PPTA COVID-19 Updates and Resources

April 1, 2020 Release

I am still confused about the regulations and payment for telehealth services. Are PTs allowed to use telehealth services in PA? Will we get paid for our services? APTA and PPTA continue to receive questions and field concerns about the rulings made by CMS, the CARES Act, and even Governor Tom Wolf’s press release regarding the use of telehealth in PA during the COVID-19 crisis. APTA has issued clarifying statements regarding CMS, Medicare, and the use of Telehealth. Information on the CMS/Medicare ruling, and payment is summarized in the Payer Updates in today’s press release. Additional clarification and information on the Practice Act, the Jurisdictional Scope of Practice, and the Professional Scope of Practice with respect to providing telehealth is included in Practice Guidance.

Are there any other guidelines for practice to help therapists as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis? APTA has provided links to sources that offer general guidance and more refined guidance related to specific practice settings and situations. While these links don’t address every situation you may encounter, they provide links to resources known at this time. These links are included at the end of today’s update.

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

Past Releases

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

  • 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

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. 

PPTA will also provide ongoing updates as they become available to supplement APTA postings by 5:00 p.m. during normal Monday - Friday business days. Be sure to check this page for further information.