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COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

 

This page will be updated as new resources and information becomes available.

Assessments Resource from WebFCE - added 4/21/20

Message from APTA Nevada President, RJ Williams. - March 24, 2020


Telehealth Resources: 
Before You Begin Using Telehealth: 
  • Companies will NOT pay for telehealth:
    • Medicare (Will cover E-visits, differs from Telehealth)
      • Medicare Cash Pay: Medicare currently considers physical therapy services delivered through Telehealth as non-covered. Therefore Medicare beneficiaries are able to receive services provided through telehealth and pay an out of pocket (OOP) fee. Your practice can determine what the appropriate fee is and educate your Medicare patients about these services. An Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) is voluntary when the service being provided is a non-covered service. Although it is voluntary, use of an ABN does provide an opportunity to explain that the services are not-covered by their Medicare Insurance and the benefits that these OOP services provide.
    • AETNA: Since Aetna is limiting coverage to e-visits only APTA recommends the DR condition Code and CR and GP modifiers
    • Culinary Health Fund: Culinary is allowing telehealth CPT codes only under the E&M category. These are not typically allowed for use by Physical Therapists. See this letter. 

How to Advocate for Telehealth:

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

On March 27, APTA joined AOTA and ASHA in calling on CMS to use its 1135 waiver authority to meet the medically necessary needs of Medicare beneficiaries by immediately expanding Medicare coverage of telehealth services to include audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology.

APTA has created several tools 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. For the template letters, instructions are included at the top of each letter.

 

APTA Resources: 

CMS, DHHS, and CDC

 Platforms to consider:    https://ppsapta.org/pps_files/news/82A4F173-0316-1EDD-3CA1E29741DB2870.pdf

OSHA COVID-19 Resources Available

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has shared resources for workplace response to COVID-19. The document includes a list of general COVID-19 resources grouped by agency, a section with resources on reopening workplaces, and additional industry-specific COVID-19 resources grouped by industry. Suggestions may be sent to OSHA’s Doug Kalinowski.


 

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