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Telehealth Expansion Includes Physical Therapists

Tuesday, August 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Telehealth Expansion Includes Physical Therapists

The Illinois Telehealth Act was passed in 2017 and was the first legislative guidance to telehealth service providers in Illinois regarding the appropriate scope and standards of care for the provision of telehealth services. The Telehealth Act requires “Health Care Professionals” who were defined to include physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, advanced practice nurses and some mental health providers, to practice within the scope of their respective licenses and to follow the same standard of care that is applied to in-person services. On July 27, 2018, Governor Rauner signed into law an expansion of the “Health Care Professional”  definition to now include physical therapists, among other professions.  The provisions regarding scope and standards of care still remain in place.

Implementation of telehealth in physical care therapy may be new to some  practitioners.  According to, “The Health Resources Services Administration defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.”  With such a broad description, PTs have the opportunity to explore many ways to communicate with patients/clients and provide more flexible care.

Visit APTA’s resources on Telehealth to learn more .



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