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.
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.
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 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.