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Last Updated March 27, 2020, 10:30 a.m. MDT

TELEHEALTH RESOURCES

UnitedHealthcare announces it will pay for physical therapy delivered by telehealth https://www.uhcprovider.com/en/resource-library/news/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19/covid19-telehealth-services/covid19-telehealth-pt-ot-st.html

Blue Cross of Idaho will pay for physical therapy delivered by telehealth and relaxes HIPAA platform requirements https://providers.bcidaho.com/resources/pdfs/providers/Announcements/Coronavirus-FAQs.pdf

Message from Idaho Chapter President, Derek Gerber, PT:
March 24, 2020

While the reported number of COVID-19 cases in Idaho is low at this time, the situation changes for the worse nearly every day and we want you to be as prepared as possible to make decisions about your life and your practice.

We’ve added some COVID-19 resources below including resources from us (Idaho Physical Therapy Association), APTA, the state of Idaho, and the CDC.

While providing patient care via telehealth is technically legal for PTs and PTAs in Idaho, it is not always paid for by payers. Restrictions on payment for telehealth PT may ease up as this crisis continues. A new waiver from CMS allows e-visits with patients. While not considered telehealth, this waiver provides some flexibility for treatment.

We plan to send an additional email tio members about telehealth in the next couple of days and will add updates to this COVID-19 resources web page about telehealth as we find out more.

APTA President Sharon Dunn’s Message on COVID-19 Impact, the Challenges We Face and How We Must Face Them Together (March 20)

APTA Statement on Patient Care and Practice Management During COVID-19 Outbreak (March 17)

Additional APTA COVID-19 resources Additional APTA COVID-19 resources

APTA Telehealth Resources Web Page APTA Telehealth Resources Web Page Including a template letter for you to use in advocating to your payers — private, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid (both fee for service and MCOs)

CMS announced it will pay for PT e-visits (not the same as telehealth. Find out how to furnish and bill for them.

Idaho COVID-19 Official Resources website

CDC Guidance for Healthcare Facilities

Still have questions?

Email us at info@ptidaho.org and we’ll do our best to answer your questions as quickly and precisely as we can!