COVID - 19

COVID - 19 Information

 


 

Letter From NYPTA President

 

To my PT, PTA and student colleagues,

 

As we begin life under New York State’s PAUSE mandates, I want to assure you that NYPTA will continue to support all NY physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students by providing the most accurate information available on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our practice.

 

New York State was able to confirm for NYPTA this weekend that physical therapists are considered part of the “essential health care” exemption under the guidance issued in relation to the in - person workforce restrictions in place through Executive Order 202.8. 

 

NYPTA continues to support APTA’s Statement on Patient Care and Practice Management during the COVID-19 Outbreak that “encourages physical therapists to use their professional judgment to determine when, where, and how to provide care…”

 

However, with the increasing spread of the Coronavirus in NYS and the current NYS PAUSE Executive Order, NYPTA believes physical therapists should provide in-person services only when essential to the patient’s recovery or the patient’s setting (i.e. hospital, skilled nursing facility), physical therapists should defer in-person services that are not essential, and transition to services via telehealth to the greatest extent possible.

 

Resources on the use of telehealth by physical therapists in NYS were provided to all members via a blast email yesterday. Updated information will be provided as it is available.

 

In cases where physical therapists, using their professional judgment, have determined that in-person care is essential, all staff must be diligent in observing all current infection control procedures mandated by public health officials (CDC, New York State Department of Health or local health officials) such as screening for symptoms, taking staff and patients’ temperatures, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, disinfecting clinic equipment and surfaces and maintaining social distancing as much as possible in the clinic.

 

As a professional organization, NYPTA cannot advise PT practices if they should stay open or close. Since we are living in an ever changing environment, you should check with this website (https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026and your own legal counsel for further information and guidance.

 

I understand the uncertainty that these unprecedented events have created but am hopeful we can all work together to do the best for our patients, our colleagues and our communities.

 

Be safe and stay healthy,

 

 

PEGGY LYNAM, PT, DPT

NYPTA President


 

RESOURCES/ADVOCACY TOOLS

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS:

 

April 8, 2020 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

WebPT-Telehealth & E-Visits:  The Latest on Coverage, Documentation, Coding & Payment

 

April 10, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Helping People with Dementia Stay Connected During the Pandemic


SURVEYS:

SURVEY - IMPACT of COVID-19 on PT in NYS

NYS Department of Health Reserve Workforce Survey

 

ADVOCACY

APTA Template Letter to CMS - Expanding Telehealth

 

LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING THE DISEASE:

Centers for Disease Control

NYS Department of Health

Resources for Home:  Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus

Cleaning Products for Optimal Disinfection - NYS Registered List of Disinfectants

 

NYS AGENCIES RESOURCES:

NYS Department of Health - COVID-19

NYS Education Department - Information and Guidance on COVID-19

NYS Early Intervention Program Memoranda, Guidance & Clinical Practice Guidelines

NYSED Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During School Closures - COVID-19

 

CMS RESOURCES:

Medicare and the Coronavirus

CMS COVID-19 Partner Toolkit

CMS Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth & Telemedicine Toolkit


PRACTICE RESOURCES:

APTA

FSBPT Resource on Possible Roles for PTs and PTAs During COVID-19

APTA Private Practice Section (PPS)

APTA PPS COVID-19 FAQs

Practice Guidelines Emerge for Physical Therapy and COVID-19 in Acute Hospital Setting

 

Cardiovascular Pulmonary Section

Webinar:  COVID-19 - Clinical Best Practice in Physical Therapy Management

 

Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy and HPT - The Catalyst Acute Care Physical Therapy

FREE Webinar Recording and Accompanying Resources now available from Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy and HPA-The Catalyst"Acute Care Physical Therapy and COVID-19: How Can We Add the Greatest Value?"

 

Please download this document which contains the recording link and handouts from this jam-packed informational webinar on COVID-19 and learn how you can add the greatest value! 

 

Download the information today!

 

Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy

The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy created a web page with online resources for our educators and clinicians to use with their students and patients. We are also posting personal development ideas. These have been submitted by our members and is going update daily. Feel free to share these resources with your members.

 

http://neuropt.org/professional-resources/covid-19-resources

 

TELEHEALTH:

APTA Telehealth Resources

Information for Insurers/Providers-Coverage for Telehealth Services

Excellus BCBS - Telehealth Billing and Reimbursement Information

United Health Plan - Telehealth Information and Coding for PT Services

Cigna Response to COVID-19 - Telehealth and Coding for PT Services

NYPTA Information/Resources on Telehealth

FAQs Related to Virtual Early Intervention Visits

NYS Early Intervention Program Consent for Use of Telehealth

NYS WC Emergency Rule to Allow Telemedicine

NYS No-Fault Insurance Emergency Rule

Telehealth Updates from WebPT

Furnishing & Billing E-Visits-Addressing your Questions-APTA

 

SOCIAL MEDIA GROUPS:


Facebook:  Telehealth PT/E-Visit - NY Group

Facebook:  Telehealth Physical Therapy Providers (PT-Physio)

 

HUMAN RESOURCES:

 

Notice of Federal Law on Paid Sick and Other Leave - effective 4/1/2020

     Additional information - Federal Law

Notice of NYS Law on Paid Sick and Other Leave - now in effect

     Additional Information - NYS Law

Resources for Businesses and Employers

US Department of Labor - Safety/Wages, Hours, Leave/Unemployment

NYS Paid Leave for COVID-19

NYS Unemployment Resources

 

BUSINESS RESOURCES:

 

Navigating your Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna, LLP

US Small Business Administration - Guidance and Loan Resources

Coronavirus Emergency Loans - Small Business Guide & Checklist

Payroll Protection Program Loan Calculations

Payroll Protection Program Application

 


 
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