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Coronavirus: Information for IPTA Members


Coronavirus Resources

In an effort to streamline communications, please use the following links to access information provided by other sources.

August 4, 2020 IDFPR Issues Variance for PT License Renewal Requirements

July 14, 2020 Coronavirus Update:  Telehealth and COVID-19

July 7, 2020 Coronavirus Update:  Two New COVID-10 Resources Available From Section COVID-19 Panel; ACAPT Shares Clinical Education Resources for Instructing During Pandemic

June 9, 2020 Coronavirus Update:  Governors Executive Orders, increased COVID testing

May 13, 2020 Coronavirus Update:  The Future of Physical Therapy - What have we learned so far?

April 30, 2020 Coronavirus Update:  CMS Add Physical Therapists to Telehealth Providers

April 30, 2020 Coronavirus Update: Medicaid Removes Prior Authorization Requirement During COVID-19

April 14, 2020 Coronavirus Update: COVID - 19 Guidance Related to Specific Practice Settings & Situations

April 9, 2020 Coronavirus Update: FAQs about Continuing Education and PT License Renewal

April 9, 2020 Coronavirus Update: CDC Issues New Guidance for Essential Workers & Masks for All; IDFPR Adds out of state Licensed PTs and PTAs to List of Professions that can Assist in Health Relief

April 9, 2020 Coronavirus Update: EI Live Video Service Delivery Model Launched in Response to COVD-19; Prometric Closes IL Testing Sites through the End of April, Impacting PT and PTA Graduating Students

April 9, 2020 Coronavirus Update: How's it Going? What We are Hearing about PT Practice During the Pandemic

March 30, 2020 Coronavirus Update: Scope of practice during the pandemic, Telehealth, Small Business Loans for Clinics

IPTA Message to Members: March 21, 2020

IPTA Message to Members: March 19, 2020


General Resources

Governor signs Stay at Home; Essential Services Order: https://www2.illinois.gov/Documents/ExecOrders/2020/ExecutiveOrder-2020-10.pdf

APTA Resources, including APTA's statement on patient care and practice management: http://www.apta.org/Coronavirus/

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Updates and Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Illinois Department of Public Health: http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

 

Resources for Students, Faculty & Clinical Educators

CAPTE Resources, including information about student clinical requirements: http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx (updates are currently PDF files added to their home page)

FSBPT/Prometric PT and PTA Exam Information: https://www.prometric.com/corona-virus-update

ACAPT Shares Clinical Education Resources for Instructing During Pandemic (Added 7/7/20)


Insurance Resources

Governor Signs Executive Order:  Telehealth Services

https://www2.illinois.gov/Documents/ExecOrders/2020/ExecutiveOrder-2020-09.pdf

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Updates: https://www.bcbsil.com/provider/education/news_index.html

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page

Aetna Updates: 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.

United Health Care Updates: https://www.uhcprovider.com/en/resource-library/news/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19.html

Humana Updates: https://www.humana.com/provider/coronavirus


Early Intervention

Information from IDEA: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak (March 2020)

 

Medicaid

Prior Authorization:  Temporary Removal of Prior Authorization Requirement for PT (retroactive to March 1, 2020)


Telehealth Resources

Information from APTA: https://www.apta.org/telehealth/

Additional Information, including HIPAA compliant telehealth system providers: https://www.ipta.org/news/493059/CORONAVIRUS--PHYSICAL-THERAPY-Is-virtual-rehabilitation-an-option.htm

 

Small Business Resources

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:  What it Means for Small Businesses:  https://www.ipta.org/news/497052/Families-First-Coronavirus-Response-Act-What-It-Means-for-Small-Businesses.htm


 

IPTA Events & Operations

In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), effective March 11, 2020, IPTA is suspending in-person meetings and IPTA in-state and out-of-state business travel by staff or members through April 30, 2020. This includes the REVITALIZE Conference and Assembly of Representatives as well as the upcoming meetings of the IPTA Board of Directors.

This decision by IPTA extends to all events and activities hosted by our districts, special interest groups, and committees.

IPTA will contact members affected by any suspended in-person events to share any related details, including information about registration refunds or the potential for replacement virtual meetings, as appropriate.

IPTA has not made any decisions about events occurring after April 30, 2020, including Illinois delegate participation in the APTA House of Delegates in June. We intend to continue to monitor the situation and announce a decision about those events by April 25, 2020.

IPTA will continue to provide continuing education opportunities through virtual delivery and plans to add more programming in the coming months that will include ethics and sexual harassment prevention training.  Additional #Third Thursday and Spotlight on Research events are being added to the calendar to help those members who need additional hours prior to the September 30th deadline for PT license renewal.

We will continue to monitor the developments around the spread of coronavirus. As with all public health situations, we primarily rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General for the best information and preventive strategies.

We will continue to update this page if there are further changes to IPTA's events and operations.

If you have questions, please contact the Chapter office via email: ipta@ipta.org.

UPDATE:  03.21.20 Change in Operations

In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, the IPTA Chapter Office will be conducting business remotely, effective immediately.  The phone system will not be available but staff will respond to emails during normal business hours.  Please utilize the general email ipta@ipta.org and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate staff or board member.

UPDATE: 05.01.20 Continuance of Stay At Home Order for Illinois Through May 29, 2020

In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, the IPTA Chapter Office will continue to conduct business remotely. All in person meetings and non-essential travel is suspended through the end of May.

UPDATE: 05.21.20 IPTA Board of Directors Continues Remote Meeting Plans and Travel Cancellations through the End of 2020

In order to address safety and financial concerns, the IPTA Board of Directors has determined that the association will continue to conduct all meetings and events virtually as well as the suspension of all travel for staff and members through December 31, 2020.

The Chapter staff will continue to work remotely through June 7th and, beginning June 8th will return to working from the office on a limited basis at the discretion of the Executive Director and in accordance with any state and local guidelines and orders..

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