PPTA COVID-19 Updates and Resources

May 26, 2020 Release

Review the 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!

COVID-19 Stories

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

Past Releases

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.