COVID-19 Practice and Patient Care

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.

APTA Statement on Patient Care and Practice Management During COVID-19 Outbreak
As actions are taken across the country to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a virus that spreads easily from close contact, APTA encourages physical therapists to use their professional judgment to determine when, where, and how to provide care, with the understanding this is not the optimal environment for care, for anyone involved. (March 17, 2020)

Recommended Resources

CDC Information and Resources for Health Care Professionals
Includes guidance related to patient care and protection of patients and workers.

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, pediatrics, wound care, and more.

Telehealth and E-visits
Guidance for providing telehealth services and e-visits amid COVID-19.

New CMS Nursing Home Recommendations Stress Collaboration, Consistent Staffing Assignment
The new recommendations underscore existing CDC and CMS guidance and call for extensive use of masks and other PPE. (April 3, 2020)

PTs, PTAs Could Be 'Exempted' From Receiving Additional COVID-19 Leave
A final rule from the Department of Labor includes PTs and PTAs among the health care providers whose employers — depending on the setting — could opt to deny expanded sick and FMLA leave. (April 3, 2020)

Latest Relief Package: Unemployment Provisions
The CARES Act signed into law on March 27 is aimed at providing relief in a wide range of areas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what the package offers related to unemployment benefits. (April 2, 2020)

Responding to Patient Concerns About Workers' Comp During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Some patients may be understandably concerned about losing WC benefits if they choose to reduce travel during the national health emergency. (March 31, 2020)

APTA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
APTA has provided multiple updates chronicling the rapid evolution of COVID-19 guidance and related regulations.

Opportunities

Maryland Medical Reserves Corp
The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure and response capabilities of communities in Maryland. Maryland Responds is composed of dedicated Responders who stand ready to volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and to assist during emergencies. Maryland Responds, previously known as the Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps, is administered by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)

Volunteer: Physical Therapy Support During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
APTA is working with other members and organizations to match facilities who need physical therapy services with volunteers who are willing to serve.