PPTA COVID-19 Updates and Resources

COVID-19 Stories

Review all COVID-19 stories shared by your fellow PTs, PTAs and Students throughout the commonwealth.

Past Releases

Nov. 23, 2020 Update - HHS Requests for Feedback on Innovative/Best Practice Approaches in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic; 2021 Medicare Fee Schedule Calculator; Pediatric PT Tele-Vision Survey; PTJ Editor’s Choice and other Worthwhile Reads; Courses and Events

Nov. 16, 2020 - HHS Updates on PPF Money, Warning of Cybercrime Threat; APTA Call for Advocacy; Pediatric PT Tele-Vision Survey; Worthwhile Reads; Courses and Events

Nov. 9, 2020 - CMS Refuses Pay Out on 99072 Code; Final CMS 2021 Home Health Rule, Warning of Cybercrime Threat; OSHA Guidance re Frequently Cited Standards During Coronavirus Inspections; HHS’s “TRACIE” Website; Articles of Interest from PTJ and Other Sources

Nov. 2, 2020 - Expanded COVID-19 Core Outcome Measures; Pediatric PT Tele-Vision Survey; PTJ COVID-19 Editor’s Choice Articles; Worthwhile COVID Reads

Oct. 26, 2020 - New Rules for Repayment of CARES Act Relief Funds; Small Business Administration Q&A Resource on Paycheck Protection Program Loans; Pediatric PT Telemedicine Survey; Building Trust Initiative; PTJ COVID-19 Editor’s Choice Articles; Worthwhile COVID Reads; Telehealth Survey Urgent Request

Oct. 20, 2020 - Telehealth Billing & Coding Update; Small Business Administration Q&A Resource on Paycheck Protection Program Loans; Building Trust Initiative; APTA Members in the Media; Learning Center and Event Recording Resources; Telehealth Survey Urgent Request

Oct. 12, 2020 - URGENT INPUT NEEDED: Telehealth Survey; Telehealth Payment Update; Update on HHS Portal to Report Relief Money; CDC Standard of Care Considerations; CMS, OSHA, and PA Department of Health Updates of Importance; Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Recommendation; National Nursing Home COVID Action Network; Building Trust Initiative; COVID Guidance for Rehab Specialists, Research Updates, and Articles of Interest

Oct. 5, 2020 - URGENT INPUT NEEDED: Telehealth Survey; HHS Extends Public Health Emergency Provisions; Pushback on Medicare Loan Repayment Dates; UnitedHealthcare Extends COVID Telehealth Cost Share Waivers; Optimizing Healthcare PPE and Supplies; PA Department of Health Alert re Children; Articles, Courses, and Events of Interest

Sept. 28, 2020 - URGENT INPUT NEEDED: New Telehealth Survey Emphasizing Use and Reimbursement; AMA’s New CPT Code to Offset Coronavirus Expenses; HHS Update on Provider Relief Fund Reporting; PA Department of Health Alert; Student Loan Relief Notice; Events of Interest

Sept. 21, 2020 - URGENT INPUT NEEDED: New Telehealth Survey Emphasizing Use and Reimbursement; PA Department of Health Alert; U.S. Department of Labor Revised Expanded Sick Leave Regulation; APTA Telehealth Courses; Payment & Regulatory Update Webinar; APTA Member Voice, “Potential Impact of 9% Proposed Medicare Cut”; PTJ Editor’s Choice and MedPage Today Articles of Interest

Sept. 14, 2020 Update - URGENT: New Telehealth Survey Emphasizing Use and Payment PA Department of Health Alert; Video: The PTA Perspective on COVID & Practice Issues; PTJ Editors Choice Article; APTA Payment & Regulatory Live Webinar

Sept. 9, 2020 - #FightTheCut Virtual Rally; CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Deadline Extension; Update on APTA Impact of COVID-19 Report; School-Based Therapy in the Age of COVID-19; Updated CDC Guidelines for Testing and Mandatory Travel Quarantine; Airborne Transmission Evidence; Articles of Interest from PTJ and MedPage Today

Aug. 31, 2020 - Research Survey Reports that Patients Give Telehealth Rave Reviews; MEDPAGE TODAY Articles of Interest; Updated List of APTA Articles, Webinars, and Courses Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug. 24, 2020 update - CMS Resumes Nursing Home Inspections; House of Delegates Position Honoring Staff, Leaders, and Members; Urgent Request for Advocacy; APTA Video Explaining 9% Medicare Cut; Updated List of Articles, Webinars, and Courses Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic; Research Participation Request

Aug. 17, 2020 - APTA Recognized for Leadership during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Updated APTA Report: the Pandemic Impact the Profession, HHS Phase 2 Provider Relief Fund Update, URGENT Request for Advocacy, FDA Warning re Hand Sanitizers, PTJ Virtual COVID Issue Editor’s Choice Articles, PTJ Podcast, Articles of Interest from APTA Magazine, and More

Aug. 10, 2020 - Current CMS Announcements, OSHA: Safety of Masks and Cloth Face Coverings, PA Department of Health Update, APTA COVID-Related Articles of Interest for Practitioners, Recent PTJ Covid-19 Virtual Issue Articles of Interest, MEDPAGE TODAY Article on Use of Telehealth and Older Adults, Research Participation Invitations and Links & more!

Aug. 3, 2020 - UPDATE: Meaning of Public Health Emergency for Therapists and Telehealth, Dry Needling and Telehealth Myths, PTJ COVID-19 Virtual Issue Articles of Interest, Use of Telehealth in Primary Care, IMPORTANT Invitation to Participate in National CHAMPS Survey, & more!

July 27, 2020 - HHS Renews COVID-19 National Health Emergency, WHO Update on Infection Prevention Precautions, PA Department of Health Update, APTA Warning re Proposed Medicare Cuts, Provider Relief Fund Recipient Reporting Requirements & more!

July 20, 2020 - PA Department of Health Updates, Taxation of Provider Relief Payments, Updated Learning Experiences

July 13, 2020 - Nationwide Physical Activity Campaign, Advocacy, APTA Magazine Highlights COVID Emergency Response, COVID-19-related Courses Live Events & Webinars

July 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Core Outcome Measures, CDC Updated COVID-19 Illness Risk Factors, Guidance on Resuming Clinical Education, PA Department of Health Alert, Advocacy & more!

June 29, 2020 - CMS Offers MIPS Reporting Relief, CMS Proposes Expanded Uses of Home Health Telecommunication in 2021, Updated COVID-19 Resources from APTA, Telehealth in Practice Update & more!

June 22, 2020 - APTA Joins 52 Other Organizations Encouraging Congress to Stop Proposed Medicare Cuts, APTA Advocates for Changes that Outlast the Pandemic, Telehealth in Practice, Updated COVID-19 Resource for PTs, PTAs, and Students

June 15, 2020 - Bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives Bill to Avoid Damaging CMS Cuts in 2021, COVID-19 Resource File, APTA COVID-19 HUB. APTA Launches New Website

June 8, 2020 - Paycheck Protection Program Expansions, APTA Report on Student Debt, PA Department of Health Update on Risk Assessment & Work Restrictions

June 1, 2020 - CMS Clarification for Institutional Medicare Part B Telehealth Claims, UHC and Aetna Temporarily Drop 2% Cuts in Medicare Advantage Plans, Bipartisan Support to Avoid 8% Medicare 2021 Payment Cut, COVID-19 Recommendations for Outpatient Clinics, APTA ”Pandemic Impact Survey” Results, PA Health Alert Network Update & more!

May 26, 2020 update - Governor Wolf’s Executive Order, Update: Hospital OP Department Medicare Service Delivery, Ethics During a Pandemic, FAPTA Perspectives on Post-Pandemic Challenges and Changes, PTJ Virtual COVID Issue, APTA Learning Center Resources, and Upcoming Webinars & more!

May 5 - Updated Payer Information, Caution Issued for PTAs, Maintenance Therapy and Medicare Billing; COVID-19 and Geriatric Academy Resources and Department of Health Alert

May 1, 2020 - CMS Breaking Telehealth News, Important Telehealth Survey, Updated Payer Information, PTAs and Maintenance Therapy, Telehealth Toolkit for Medicaid and CHIP, COVID Challenges for Older Adults and Rural Areas

April 28, 2020 - Updated Payer Information, MIPS Reporting Deadline, Nursing Home Transparency Effort, Task Force Report on Student Debt, & Information and Education Opportunities for Therapists and Students

April 24, 2020 Release: Updated Payer Information, Telehealth Value, Return of Non-essential Surgeries and Possible Impact for PT, PA Health Alert:  Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19, and More

April 21, 2020 Release: Updated Payer Information, APTA Message to Congress Advocating Initiatives for Patient Safety and Provider Support, PPTA Call for Therapists and Students to Share COVID Experiences, and More

April 17, 2020 Release: Updated Payer Information, PA Department of Health Update on Infection Prevention and Control, PPTA Call for Therapists and Students to Share COVID Experiences

April 16, 2020 Release: Updated Payer Information, APTA Alert Regarding PTA Coverage by Tricare, CAPTE Update Regarding Telehealth and Clinical Education

April 15, 2020 Release: Updated Payer Information, Considerations for Home Health Therapists, Potential for CARES Relief for Students, Governor Wolf’s Directive Regarding Relaxation of PT/PTA Supervision Requirements

April 14, 2020 Release: Updated Payer Information, Governor Wolf’s Directive Regarding Relaxation of PT/PTA Supervision Requirements, FSBPT Update on NPTE Exam Test Dates for PTs & PTAs, Relief for Providers, and COVID-19 Experiences of PTs from Italy

April 13, 2020 Release: New Format for Payer Updates,  CMS Communication on “Same Building Patient Care,” and CDC Recommendations for Exposed Workers

April 9, 2020 Release: School-Based Medicaid Update, Management of Patients with Diagnosed or Suspected COVID-19, and Other Updated Resources for Therapists

April 8, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, Recognition of Commercial Insurer Coverage for Telehealth, Updated APTA Resources

April 7, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, Summary of Guidance on PPE, Facemasks, and Respirators

April 6, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, Telehealth Podcast and Courses, PA Department of Health Alert:  Universal Masking, Rulings from CMS, CDC, and U.S. Department of Labor

April 3, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, COVID-19 Related Unemployment Benefits, SBA Paycheck Protection Program, PA Department of Health Resources, Advocacy, and Call for Volunteers

April 2, 2020 Release: PTAs Role in Telehealth and E-Visits, Payer Updates, Call for Consumer Resources, Clinical Education Collaboration, and More

April 1, 2020 Release: Telehealth Clarifications, Payer Updates, Advocacy, and Volunteer Opportunities, Resources for Therapists, and More

March 31, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, APTA Guidelines for General and Pediatric Practice, FSBPT Practice Resource, Advocacy, and Volunteer Opportunities, and More

March 30, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, COVID-19 Stimulus Package, Practice Guidance, Advocacy, and Volunteer Opportunities

March 27, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, E-Visit and Telehealth Resource Updates, Guidelines for Acute Hospital Settings, Advocacy, and More

March 26, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, Practice Guidance, and Federal Government Updates

March 25, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, Advocacy, Student and CMS Updates

March 24, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, Telehealth, Guidelines for Private Practices, and More

March 23, 2020 Release: Payer Updates, E-visit Ruling & Reg Update, CMS and Treasure Relief Measures, Letter from APTA President

March 20, 2020 Release: Guidelines for PTs in Long-Term Care Facilities. Aetna Coverages, and More

March 19, 2020 Release: Telehealth, E-visits and Unemployment Eligibility in PA

March 18, 2020 Release: COVID/Telehealth FAQ


Wellness and Self-Care

  • Anxiety due to COVID-19 (state wide number issued by PA Human Services Department - open 24/7)
    • 1-855-284-2494 or 1-724-631-5600
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255;
    • TEXT for help: 1-800-799-4889;
    • LGBTQ Youth Suicide: 1-866-487-3867;
    • Military Veterans: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) press 1; Text: 838255
    • Spanish: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) press 2
  • Crisis Text Line: text 741741
  • Domestic Violence Reporting: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-490-8505
  • Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-932-0313
  • LGBT+ Mental Health: Trevor Project1-866-488-7386
  • Transgender Suicide Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • Smoking Cessation PA Free Quitline: 1-800-784-8669

See more self-care and wellness information here.


APTA is updating information on COVID-19 on a daily basis. We encourage you to visit the APTA Coronavirus website each day for ongoing current information.