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Last Updated January 6, 2021, 3 p.m. HST
- Vaccine sign up survey for healthcare personnel
- State of Hawaii COVID-19 daily news digest page
- State of Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine website
Payers and Telehealth
- On May 15, Humana announced it will pay for treatment provided by PTs via telehealth.
- HMSA announces it will pay for telehealth treatment provided by physical therapists through the end of 2020 (see Telehealth FAQs for Providers – General Questions)
- Aetna, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare will pay for telehealth provided by physical therapists
- TRICARE/TRIWEST will pay for telehealth care by physical therapists.
- CMS now allowing PTs and PTAs to deliver care via telehealth. (April 30) ( CMS also will continue to pay for PT e-visits (not the same as telehealth. Find out how to furnish and bill for them.
- 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)
US Small Business Administration
– Paycheck Protection, Small Business Debt Relief, and other financial assistance from US Small Business Administration as part of CARES Act passed on March 27. Read More
– US Small Business Administration information about loans and operating your business safely. Read More
- Resources from APTA about sourcing PPE, spotting scams and evaluating need (May 19)
- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy chart with licensure exemptions and waivers. (Posted here on April 20 but chart updated on a regular basis)
- Minimizing risk when providing home health (APTA news release – April 14)
- HHS deposits money into Medicare provider bank accounts (APTA news release – April 10)
- APTA guide to managing patients in different practice settings (April 8)
- 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
- Hawaii Department of Health COVID-19 web page
- CDC Guidance for Healthcare Facilities
E-VISITS, TELEHEALTH, AND PAYMENT IN THE TIME OF THE PANDEMIC
Patti Taira-Tokuuke and Shawna Yee, APTA Hawaii Payer Relations Committee Co-Chairs
April 1, 2020
With the ever changing environment with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard and received many questions and comments about e-visits and telehealth by physical therapists in Hawaii.
First of all, our state Practice Act and Administrative Rules are “silent” about whether PTs and PTAs may provide care using telehealth. But we have clarified through the Board of Physical Therapy that PTs may indeed use telehealth and that PTs may perform an initial evaluation via telehealth too. The standards of care are not waived when using telehealth, however, so PTs and PTAs delivering care in this way still need to . . . Read More
Message from APTA Hawaii President, Gregg Pacilio, PT:
March 19, 2020, 7:00 a.m. HST
While the reported number of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii 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 encourage you to keep informed about government proclamations, such as the Hawaii Department of Health’s recommendations to practice social distancing and to limit gatherings to no more than 50 people. At this time, physical therapy clinics must use their clinical judgement regarding patient care and additional precautions to take in the clinic.
While providing patient care via telehealth is technically legal for PTs and PTAs in Hawaii, it is not always paid for by payers. Restrictions on payment for telehealth PT may ease up as this crisis continues. A waiver from CMS allows e-visits with patients. While not considered telehealth, this waiver provides some flexibility for treatment. At 2 p.m. Hawaiian time this afternoon (Thursday, March 19) APTA will host a free webinar on this topic. We will provide updated resources about telehealth and e-visits on our COVID-19 web page.