New Telehealth Information During COVID-19

March 16, 2020

This article has been updated to reflect current resources and information

The use of telehealth is one approach that can help keep both patients and providers safe, but PTs and PTAs need to understand the current regulatory and payer telehealth landscape to decide whether telehealth is right — or even a possibility — for them.

Wondering whether you can provide PT services via telehealth during the
COVID-19 outbreak?

As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, members are asking about the possibility of reducing infection risk by conducting PT services through telehealth. There are important factors to consider, particularly related to telehealth services to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Read more.

Insurance Coverage and Telehealth

See a Summary of the Status of Commercial Payers Covering Some Form of Telehealth or E-visits. This is based on information they have released.  View the Full Document

In addition, Maryland Medicaid does cover telehealth for PT, OT, and Speech. Email mdh.telemedicineinfo@maryland.gov for questions or requests for more information on the Medicaid Program.

APTAMD is also tracking insurance coverage in the state of Maryland which is available on our Telehealth web page. 

Advocating for Coverage

APTA Maryland and APTA are advocating for the reimbursement of telehealth by CMS and commercial payers. The latest news is that CMS will now cover E-visits (patient portal communications). >>>Learn more about this and the avialable telehealth resrouces on our main telehelath page.

Advocate

Access to telehealth has become of paramount importance to ensure the safety of patients and their physical therapy providers. We have developed a template letter you can send to your legislators (word doc) asking them to cosponsor these bills.

APTA also has compiled research studies on telehealth (.pdf) and testimonials from APTA members on how they have balanced in-person and telehealth visits.