Official guidance and best practices change rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. APTA is curating critical advice from trusted sources such as the CDC and CMS in addition to developing resources to support you during the pandemic. Check back frequently for updates.
Letter From President Dunn on COVID-19 Impact
This is a challenging time to be in health care. We need each other.
Letter to Students Regarding COVID-19
In times like this, it’s more important than ever to remember why we chose the profession of physical therapy, and to look for any opportunity to be a positive force in the health of society.
Where Things Stand: COVID-19 and Practice Guidance Information and resources around physical therapy and COVID-19 continue to develop. Here’s what we’re recommending.
CDC Information and Resources for Health Care Professionals
Includes guidance related to patient care and protection of patients and workers.
Physical Therapist Management of Patients With Diagnosed or Suspected COVID-19
Includes information for outpatient facilities, inpatient facilities, and home health.
COVID-19 and Practice Guidance
While APTA continues to point to the latest CDC guidance, the association and other groups are creating more refined guidance, including guidance for management of patients with diagnosed or suspected COVID-19, plus setting-specific guidance for acute hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient, pediatrics, wound care, and more.
Physical Therapy Support During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
In response to COVID-19, APTA is working with other members and organizations to match facilities who need physical therapy services with volunteers who are willing to serve. If you’re a facility looking for assistance, or a PT, PTA, or physical therapy student who would like to volunteer, go to this webpage to learn more and provide information to enter this volunteer network.
COVID-19 Relief Programs
April 23: Small Business Administration Publishes List of Lenders Participating in PPP
A new resource from SBA lists lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program by state.
From HHS and CMS
April 27: CMS Suspends Advanced Payment Program, Taking Another Look at Accelerated Payment
Citing the availability of new relief money, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has suspended its advance payment program for Medicare part B providers and says it’s reevaluating its accelerated payment program for Part A providers.
April 24: More Money Coming From HHS — Can PTs Qualify?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is distributing an additional $20 billion in health care provider relief funds, but the way HHS is determining distribution might make getting that money more complicated for many PTs — if PTs qualify in the first place.
CARES Act Provider Relief: Sorting Out the Details
HHS eases concerns about who qualifies for the money, among other information. (April 22, 2020)
DC Government and Licensing Board
- Mayor Bowser Issues Stay at Home Order
- Licensure Waivers
In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction. You can read more about the waiver process HERE.
- Board Meetings Cancelled
Additionally, all health professional board meetings are cancelled for the month of March. For the most up to date information on the District’s response to COVID-19, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Mayor Bowser Encourages Volunteers to Join the DC Medical Reserve Corps
Health professionals are encouraged to volunteer and join the DC Medical Reserve Corps