This crisis and its repercussions are the stories that go down in history.
Every day there are major shifts in our community and economy as we take efforts to “flatten the curve” with tactics such as social distancing, working from home, and restricting public gatherings.
These are without a doubt and at the least, concerning times. But, there are resources available with information that could help you stay on top of and ahead of the situation in an effort to protect your patients, your staff, and your business in the financial and safety burdens ahead.
PPS is the leading advocacy group for private practice physical therapists under the APTA. They have compiled information specific to those of practice owners and their staff.
- PPS COVID-19 resources (Members-Only)
- Message from the PPS President
- CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
- FAQs for Practice Owners
- HHS Information regarding HIPAA Rules requirements during the COVID-19 Crisis
The APTA has put out many resources for practice owners and FAQ’s surrounding questions about telehealth and compliance that is specific to rehabilitation providers. Some that are worth reviewing (especially if you’re interested in telehealth opportunities for your patients):
- Medicare and ‘E-Visits’: What You Need to Know
- E-Visit Waivers from CMS: FAQ
- Recommendations for Rehab Providers during COVID Crisis
- Novel Coronavirus: A Wake-up Call for Best Practices in Preventing Pathogen Transmission
Helpful Information from the CDC
The CDC has information surrounding how to prevent the spread, information about the disease, and specific information for health care providers to protect staff and patients.
The SBA is a resource for those practices who may need economic assistance during this crisis. They have stated that small business owners in the following designated states are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19): California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington.
You can learn more about the financing options from SBA here.
In times like these, where many of us are experiencing feelings of helplessness and an overall loss of control, it is important to remember that knowledge is power. Staying informed and up-to-date allows you to reclaim certainty about your business, the physical therapy profession, and your life.
We are in this and will get through it, together.
If you’re looking for other tips to protect your patients, staff and business, download our COVID-19 Tip Sheet for Practice Owners.