 60 days (from mid March)

 

 

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Information for Providers

Patient Care

Across the world, health care providers have taken varying precautionary measures to flatten the curve. In general, when there is an opportunity to practice social distancing, we encourage HCPs to do so. Also, "first do no harm" suggests HCPs should weigh the risks of providing care versus not. As always, patient care is an individualized case-by-case determination for PTs, who are relied on for clinical judgment. Continue to follow available CDC guidance, and remember that the risks of being too cautious may be less than the risks of not being cautious enough.

Coronavirus Reports: What We Know, and What We Don't
While overall risk of catching the disease is low, health care professionals are at higher risk. APTA reminds PTs and PTAs to follow precautions for reducing the spread of infectious diseases — an important aspect of health care to be mindful of at all times, not just during periods of high risk.

Advisory: PTs, Telehealth, and the Coronavirus
Wondering whether you can provide PT services via telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak

Added 3/27/20:  Covid-19 Cares Act Signed

Added 3/2620:  States Waiving Licensure Requirements/Renewals in Response to COID-19

Added 3/26/20:  Payer Advocy Templates (see hyperlinks on other "news" tab)

Added 3/24/20:  KSBoHA Guidance for Healthcare Professionals

Added 3/24/20:  Updated Insurance Information per Insurance Comissioner

Added 3/24/20: Information for Telehealth Services by Carrier

Added 3/24/20: Telehealth in Physical Therapy in LIght of COVID-19

 

Novel Coronavirus: A Wake-up Call for Best Practices in Preventing Pathogen Transmission
In addition to taking precautions to avoid aerosolization (the production of airborne particles containing an infectious virus or bacteria), we must disinfect surfaces touched by infected people. Thus, in physical therapy clinics, in anticipation of future patients being infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we must think holistically in terms of clinic disinfection and protection.

CDC Information and Resources
Includes resources from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

CDC on Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events
CDC recommends canceling, postponing, or conducting virtually in-person events that consist of 50 people or more for next 8 weeks. Recommendation does not apply to day to day operation of schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.

CMS Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Infection Control, Protective Equipment
The ever-growing list of resources from CMS includes guidance related to particular settings including hospice, SNFs, and home health.

CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet
In response to COVID-19, CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers and rapidly expand the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19.

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
CMS is providing additional guidance to nursing homes to help them improve their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including revised guidance for visitation.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Includes information on protection of workers with high exposure risk and personal protective equipment. Other OSHA information can be found here.

The Joint Commission Information and Resources
Includes regular updates.

 

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