As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, PTs and PTAs are looking for answers around what they can and can’t do in terms of telehealth. APTA’s advice: Get the right answers by asking the right questions.
According to Alice Bell, PT, DPT, APTA senior payment specialist, in addition to federal-level changes around digital communications with patients, the telehealth environment is also evolving rapidly at both the private payer and state regulatory levels.
“Right now, there’s a great deal of confusion around the coverage of telehealth when provided by physical therapists,” Bell said. “Some broad policies and federal and state legislation may be interpreted as including physical therapists even though this is not explicitly stated.”
Daniel Markels, APTA state affairs manager, says that miscommunication can make matters worse.