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State, APTA Colorado Seek Volunteers To Help Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted: 3/20/20

The state of Colorado and APTA Colorado are looking for volunteers to help at-risk individuals across our state get through the COVID-19 crisis.

The state has established a website -- Help Colorado Now -- requesting volunteers and contributions to help communities during the current pandemic. "By working together, we can build a cohesive network to make sure no one falls through the cracks at this difficult time," the website says. 

APTA Colorado asks PTs and PTAs to volunteer "your healthcare skills to care for patients and to assist other healthcare providers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is an open-ended opportunity -- the specific opportunity will depend on your availability, location and skills as well as the needs of the statewide community."

 

 

 

APTA Colorado Member Dyanna Haley-Rezac Hosts Webinars on PTs & Telehealth

Posted: March 20, 2020

APTA Colorado Member Dyanna Haley-Rezac and Mark Milligan this week discussed "Moving to Telehealth for Physical Therapists in Colorado during COVID-19" and their conversation is available for playback. 

Also, Dyanna at 7 p.m. tonight hosts Sarah Gallagher on "Telehealth in Colorado Practical Implications." Watch it live when it happens here: https://zoom.us/j/125662702

 

 

Aetna Expands Telehealth and Remote Visit Coverage, Allows PTs to Bill for E-Visits

Posted 3/19/20

Major commercial insurer Aetna announced that it would require no co-pay on telemedicine visits for any reason for 90 days—and would allow PTs to bill for e-visits consistent with the recent e-visit waiver policy announced by CMS. Collaborative efforts between APTA and Aetna led to the change and inclusion of PTs. All Aetna policy changes are retroactive to March 9.

The Aetna e-visit approach is slightly different expanded from the CMS system, in that it allows PTs to bill for either codes associated with evaluation and management (98970, 98971, 98972) or as well as for assessment and management (G2061, G062, and G2063). CMS only allows PTs to bill for the G codes. Providers should check with Aetna's provider page for updates and changes.

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Listed Now: Medicare and 'E-Visits': What You Need to Know

NOTE: The audio from the Q&A portion of the webinar is not available. Access to the recorded presentation and slide deck are below. APTA is updating a previous list of Q&As that will address questions from the March 19 town hall and from a March 20 Facebook Live session. Check APTA's Telehealth webpage and Coronavirus webpage for the latest information.

Access the webinar recording

Access the webinar slide deck

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Time: 8:00 pm, ET

Intended Audience: Physical therapist assistants, physical therapists, and students of physical therapy

Location: Live Webinar/Town Hall

Cost: Free (limited number of seats, first-come, first-served)

Topic: CMS issued a statement Tuesday, March 17, 2020, announcing Medicare coverage of e-visits when furnished by PTs. E-visits are described by CMS as "non face-to-face patient-initiated digital communications that require a clinical decision that otherwise typically would have been provided in the office." The code descriptors suggest the codes are intended to cover short-term (up to seven days) assessments that are conducted online or via some other digital platform, and include any associated clinical decision-making. The webinar will review what PTs and PTAs need to know regarding e-visits.

How to Access Webinar

*If this is your first time using Adobe Connect, please plan to log-in 10 minutes early to allow time to downloading the required flash player.

Attendees select "Enter as a Guest" and enter your name.

For this meeting we request you select the "Listen only" option when prompted to start the audio conference, and mute your phone or microphone on your computer to prevent feedback and echoes. There will be a chat box for your questions. Any follow-up questions you may have after the conclusion of today’s webinar can be emailed to [email protected].

Can't make it? The town hall webinar and Q&A will be recorded and publicly accessible on the APTA website within 24 hours after the webinar concludes.

Facebook Live Event on E-Visits

APTA staff Alice Bell and Kara Gainer also were available for PTs, PTAs, and physical therapy students to ask questions via Facebook Live on the same topic on Friday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. ET. 

 

CMS Publishes Revised Guidance on Fee-for-Service Response That Includes E-Visit Waiver Information

Posted 3/18/20

CMS has revised its recent MLN Matters publication on its blanket waivers (1135 waivers) of various requirements to include more information on telehealth-related changes—and specifically for the physical therapy profession, waivers that would allow PTs to conduct digital communications with patients by way of "e-visits." Revised and additional language is indicated in red.

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